Fika service

May 26, 2012

OPENfittje backpacks with coffee and tea.

OPENfittje backpack

We’ll leave hand-made cups by Jessica Niello and Amanda Eicher with the people we meet, as well as tea or coffee from Four Barrel coffee and the Imperial Tea Court.

We are here

Two taxi rides from the Arlanda airport later, Valerie Imus, Sam White, Amanda Eicher, and Yasi Perera are in Fittja through the Residence Botkyrka.

Our taxi driver, Mohammed Mire Gure, helped us begin our research in the taxi from the airport by filling us in on Somali culture in Rinkeby, Sweden, a suburb north of Stockholm which seems much like our residence location in Fittja.

He underscored a fact which is becoming more and more clear the longer we’re here: immigrants have dramatically shaped Swedish culture, especially food. Supermarkets which only carried fish and potatoes and a few other staples as few as six years ago now almost universally carry curry spices and a wide array of imported international foods. Most people we talk with say they don’t miss anything from their home countries, though usually, like Mohammed, they can think of one or two things after a moment – like camel’s milk, which Mohammed says he drinks in London when he goes there to visit family. He lives an international life, doing business as a flower importer between Nairobi and Amsterdam and visiting family at least twice a year in England.

We’ll try to visit Mohammed this week to eat Somali food and hopefully hear some music in Rinkeby.

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