Monday, June 12, 2006

Lipstick, parades and football!

Last Thursday I had a work training day in the building on the right, which is known as Läppstiftet (The Lipstick) for obvious reasons! It is an office building with a cafe and viewing point at the top, but sadly the cafe was shut so I wasn't abale to go up and take some photos of the great view over the harbour. Next time...

On Friday I was back in Trollhättan working, but did manage to see some of the graduation parade. It was to celebrate the students gradutation from gymnasium (high school) and they ride around town on the back of trailers decorated with banners and branches, pulled by tractors! The students wear white gradutation caps, with a band of blue and yellow, the colours of the Swedish flag. The parade tradition dates back to when this would have been the last time students saw each other before going to take part in their military service, but as military service is no longer compulsary in Sween its now just to a chance to celebrate (and get drunk!)

As this was our first proper weekend in the flat without any moving or unpacking involved we were very lazy! Summer has finally come to Sweden so we spent most of the weekend wandering round our new neighbourhood and sitting in the park. On Saturday we also met up with some friends to watch the England/Paraguay (1-0) and Sweden/Trindad and Tobago (0-0) World Cup matches. Both matches were equally uneventful although I did notice that when I watched the England match I cheered in English (come on/nooooo!) and then cheered in Swedish during the Sweden match (kom igen/oi/neeeej!). My other observation was how polite the Swedish fans were, politely clapping when their players missed a shot, compared with the English shouting and swearing!! We'll have to wait and see how polite the Swedes are next week during the England/Sweden match!!


At 2:27 PM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Those graduation caps make them look like sailors in blue uniform.
Looks like you had a grand time.

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheering in two languesges such talent!

At 4:05 AM, Blogger verniciousknids said...

It's weird how our brains switch langauges...mine was all confused with the Australia-Japan game ;)

And I love the idea of a building called "Lipstick"!

At 11:55 PM, Blogger kimananda said...

Let us know what language you cheer in for England v Sweden...maybe Swedish if the Swedish team does something of note, and English if England does?

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww~ England vs Sweden!?
which team will u support? lololol
that is a nice photo of harbour & lipstick!
we are looking forward to the next photo!!
take care and have a happy weekend, Helen-chan!! ^^


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