I love learning, especially when it’s a cultural norm somewhere else that I can adopt into my own world.
My latest: fika. It is a Swedish tradition that 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙢𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣, 𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙜𝙪𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮 𝙖 𝙘𝙪𝙥 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙚 (𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙚𝙖) 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙖𝙩.
Pronounced fee-ka, it can be both a noun (𝘭𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘬𝘢) and a verb (𝘭𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘬𝘢 𝘯𝘰𝘸…). No rules – just a good cup of coffee or tea, a bite of something delicious, and some time to enjoy the moment.
Fika is about genuinely slowing down, getting back in touch with your body and the people around you, and recharging on a deeper level. It is something to look forward to, a short time where everything else stops and you savor the moment. Quantity isn’t the key here either, nor is it to “trick” the body into carrying on and working harder (like an afternoon caffeine jolt here in the U.S. often is).
For Swedes, fika is nothing revolutionary; it’s simply part of everyday life.
If you are interested, let’s fika together!