One of the problems of being a foreigner in Sweden is that there are occasionally gaps in my cultural knowledge. You know, the things you just take for granted. The things you grow up with. For example, I was very surprised when I learned that not a lot of Swedes had heard of the poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
, as well as Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat
. I guess I just assumed that these types of things would have been part of learning English, sort of like we had to read Le Petit Prince
Okay, so I get that Swedes have to watch Kalle Anka
(Donald Duck) on Christmas Eve. But can someone please, please explain to me why there is a "Rock Bear"
who has a blog in Swedish? I'm hoping this isn't some kind of cultural icon that I've just totally missed out on. (It's possible! I come from a country that actually has a holiday dedicated to a rodent: Groundhog Day
I just don't get it.