Category Archives: health

At least they wore a “mask”!

“Transportation officials in the UK have warned commuters not to use live snakes as face coverings, after a bus passenger was spotted with a large reptile wrapped around his head.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin — especially when still attached to the snake.”


I’m just surprised this wasn’t Texas.

Let’s go to the movies!

Apparently, some theaters are open again in Stockholm! Not very many, but a few. There are maybe about 10 movies playing in the whole city, but one of them is “Tenet”, so we had to check it out.

In Sweden, you make reservations online and choose your seat before you go the movies. At this theater, you could only choose every other row. The ones in-between were blocked off. Once you made your reservation, the seats beside you were blocked – 2 to the left and 2 to the right (you can sit together on the same reservation, it just blocks STRANGERS!).

I thought this was a good solution, not to mention I didn’t have to deal with annoying people whispering, eating and checking their phones since they were all pretty far away from me.

As for “Tenet”…. I’ll have to see it at least 2 more times before I get the whole thing, much like every Christopher Nolan movie. 🙂

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!

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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.

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 VästerĂĄs and discusses the differences between college in California and Stockholm. Also, why can’t we find normal Cheetos here?
 
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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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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
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Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
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Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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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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#56 A Patrick for St. Patrick’s Day!

Patrick was born in Detroit to Irish parents and has been in Sweden 3 years. We talk about Detroit, Swedish dog rules and of course St. Patrick’s Day!

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Episode #54 I Was Told There Would be Snow

Jenny, from Costa Rica, talks about the mild winter this year, the troubles of finding a job in another country, and sloths.

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Podcast episode #52

Episode #52 – I Never Learned to Ski

Today we learn about the best weather apps, how to travel cheap, whether office massages are good or bad, and of course, restaurant tips.

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“Salad”

Maybe this is why America has an obesity problem?

“But I eat salad for every meal!”

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Reporter doesn’t know, doesn’t care

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I think it’s just the headline that makes me laugh – ‘for some reason’.  It’s just a “who cares” and “why does it matter” sort of thing.

The article is pretty funny. I’m also glad this stuff turns up on the front page of the news. If you want to read this important, breaking story, you can find it here.

Episode #50 Red Wine and Gatorade

On today’s episode of Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow, we catch up on winter break activities, new museums & new restaurants. Also, roller skis are weird.
 
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Winter dose of Vitamin D

Going on a short trip to see some real sunshine! Haven’t seen real sun for a couple of months now. Getting weak and pasty! Also, I’m out of Vitamin D pills, so what choice did I have?
Tales of the sun next week. Happy New year all!

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Worst advent calendar ever!

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Slow news day?

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So….. he’s an average American.

Podcast episode 43 – Don’t Shake the Baby!

On this week’s podcast… Jarrett, from Calgary, thinks you people are WEAK! You want to see a real winter? Come to Calgary! (He also shares some expat stories from when he was a villain on Korean tv that you don’t want to miss.)

Available anywhere you get your podcasts. Just search for “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”
Or click any of the following links!

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Listen to this podcast episode or the Babaroga will get you!

It’s that time of year for Serbian tales of vampires, the Babaroga and Nikola Tesla. Jelena fills us in on this, plus we discuss the Swedish birthday song as well as ’Swedish problems’.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts and at the following links!

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

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I’d love to have a glass, but I’m the designated driver

At a party a few weeks ago where I happened to be the designated driver, this was one of the drinks served. I chose the right party to volunteer to not drink alcohol.

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