Glad Påsk! (Happy Easter)
Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
45Trip End Sep 27, 2010
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The sun has been out a lot this week and Emelie, Daniel, Pete and I celebrated by eating icecream
Along with the sunshine have come more and more flowers; they're springing up everywhere and some parts of the botanic gardens have become a sea of glowing white snow drops! Amazing! Most of the shops and churches have tubs of jonquils and other bulbs growing out the front and most patches of grass around the place have at least a dozen crocusses poking out. No-one can tell me the names of the flowers and birds around the place so I got some books from the library to help me out.
The Easter celebrations have begun and more and more of those feathery trees are being put up around the place. There are some other weird Easter traditions around here too; it's customary for the children to dress up as little witches on what we would call Maundy Thursday (yesterday) and march through the town! All the kids who participate get lollies and sweets for some reason as well. Again, no-one has been able to tell us WHY! Very odd behaviour indeed!
We had a meal together in the church last night to remember the last supper
Part of setting up for the meal included, of course, hunting down some leafless trees to cut down and tie gaudy feathers to. How could we have an Easter feast without feathery trees? So Pete and I went to Daniel's place and walked for what seemed like ages through often swampy Swedish woods to find the right kind of trees. Daniel's family have a big block of land for the horses to wander around on and because of the melty snow much of it was almost knee deep with water. It was so weird to see, these Swedes have so much water they just leave it lying around on the ground! Bizarre!
Today being Good Friday it was appropriate to remember Jesus being crucified, so we went with a group of people from other churches in Visby and walked up the execution hill which is called Galgenberg (Gallows Hill). If you remember from a previous blog our trip to the museum, you may remember me saying about the hill outside the town where people used to be executed. At the top of the hill is a circular stone wall with 3 stone pillars. Between the pillars used to be planks from which people were hanged and other executions took place there too. Nearby there are several mass graves for the poor people who couldn't afford to be properly buried. Each year people go up there to remember the crucifixion because if you think about it there are a lot of similarities between it and Calvary or Golgotha or whatever you want to call the place where Jesus was killed
We have some days off now so we are going to find some fun activities to do. Daniel is going to take us on a tour of part of the island and the rest of the time I think will be taken up with reading and copious amounts of tea, as well as the Easter Sunday stuff (more food!).
Glad Påsk to you all!
P.S. Just want to say thanks for the comments we get each week, it's really interesting to read what you have to say and we feel much closer to home because of it. Please keep them coming and those of you too shy to write somethin please do it anyway, no matter how short, so we don't get homesick! :)