A store in the area named 'Haga', where everything--or almost eve thing sold is heart shaped. One thing about cities is that they be as general or specific and afford to be cutsie in many more ways than small towns, where shops are not that resourceful and have a larger hold on their markets. November, 2014
Second largest city in Sweden, fifth largest in the Nordic countries, Göteberg, can be easily nicknamed the windy city, although the official title of country's windy city has been bestowed on Luleå!! Currently, I am here taking a class, as I am teaching full time back at my university. I have been to Stockholm several times, but never really to Göteburg, unless coming to the airport counts. It is easy to fall in love with it. Both Stockholm and Göteberg have an older section of the city called 'Gamla (old) Stad/Stad (City or town), are surrounded by water, and are major tourist attractions. But there was something about Göteberg that made me fall in love with it on the first day. Tall balding trees, standing erect showing off their stiff branches, as if looking down on the fallen leaves and saying, well, you are nice, but we are beautiful even without you. And then there are large trees in their half-autumn glory, they smile back, because they are old (er) and wise(r)--^What do the youngens know, they think¨to themselves, Ïts all beautiful, with or without, summer or winter, autumn or spring. When they get to be our age, they will know, and feel it in their bones--how beautiful the plant kingdom is, just by its virtue....¨
Old cobbled streets, massive building both simple and ornate from old times, the new ones that are simple and state their Swedish-ness in their thriftiness--let us not spend money in beautifying all that is to be functional---But like Swedish trademark, they are all stylish, even though simplistic. And then there is this fine network of public transport, that allows you interactions with different kinds of people. There is life, right here, people running after buses, people holding doors for each other, little children in awe of every little thing, because there is so much to distract them....ah city life!! I have kept away from it in many ways--because small towns allow for simplicity and certainty and a higher possibility of having a community. But city, city provides the world, with all its uncertainties, all insecurities, that come wrapped in excitement!! This time has brought me back to memories of living in DC, a city I started to love so much because it reminded me of Delhi, where I grew up. But I had moved there after having lived in a small town in Pennsylvania, and before that I had lived in a southern african village. So, DC came as a fresh experience --in so many ways. Even though, in the beginning I was afraid, I made several friends there, very few of them are still in touch, but those who have stayed connected over the years are much dearer today.
These following pictures are from the store where everything sold was made in heart shape. There was no 'focus' in the store with regards to what it was offering.
Hearts on a pot-rest
Heart shaped, pewter candle stand
Heart shaped decoratives!
Heart shaped (christmas) lights
Heart shape candy containers
More Heart shape, more ornate!!
Heart shaped candle holder
Heart shaped wreath
A view out the window of a little cafe I had lunch at.
And ofcourse you can the international influence, --which always includes quotes from eastern religions--
Om the symbol of sound of the universe. The sound behind the silence.
Swedish flag next to a rainbow flag
The famous Haga Kyrkan (Church) All the pictures were taken at 1 p.m. November 2014
May be the pictures give you an idea of how much life there is --and how beautiful it is all--even in the dimming lights of autumn!!