The last Sunday of February month. Sweden. The weather have gone from cold and snowing to warm and raining these last weeks. We could not really tell what kind of weather we would welcome them too. The winter wonderland Sweden, where as it might even have been taken from a storybook. Or the slushy, grey and rainy Sweden which the staggering rise of climate pollution have reduced our winters too.
The indoors were warm and welcoming, smelling of freshly baked cinnamon buns when they arrived. Outdoors the snow laid thick, and the fire which had been lit to welcome them gave a soothing light in the nordic winter night. Some of them had never seen snow, or atleast not in this quantity, so quite immediately a snowball fight erupted. First day in Sweden were quite something compared to the sunny Rhodes.
The week in Sweden turned out to be the exact opposite of the one in Rhodes. Where as in Rhodes, the working climate were relaxing, and the area of the project larger, here in Sweden we had a harder schedule, the climate harsh and the space for all participants crammed. Culture clashes, as this week would turn out much more productive than the week on Rhodes.
We had visits from two politicians this week, both from the socialdemocratic party, who spoke a little about themselves and what they do, but did mainly answer the questions from the participants. We did aswell have the pleasure to have an immigrant from Somalia to come and answer our questions, and telling us a bit about the Swedish migration system.
Despite the seminars and chances they have had to ask questions to these people, all of us participants off Camp Democracy have also eaten traditional Swedish courses through this week. All from brown beans and pork to pea soup and pancakes-thursday. An all through Swedish culinary experience, which also happen to include a pastry called semla at “Fettisdagen” or Fat Tuesday.
This week we spent here in Sweden may not have had any cultural or historical aspects or sightings besides the food, or a meeting with a survivor of the holocaust. What this week in the forest half way through Sweden gave each one off us is something much different, but off equally importance. Where in Rhodes we got the reason to never stop fighting against the evils that are gaining root and growing in our society. Here in Sweden we got the comradery, the friendship and the tools to prevent that for ever happening again. We came closer to each other than before, and that is what these power of evil fear the most. For us, the common person, the average Joe, to realise that Europe is not that frightening. It ain’t that big, and our actions can change it. That we are all the same, and through our unified actions and will, we can shape the Union for our cause, and future goals.
Peace, comradery, environment sustainability and love!
That is what I have learned these weeks, that is what I have found through this project. And that is what I will continue working with, making Europe closer. Making the Union count for something.
We youths are the future, and the future is the European Union!