Over the course of dinner last night with some Swedish friends who have lived here in Oz for 2 years, the conversation naturally turned to Sweden. We were listening to Swedish music and talking about Steig Larsson’s books as I just finished the second in his millenium trilogy.
Then I mentioned how much I was enjoying the easy, friendly Australians. I had been for a walk around Lake Burley Griffin and every person I passed either smiled and nodded, said hello or even more. And I remarked how that would never happen in Sweden but that I wished it would – the process may be casual but I enjoy acknowledging my fellow human beings. It somehow makes me feel connected to the world, even if Swedes tend to think that is just a surface friendliness. What I found interesting is that my Swedish friend Sophie felt the same way: she also loves the casual friendliness here. Rather inexplicably, that made me very happy.