Author Archives: Anna


Recently,  I have thought a lot about freedom, and the poems that I have written touches upon this delicate subject. Freedom may be defined in many ways, and it is a little strange, but music represents freedom for me. The ocean is also closely associated to this word. I am not going to write much about this but I browsed the internet for a song representing freedom, and I found this one by Moby. It also puts me into a summer mood. Isn’t it a beautiful song?

Summer school

I will dedicate some, or even quite a lot of time on my vacation to studies. I have a lot that I would like to read, and I need to make a frame to my next book. When I studied at the university in Uppsala I worked some during summer. I also spent time studying other subjects than pharmacology. Fairy tales have always been my favourite, like the Greek stories and myths. Those summers were very calm and relaxing, and I would like to remember that. This week I will start to learn about Italy. At least a little. Over a cup of coffee.

Italian history and coffee culture

When I was on Cuba a few years ago I met an Italian couple. Since I stayed at a little cuban island (Cayo Levisa), there was not much to do but talking to people, enjoying sun and cuban cooking. We talked about coffee. I have a lot of tea, but sometimes it is good to have a cup of coffee. I like rather strong coffee. I don’t know why, but I have remembered the recommendation from this couple: Nespresso. During the tough months with my mother’s passing away I needed something strong, so I bought a coffee machine instead of going to cafés. That actually helped me.

This coffee has made me think of Italy, and also inspiration for my next book. I have a little project infront of me –  I will learn more about Italy. At high school my family went to visit my aunt in Florida. I missed time at school and I remember I had to write about the Roman Empire. I did quite a lot of work, but unfortunately, I don’t remember much. However, I do remember something about Hannibal and elephants in the Alps. I definitely have to refresh my memory. Pyrric Victory was also something I learnt. The Romans also had some kind of transportation system of water, namely aqueducts. At that time, it was very impressive, and also is today.

Yes, architecture is something that impresses me. That is why I always feel sad when an old building is removed and replaced by a new construction.

History is lost.

I ended this day by having a cup of coffee. After that some rest, collecting energy for running which I did later. A warm and beautiful evening.

Immunological memory

I have had a rather busy day even though I have had a day off. It has been time for me to review my vaccines. Vaccines are very interesting and previously I have worked scientifically two years with immunology. A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. It contains an agent that resembles the particular disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe. In brief, the microbe stimulates the body’s immune system and a memory is induced. Later, the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it may encounter in the body. Complex chemical cascades in the body are induced with eg various immunoglobines (antibodies).

After some time, often years, the immunological memory is decreased and a new dosage of the vaccine needs to be repeated. I had three different vaccines today, so called booster dosages. Hepatitis A, tetanus and also against cholera. Normally, you are fine after vaccination, but there might be a few side effects. However, I did my exercise this evening since I feel ok.

“Tjejmilen” is approaching and I will spend time on my vacation running. Last summer I ran 8 km every day. I know I should do more interval training, and I will do that when possible. Exercise is definitely good for the immune system. No doubt about it.

Spice tours

I have spent quite a lot of time cooking in life, and I find it a great hobby. I search for nice recipes and ingredients. The season influences, and it was a long time ago that I made a Paella so that was a nice memory to revive. The saffron is a wonderful spice. Now is also the time of the year to have fresh seafood. However, in Sweden it is said that seafood is best from September-April. The months containing an R. I don’t know if that is right.

What is your favorite spice? Mine are salt n’ pepper. I have been on spice tours a couple of times in tropical countries. That is really fascinating. I especially remember how cardamom grew on the ground. Cinnamon is also impressive, coming from the inner bark of trees. Like words are interesting, when you can derive where they come from, it is also exciting to learn where spices come from. Fresh herbs are delicious. To be reminded to the Mediterranean. Like fresh tomatoes from southern France. My life in a nutshell.