Again I find myself abroad on 17th May, Norway’s Constitution Day. Not to worry though. Despite not having a flag to wave with today, I lunched at Scandinavian Kitchen, where I also picked up a Freia Melkesjokolade for later (A little piece of Norway…). Bliss.
*Waves imaginary flag*
I admit it – I love Ikea – always have. Every time I head out to the gritty suburbs of London, I am surrounded by a sense of home when I step inside the giant blue and yellow building. Ok, so I am not Swedish. But for most Scandinavians (or just me), this is a haven when you need a fix of modern, stylish, well-designed Scandinavian living. The fact that it comes at reasonable prices is also a bonus.
However, many times my joy of a new purchase has faded once I realise that several people I know have the exact same furniture as is currently in my bedroom. So much for individuality and personal style…
That is now a thing of the past thanks to Mykea. In three simple steps it lets you personalise your Ikea furniture! I know what I’m doing next time I’m adding a piece to my collection.
I first read about the Scandinavia Show 2010 in a copy of Scan Magazine which I’d picked up at the Wild Swans shop in Islington. And seeing as my annual summer holiday back to the home country had been scrapped due to various events, I was really excited about the idea of going to a show all about the Northern countries to get my Scandi-fix. And it was also a great chance to introduce my all-British Boy to my non-British background.
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed I met with The Boy, and off we went to Kensington Olympia where the show was taking place. In to the conference centre we went, in the lifts and *ding* were met by the Rekordelig Cider by Sweden stand. Hello Scandinavia! Walking around taking in the food stands; Finlandia Vodka, Norwegian waffles (yum!), Freia melkesjokolade, Danish red sausages, yummy sweets by the Scandinavian Kitchen and much more, I was overwhelmed with a sensation of home. It was the scent of reindeer (too strong of a smell for The Boy’s liking), waffles and getting to speak my native language with others than my family.
We walked around the venue looking at the amazing design that has come out of the Scandi countries – Bang & Olufsen, Nordic Elements to name a few, as well as entering a couple of mini-break holidays to various destinations (pick me please!). I even got a free dvd showcasing the best of Norway by Visit Norway – perfect for the days when I feel a little homesick. And the Moomins were also there. Coming to a 3D screen near you soon.
We also had a in-depth chat with one of the ‘vikings’ present (all English from Leicester, who are part of a Viking warrior reenactment group) – oh my their chain mail is (was) HEAVY – before re-visiting the Rekordelig stand prior to departure.
With perhaps a little less money than what I came with, I left with a much increased Scandi love level. It was good to be Scandified for a little while.
Until next year. In the meantime, I’ll be heading over to the Scandinavia Kitchen more regularly for my fix.