Tuesday, October 21, 2008

a fika story

ever since i was little, my mom has occasionally taught once a week night classes in swedish at community colleges, in addition to her regular high school teaching gig (teaching german and french and yearbook). now she's retired, but teaching the swedish class again. she was telling me that last night the lesson was all about conversations around coffee.

she made coffee for her students and brought pepparkakor, and then they talked in swedish about things like whether they wanted milk or sugar in their coffee. of course my first question was, "did you tell them about fika?"
and she said she forgot! shocking, right?! i love that in this art-craft blog world so many non-swedes now know about fika. ah the wonders of the world wide web.

(my mom will tell her students about fika next week. we don't want them to be completely clueless and deprived.)


sandra said...

men å så fint! tur de får lära sig det rätta nästa vecka :)

dandelion said...

Mmm, pepparkakor - yum! before your blog and going to Sweden I was completely unaware of all things fika, thankfully I am now a fan!...x

jennifer said...

i'm not in the know. what is fika? also where did you get that crazy delicious looking coffee???

shash said...

hi jennifer, wikipedia has a good fika definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fika
to me it implies coziness though too.

the coffee is actually a hot chocolate, which is probably why it looks so delicious--ha! (i am not a coffee drinker.) it was actually way too sweet.

jennifer said...

Thanks!! That was so helpful. One of the things I like about your blog is when you talk about Sweden or your family. I'm a Nordic-file and would love to travel to the Nordic countries someday. Til then I'll just have to read Camilla's blog and yours.