Why Living Without Cars has Given Me Freedom

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Politics

Many grass fields on our island are cut manually with scythes. We’re not Amish. It’s a question of cost-benefit. The fields simply aren’t profitable enough to necessitate the purchase of a combine harvester. Likewise, the haystacks are hand made and the whole community mucks in.

The 100K Bike Race

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Politics

“Do you actually know what 100 kilometres is?” said my boyfriend. “It’s 10 times 10.” I said facetiously. Seriously it doesn’t mean much to me. “It’s ten Swedish miles, not english miles.” “Huh?” I said. Then my father in law came over and he said ~ “We laughed about it. We thought you must think that the race is well, 10 …

Home from Abroad

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Politics

In my old life I was constantly distracted. My preoccupation with consumption, money to live and struggle to achieve in my career despite the recession. The battle to live in our beautiful city and sustain our way of life blocked my ability to be open.

Skinny Dipping in Sweden

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Politics

As she climbed naked down the ladder, she said ‘Watch for the light from the microorganisms ‘ And as she threw herself into the water her lit up ghostly self followed her as microscopic bioluminescent creatures emitted flashes of light as a fear response to the movement of the water. It was amazing. Nudity and magic.

The Great Dairy Farming Hoax

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Politics

As she paused for breath I felt my unborn baby move in my belly and my eyes, filled with tears. The image of calves so young that they still had their umbilical cords and the horror of calves being taken away from their mothers was too painful to think about.