The Swedish word Fika would translate to Snack. It can be used both as a noun and a verb. Basically swedes have fika whenever they feel like it and with whatever is at hand. Therefore Fika could consist of raisins and water, coffee and cake, or salami and apples, or whatever strikes one’s fancy.
The other day, a friend stopped by and since our favorite coffee shop has closed for good, I packed up a KaffeKorg ( translates to coffee basket) with coffee in a thermos, cups, and apples. We walked out my back gate and went to find a nice grassy spot in the park. There we had our Fika under the blue sky. I brought along one of my teatowels to “set the table” with. I guess this is one of the Scandinavian cultural things; to make a small event of the day into something special. The small details count, like having real cups instead of paper cups. One example of Quality of Life – and it can happen anywhere in the world.
Our Fika in the park was quite lovely!