Sweden Week 3 – A



I now have my residence card and a library card which have enabled me to move a few centimeters away from non-existence. All that was known of me was left behind . . . my history and reputation, gone for better or for worse. My friends and relatives have been reduced to memories and intermittent e-mails.

Car will arrive in two more weeks at Gothenburg, a seaport some three hours by train from our new home. I worry for the battery – almost a month at sea. There will be paperwork, inspections, customs declarations, licensing and fees. Gas is expensive, twice as much as I complained about in the U.S. – around nine bucks a gallon. I have yet to drive here, know where nothing is, road signs and symbols still a mystery.

Earthly possessions, things I’ve lived with day to day are still at sea, hopefully still afloat and destined to arrive in a few weeks: furniture and dishes, flatware, tools, computers, files and notes. Forgot to pack external hard drives – big mistake!


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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9 Responses to Sweden Week 3 – A

  1. mariadesuede says:

    Now you need to start to think in the metric system, and one lesson in Swedish…

    En (1) mil är (is) 10 kilometer(km)… 1 mile is about 1.620 km… or “1620 meter”

    And it’s liter, cm3, dm3, m3 that we use…

    30 km/h, 50 km/h, 70 km/h, 80 km/h, 90km/h, 100 km/h, 110 km/h and 120 km/h are the speed limits… I was in Sweden last summer…

    And “FAST” means “but”, “hard” and “steady”, this word have nothing with speed to do in Swedish…

    Grattis! (Congratulations)

  2. lgyslaine says:

    Good luck to you Bruce and happy Easter 🙂

  3. Keep writing, friend. That is the one constant in your life that never changes. Well, unless you start writing in Swedish. Maybe stick to English for awhile? Hope your things arrive soon!

  4. Your odyssey is fascinating, Bruce … step by step, we’ve followed along the way, and there’s always some new challenge and another hurdle surmounted – it’s an amazing journey you’re sharing with us. As soon as I see your latest e-mail, I jump to that ahead of the other 85 waiting to be read !!!!

  5. Jew Boy says:

    What reputation?? If you left one here I will try to find it, but very unlikely?

  6. catnipoflife says:

    Residence and library card…how interesting! I guess you will have to take a driver’s test for licensing. Start studying! 🙂

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