It’s That Time Of Year again:
Spring Market and Autumn Market are old traditions in the town of Borås – going back hundreds of years. In the autumn it’s always the last weekend in September.
The goods sold have probably changed a bit over the centuries; even if they always seem pretty much the same to me…
Why do children love balloons so much?
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”
(quote from Winnie the Pooh)
I came into town early on Friday while they were still setting things up.
It soon got crowded though…
… and rather hard to find elbow room to take photos.
Christmas is less than three months away…
At the market you can buy Christmas cards or other postcards for just 1 krona a piece. To actually send it somewhere you need to add a stamp worth 6 kronor though (inland postage) – or 12 to another country.
The official currency abbreviation for the Swedish krona/ kronor is SEK. (In Swedish we usually just write “kr”.)
10 SEK = 1,50 USD / 0,90 GBP / 1,20 EURO
Certain sweets are traditional at markets…
I resisted the temptation this time.
We had a glimpse of sun yesterday morning for the market and I think the rain kept away most of the day. Today however, the rain was pouring down again.
One thing I bought was a bag, a single strap backpack. It was puffed up with various waste material inside. Getting home, and sticking my hand inside to take that out… I was in for a bit of a yucky experience as it turned out to be a very damp mix of plastic and crumpled paper… Made me realize how hard it must be for those selling their goods at markets in all kinds of weather to keep their goods dry!
It also makes me somewhat doubt the statement on the attached label that the bag is really waterproof...
Never mind, on closer look the entertainment value of that label is almost worth the price of the bag:
As amusing as it might be to try and argue complaints based on that text, I decided to just keep it and try a ‘man-made’ change instead.
It’s hard to demonstrate in a photo but I can’t quite figure out what size of wearer they had in mind. Someone with a fullgrow man’s shoulders but a child’s waist, it seems! I had to add an extension to the waist-belt but shorten the shoulder-strap.