Monday, September 26, 2011

Foodie Edition, Part 2

So this was going to be a post about my wonderful ferry trip to the Åland Islands. But I ended up missing the bus, not getting to the connecting one on time, etc. so I had to go find something to cheer me up at 8 in the morning after having just missed out on a day trip with my friends.

I first ended up passing a farmer's market on the way home, so of course I had to stop and look around. I ended up buying a bag of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and a small jar of black currant jam. They were also selling homemade versions of that concentrated drink stuff and lots of other baked goods, on top of the normal fruits, veggies and eggs being sold there.

Having acquired this jam, it occurred to me that I didn't have any bread at home, so I should stop by the store on my way back. Namely, the grocery store a half mile from my apartment that has a bakery. I had never before had the occasion (or motivation) to be there when it opened, so this was a rare opportunity for me.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gamla Uppsala

Okay, so I am a little behind on posting, as several family members have pointed out to me, so I will try to get caught up a bit today (Tonight? It's past midnight)!

Two weeks ago I went with some friends to the older part of town (Gamla Uppsala) where there were supposedly some interesting historical things to see. In particular there was a museum detailing the area's viking history and a very old church built around some viking burial mounds. Given the viking class I took last fall, this trip was particularly interesting for me, although I don't remember everything that I learned in the class. I hope that I don't say anything horribly inaccurate about this place but I will try to make sure not to.

We first went to the museum. There were re-enactors outside dressed in clothing from the vikings' time period(Iron Age) and presumably doing things that vikings do when they are not plundering or fighting. Apparently if you showed up to the museum in garb from the era, you would get in for free!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Foodie Edition, Part 1

I was wondering what to focus on for my next post and then it occurred to me as I was sitting around and snacking after supper, and then it occurred to me that I had enough odd food lying around my apartment to write about. I'll start off with my absolute favorite:

I discovered these shortly after moving here. They're kind of like reverse-Oreos with much higher quality chocolate and an adorable heart in the middle. They sell several versions of Ballerina cookies. The mint version just happens to be my favorite.