{ First family trip 出遊啦!}

自從 COVID 以來我和雲先生沒太多機會出遊。復活節前一個禮拜藉著雲先生到哥德堡(Gothenburg / Göteborg)出差,我們四口終於有機會出門玩玩!

以下純粹分享個人旅遊經歷:

日期:2022年4月2日~4月5日(四日三夜)

行程:Sundborn – Göteborg 歌德堡 – Sundborn

人物:一家四口(大仔3歲,細仔快1歲)

住宿:朋友家兩晚,酒店一晚

很久沒再到歌德堡,當年雲先生在歌德堡讀書就業一住很多年。我們相識在歌德堡,不過我去歌德堡的次數十隻手指就可以數完。出發前聯絡朋友,做資料搜集,選定幾個適合小朋友遊玩的地方,出發!

長話短說,第一日到哥德堡主要見朋友。住在十年無見的朋友家(朋友,你家好靚,我們住得很舒服,一家瞓到死豬咁!)。第二日和朋友一家去 Universeum 玩。原本還約了雲先生的死黨一家一齊去,可惜他們病了。

計劃旅程時我們已買了Universeum 年票,一年去多過兩次已值回票價。

哥哥第一次去 Universeum 十分興奮,我們是真正的大鄉里出城啊!想當年我和雲先生都到過 Universeum 約會,哈哈。細佬同樣十分高興。去海洋館在我的 bucket list,想當年(又「想當年」是因為真的疫情以來就沒出埠過)沒去東京的海洋館真是人生一大憾事。

第三日是星期一,雲先生上班。他提早下班和我們去 Leos lekland 玩!Leos lekland 在瑞典有非常多連鎖分店,就是超大型兒童遊樂場,有波波池,超長、超斜 sir 滑梯等。哥哥簡直愛死了這個地方!其實我們離家揸車45分鐘到 Borlänge 都有 Leos lekland。

當天晚上住 Gothia Towers。

最後一天是星期二,我和哥哥細佬在酒店 Kids Corner 玩然後再去 Universeum 消磨時間,老公提早放工揸車一路向北回家。

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雖然今次只是長周末旅行,但我深深地感到住大城市不再適合我。在 Gothia Towers 住宿的晚上,忽然哥哥說他很想家。我嚇了一跳。原來離家4天已是這三歲小子的極限。我問他喜歡哥德堡還是 Sundborn,他說哥德堡,然後又說 Sundborn。小朋友,世界很大啊,希望爸爸媽媽有機會帶你走更多地方,一齊探索,explore together。

View from our hotel room in Gothia Towers

{ neighbours 好鄰居 }

雲先生每兩個禮拜就去哥德堡出差一次,我一個人湊兩個仔真是忙。

哥哥一個禮拜只可返托兒所十五小時,我們安排他去三天,每天五小時,由朝早九點到下午兩點。細佬作息很規律,早上送哥哥返學時小睡一次,我順便散步;下午飯後再小睡一次,我會推著他去接哥哥放學。若雲先生在家而細佬又午睡,通常我會一人去接哥哥。哥哥開朗又活潑,通常推著細佬去接他放學細佬就會被嘈醒。

近幾個星期我開始了「另類」托兒服務:托熟睡中的細佬到鄰居家,請鄰居幫手。鄰居老公公婆婆比我的老爺奶奶更似老爺奶奶。每次我們放學回來就去推細佬回家。感恩每次托兒(細佬)都熟睡中,並沒帶給鄰居任何麻煩。我是真的很愛這個小鎮,希望我的好鄰居長命千歲。

今日放學哥哥照常跟我去接細佬,老婆婆一見哥哥就邀請他入屋玩貓。

又,上個禮拜老公公婆婆送我們白樺樹汁!人生第一次飲樹汁,小小甜,好神奇!

只想記下。

鄰居貓貓 Linus
鄰居送的白樺樹汁 (birch sap)

{ Valborg }

每年4月30日瑞典人點大型篝火以慶祝春天的到來,即 valborg / Walpurgis。

我們家由早上到鄰近小鎮 Torsång 食午餐飲咖啡參觀古舊教堂、順路參觀 Ornässtugan、到奶奶鄰居家花園玩兔仔、下午邀請鄰居 fika 、黃昏出去看篝火,很忙碌。

第一次見如此大型篝火,很震撼。

{ Glad påsk 復活節快樂 }

今年復活節長假期,可惜雲先生工作超忙等於我忙住一個人湊仔。

忙裏偷閒做了個「快手節慶(即興)甜品」蛋花大菜糕 agar agar jelly。

👩🏻 What do you think? 🤩

👱🏻‍♂️ It’s not very tasty actually.

其實我都唔覺得太好味,但應節嘛 ✅ !明日奶奶大伯姪仔過來,可以試試這個應節甜品。點都好,祝大家有個愉快長假期!

{ 11 seasons of Sweden 瑞典11季 }

話說早兩晚雪暴後,起牀時見花園草地已一片雪白;以為已到的春天忽然不見了,然後這兩日不停飄雪。

今日收到朋友傳來一圖,忍俊不已。

圖片來自朋友

原來之前是 Spring of Deception 啊!Mud season 就是融雪,應該是大部分人都討厭的時期。

就得前年細佬出生前(4月尾)還落雪呢,看來真正的春天還未到。

上:晚上雪暴;下左:第二日一打開門;下中:今日去探動物超大雪;下右:我在滑雪道上的腳印

上個禮拜一家四口去了哥德堡,嗯,我愛小鎮 Sundborn 啊!下篇分享遊記!

Interesting read: Why Vladimir Putin has already lost this war by Yuval Noah Harari

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/28/vladimir-putin-war-russia-ukraine

Less than a week into the war, it seems increasingly likely that Vladimir Putin is heading towards a historic defeat. He may win all the battles but still lose the war. Putin’s dream of rebuilding the Russian empire has always rested on the lie that Ukraine isn’t a real nation, that Ukrainians aren’t a real people, and that the inhabitants of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv yearn for Moscow’s rule. That’s a complete lie – Ukraine is a nation with more than a thousand years of history, and Kyiv was already a major metropolis when Moscow was not even a village. But the Russian despot has told his lie so many times that he apparently believes it himself.

When planning his invasion of Ukraine, Putin could count on many known facts. He knew that militarily Russia dwarfs Ukraine. He knew that Nato would not send troops to help Ukraine. He knew that European dependence on Russian oil and gas would make countries like Germany hesitate about imposing stiff sanctions. Based on these known facts, his plan was to hit Ukraine hard and fast, decapitate its government, establish a puppet regime in Kyiv, and ride out the western sanctions.

But there was one big unknown about this plan. As the Americans learned in Iraq and the Soviets learned in Afghanistan, it is much easier to conquer a country than to hold it. Putin knew he had the power to conquer Ukraine. But would the Ukrainian people just accept Moscow’s puppet regime? Putin gambled that they would. After all, as he repeatedly explained to anyone willing to listen, Ukraine isn’t a real nation, and the Ukrainians aren’t a real people. In 2014, people in Crimeahardly resisted the Russian invaders. Why should 2022 be any different?

With each passing day, it is becoming clearer that Putin’s gamble is failing. The Ukrainian people are resisting with all their heart, winning the admiration of the entire world – and winning the war. Many dark days lie ahead. The Russians may still conquer the whole of Ukraine. But to win the war, the Russians would have to hold Ukraine, and they can do that only if the Ukrainian people let them. This seems increasingly unlikely to happen.

Each Russian tank destroyed and each Russian soldier killed increases the Ukrainians’ courage to resist. And each Ukrainian killed deepens the Ukrainians’ hatred of the invaders. Hatred is the ugliest of emotions. But for oppressed nations, hatred is a hidden treasure. Buried deep in the heart, it can sustain resistance for generations. To reestablish the Russian empire, Putin needs a relatively bloodless victory that will lead to a relatively hateless occupation. By spilling more and more Ukrainian blood, Putin is making sure his dream will never be realised. It won’t be Mikhail Gorbachev’s name written on the death certificate of the Russian empire: it will be Putin’s. Gorbachev left Russians and Ukrainians feeling like siblings; Putin has turned them into enemies, and has ensured that the Ukrainian nation will henceforth define itself in opposition to Russia.

Nations are ultimately built on stories. Each passing day adds more stories that Ukrainians will tell not only in the dark days ahead, but in the decades and generations to come. The president who refused to flee the capital, telling the US that he needs ammunition, not a ride; the soldiers from Snake Island who told a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”; the civilians who tried to stop Russian tanks by sitting in their path. This is the stuff nations are built from. In the long run, these stories count for more than tanks.

The Russian despot should know this as well as anyone. As a child, he grew up on a diet of stories about German atrocities and Russian bravery in the siege of Leningrad. He is now producing similar stories, but casting himself in the role of Hitler.

The stories of Ukrainian bravery give resolve not only to the Ukrainians, but to the whole world. They give courage to the governments of European nations, to the US administration, and even to the oppressed citizens of Russia. If Ukrainians dare to stop a tank with their bare hands, the German government can dare to supply them with some anti-tank missiles, the US government can dare to cut Russia off Swift, and Russian citizens can dare to demonstrate their opposition to this senseless war.

We can all be inspired to dare to do something, whether it is make a donation, welcome refugees, or help with the struggle online. The war in Ukraine will shape the future of the entire world. If tyranny and aggression are allowed to win, we will all suffer the consequences. There is no point to remain just observers. It’s time to stand up and be counted.

Unfortunately, this war is likely to be long-lasting. Taking different forms, it may well continue for years. But the most important issue has already been decided. The last few days have proved to the entire world that Ukraine is a very real nation, that Ukrainians are a very real people, and that they definitely don’t want to live under a new Russian empire. The main question left open is how long it will take for this message to penetrate the Kremlin’s thick walls.

{ Snow storm 暴風雪 }

昨日雪下了一整日,大風大雪。第一次見如此暴風雪。

昨晚擔心今朝如何出門返學,門外的積雪看起來很厚。問出差的雲先生剷雪要多久,他說只要大概10分鐘。我評估完自己能力後比平日早起半小時,開了 baby watch(若細佬哭我可以立即入屋;哥哥鬧鐘響才起牀)出門剷雪。

大門幾乎要用力推才可以打開。目測積雪半個人高。10分鐘剷條BB車路出來根本無可能!

積雪應該有50cm高。不剷雪完全無可能推BB車出門。

用了15分鐘剷出條車路出來。早上細佬一定會小睡至少一小時,所以一定要推車。幸好新雪鬆飄飄,不太耗力。

平日散步後我會將細佬泊到屋的另一邊讓他繼續熟睡,方便自己在屋內可以見到BB車,但早上實在沒時間再剷雪。放學後哥哥幫我剷雪,這位剛滿三歲的小朋友真的很 helpful!

放學再來!今次有位小幫手!

我先走到屋的另一邊,留下腳印讓哥哥輕易跟著來剷雪,然後我由另一邊剷起。哈哈,明顯地哥哥剷的路比我的小!但我真心多謝他的幫忙!

晚上 bye bye 肉有點痺,哈哈,當減肥!

雲先生經常出差錯過這些特殊天氣狀況,就像上次他錯過在家後花園見到極光一樣(雖然之後他終於有緣在家見到極光,下次再分享照片)!今次剷雪當減肥 😀

{ Lunch 宴客 }

今日宴客。

平日鄰居間中會邀請我們一家四口過去食午餐,在特別節日更會送我們自家制食物,真是十分有心,更加令我這位外國人覺得被接納。話說鄰居這對老公公婆婆已經85歲有多,他們的生活方式十分健康,除了毎天散步至少3-4公里外,他們還踩單車,夏天撐艇釣魚,比我身體還要好!

今個禮拜襯住全家健康又新年,於是我們決定宴客。雖說宴客,其實是我們過去他們家煮午餐。

之前他們表示想試中國菜,於是今日到我這位半桶水廚師大展身手。和雲先生討論過後我決定了主菜:1. 可樂雞肶;2. 焗叉燒;3. 炒青菜。甜品是雲先生至愛 ─ 湯圓。是以早兩日雲先生就去超市選購所需煮食材料。

登登登登!估不到這個午餐超成功!

好開心嘅午餐!我食咗3碗飯!

叉燒出爐好靚,好有叉燒味!可樂雞客人表示沒有可樂味,哈哈。青菜有菜心、白菜和娃娃菜,炒埋一大碗,當初有點擔心太多,哈,事實證明擔心太多餘,菜一條都無剩!

老公公裝了多碗飯,晚上收到他們的感謝電郵,說他飽到黃昏,哈哈。我估我們的午餐合格了!

對焗叉燒有興趣的朋友,我用的是通少的菜譜,一流!

{ On Shoes 關於鞋 }

近一兩個禮拜氣溫像過山車般又上又落,由負十九度上到四、五度。見近日路面結冰,快快給冬天靴穿上鞋釘套(cleats)。

瑞典人的冬天衣物都很齊全。冬天去商場經常見到有釘的鞋賣。以前只知道鍚足球的球鞋有釘,未想過有釘的鞋原來在北國十分普遍。平日散步走在冰封的路上總會聽到「達達達」的聲音,冬天穿有釘的鞋外出不但常見,而且安全,走路不怕滑腳。特別是老人家,跌一跤可大可小。

我沒有任何有釘的鞋,用的是外掛的鞋釘套,很方便,套在鞋上就可以走。我的鞋釘套是奶奶送的,她嫌麻煩不用轉送給我。有釘的鞋不方便進入室內,走在地板上發出刺耳的「撻撻」聲,而且容易刮到地氈或刮花地板,所以奶奶不愛用。我有兩雙冬天靴,一雙用鞋釘套,一雙不用,剛好。冬日散步見雪溶就穿有釘的靴,明知會入室內就著無鞋釘套的,運用方明,安全又 hassle free。 穿釘鞋又要入室內的話,通常會多帶一雙輕便的鞋。

Icebug winter boots with cleats

說起鞋,其實我自小就不愛穿鞋。以前最愛「踢拖」。出門踢拖,連行山都是。我簡直是著拖鞋專家。年少時有穿過 Converse,Adidas 、New Balance 波鞋,但最愛還是踢拖。對於買拖鞋我很有要求,在腳公和腳趾間的夾腳位置用料不能是膠,不舒服。我愛可以隨時隨地不穿鞋的自由,而且拖鞋鞋底較薄,較易抓地。

有一年夏天與雲先生跟團到土耳其 Cappadocia行山,同圑都是瑞典人。土耳其圑長第一日見我穿拖鞋,驚訝之餘說不可以穿拖鞋,因要行山路。我解釋自己未携其他鞋只有一雙拖鞋,不用太擔心我云云;然後我比其他人行得更快,更穩。圑長無話說。又有一次跟攝影團去西貢影石頭,大家都好驚訝我居然穿拖鞋!當影友見我在石頭上跳來跳去完全無丁點平衡問題時,大家都放下心。

2015年買了一雙 Camper lady Peu 後,這雙鞋就成為了我的 go to 鞋。Camper 鞋很可愛,這牌子的鞋形很對我的腳形,鞋底較薄很貼地。這雙鞋一著5年,可惜上年鞋底膠斷了,落雨天穿就濕腳。早前鄰居宴客聊天講起腳,她說她最愛穿 barefoot 鞋。Barefoot 鞋我都有一對,像蛙腳般的鞋,是 Vibram 的 five fingers(為何不是叫 five toes?),在香港有穿來跑步,但我最喜歡穿來行山,比較易抓地。

原本打算再買雙 Camper lady Peu 鞋的我改變主意,買了雙 Vivo barefoot 鞋。我對這個品牌認識不深,但見品牌用料不錯,而且有 vegan 的鞋,心中不免加分。選好鞋後準備付款,見試鞋期為3個月!3個月試著期,如不適合還可免費退回!這品牌對自家的鞋信心太大啦吧!好,付款後很快收到。

我沒有打算為這雙 Vivo barefoot 鞋寫 review。Camper lady Peu 比較貼我腳形,但 Vivo barefoot 我著得很舒服,鞋底超薄,著不慣薄鞋底的人可能要時間適應。假若你想買薄鞋底的鞋,Camper 和 Vivo 都是很好的選擇。最後,我想說,Vivo barefoot 的冬天鞋和行山鞋好靚啊!!(如若打算購買 Vivo barefoot 鞋,建議等減價才買,網上訂購三不五時都有減價。)

Left: Camper lady Peu; Right: Vivo barefoot, Addis Womens

第一次去日本京都的時候,我買了雙「忍者鞋」,同樣是薄鞋底,很喜歡。可惜在瑞典只可以夏天著。而我用的其中一對冬天靴是瑞典本地牌子 Icebug,又靚又耐穿。我的 Icebug 可禦寒負三十度,通常負十度以下我會多加一對厚襪,否則腳掌會很冷。

Top left: buying ninja shoes; Top right: hiking in flip flops in Turkey; Bottom left: hiking in five fingers; Bottom right: hiked to Lion’s Rock for the first time in sandals

鞋,每日都穿,買自己喜歡又舒適的鞋真的很重要!