Pictures from Old (Gamla) Uppsala…

The Sun is always up in the sky with longer daylight this period and if you have experienced the darkness in Swedish winter, how cold, dark, lonely and energy-draining it can be, then you really understand what the sun means. It is everything! We soak it up and we don’t complain….who complains about spring and summer anyway? The best part of the year, if you ask me. For a unique year like 2020, being able to go out for a walk albeit with the social distancing is something not to take for granted. But again, social distancing in Sweden comes naturally (as a Nigerian, i am still trying to fit in), everyone loves their space, you do not even have to try really hard to achieve that. This period is a challenge but i hope we can make it through, being alive is all that counts now.

In the “goodbye winter, hello spring” spirit, i walked all the way to Gamla (old) Uppsala and it was worth every footstep. I really have no words to describe the pretty little town with such great history but just wanted to share some of the photos. It is a “village” outside Uppsala with a very old church of much religious importance in Swedish history with tomb stones. Gamla home of the mounds (exactly what i wanted to see), particularly the Royal Mounds (Kungshögarna) the three large barrows. It was also an economic and political centre as early as the 3rd century AD and the 4th century AD, home to Swedish kings. Read more about the history on Wikipedia. (I didn’t just say that…lol)

It is a place you should visit whenever you are in Uppsala, beautiful landscape, you can find some peace and quiet walking around. You could just hang out all day and it would even seem like time never mattered. It is a good place to picnic under open skies and run around. I apologize i am so good with historical writings (this period has been challenging for me to even express basic things through writing)…it is not my forte but i hope you enjoyed the pictures, it could give a hint of how much i enjoyed myself.

Stay Safe and happy lock down (no lock down here in Sweden though). I recommend you listen to some Lira, Asa(she is a different kind of Nigerian musician) and plenty of old school music (Yvonne Chakachaka, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, TLC, Boyz II Men, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Donnie Warwick, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Bette Milder, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight etc), You could make your own list too, works like Magic for me!



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