Look! It’s Överkalix, a town (or village, I don’t know, it’s quite small) you pass by when you go from Luleå up to Tornedalen. This is not far away from the Arctic Circle. For as long as I can remember, we’ve been riding past this café. My family was pretty poor when I grew up so visiting cafés (& restaurants) was a thing that happened a couple of times a year. Maybe that’s why I spend all my money on this.

This time I got to see the inside of this building where you’re thrown back to the mid 1900s mixed with some younger artifacts.

Just look at this! 50s furniture, 80s mugs, 90s vase and so on. The chairs to the right are amazing. It was me and my mum, we sat down to share a delicious shrimp sandwich. I had raspberry soda and felt like I was 10. I told mum When I’m with you, I sometimes feel like I’m a kid again. Her answer was I also feel like a kid!! Two kids in a café.

Here you can sit and look at the people passing by on the main road (pretty much the only road?). I guess there’s a lot of gossip going on.

17 years between us, she’s my best friend. We talk about everything.

What is creepiest? Porcelain dolls or porcelain swans?

Need to get a burger or hotdog from this place one day. We saw my uncle Jim pass by in his car and called him, so we had a quick chat.

It was time to head over to Tornedalen and Korpilombolo where my parents come from. No one believes me when I tell them the name of this village. To be frank; people don’t believe many of the stories I have from up there. More about that in another post where I will tell you about relatives changing their last name from Juto to something cheesy Swedish-sounding or even nazi related. Teeth coming out of the water tap. A porcelain eye rolling on the kitchen table. A pig having different names depending on what time it is. Grandmother making pizza for the first time. Maybe I’ve told you some of the stories before, I can’t remember.


  • Jonna
    October 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Oh yes, I wanna hear all those stories!

    • Sandra
      October 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Will try to give them the respect they deserve, xo

  • Mimi
    October 23, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Amazing. (And the dolls are definitely creepier than the swans.)

  • Linnet
    October 25, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Can’t wait Sandra, and it’s the dolls for me.

    • Sandra
      October 27, 2020 at 9:08 am

      I don’t know why I find the swans creepier, but imagine a doll inside of a swan hahah

  • Alina
    October 26, 2020 at 6:35 am

    I feel like you are full of awesome stories. Really curious to read them!

    • Sandra
      October 27, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Will try to write them down, I’m just afraid I won’t do them justice <3

  • Mimulus
    October 27, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    The pig name changing sounds intriguing. Is it anything like lamb, hoggett and mutton for sheep? Everything about this post fascinating. And most def, porcelain dolls win the cringe factor.


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