Sweden 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

PLACE OF BIRTH: Stockholm, Sweden

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Swedish

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: N/A

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

While it’s not expressly stated, the subject appears to have been a student in the United States when recorded.

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RECORDED BY: Mark Ingram

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/2005

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, ah, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself growing up in Sweden and the summers that we had that were quite memorable. Um, my father who was a teacher, uh, during the summertime used to, uh, have summer camps for for disadvantaged kids in the city. So those were kids who really couldn’t afford, or the parents couldn’t afford to do anything in the summer so the government, eh, put up these summer camps for these disadvantaged kids and that’s what my father used to run in the summertime together with my mother. And of course we kids, myself, my two sisters, we, uh, were there with them during the summertime, so we all really, um, were fortunate to have quite wonderful summers together with a lot of kids. And, uh, um, my father was then the director of the summer camp and my mother was what they call the, the housekeeper or, the, the one that sort of looked after everything at summer camp. We had, uh, a cook of course with kitchen help and, uh, we had counselors that uh were working with the kids and I can’t remember now how many kids there were, I would assume that maybe, wasn’t a very large camp, uh, possibly could have been about fifty, maybe, maybe bit more than fifty kids. So a sort of small size camp. And um, the kids really, uh, were quite fortunate because it was a wonderful location out in the archipela … archipelago, the, the Swedish, uh, archipelago, oh, close to Stockholm. And very, very nice country … countryside. [undistinguishable interviewer question] Oh yeah, oh yeah, it was like they stayed at the camp for um, I don’t know how long now. It’s hard, you know, when you remember back, but I think they were there for at least a month. You know, straight, and [uh] I think we had a visitor’s day in the middle where, where some of the parents might come down and so on. And, uh … [Interviewer: There were lake activities?] There were tons of activities they had quite a, you know, rigid kind of schedule where, you know, we always started out in the morning with kind of housework, and and, uh, everybody had chores to do and, then, um, there there were sort of games, and, uh, sports, uh activities that we used to do in the morning. There was always swimming if the weather was good, we went down to swim, and my father was the actually swim teacher, so was the one who was teaching us swimming. And then if the weather was really nice, and it was really sunny, we would sort of stay and suntan and play and so on. And then we, I remember we used to have like a, a sleeping time in the day like a naptime. Everybody had to go napping. [laughing] So we kind of, uh, you know, went napping for a bit, and then in the afternoon we, we woke up and uh you know we had a little bit more of kind of sports or or fun activities a little bit of time to ourself, I remember we were able to play and it was sort of in a forested area so a lot [of] times we were playing in the forested area. We were building huts like, you know, Indian and cowboys kind of, kind of games and uh it was quite a lot of fun really. And, um, uh it was just you know, every summer for many years we did this, uh, until we were a bit older and it was, it was really a very, very good way of spending the summer for us, too, and for the other kids as well, of course. And for my parents, they were able to make a bit of extra money for the summertime, so that was, you know, sort of their, their sort of goal. So that was my memorable summers in Sweden.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Terrel

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/05/2008

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