A Little Bit Of Sweden

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I can see the ABBA house from my bedroom window. It's the house where Former couple and members of the Swedish music group Abba, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus lived together in a house on Lidingo island. I doubt they still live there but fans still call by to photograph the house!!

Lidingo is one of the 14 islands Stockholm straddles and it lies close to the city's downtown area.
The traditionally affluent island suburb is only a few miles from mainland Stockholm via the a spectacular bridge and has a Metro station with services into the city.
Separated from the mainland by the Lille Vartan strait, with a natural setting, a sense of space and a slower pace of life, the island has long-held appeal with Stockholm's elite.

As a result, Lidingo is one of the most expensive places to live in Stockholm, and we have been living here for two glorious weeks!!

Its October right now and I am freezing, a hot blooded Zimbabwean, with temperatures seldom going below zero, I now find myself donning three layers of clothing, including my well worn ski jacket, to leave the house.

Fortunately the house is toasty, and has a glorious view of the strait where the major ferry lines pass by to the Baltic, to Helsinki, to St Petersburg and to Copenhagen!!

Two minutes down the close and all around are forests where deer graze, where there are serene and safe play areas, volley ball courts and ice hockey arenas, and the ocean is but a stone's throw away.

A far cry from dear old Addis Ababa where we spent two tumultuous years with the family....

Our Wee Boy's pre school is four minutes away by car and todays main occupation was picking blackberries in the woods, tomorrows exciting activity will be making blackberry pie!! The Swedish folk do not baulk at the weather.. rain, snow or shine, they don their wooly, rainproof layers, mittens and boots, and head out into whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

HeeHoo and I have adopted a rather different lifestyle. We too attire ourselves in snow gear, and backpack in place, Wee Boy in tow, we sally forth to the local supermarket to obtain provisions daily. It's a chilly, hilly little country, mark my words..

How far away Zimbabwe seems with all its strife and sadness, but we look forward to a journey home as soon as covid allows us.


Call for Applications to lease the National Gallery Bulawayo Restaurant

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo is inviting registered companies to apply to lease the gallery restaurant as from 1 January 2021.

The restaurant is a very important and strategic component of the overall Gallery visitor experience. The lessee is expected to provide fresh meals and teas, maintain high professional standards and have a passion for absolute customer satisfaction. The restaurant is expected to exude an ambient atmosphere and exhibit high inclination for creativity in its operations.

Interested applicants should submit their sealed applications addressed to the Regional Director of the National Gallery in Bulawayo, 75A Joshua Nkomo Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue by 30 November 2020.

Applications must include company proof of registration, health certificate and an outline of experience in the food industry. A liquor license should also be included if applicant intends to serve alcoholic beverages.

A non-refundable application fee of ZWL$1000 must be paid into the National Gallery of Zimbabwe bank account indicated below.

Proof of payment must be attached to the application. Failure to provide proof of payment renders the application incomplete and will therefore be disqualified.

The winning applicant will be notified by 20 December 2020.

Bank Details:

Account Name: National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Bank: First Capital Bank
Account Number: 2307-1102602
Branch: J.M.N. Nkomo Street

For more information please contact Silenkosi Moyo on 0772764807

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