Category Archives: Humor

Italian cat food

It’s always fun to go to the local grocery stores when you’re on vacation in another country. I make sure to bring my camera each time. On the most recent Italian trip, I noticed the names of food in the pet aisle. It’s always interesting to see what other countries use as names for cat food. Here were 2 of my favorites:

 

Of course, I have yet to find a country to beat the greatest Swedish cat food name of all:

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(Side note: Unfortunately, by the time we got a cat, the company became aware and changed its name.)

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Gotland – a different kind of island

On this “Summer Edition – Swedes Explain” episode of the podcast, the Swede of the week, Jorun, tells us about the popular tourist destination of Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea.

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yyxc4lzp

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

Player FM – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl

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Bau Bau Beach

We saw a beach in Italy last week for dogs. It was called Bau Bau Beach. This was one of the greatest ideas I’d seen. There were dog bowls and dog showers everywhere, a roped off part of the beach for the dogs to play in the water, and instead of chairs and umbrellas to rent, you could rent a tiny yard with a white picket fence for your dog to play (also with chairs and umbrellas for humans).

At one point, the idea was brought up for a beach for cats, but we quickly dismissed that as it would just be a giant litter box and cats hate water.

If I had a yacht

We were in Portofino a few weeks ago – vacation spot for the rich (we managed to afford 4 ice creams and that was it) – and spotted quite a few yachts in the area. Our favorite was the one with a basketball court on the front and a waterslide in the back:

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That got me thinking what I would like on my yacht that I would probably never buy even if I did win the lottery. Here are my requirements for my yacht:

  • Waterslide
  • Hot Tub
  • Private sandy island towed behind the boat
  • Swimming pool
  • Small submarine and jet skis stored underneath
  • An organ like the one from the Nautilus just to make people laugh

What am I missing? What would you have?

 

West Coast!

Looking for the right place in Sweden to relax on your summer vacation? Why not try the west coast? On this week’s summer edition of the podcast – “Swedes Explain,” Isadora describes the idyllic scenery of spending a summer in this part of the country.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts by typing “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” or at any of these links:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yyxc4lzp

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl

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My kind of art

I saw this wall by Venchi chocolates at Eataly in Bologna. Pixel art is great, but it’s even BETTER when it’s made with CHOCOLATE!

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Is not opinion. Is fact.

Just back from a 3-week long trip to Italy. Wonderful time, beautiful scenery and excellent food! Why do we keep going to Italy? Well, as you see from this sign:

Italy is the most beautiful country in the world.
This is not an opinion, there are incontrovertible numbers that prove it.

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Charter trips – Ja eller nej?

This week on our summer podcast edition “Swedes Explain,” former guest, half Swede/half Brit Sandy, explains why Swedes love to go on charter trips, as well as her experience working for one and the odd things that Swedes request.

You can find the podcast by typing in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” anywhere you get your podcast or at any of these links:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yyxc4lzp

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

Player FM – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl

 

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Where do you live?

We are currently on vacation in Italy (yes, I wrote this weeks ago – thanks “schedule feature”!

While we are in Italy, we will be taking a road that passes by these two towns. I imagine many conversations in the area go like this:

“I live in Carrodano.”
“Oh! Which one?”
“Uh, the one a little further down the road.”

 

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So graceful

While I’m on vacation, here’s a photo of my cat being bored.

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Social Media Detox

It’s that time of year again. I will be disconnected for 3 weeks and it’s going to be GREAT as usual!

Anything posted here is pre-scheduled! So if I’m not commenting on things, well…. that’s why.

Being disconnected also means I see no news at all unless it’s in Italian, of which I understand only about 25%. This makes things fun because I can make the news anything I want by filling in context clues for the words I don’t understand.

“3 out of 10 people OWN LEMURS
“Mount Everest climbers encounter SHARKS.”
“Farmers are using SQUIRRELS to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.”

This used to be how I read the Swedish news before I learned Swedish. And honestly, I still miss a few words from time to time. But that makes life interesting. “Swedish forests filled with WHALES.”

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Swedes Explain: Midsommar

Today on the podcast, we ask Erik to discuss the flavors of Midsommar – new potatoes, strawberries and pickled herring. And then we discuss how to get rid of those flavors with a bit of schnapps!

Available anywhere you get your podcasts by typing in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” as well as these links:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yyxc4lzp

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

 

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I already have the real thing, thanks

Now luckily, I no longer have small children, but I saw this at the grocery store today. Win a free poop pillow from the diaper company.

Does someone actually want this? This isn’t aimed at teenagers or 5 year olds. This is aimed at parents who have to change diapers for small babies every day. WHY?! I think they’ve seen enough of the real stuff, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t smiling.

 

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How secure is this really?

This new version of “I am not a robot” came up on a restaurant’s website. My cat totally clicked that button and now we keep getting fish deliveries.

 

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Swedes Explain: The National Day

For the summer, we will be interviewing Swedes on the podcast to have them explain summer traditions. We start with Måns and how to celebrate, or completely ignore, Sweden’s National Day!

Available anywhere you get your podcasts by typing “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” or at any of these links:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yyxc4lzp

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

 

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Champagne Hike

Saw this event being advertised for tomorrow. Yeah, I think the photo is pretty accurate.

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This is why we can’t have nice things

So last week I discovered a restaurant that makes fried chicken in Stockholm (a rarity), but 3 small pieces cost 145 SEK ($15).

And this week, I found a place that has an option for fried chicken that is only slightly cheaper, but they serve it with PICKLES.

WHY?!

Normally, I’m a huge pickle fan – but it belongs on burgers – not fried chicken!

Why Sweden? Why?

Take note: Fried chicken may be served with a buttermilk biscuit, fries or mashed potatoes. And for special occasions – waffles. That’s it!

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This is wrong.

Creamation, uh.. I mean cream with your coffee?

I live next to a graveyard that is also a World Heritage Site for it’s architecture and placement in a forest. It’s a nice place to walk around. Greta Garbo even has a gravestone there.

Today I had an ad show up to let me know that I can tour the architecture with a guide when I visit the graveyard, or I can even have a snack in their nice cafe.

It’s a graveyard.

Not a church.

A graveyard.

And people go there to chat over cinammon buns and coffee surrounded by gravestones.

It just seems rude to eat and drink in front of people who can’t.

(Actual photo from the ad… these gals look pretty happy. They must have been to a funeral for someone they didn’t like.)

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Mouse crime is way up!

How have I not heard about this?

Now, I heard about the small mouse restaurant in Malmö a year or more ago and thought that was brilliant. But apprently, the mouse community in Malmö has grown, and of course more mice means more problems…. or hiliarous news stories that are part of a really ingenious scavenger hunt.

Quote from the article, which you can read here

With their new immersive detective mystery Mustisk (Mousterious), the Malmö collective AnonyMouse have taken their mouse-themed street art in an ambitious and gently satirical direction.

If you’re in Malmö, I strongly encourage you to help solve this mystery!

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Parent tip

Next time your kids have a party, introduce the “phone bowl!” Works great for having guests actually interact with each other!

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