What is a FIKA?

What is a FIKA?

Fika is a pretty big deal in Sweden.

According to Wikipedia, Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie.

When I arrive in Sweden, I had no idea what Fika means and it is not so big in France. The paradox is that Sweden people don’t eat pastries, cookies expect for the fika! As a true Swedish, you have to Fika (yes it is getting so big that we use it as a verb) at least every week!

Companies do a fika once a week – usually on fridays but some companies do it EVERY DAY – Even 2 times per day! In this case, you don’t have cookies or pastries every time – unfortunately – but you will take a cup of coffee with your colleagues during 15 mins, talking about everything and nothing. Especially the weather and what is going on today in the city! But I have to say it is cozy and it is a big part of the Swedish life.

Just for your information, Sweden is one of the top country for biggest coffee drinker. It is around 150l (need to double check this information) per person per year! And the coffee is SUPER DARK. So you need to like strong coffee! Personally, I am used soft coffee with Vanilla arome, so I really don’t like Swedish coffee!

Some cookies or pastries for the fika:

  • Kanelbullar : Cinnamon rolls! It’s delicious!
  • Choklad bullar: Chocolate balls
  • Dammsugare: Almond chocolate balls
  • Kladkakka: Chocolate cake!
17th of March in Oslo

17th of March in Oslo

Norway, this country is so similar to Sweden but also different at the same time (logical? yes I know!)

I visited Norway twice, the first time was during the celebration of the 17th of May. It is a pretty BIG deal there, it is the national day to celebrate their independence, but I would say it is much more than a NATIONAL DAY, it is the day where everyone gather together and celebrate the fact of being a norwegian. If you want to know more about the history of this day, you can go there.

First of all, they have special customs, girls have dresses and it all depends where your family comes from, it is amazing to see every dress like that.

Then, you start the day with a “champagne breakfast” (Well, go big or go home), you do some games/talks… 11am, it’s time to parade and go into Oslo city! You better not want to lose your friend, because almost everyone is dressed the same! And that’s what you will do all day.. walk into the city, eat and discover so many beautiful aspects of this day!

Here is some pictures of Oslo:

Croatia – Road trip to Rijeka, Zagreb and Krk island

Croatia – Road trip to Rijeka, Zagreb and Krk island

Croatia

We went for a couple of days in Rijeka. We live close to an airport and they have different flights to Europe, and one to Rijeka.

Accomodation: We were staying at the Botel Marina in Rijeka

Day 1. we arrived during the afternoon, we rented a car and went straight to a small city called Krk on the island of KRK. It was wonderful and super warm. The really good point about our travel was that it was during april and we did not have so much turists! We spent the night in the boat. The room was ok, it was unsual to sleep in the boat!

Day 2. We went to Plitvice park! Super impressive

Day 3. Zagreb

Day 4. Rijeka

Day 5. Krk island and come back to Sweden

Recommandations: I would recommend you to NOT book the same hotel. You should do a road trip around Croatia and change cities. Of course, if your goal is to relax then stay to one hotel close to the beach ? Rijeka is really industrial city! You should probably find a nice hotel on the Krk island

Paris

Paris

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