The hidden Treasures of Bulletin Boards

Since a few years ago we have grown a fascination about bulletin boards and all the possibilities they offer. There is such power in small events that might be an everyday occasion for some, but for others can open up a new world and show another perspective. Meeting people with different background and another perspective of the world can also open up to new networks, friendship and much more.

The other day we found an ad for a 20-year old celebration of water aerobics at our local swimming pool. We signed up and showed up without even know what it was.  We just wanted to know more and be an experience richer.

Who knew that something so unsexy as water aerobics could be so surprisingly fun and social? We normally do our very best to ignore common prejudices and unfairness so when we saw this ad about something, known to many as an “old people activity”, called water aerobic we knew what had to try it.

The event was really charming and we had lots of fun. We did weight lifting, push ups, Aqua Latino dance, ai chi, water aerobics and much more. During the event, it was four different instructors, live music, disco light, a warm pool for relaxing, fruits and drinks.

This was such an amazing way to socialize and connect with a great diversity of people in different ages. Also, it was interesting to hear about their great passion for water aerobic. At the end of the session, there were awards for four of the participants who have been sticking to the training since the very first beginning, so they hang in there for 20 years! Pretty impressive!

When we had a chance to talk to one of the winners about water aerobics she talked with passion and we could see how devoted she was. The only thing she thought was misleading was the name, she wanted it to be called “deep water training” instead because that’s what it’s really about, doing a lot of training in deep water.

For us, this ad on the bulletin board gave us a unique experience. We felt that it was an honor to be able to share this moment with the oldies :).

Photo credit: Scott Howard

Discovering the World’s Religions through Interreligious Centers

An interreligious center in our city? We didn’t actually know they even existed but after some research about multicultural organizations and events we found it.

 We have felt a bit lunatic with our interest of different cultures and religions. Many people enjoy learning about new perspectives during vacation and traveling. For us, it’s fascinating no matter of location and we always love to integrate with new cultures and learn more. That’s how we found The Interreligious Center in Gothenburg.

 The place is a true gold mine in terms of multiculturalism, it’s really impressive how many resources they have. Compared to many other collaborations they have their center in a neutral ground where no religion has more power than another.

 It all started with a rabbi, priest and imam developing a close friendship, they could be seen discussing various topics at cafe’s in central Gothenburg. Soon the media picked up on this “odd” activity and one thing lead to anther. They became famous, and eventually the foreign department of Sweden invited them to host peace talks on the Balkan Peninsula.

 This inspired many, and soon there were a group known as “Gabrielle’s daughters” (a Christian, Muslim and Jewish women constellation) and now finally there is a center for this kind of activity: The Interreligious Center. (In Swedish)