Everybody knows by now that I’m not a Valentine Day fan. On Valentine Day I wrote in a comment that I have never received a Valentine Card – at least not what I recall. About 30 min later it rang on my door and there were my neighbor’s wonderful daughter with a red rose and a card.
In my entrance is there 8 apartments and I’m only tenant with a Swedish surname. My neighbors comes from Iraq, Syria, Croatia and Thailand, all what we call the “new swedes” – some of them have live here for up to 15 years and some moved in last year.
Families that have escaped war and ugliness.
Of all countries in the world, Sweden has the highest % quote agreement with UN for acceptance of immigrants. We have a big country and we are not many people, so there is space enough for all of us. That is my opinion, but it’s not shared with all Swedes. That’s why at our last election our national right party made into the government. Terrible really – and very scary.
They haven’t made that much noise of themselves since they entered the government. All young man in tailor made suits and designer silk ties.
Landskrona had a lot of problems because of all the mixture of “new swedes” that lives here – and it has given the town a bad reputation. My friends warned me when I moved here – but if I manage to live in Belfast for 10 years – Landskrona didn’t frighten me.
Haven’t had that big contact with my neighbors until I became sick with cancer. Then suddenly the whole house – not only my entrance – every woman in the house was there for me. They was concerned, they came with food and freshly baked bread. Women that I never talked to came up me and gave me hugs in our backyard and at the supermarket. I always say hello to everybody I met in our backyard or in the house, but I don’t talk to them all.
Some of the women doesn’t talk that great Swedish even if they lived here for 15-20 years, because they have stayed at home with children.
The day I moved in the family living opposite me – the man – knocked on the door and told me that if I ever needed any help I should just ring on their door.
If my neighbors haven’t seen me for a longer period they ring on my door and ask if I’m okay. Amazing. If my neighbors had been all Swedish – they wouldn’t care if I was laying for death . We Swedes don’t really like to get involved if not invited. *laughing
We have a fantastic back yard and so soon it’s warm enough the backyard is full of playing kids in all ages, kicking football – loads of screaming and shouting … the women meets outside for coffee and a chat in the afternoon and the teens are sitting talking into after midnight. They have BBQ parties …
But 10pm everything is quiet outside – I never hear any screaming or loud music playing in the evening – no arguing.
I just love this with all kids being outside playing – and people get together – it gives our backyard a very Mediterranean feeling and atmosphere.
Swedish kids don’t play outdoors anymore … I guess they are glued to their computers and Ipads.
When I went on my 28 days trip to US & Canada last year I asked my neighbor if they would look after my green plants and no problem. Their daughter did it and as a thank you I bought her a small bottle of fragrance from Marc Jacobs on Tax Free.
So on Valentine’s Days evening there she was outside my door – with a card and a red rose.
The card says:
“Du är en underbar granne och du är guld värd” – “You are a wonderful neighbor and you’re gold worth” – how sweet isn’t that.
So this show that love doesn’t have any borders and we don’t need to talk the same laungage.
Amanada Rosa that sings this track – is from Marbella, Spain. She is a classical trained singer that are working as a wedding & events singer. What a waste of a brilliant voice -because I think she has a fantastic voice.
Photo provided by and thanks to: amanda-rosa.com