Ystad and Wallander

I love Wallander, in all his incarnations: Book character, Swedish TV show character, even British TV show character. He has a certain melancholy quality that reminds me of my dad.

I would love to visit Wallander’s hometown Ystad. Some of my ancestors lived in Kristianstad, which isn’t too far away (about an hour and 10 minutes by car, according to Google), so someday when I’m richer, God willing, I will plan a trip that includes both towns.

On the Kurt Wallander trail in Ystad, Sweden – The Independent

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Slow TV

I am a fan of Norway’s slow TV, defined on Wikipedia as “a genre of live ‘marathon’ television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. Its name is derived both from the long endurance of the broadcast as well as from the natural slow pace of the television program’s progress.”

Hurtigruten - A 134-hour voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes

Hurtigruten

Click the above photo for “Hurtigruten – A 134-hour voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes” on nrk.no.

This is something I find very appealing. I don’t think it would go over well here in Canada, however. If I may make a sweeping generalization, Canadians seem to have shorter attention spans and require faster-paced, more stimulating content to stay interested. I am not a typical Canadian, in more ways than one. I don’t like hockey, I don’t like maple syrup, and when it comes to stimulation, I find that everyday life provides more than enough for me. I tend to seek things to soothe and calm myself, and slow TV is right up my alley. I sometimes turn the sound down and put on my own music playlist, then tune out my surroundings and get absorbed in the scenery.

A good way to find more of this type of content is to go to YouTube and search “minutt for minutt.”