Who Are We?
Welcome, honored guest, to make my acquaintance!
My name is Carl-Henrik Andreas Hammarlund (I also have a huge number of more
or less silly nicknames, but I prefer not to use them) and I'm a
translator from English (sometimes also Spanish, Danish and Norwegian) to Swedish. Actually, I have a B.A. degree in Translation
of Special Languages. I work at a translation agency in the village of Spekeröd,
quite close to where I live.|
I'm married to a beautiful, sweet, cute and absolutely gorgeous woman
named Jemima. I love her very much and pleasantly enough she seems to love
me too. Together we have an adorable little son, Isak, an equally
adorable little daughter, Lydia, and likewise another adorable son, Adam.
My interests are many. First of all I like to write - I have written a
few novels which I unfortunately have not managed to have published yet,
but I still keep on trying... You can't write if you don't read, of
course, and I read quite a lot (almost any genre, but Stephen King is
my favorite author) although certainly not as much as my fast-reading
I'm also very interested in music, listening (ABBA, Vangelis, The
Beatles, Iona, Dire Straits and many more) as well as writing and
composing my own songs. And although my family-in-law doesn't seem to
agree with me, I find sports very fun and nice to watch. I especially
like soccer and ice hockey, but also athletics, skiing, bandy, handball
and curling (my interest for the latter is a result of the fact that I
have spent one year in Canada).
One thing that I do appreciate is sleeping (I'm one of those who prefer
to stay in bed in the morning) and I also have a passion for travelling.
Among the places I'd like to visit some day are
the savannas of Kenya, the holy city of Machu Picchu in Peru, Bangkok,
Iceland, Rio de Janeiro, Tibet, the Spanish medieval city of Toledo, and the Scottish Highlands.
Apart from this I have quite a lot of other silly interests and
qualities. For example I like everything that has to do with languages -
even phonetics and grammar! - as well as geography and maps (I hate
not to know where I am), trains and railroads, timetables, hedgehogs, boats, chewing gum, flags,
interpretation of dreams, beautiful views, cheezies, boardgames, cooking, church buildings, wine (I'd like to be one of those professional
wine experts), "whodunnit" detective novels, Tintin, toast, the Eurovision Song Contest, encyclopedias, and liturgy (the more incense the better).
The two last things you should know about me are that I'm 50 %
Finlandish - I have a bunch of relatives in the Swedish-speaking areas
of southern Finland and I'm a keen supporter of that obscure culture -
and that I dislike cars so much that I did not take my driver's licence
until the age of 25 (after I realised that it is good to have a licence
in those rural areas where I now live).
And now, time for a little history lesson about the life I've lead so
I was born March 30, 1978, in the city of Kalmar at the south-east
coast of Sweden, in the province of Småland (see
map). When I was almost
three years old my family moved from there to Vetlanda, a small town in the
inlands of Småland. Just about one year later we moved again, to a
village called Ekenässjön, right outside Vetlanda. And when I
was ten years old we moved to Landsbro, yet another little village in
those areas. Landsbro is the place I
usually say I'm from.
After graduating from school in 1997 I moved to Göteborg to
study musicology. I spent one year there, and then I went to Canada
to work for one year in an Anglican parish before I returned
to Göteborg to start the language studies which I completed in
the summer of 2004. Shortly after I started working as a teacher, a profession
which I tried in two different junior high schools until the autumn of 2005, when I
quit, having realized that this really wasn't my kind of work. The years 2006 and 2007
were mostly a life of unemployment and parental leave, alternating, until I got the
translator's job which I now have.
It was during my time in Göteborg that I met Jemima. In June 2001 we moved to her
dream house in Lilla Askerön (which is actually my dream house as
well). September 10, 2003, we got our first child, Isak, and he was
followed by Lydia, January 28, 2005. The collection was completed with Adam,
October 11, 2006.
About My Family:
As I mentioned, my wife is named Jemima. She's a Biologist, she's simply a wonderful
person and it's a pleasure being married to her. I don't need to say more.
As I also mentioned, my oldest son is named Isak. He's a wonderful little boy and one of the
three prettiest children ever born, if you ask me. He's a very cheerful and talkative child
who reads all kinds of books, plays games on the computer and often bursts out into an incredibly charming laughter.
My daughter is named Lydia and she's the second of the three prettiest
children ever born... She's a resolute, glitter-eyed lady with a love for big and small animals and an
astonishing talent for drawing.
My youngest son is named Adam and he is, not surprisingly, the third of those three
prettiest children ever. He learns more and more words all the time, he is active and inventive with an
eagerness to explore everything - and he's incredibly beautiful, really making your heart melt!
Besides, I have a father, a stepmother, a brother, a sister-in-law, a sister, a brother-in-law, two nephews,
a niece, a brother, not to mention all the people in my wife's family...
Finally I have a mother sadly not alive, although we honor her memory.
Basic Facts About Me:
Name: Carl-Henrik Andreas Hammarlund
Date and time of birth: March 30, 1978, 10.45 p.m.
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Blue (with contact lenses)
Length: 1.84 m (6'0")
Weight: about 75 kg (165 lb)
Favorite song: "Rockin' back inside my heart", Julee Cruise
Favorite album: "Spiral", Vangelis
Favorite pop group: ABBA
Favorite hymn: 153 in the Swedish Hymnal "Livet vann, dess
namn är Jesus" ("Jesus Christ is ris'n today")
Favorite author: Stephen King
Favorite book: "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy", Douglas Adams
Favorite poem: "The Raven", Edgar Allan Poe
Favorite cartoon character: Tintin
Favorite magazine: Trots Allt
Favorite actor (Swedish): Robert Gustafsson
Favorite actor (foreign): Gerard Depardieu and Tom Hanks
Favorite movie: "Forrest Gump"
Favorite TV show: "Sen kväll med Luuk"
Favorite boardgame: Mah Jongg
Favorite ice hockey team: Brynäs IF
and Boro/Vetlanda HC
Favorite soccer team: Kalmar FF
Favorite bandy team: Vetlanda BK
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite outfit: Black jeans and knitted sweater
Favorite food: Kroppkakor (strange Swedish dish, it's like
potato dumplings filled with chopped spiced pork)
Favorite drink: Milk
Favorite candy: Omar Kermakaramelli (a Finnish kind of fudge)
Favorite ice cream: GB Sandwich
Favorite fruit: Orange
Favorite spice: Cardamom
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite month: July
Favorite animal: Hedgehog
Favorite flower: Lily-of-the-valley
Favorite city (in Sweden): Visby
Favorite city (universal): Paris
Favorite country (except Sweden): Finland
Favorite name (boys): Andreas
Favorite name (girls): Rebecka
Favorite Bible character: Peter and Andrew
Favorite Bible book: The Psalms
Favorite school subject: Psychology
Favorite language: Latin
Favorite transportation: Train
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