Sweden – Day 5

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VASTERAS

Sweden – 14 March 2012

These first days have been filled with errands, paperwork and shopping for necessities that we already own, but  are at sea (I hope) somewhere on the Atlantic. We’ve been lucky with the weather, seven sunny days so far . . . and cold of course. It’s twelve below this morning, but a dry cold, not too bad.

We drove to Vasteras yesterday, a city two hour’s drive from Borlange where we live. I applied for permanent residency along with a crowded room of others from a dozen different countries. I was the only American. It was much like going to the SSI office in the States, except the time it took was not so long. I was number fifty three on the waiting list, but it took less than an hour for fingerprints and ID photograph . . . Swedish efficiency.

It feels so strange to be an immigrant, a stranger in a strange land. A trip to the grocery store can be mind boggling . . . to not know where things are. To not know what things are. Nothing is easy even though most natives here speak English. I feel guilty for my impatience with others in my situation Stateside – grocery stores, post offices . . . newcomers trying to explain what they wanted. Why don’t you learn the frigging language? I would say to myself.

Yeah right. Seems like the average word here uses thirty letters. What was it Salieri said when criticizing Mozart’s music in the movie . . . Too many letters notes!  Too many letters here. Why do they need so many letters? I suppose I’ll learn . . . I’d better.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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7 Responses to Sweden – Day 5

  1. lgyslaine says:

    I think it will be better for you lol 🙂

  2. mariadesuede says:

    You talk about å, ä & ö… Don’t forget that we use accents in the Swedish language… Entré, café, idé, Dahlén, We need this to make a difference of the sense, and I know Västerås, but I lived in Eskilstuna… “Ide” and “Idé” aren’t the same thing, “idé” is idea and “ide” is a place where the bear sleep… I’ll go to Eskilstuna this summer…

  3. catnipoflife says:

    Oh, my, Bruce! I can’t imagine being in your shoes. To top it off would be my trying to learn to speak the language with my Southern accent! Dear, dear! 😆

  4. authorjim says:

    Hey, Bruce, thanks for keeping us posted. You make me feel quite secure in my familiar surroundings.

  5. Time to order the Rosetta Stone Swedish Language disks.

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