Author Archive: hjonasson

Summer reading

Looking for summer reading by the pool, the beach, the bathtub?

Then why not order the book that started the blog that started the podcast “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow: Essays, Observations and Lies”!? Available on Amazon in every country!

German Amazon (free shipping in EU) – https://tinyurl.com/y7kyo6oe

Amazon U.S. – https://tinyurl.com/tb5rkhh

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Podcast season finale episode

Before we take our summer break on our podcast about expats in Sweden, we talk to Anna, from Russia. She talks with us about Sweden’s taco problem, Stockholm vs. Gothenburg and about the only thing to look forward to this summer – ice cream.

As usual, we are recording remotely due to social distancing, so please forgive the sound quality. I assure you, the content is worth it!

 

Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

 

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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Hiding out in a Summer House

Today on my expats in Sweden podcast….

Mike, who was born in Indonesia, not Holland, talks with us about escaping to summer houses during a pandemic, losing money on cancelled flights and constantly being mistaken for being South American.

As usual, we are recording remotely due to social distancing, so please forgive the sound quality. I assure you, the content is worth it!

Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

Don’t forget to subscribe!

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Happy American Mother’s day

It’s not Mother’s day yet in Sweden, but for all in the U.S., here’s a message from me and Mr. T:

 

 

Mask on Your Face

Bored? There’s a whole internet full of public domain and Creative Commons material for you to remix and make into “viral” (pun indended) videos.

Bedclothes

Looking for sheets today and I just realized that the Swedish word for sheets/bedding is “sängkläder” or “ clothes for beds”, so that’s what I’m calling my sheets from now on.

“I need to wash the clothes for my bed.”

“I need to buy some clothes for my bed.”

Something new to read?

Quarantined? In prison? Bored with your collection of “The History of Mud in the 18th Century?”

Order the 2nd edition of the book “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow: Essays, Observations and Lies”!

A re-edit of the first edition with a new foreword & 2 added essays. Available on Amazon in every country!

A quick link to the U.S. Amazon link:

Amazon U.S. – https://tinyurl.com/tb5rkhh

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Keep an eye on your Easter chickens!

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Today’s important Italian phrase

 

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April 3!

My son said yesterday, “Hey, it’s officially spring, right?”

And just because of that, we woke up to this today:

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Thanks alot, son.

Vegetables are Green Things

On episode 59 of the podcast….

Zayna, from California, enjoys the literal translations of Swedish words, like grönsaker, gives us some tips on Västerås and discusses the differences between college in California and Stockholm. Also, why can’t we find normal Cheetos here?
 
Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:
 
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Open library

I recently found out that there is a huge internet archive open library. I spent about an hour browsing through subjects. I have no idea what the following book is about, but if I were to judge a book by its cover, this would be number 1 on my list! This looks awesome!

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Happy Friday from my cat

I got nothing today. Here’s a photo of my cat just chillin’ on a Friday.

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Quarantine 2 – Electric Boogaloo

This week on the podcast, I check in with Monica, who basically thinks quarantine feels the same as moving to a country for the first time. Stay inside, don’t speak to anyone.

The sound quality isn’t the best, but neither is the state of the world.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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Farting neighbors

We receive a magazine each month from the organization we rent our apartment from. People can send in problems they are having and experts give advice. Usually it’s about laundry rooms, whether something can be replaced, etc. But I especially liked the letter (and the illustration!) of this person’s problem. I will roughly translate:

Neighbor’s farts disturb my time on the balcony

I love to sit on my balcony and drink coffee, read, eat and tan. The balcony is large as has sun from morning to the evening. This was great until 6 months ago when new neighbors moved in above me. The man in the family is completely ill-behaved and demonstrates this through burping loudly, it sounds as if he is going to puke, and he also farts very loudly. He talks on his phone in a loud voice and screams at his wife. He does all of this with no shame. It’s worst on the weekends after he has a few beers.
Who can I talk to about this? It’s very awkward to ask a neighbor to stop farting and burping loudly……

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Good to know

I like Duolingo because it always gives me the sentences I really need to know.
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Podcast quarantine episode #57!

Special Quarantine episode! Learn about restrictions in Stockholm public transport, tips for things to do when stuck at home and mysterious raids on onions.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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No Eurovision?!

But I had a favorite already picked out to vote for!

Difference in stores

While we were in Budapest, we visited 3 or 4 grocery stores just to see if they had some fun items to bring back. Everything was well stocked – quite a relief after seeing crazy photos on the news of Americans emptying out shelves.

We got back to Stockholm, and while the grocery store in our neighborhood was basically fine, the two things that had been raided were the pasta aisle and the onions. I get the pasta, but onions? All the other vegetables were well stocked. I feel like I’m missing something.

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Back from Budapest

My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Budapest! We had a great time. Surprisingly, no virus-related problems. Flights were on time (and full), every place we wanted to go was open excluding one ruin bar because of a 100 person capacity restriction.

I’ll write my observations and thoughts on Budapest later. For now, here are a couple of pictures from Budapest’s Cat Cafe!

 

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