Creme and terracotta coloured buildings with wonderful decorations are what you meet when visiting the Old Town. Soldiers in blue and with silver helmets march around the royal palace. Close by one both after the other leaves the quay to head for one of the hundreds of larger islands in the archipelago, being waved goodbye […]
When Sweden industrialized in the 17th century, it got help from the Walloons, who live in southern Belgium. About 1,200 Walloon families – many with master blacksmiths – moved to Sweden. Many settled northeast of Stockholm and Uppsala, constructing a network of villages. Österbybruk is one of them.
One time a year the Swedish city of Uppsala warms up by Latin music and dance. The Carnival of Cultures in May puts some light in the hearts of the people. The event takes two days and is currently in its eight year. Kulturernas Karneval is filled with concerts, workshops, a market and dance performances. Plus it has a lot of activities for children like a circus, a theatre and games.
An authentic working-class neighbourhood of 1830 Klarendal in the Dutch city of Arnhem is struggling to become a great area. New cafés, small fashion boutiques and art places have opened up their doors in the past few years. The streets show improvements that give hope for a better home. A stabbing, a hostage situation and a fire. In the days before writing this story Klarendal did not exactly made the news positively.