I am Richie Stephen Vries, born on the 24th day of May, in a town called Windhoek, Namibia, which is roughly explained as South West Africa, the former name of this vast country with 1.8million people and roughly three times the size of Sweden. (logto: www.namibian.com for more information). I am the second youngest of four children to my mom. Enough of me lets get blogging about my stay in Sweden
I officially arrived in this Scandinavian country called Sweden on the 30th May 2007. I am still here.
For me, when I hear Sweden it is synonymous with a great system and great splendorous lakes and of course Volvo and SAAB. Let us not forget the great people and the successful integration.
I was picked up by friends of mine at the Airport and I noticed that there were no law enforcement agents who “harass” , if I can call it that, when we arrive at the airport, probably because I landed at the Goteborg Airport. From there everything has been a breeze until now, where I have seen a lot to take back home. This is specifically how to make our organization the Young Democrats (YD) more progressive in Namibia. ( Read more about the YD in the article below)
I arrived in Sweden just at the right time to witness the Kings birthday celebrations happening apparently all over Sweden, we just had a get together with the SSU members in Goteborg and I got to know the first taste of Sweden and then of course the lovely people of this country. I think that a lot of you are thinking that I am sucking up but on the contrary, I have experienced and I am very glad, the politeness of Swedes in general. First impressions of course last. I am living in the greatest and lively cities in Sweden but have not seen the night life, my host says that I did not come for that, but as a grateful and humble Namibian that I am, I graciously excepted that fact, but that will not stop me from saving up for a trip to Sweden just to experience a bit of the nightlife, if and when I return.
Goteborg, a pleasant and a cosmopolitan town , the old mixed with the new, the squares which make for a very laid back and picturesque atmosphere, a true reflection of the way in which Europeans relax.
The second day of my stay in Sweden I went to the 1st of May demonstration, where around 6500 people gathered at the Götaplatsen to listen to speeches delivered by the SSU President of the Goteborg District and the charismatic and oh so popular former Foreign Minister Jan Eliason. I enjoyed the demonstration speeches, except the bird, out of 6500 people decided to conveniently shit on my head. Very controversial, because some people might say it is the most disgusting thing and as an African I believe it is a sign of leadership and a blessing from heaven. See it the way you guys want to, I believe it is a sign.
The first weekend in Sweden was spend in Stockholm at a confernce center. The conference was about sustainable development, this is where I met an old friend of mine calles Rasmus Lenefors. He was in Namibia