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One of the nicest things about having lived abroad is the ability to compare, which allow us to grow in understanding and see more variations. While I was out walking yesterday, a little more on the countryside than inside downtown Stockholm, I recognized some plants and rocks that used to fascinate me growing up.

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My mother shared that this particular plantain is used to cover and clean wounds. And this pretty piece of pink granite is commonly used for countertops and tombstones and is a continuous geological development from lava, which comes from my father’s knowledge. In Hawaii, sometimes ministers use a ti-leaf to wrap around a new piece of lava as a blessing for a newly wedded couple, similar to Mazeltov, it feels. Through this we can recognize that we all come from the same origin.

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And from Finland comes the tradition to use bundles of birch to cleanse ourselves in a sauna or used as a broom, similar to in a native American sweat-lodge. But right now, I’m enjoying the summer warmth outside!

 

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