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LIVING WITH INTERNATIONALS

On the upside of not having my own apartment for a couple of months was the secret blessing in living in hostels for a while. At for example Bed and Breakfast and City Backpackers in Stockholm, there is a great community kitchen and place to hang out, like in most hostels, which is great both for budget, making your own gluten-free food with less stress and in good company!

It is always exciting to see whose paths we join for a couple of days, where we are from and what we share and have in common. It is the greatest opportunity to share experiences, opinions and visions about how and where we want to live.

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It seems to be a big movement going on in Europe at the moment with not only just refugees, but also silent migrants, people who don’t feel at home in their own country anymore, or simply more at home online and therefor seek to join these new formations of community wherever it may say be happening on a webpage, whether short-term of long-term. We meet based on ambitions and interests. Talking to the two dancers showing up for festivals, a Brooklyn-guy for tap and an Israeli-chick for west-coast swing, was inspiring to see, just like the former Russian-American doctorate student and new friends speaking Portugese, provided me to feel good about exploring new opportunities. This type of travel also enable us to develop and cement our own sense of identity in comparison to cultural behaviors, as well as share sentiments when bad things happen.

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Thank you Canada! Inspiration as part of provision.

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KEEPING THE WATERS OF LIFE

We all need it and yet it is so easy to forget when you don’t live in a warm climate where thirst is more obvious. But perhaps in Sweden, people are thirsty in another way, although most doesn’t know it. And just like with being on the everlasting search for the perfect wallet and perfect purse, which I have yet to find, or perhaps design myself, my water bottle must fit in it!

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A way of living eco-friendly is by reusing and recycling. It is also to be aware of which quality a fabric has or which material a product is made of to last long when desired and to not have too much negative impact on our environment. A couple of years ago, I started reusing these made of glass. And this year I saw it had become fashion with newly made!

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THE ROSEPETALS

I felt really moved by this particular dance with Isadora Duncan choreography, called “The Rosepetals” the first time I tried it in 2014 at a dance class for Kathleen Quinlan. I hadn’t even heard about it, less danced it when I for example did the photo shoot on Oahu for my book “The Call for Divine Mothering” in 2010, but as so often in life, one thing leads to the other, developing our seeking and finding into more. This is why it can feel like magic! A rose to me simply symbolizes love, which is why I had a small one tattooed on my upper arm in 1993, to always remind myself to believe in love.


Here is me practicing this dance in Stockholm, although with petals from tulips this time. To me dancing “The Rosepetals“, besides the original interpretation and purpose, enable us to pick up the torch and carry on with Isadora Duncan’s mission with our next.