Travelle – “Sweden”.

Hiya people! πŸ™‚

In the last couple months, I've shared with you a few songs from the Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer Trollguten. I've also mentioned that he's also been more or less known under several other aliases, one of them being Travelle and that I'd like to share with you some music that he's made under this name as well because I actually like it even though I don't really often listen to stuff like this in general. So I figured I'd finally share something by Travelle today. He achieved some popularity  (apparently to some degree in the US) with his debut single Nobody Else in 2016 and since then had been quite prolific until like 2018, but as we haven't heard from him as Travelle since that year I suppose in the end he must have decided that he'd rather focus more on his more cheesy, russ music activity, as he's become popular as russ musician under a different name around the same time,  and his russ stuff is way more popular with his fellow Scandinavians as it seems which is rather sad imo, I'm always saddened to see talented folks wasting their skills. 

Like with his early activity as Trollguten, I like his Travelle music because it feels very genuine. I really like music where you can actually get the idea of the mind and the person behind it and that's what I feel is the case here. And despite, or actually perhaps because of, his lyrics often seeming quite personal and even quite a bit raw sometimes, I guess they still have a lot of potential for being relatable for people and some are even for me. They draw one's attention and they sound very direct and candid. 
The song by him that I want to share today is all about Sweden, so it's little wonder that it drew my attention. πŸ˜€ More exactly, it's about shopping in Sweden, from a Norwegian perspective. You may or may not know that life is generally quite pricey in Norway, particularly, as far as I’m aware, stuff like groceries, not to mention alcohol which is heavily taxed. As a result, a lot of Norwegians travel to Sweden to get groceries and all sorts of drugs fand stuff used for gradual, hedonistic self-destruction of human beings, om booze to snuss (the Scandi snuff) to chocolate at cheaper prices. The phenomenon is widely known as Harrytur (Harry trip) in Norway. Every nation has such names that are very strongly linked to some stereotype, like Karen is in the US these days. That's the case with Harry in Norway. So the Norwegian Harry is I believe typically  a middle-aged guy, although I suppose age doesn't really play much of a role here, what's more important is that he's rather unsophisticated and, among other things perceived as unclassy that he does, drives grocery shopping to Sweden. It can also be used as an adjective so you could say that Norwegians shopping in Sweden are very Harry. The female equivalent is apparently Doris, and obviously as a name nerd when I first learned about these Norwegian stereotypes some years ago I was curious why Harry and Doris. Turns out that, just like I believe was the case in Sweden, in 1920’s, Norwegian lower-class parents would give their kids English names, which distinguished them from their upper-class peers whose parents preferred to stick with all the classic slike Ole and Sven. So the upper-class kids called the lower-class kids Harry, kind of collectively I guess. 

When I first heard this song it seriously made me laugh, I like how graphic it is that you can actually imagine the whole thing vividly and I like its humorous feel.

Question of the day.

What are three things you recently purchased?

My answer:

I was out earlier today, mostly because I needed a haircut. Obviously I paid for it but that’s not really a purchase. I’ve been having a mild headache ever since I woke up, which I initially didn’t think was anything serious so didn’t take anything for it. I still sometimes find it difficult to figure out what has the potential to develop into a migraine and what not so much, and how much I can wait, and I also don’t want to take the meds more than necessary just because my brain’s a little achy. Having this headache reminded me that I was running out of my primary migraine med, so as I already had a valid prescription I wanted to get it on the way back. By the time I left the hairdresser’s my brains were throbbing quite a lot more and I was feeling real nauseous and had a bit of migraine chills already. I think it was really fortunate that I had to go to the pharmacy, because this way I was able to take it before I got home, and if I had to wait until I’d be home I’d probably be sick enough by then that it would be too late for anything to work. Also it was quite a blessing in disguise that I got this headache today because otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t remember to get the med. πŸ˜€ So thanks to the way things worked out, my initial symptoms haven’t evolved into a real, major migraine. It’s still a bit achyy and I’m still feeling a bit shitty but definitely manageable. So yeah, I guess the migraine med counts as the purchase number one.

Then I also wanted to get some groceries and so did Mum so I paid both for the stuff I wanted for myself and for what Mum needed. There were quite a few grocery items so practically more than three things. πŸ˜€ And as we were shopping in a bigger supermarket, which is not where we usually do, there’s also Mish food so I bought some of that as well.

What are yours? πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

Hi people. πŸ™‚

When do you start Christmas shopping?

My answer:

Not very early, usually. We’re generally quite late with all the Christmas stuff, and hardly do anything before Advent, which usually means we start everything off around mid December haha. When I do Christmas shopping, it’s just presents and I prefer to have that done earlier so I don’t have to stress what I should get for everyone and whether I’ll be able to. So last year I think I was done with my shopping a week into December. This year everything seems to be happening much faster, we are already listening to Christmas music, Mum has made most of the pierogi which makes me and my siblings feel like all that waiting is completely unnecessary and we could have the Christmas Eve supper already. πŸ˜€ And there has been My Inner Mishmash Readership Award which is sort of linked with Christmas so I feel more Christmassy than I usually do around this time of year. Apart from the award stuff though, I haven’t done any shopping and I don’t have any present ideas for people, I guess I’m a bit burnt out from thinking about MIMRA and what to do for it for almost 3 months. πŸ˜€

How about your Christmas shopping? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (19th November).

Say you suddenly have 1000 euro/dollars/pounds/zlotys/whatever the currency is in your country. What do you spend it on?

My answer:

Okay, so in Poland we have zlotys. 1000 zlotys is around 230 euro I suppose, not sure how much it is in dollars. I think I’d mostly use it for Christmas presents for my family, and some stuff for myself as well for that occasion. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to get my family for Christmas, so I don’t know how much of it I’d spend, but I need to buy myself new headphones and I’d like to get some really fancy ones, so I could use the rest to help me with that.

So, how about you? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (16th January).

What was the last item you splurged on?

My answer:

Wow I think I haven’t splurged on anything in ages. Should I change it? πŸ˜€ Can’t remember anything really worth mentioning. My purchases so far have been very balanced and predictable, I’ve bought a few books on Audible, which could be generally a bit cheaper, I’d be happy about it because there are many great books and I usually read far more than one book per month, but still you definitely can’t call it a splurge. πŸ˜€ Well the last time was probably in September when I bought a package of snacks on Scrummy, Scrummy is a Polish shop where you can buy sweets or snacks or other food from other countries, like mostly US or Asian countries I guess. Buying stuff on Scrummy is always a splurge, because you rarely buy just one thing, it wouldn’t be worth all the effort then, and all the waiting, because for some reason it takes quite a lot of time for them in comparison to other shops to process everything, so you usually get quite a few things, and then they always want a lot for shipping too.

How about you? Was it worth it a splurge? πŸ™‚

Question of the day (16th December).

So I’m still behind with the question I should’ve asked you yesterday guys, which is:

How much Christmas shopping do you have left to do?

My answer:

Nothing! I’ve just done everything today. I’ve already written about most of my shopping and today after therapy I went with Mum to a nearby shop, because the only person I didn’t have a present for was my Mum, and she chose a vinyl for herself, because she’s going to get a radio with gramophone from Dad. There were lots of vinyls. Personally I rather dislike vinyls because they often have such a rubbishy quality (of sound, I mean) which just puts me off and simply the type of music that is usually released on vinyls isn’t my style usually, but I’ve heard they’re quite trendy, but I didn’t know that it’s that much. There were two full boxes of vinyls and Mum just stood there for like 20 minutes skimming through them. Not that there was a lot of interesting things even for my Mum, just really really many and she didn’t want to miss something that would be really interesting. And so the only shopping I had to do were presents, I don’t have to make any food myself or buy it since we live all together as a family. I thought I might buy a package of some sweets and other snacks on Scrummy as I did a couple times this year – Scrummy is that Polish online shop with foreign snacks – and it was actually Zofijka’s idea since she really liked it, and I had nothing against, but after thinking it through and consulting with Mum I thought it’s not necessary at this moment, we’ll be having plenty of other, more Christmassy things to eat which can expire much earlier and there would be just too much food, too much shopping, and way too much spending money hahaha. ‘Cause that Scrummy is actually quite pricy, I mean maybe not very very pricy but pricy enough that it makes you think twice before you buy some more stuff there and if you don’t buy much, the shipping is still quite pricy and it all really takes them a lot of time, to process your order and stuff, so although the snacks are definitely yummy, they’re not worth that much especially when you’re just stuffed with food at Christmas. So yeah, that means all the shopping is done for me.

How about yours? πŸ™‚

Word Of The Week – blah.

I’m participating for the first time in the Word Of The Week challenge hosted by Jocelyn at The Reading Residence.

It’s already a new week, but I’ll be summing up the last one.

I think the word that suits it best is just blah. I was bored to tears, as it was another week in the row that I was cut off from the world without my computer. Not having much to do and having some other issues made me feel very depressed and I struggled badly with it. And my anxiety was just sky high. I am hopeful that this week will be much better, it looks like it will.

Nevertheless, I did have some nice glimpses into my life last week, like on Friday we went out shopping with Mum and I bought some nice things for myself, including a new metal box for Misha’s snacks which has a flowery meadow painted on it and a little cat lying in the grass, and a pair of very nice cashmere gloves for me for winter, and my Mum bought ones for herself too.

But yeah, apart from Friday, it all was rather blah.

How about your last week, guys? πŸ™‚ HOw would you sum it up?

 

Question of the day (1st March).

Where do you buy groceries? What do you like to eat/drink? Do you collect coupons? Do you look for things on sale?

My answer:

I don’t rather buy groceries for myself, I live with my family and usually my Dad does groceries for us all, sometimes when I need or want something special I just give him money so he gets it for me. Most often we get our groceries in the Polish shop called Biedronka (literally “Ladybug” in English) it’s a network of supermarkets, or in Lidl, sometimes in other nearby shops or supermarkets.

as for what I eat and drink regularly, I eat a lot of vegetables, I mostly like them raw, I generally love Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian food, I love spicy things. I eat a lot of dairy, my favourite drink, or almost favourite is kefir, but I rarely drink milk on its own, there are many views as for whether milk is good or not for people older than toddlers and I am one of those who think it isn’t. I love fruits as well. Meat, with some exceptions, might as well not exist for me, I eat it just because my Dad and brother are very carnivorous so the rest has to adjust at least for dinners. But I like some white meat from time to time. Sometimes I’ll eat bacon too, and my favourite way of preparing meat is baked meat. And I like some of my Dad’s smoked meat, and our Polish kabanosy, and sometimes Polish sausage, but only when it’s well drained, if drained is actually a proper word in this context. I am not a big fan of fish or eggs but it’s not like I don’t like them at all, just not an enthusiast. And I love salty things, and sweet things too. And all kinds of nuts I know of. Oh, and all kinds of pasta, and all kinds of our Polish dumplings and pierogi, but especially Silesian dumplings. And some junk food is great as well, especially chips and spicy chicken wings from KFC. I am not so addicted to potatoes as so many people here are so that they must have them every time for dinner, I rather prefer pasta or rice or groats. Other than kefir, I drink quite a lot of water nowadays and can’t imagine it otherwise, I love black coffee, without any sugar, and recently I’ve discovered raspberry tea, Pepsi is great as well, and Pepsi with some whisky. And recently me and my Mum are in love in almond milk, it tastes just heavenly. And there are much more things I love to eat and drink.

I don’t really care about coupons, mostly just because as for now I don’t have much experience with doing lots of groceries completely on my own, I personally don’t collect any. My Mum does sometimes.

As for sales, we don’t look for things on sale speciffically, but my Mum has an app for Biedronka so she always knows when there’s anything on sale and if it’s something we really like or need currently, we can even go on purpose just there to get that speciffic thing, but it rarely happens. We don’t buy things just because they’re on sale, as so many people over here do, like they are fighting for a piece of carp before Christmas Eve just because it’s cheap lol.

Now it’s your turn. I’m curious what are your preferences and habits as for these things.

Question of the day.

OK so here is my question for you. I thought I will add my answers too, so even if you’re not answering a question, you can always read something more, plus I think I will enjoy it.

So my question for you guys is: What are your best and worst purchases?

As for mine, the best is surely Misha. I’ve never, just never regret I have him. Surely, there are moments when I’m just mad at him or he annoys me or vice versa, but we are happy together and I wish everyone had such a friendly and loving companion as Misha is for me.

The worst… hard to pick, I usually don’t think much about the worst things I buy, I just get rid of them and continue living, and it’s the more hard that it is not a long time since I can buy things for my own money. So yeah, I’ll pick a thing that actually my Mum bought for me and it is my Braille embosser. I really wanted to have it, thought it would help me in life, in having access to some rare books, or at least parts of them. But it turned out to be a complete failure, it took me ages to find someone who would be good at setting up Braille embossers and could do it for me, and then it turned out something is wrong with it and there was a lot of fuss about it, as far as I remember me and this person who helped me with it didn’t fully resolve the problem and it still wasn’t working exactly as it should. I couldn’t figure out many things in it. Then finally it was (somehow) set up, I was very happy, but we soon moved houses and I had to set it up again and… ugh, I just thought it’s too much effort compared to the advantages I had of it. Plus I’d have to pay that guy to help me once again, which also cost quite a bit. So although it still is in my house, it’s not usable and I don’t think I will use it anymore. It’s a pity though that such things cost so much money and then seem actually useless.

How about your purchases?