Hej på märten!

Crowded center street toward train station

Crowded center street toward train station

Nu äddä inte rådlit att nöen går å liper å lir två svåre tier för nu ä märten her mä rö å blå ballonger å sköj å virschelpiper å karusell å löckebrev å möe möe mer.   I have been spending a great deal of time at the bibliotek (library) and asked and received an article on the history of the Arvika Market.  Sadly,  the language was such that I could understand very little.  Many of the words weren’t even in my swedish word book.  I did glean a few facts to share with you.  Starting late september, the various larger towns in Varmland have markets.  In the past the intention was to sell livestock, handgoods, romance and socialize.  As far as I can tell the first market in Arvika was in 1864, however, smaller neighboring towns had had markets for years, beginning in 1722.  There was a great deal of concern on the part of the businesses in town over hosting the market. Their concern was over loss of business and the need for the military to keep control with “threats and fines.”   The weekend begins with kålsoppa.  I had been hearing about the soup for weeks.  The soup is cabbage and small princkorv (sausages) in a beef broth.  Opinions on it are varied.  Anna loves it, Camilla hates it. Kurt, Yarrow and Betsey enjoyed it and Lily…  well, Lily ate the meat soup that Camilla brought with her to Karin’ house.  Anna generously made a large pot of the soup for our family, we ate bunch of it and froze the rest.  Friday night before we went to the carnival we met at Connie and Karin’s house for soup.  Connie was in Stockholm at a meeting and picking up Jenny who came home for the market.  This is a big deal folks!  Only bigger is the Arvikafest that happens in the summer.  Next year Depeche Mode is playing!  

Karin and kålsoppa

Karin and kålsoppa

Kålsoppa

Kålsoppa

The carnival runs Friday and Saturday night and Sunday morning.  The rides are 1/2 price on Sunday for the kids.  One ride costs about $6.  Lily rode with the littles on a variety of rides and with Camilla on a ride they call the couch.  Its a round platform with a couch running around the perimeter.  The entire unit bounces and shakes.  It got  little crazy, at one time Camilla had to throw her leg over Lily so she wouldn’t bounce off.  It would NEVER be allowed in the states, it is personal injury lawsuit waiting to happen!  Many of the workers at the carnival were from the closest eastern bloc countires.  We escaped Friday night from the carnival without seeing “threats nor fines” in action, however, the police were out in full force.  On our way back to the car we saw three young teens, very much drunk.

Mathias and Elias

Mathias and Elias

Anders and Leia

Anders and Leia

Carnival Worker

Carnival Worker

The market opens at 10 am on Saturday.  We arrived at 11 am, met Camilla and began to follow the stream of humanity from street to street.  The market spreads out from the train station and fills all streets, almost up to the school and church which lie in the center of the old part of town.  The hand crafts were greatly outnumbered by the “scrap” as the swedes call.  Rhymes with crap.   Our big deal of the day were socks.  12 pairs for 100 kroner (about 17 dollars).  

Arvika Market booth

Arvika Market booth

Raising money for a childrens foundation

Raising money for a childrens foundation

Socks

Socks

Small Tomtar

Small Tomtar

Many of the local groups, basketball, swimming, the daycare the kids go to, have booths and sell lotteries.  I bought one from a member of the girls basketball and won a small candy bar. Yarrow’s school had a cafe with coffee, hot chocolate, bullar (sweetrolls) and smorgås (sandwiches).  We met a lovely family there.  Three kids, two of whom go to Yarrows school and go to her learning-Swedish class.  They have lived in Sweden for three years, but prior to that had lived in several large cities in the USA.  The mother and her partner are both from Danmark.  They own a small B&B in Klåsboll. She traveled throughout the US speaking and training on the mind body connection.  She offers the same at the bed and breakfast.

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2 Responses to “Hej på märten!”

  1. Blind Squirrel Says:

    Those are small sausages?

  2. Dick King Says:

    Hello you 4 Meads,

    We could use the Arvika Market foods at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner our U.P. Church is hosting once again this year. Enjoyed reading this. Blessings on your stay in Sweden. Maggie

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