Category Archives: Humor

Ingen reklam, tack

Today on our podcast on Sweden, we talk about postal delays, movie theaters re-opening and aqueducts. We also shine a spotlight on Håverud and learn that the Norwegians have been walking among us! Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yytplhnk

iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y4lap5mh

Main site: https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/68-ingen-reklam-tack/

A common problem

I don’t even remember what I was originally looking up anymore. Apparently, other Google searches were way more popular.

Coat Strategy

This week on the podcast, Mark, from Minneapolis, puts a spotlight on Vreta kloster, denying his involvement with thousand year old skeletons found there. We also ask, “Really, what’s up with Swedish pizza?”Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y4bnv8rw

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2jlu5ha

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/67-coat-strategy/

FM Player – https://player.fm/series/life-in-the-land-of-the-ice-and-snow/ep-67-coat-strategy

Podbean – https://www.podbean.com/ew/dir-q9hhh-ab6a850

Being short in Sweden

This is me trying to use the peephole on the door in my Swedish hotel room.

More news from the future

This headline was on CNN today. Now THIS is the type of news I expect to see in the 21st century!

#21stCenturyProblems

Trials of being a parent

As I’ve said before, being a parent is often like fighting for a seat on a RyanAir flight. Sometimes it’s a school concert and parents arrive an hour early to dump their coats over an entire row to claim their seats. Sometimes parents are baking brownies and delivering them to the people in charge of the acceptance queue for the best school in town.

I am currently waiting in a line to sign my kid up for piano. For one day in August, at 8am, the Stockholm Culture Schools open their internet line to sign up for a spot in one of their classes. These are after-school activities like sports, drama, arts and music. Sure, there are other places you can find these after-school activities, but only the Culture School offers them for just $30 for the entire semester.

For parents, this is like trying to buy concert tickets to the most popular band in town for the same amount of money.

So many parents are waiting to sign up that there is a countdown on the website until 8am. Once 8am arrives, you receive a random place in line and wait. My place in line after it being open for 31 seconds?  Number 1449.

Looks like my kid is going to spend his year playing the kazoo.

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So relaxing

Today, I noticed my shower gel says, “Like lying down in a meadow of flowers.”

Is that supposed to be a good thing? Because a meadow of flowers has bees, ants, plant lice, probably dog poop hidden in there, etc.

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Illustrations

This is why I want a job as an illustrator. How many hours do you think it took for the artist to get those images just right?

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Good for kids!

Google Maps has this thing where it lets you know if an attraction is “good for kids.” Not sure exactly how well this works, as I found this while looking for things to do with my kids in Turin:

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Nature sounds

I make playlists of nature sounds to listen to while I work. I was a little surprised to see some tracks listed as explicit. I had no idea those birds had such filthy language.

 

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An unexpectedly busy summer

I’ve been off the internet for most of the summer. Contrary to the rest of the world, we have done more traveling this summer than usual. One trip for a family issue, one trip never cancelled, and one trip within our own country that had been planned because we assumed all other trips wouldn’t happen.

But the biggest trip this summer has been the guilt trip for leaving!

Though I like to say we helped other countries’ tourism economy. Someone needed to get to Italy and drink that wine! We were just helping out.

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Taking extra precautions on the plane.

 

This is not a “cake”!

Don’t be fooled, expats in Sweden. If you are offered a smörgåstårta at an event, this is NOT a cake! Yes, “tårta” is the Swedish word for cake, but “smörgås” is the Swedish word for sandwich and that’s where everything goes wrong. Bottom line is shrimp does not belong on a cake.

Is this a common problem?

I follow this subreddit where people ask if they are right or wrong about an issue. This one caught my eye. It’s an issue we all must face at some time in our lives.

Cause it just feels wrong to throw them out?

I saw this article, at first thinking it was about my husband, but then realizing they said ‘phones’ and not ‘cords’.

However, we actually do have about 11 old mobile phones sitting in a box. I keep thinking we should make an art project out of them. I had them all in a glass vase for a while. The kids’ friends really enjoyed that. Apparently having an original iPhone is cool.

But now I don’t know what to do with them. Most are too old to be used. Ideas? Phone museum?

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.”

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