Today was a long awaited Swedish Day with my mother and stepdad. Due to a class I was in the morning, it turned into an afternoon but we still hit up the highlights in Seattle. We started with the Scandinavian Specialties store. There my mom and I bought some lovely Swedish foods.
Then we headed to the Old Ballard Liquor Co. cafe for lunch.
Mom and I start with Aquavits while Al was our designated driver. She got Älskar Aquavit (citrusy) and I got Nymodig Aquavit (licoricey).
We started eating with beet pickled eggs. Mom got Sjöman’s Flask (a Swedish pork stew), Al got Weinerpølse (a Scandi hotdog), and I got Swedish meatballs.
I got a kick out of the sign in the bathroom.
Then we headed to the new Nordic Museum. Mom was a little familiar with it as she has been taking Swedish language classes there. Here is the impressive map in the entry.
They have the Viking exhibit from Upsala now. Here is a swords from the Valsgård boat grave from the 7th century.
Here is a closeup of the scabbard of one of there with figures of Norse mythology engaged in battle.
Here is a helmet from the 7th century Valsgård boat grave.
And here is another one.
Here is a more recent carving of Odin.
Here is a bronze and garnet brooch from Gotland Sweden circa 550-800 AD.
Here is the Scandinavian background of two popular department stores.
Here is a Margaret Bergman (Swedish immigrant to Poulsbo) loom with impressive weaving on it.
Here are 1858 Norwegian and 1885 Finnish spinning wheels.
After finishing the museum we headed our separate ways home. I stopped by my grandmother’s grave on the way home. I placed a Swedish flag there.
Thank you Gramma (Mormor) for giving me this wonderful heritage I will continue with my Swedish language lessons and return to the Swedish club to see the Swedish singers.