It was almost 5 o’clock in the afternoon. I had been looking forward to this moment the whole day. There were few “joys” in this monastery but this was one of them. It was the last meal of the day. Meal is to say a lot since it was nearly…


During a townhall before the 2020 US presidential election, Jake Tapper the CNN anchor asked a seemingly simple question to Elizabeth Warren. Should the government “be in the business of telling you what kind of lightbulb you should have?” Elizabeth gave one of the most consequential answers I have ever…


Tyresta national park. Photo: Nicklas Wijkmark

For the last 1000 years we have fought a battle against nature in Sweden. It blessed us with iron and wood that fuelled our first wealth and helped turned us into a prosperous and safe country. Our great forests and abundant seas has served our once poor population. Today we…


Roughly 70 years ago, the center of Stockholm was bulldozed to the ground. At some points the entire centre of the city was a big hole (literally) a big hole. 16 and 17 century buildings were knocked down. Whole old neighbourhoods were destroyed and the people living there forced out…


Last night I was watching the Greta Thunberg documentary and something became obvious to me. She is a great example of why humans have come to dominate this earth. Let me walk you through what I mean.

The night before I also re read the classic HC Anderson tale of…


Our cabin located in Vittsjö in northern Skåne. The southern edge of the taiga.

We have a small house up in the woods of northern Skåne. This is on the southern edge of the taiga, a forest that only 100 years ago was mostly wild, full of wolves and even forest reindeer. But today it is very different than that. It’s a forest that…


London during the summer of 2020, streets finally made for people!

In the mid century a few notable people started to ask serious questions and looked around to understand how cities actually worked. One of them was Jane Jacobs. She was a journalist, living in the upper west side in New York and her book “The life and death of American…


It’s 26 degrees, a medditeranean night with starry clear skies. We are rounding the bend into the bay where the town of Batsi lies. After just a few days we have completely taken to this place and we are starting to feel like home. On our way we meet one…


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

American politics is very confusing to most people, why is Trump still so popular, why is his racism not costing him any voters, why are Americans voting against their own interests? Why do we talk so much about the white working class voters despite it being a small group?

None…


On the eve of the American election, the french ambassador to Washington tweeted in a since deleted tweet, “a world is collapsing before our eyes”. …

Patrick Westöö

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