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Visits to Sweden: Background information

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I have a number of texts directly or indirectly relating to my visits in Sweden in the pipe-line. To reduce the need for repeated explanations, I give some background information here, for future linking:

My late mother’s old house in Kopparberg has been sold, and I needed to go to Sweden to sort through what I might want to keep from e.g. childhood possessions and what could be thrown or given away, as well as to handle some formalities and to (socially) visit a few relatives, notably my father in Stockholm and my step-father in Kopparberg.

Two visits took place between between mid-January and early March. Both were somewhere between two and three weeks, each divided roughly 50–50 between Stockholm and Kopparberg. (Of which eight days were partially lost on travel Wuppertal–Stockholm, Stockholm–Kopparberg, and back again.)

Before these visits, I had not been back to Sweden for a very long time, especially because I relied more on people visiting me in Germany than vice versa. How long, I do not know, but it must be at least twelve years for Kopparberg, based on the age of a niece that I met for the first time this year, and likely a similar time-frame for Sweden in general.

While the brunt of my intended writings have been delayed again and again, there are at least two older texts ([1], [2]) that might count, and I do recall that a few minor mentions in texts on other topics have taken place.


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July 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

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  1. […] several occasions as a boy. It was one of a few dozen books that I brought with me to Germany from my visits to Sweden. (In this case, for sentimental […]

  2. […] I have both revisited some of my old Swedish school-books during visits to Sweden and read a handful of college level texts from the softer sciences. I find that I still have a […]

  3. […] will likely be scaled back a fair bit as a consequence,* and I will likely focus on the neglected “Sweden visits” texts in the short […]

  4. […] my visits to Sweden, I re-encountered one of my favorite inventions—the osthyvel.* This kitchen implement amounts to […]

  5. […] aspect of my visits to Sweden is the many recollections from my childhood brought […]

  6. […] a few of his “MacDonald Hall” books in the 1980s, while laughing myself silly. During my visits to Sweden I re-read them and was torn between amusement and horror. On the one hand, there were a few good […]

  7. […] my visits to Sweden, I re-encountered some old grammar material, including the old bull-shit that a comparative […]

  8. […] the things that I brought from Sweden was a “baby book”, a sort of scrap-book with pre-printed tables and sections to be filled out […]

  9. […] interesting contrast between my recent visits to Sweden and my childhood experiences is my impression of aging and life […]

  10. […] particularly interesting situation arose during my visits to Sweden: My step-father mentioned that my step-brother had (as an adult) been diagnosed with both […]

  11. […] unexpected side-effect of my visits to Sweden was a mixture of sorrow and nostalgia that had me on the verge of tears for most of the first few […]

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