Category Archives: Humor

From the Land of Sun and Dirt to the Land of Ice and Snow

On this week’s podcast episode:

Fotis, from Greece, is getting really tired of eating so much salmon here. Can we please find a way to get fresher tasting vegetables? Also, we discover that in Swedish, the word “mambo” does not mean a type of dance.

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/14-from-the-land-of-sun-and-dirt-to-the-land-of-ice-and-snow/id1440431070?i=1000430230464&l=en&mt=2

Main site: https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/14-from-the-land-of-sun-and-dirt-to-the-land-of-ice-and-snow/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3LzsTlcisIJvPRxbmQFdpP?si=oEIocDMvQLulroWMW0iqMQ

Or anywhere you get your podcast. You can just search “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”

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Card packs

I had to explain to my Swedish family this morning how when I was in elementary school, we decorated boxes and everyone in class had to give everyone else a Valentine’s card. We would either make the cards or buy them in packs of 30 at the store. I explained that these cards often had popular characters that kids liked.

They had never heard of this.

So, for everyone who never heard of this or just for some nostalgia, here’s some examples of the packs sold in the 1980s when I was in elementary school, along with my comments:

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My husband didn’t believe there were actually Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cards

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Hamburgers equal love. Very American.

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“Hulkamania’s runnin’ wild on Valentine’s Day”? What does that even mean?

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Now who wouldn’t feel special to get a card from a raisin?

 

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My personal favorite

There IS enough room on this sidewalk for the both of us!

On this week’s episode of the Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow podcast, Steve, from England, and host of the podcast “The Experience Designers”, tells us how it is to pick up and move a family with older children to a different country, how he embraces the idea of “lagom” and how it ties into the Swedish drinking culture… maybe.

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, poddtoppen, or anywhere you get your podcast. Just type “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”

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iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/13-this-sidewalk-is-big-enough-for-the-both-of-us/id1440431070?i=1000429757928&l=en&mt=2

 

poddtoppen – https://poddtoppen.se/podcast/1440431070/life-in-the-land-of-the-ice-and-snow/13-this-sidewalk-is-big-enough-for-the-both-of-us

 

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/episode/3m8G45xIU7bp9o90Khf3qu?si=KwrVMrcaRoeBm8F34YNuiw

 

Ice and Snow website –

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/13-this-sidewalk-is-big-enough-for-the-both-of-us/

This is what’s wrong with Finland

#11 Why not spend the winter building synthesizers?

On this week’s podcast…

Leo, from Los Angeles, makes his own synthesizers and shares his knowledge on his YouTube station LeoMakes. He also thinks Swedish coffee is the best and is full of tips on how to keep yourself busy during the winter with cafes, walks, rock climbing and maybe even building your own synthesizer! Why not? It beats falling twice a day on the ice.

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or anywhere else you get your podcasts. Just enter “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.”

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It takes a lot of chocolate to get through a dark winter

This week’s podcast has AnaMaria and Gustavo from Ecuador talking all about chocolate and how it’s made.

We also discuss how it is to move from a year-round sunny and warm country to six months of darkness and cold, the wonders of swimming with sharks in the Galapagos, and the equally amazing wonders of the trusting people of Skåne.

Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow podcast

or anywhere you get your podcasts!

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I’m about to become a surgeon!

Found this while looking for activities to do with my kids. My comments:

  1. Whoever did the write-up is brilliant!
  2. My grape wants to know why it has to wait almost 2 weeks to get it’s surgery done.
  3. I’m totally putting this on my cv.

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#9 Semla, Skarsgård and Melodifestivalen

Shaena, from Canada, gives tips on finding a job in Sweden and minimizing the winter blues by watching Melodifestivalen. We also discuss the greatest pastry ever made – the semla!

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y8rgc6sw

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yamqjxos

Original site – https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/9-semla-skarsgard-and-melodifestivalen/

Or wherever you get your podcast! If you like it, leave a nice review! Thank you! Hope you enjoy the show.

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Fine then! Theseus doesn’t like you either!

Upon visiting the Hadrian Arch in Athens, we learned what the inscriptions on this almost 2000 year old gate said:
One side reads “This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus”

The other side reads “This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus”.

I’m not sure why I found that so funny. I guess the Hadrian side REALLY wanted to make sure people knew:

“Hey, if you think this is Theseus, you’re wrong! We are totally disassociatng ourselves with that side, so just get those ideas out of your head. Are we cool? Allright. Move along.”
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Have we forgotten what a Planetarium is?

During a rainy day on our trip to Athens, I took a suggestion from a guide book and took the family to see what was described as “one of, or possibly, the BEST planetarium in Europe.”

Well, let me tell you. Europe must have some horrible planetariums.

First of all, this was not a planetarium show. The only two shows available for us were something about a cartoon polar bear and “Death of the Dinosaurs.” We’d already paid to take a taxi there, so we chose the dinosaur film. That’s right – FILM.

Shouldn’t planetarium shows be about space and the galaxy? I have the same complaint about the one in Sweden, but at least they don’t call it a planetarium. Just make an IMAX theatre then!

This particular show turned out to be a very badly digitized animation film shown on the rounded planetarium screen. Even worse, we bought headphones to plug in for the English translation, which was apparently recorded by someone half-deaf on a microphone with the volume setting stuck on LOUD. Every word was painful. The Greek narrator on the screen would start talking and my body would tense up because I knew the translator was about to scream in my ear again.

Το 90% των δεινόσαυρων εξαφανίστηκε

NINETY PERCENT OF THE DINOSAURS WERE WIPED OUT!!!!!

The only good review I can give the Planetarium was that they had modern bathrooms where I could actually flush toilet paper down the toilet.

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Death by Chocolate

We keep our candy very high up in the cabinet so as not to be constantly tempted by chocolate. I thought I would sneak a small piece so I climbed on the counter to reach the chocolate. IT WAS A TRAP! Half of the chocolate fell down and I was wearing slippery socks. Luckily I half-way caught myself on a chair but I think I bruised my foot pretty badly.

I’m very thankful it wasn’t worse because either the hospital staff wouldn’t believe me, or they would be laughing too hard to help.

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New Year, New Arrival

New year, new arrival! You wanted to hear from someone who just got to Sweden and here it is! Episode 8 of the podcast features Lauren, who just moved to Sweden about 6 weeks ago and is amazed by the queue system, independent children and that people here don’t steal babies!

Available on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Just type “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.” 
Also available directly from the page:

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/8-new-year-new-arrival

Spotify

 

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A week in Athens, Greece

My family and I spent the first week of the new year in Athens. Being around ruins that still exist after thousands and thousands of years makes one feel not so old.

A few interesting things to know if you are planning on visiting Athens for the first time:

  1. In most places, you cannot flush your toilet paper. It must go in the trash can. (Tip, stay in a modern-ish hotel or wait to go to the bathroom at a huge, modern museum – like we did!)
  2. Almost every street is lined with orange trees! They are full of seeds, but you can still eat them. Free breakfast or juice!
  3. These people really like sesame seeds.
  4. Don’t bother rushing for your camera to get a photo of the small 11th century Byzantine church. There will be another one in two blocks…. and then another one after two more blocks… and so on.
  5. You can get a special Greek wine made from pine resin called Retsina. It’s allright.
  6. Stray cats EVERYWHERE! On the flip side… no rats!

Athens was a really nice city, super friendly people, good food and lots to see. I’d definitely recommend it as a fun city trip. Maybe not in the summer when it’s overcrowded, but the winter was perfect (though we happened to arrive on the one week of the year it was actually cold).

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Gingerbread contest

Every year at the Architecture Museum in Stockhom, they hold a gingerbread house making contest during the month of December. There are different categories for professionals, teams, and amateurs. Each year has a theme (this year’s was “luxury”), and everyone votes on the best in each category.

I took the kids to see the entries. Here are a few:

This inspired us to go home and make our own “luxury” gingerbread house. Here is the result of our efforts:

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Bob comes home from his job at the bank to find his wife Barbara in the hot tub. Notice that the hot tub is almost the same size as the house. Also, their house is made of gingerbread. Luxury!

 

 

Are people really this stupid?

A bag of special snack Doritos from the U.S. Is it really necessary to remind people to chew? If you don’t know that you need to chew chips, then maybe you deserve to choke.

 

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Merry Christmas!

From http://www.sebastienmillon.com

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We may have a Christmas goat, but Austria has Krampus

On this very special Christmas podcast episode, Clara from Austria compares some Swedish and Austrian Christmas traditions, we talk about the strange quirk Swedes have about not taking the last of anything, and we learn a bit more about growing up Austrian under the shadow of Krampus.

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/7-we-may-have-a-christmas-goat-but-austria-has-krampus/

or anywhere you get your podcast- Just type in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.”

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Not enough variety of restaurants

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It’s the same way I feel about potatoes.

Wax on, wax off

Yesterday was Lucia day here in Sweden, the holiday where we celebrate St. Lucia and the light in the darkness this time of year.

Two things fascinate me about this holiday:

1. The major fire hazard

2. How does the Lucia get all that wax out of her hair?

Well, the answer to number one is that there is always somebody nearby with a bucket of water (this was my job last year). And yesterday, I found out the answer to number two when I talked to the girl who was Lucia at a concert I went to. She kindly allowed me to take a picture of the wax in her hair (most of which had already fallen out), and I was able to touch some and found that in fact, it did crumble and come out right away. I always figured the Lucia went to the hairdresser to cut everything off on December 14, but I am glad to know now that the wax does come out.

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#6 Lucia Day has Major Health and Safety Issues

Rachel, from the UK, discusses her hatred of saffron buns and Lucia, why you can’t name your kid Ikea here, and lots of talk about stabbing!

All on this week’s podcast episode of “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.” Hope you enjoy it!

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/6-lucia-day-has-major-health-and-safety-issues/

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