Category Archives: Jobs

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.

Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, or at the following 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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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.

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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Big Fun

Back from a week of replenishing Vitamin D in Barcelona!

I have no idea what the “Big Fun Museum” is, but if I lived in Barcelona, I would totally get a job as one of the characters on the street trying to get people to come in.  Big Fun indeed.

#49 Winter Special – A Completely Different Expat View

On this short winter special episode of the podcast, we see what life is like as an expat in China.

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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#47 All Hail the Christmas Pig

This week on the podcast, Marta, from the popular Instagram and Blog, A_Girl Who Travels, talks with us about her spontaneous move to Stockholm. We also discuss the many flavors of sill, tips on what to buy for relatives back home, and the mighty Christmas pig.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts, or at any of these links:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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#44 Turn at the Robot

On this week’s expat podcast episode, Samantha, from South Africa, runs Stockholm Girl Gone International, an online group for expat tips and meetups. We talk language mistakes, getting out of your shell and of course, food!

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/

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

Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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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!

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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Nothing to see here

Took the kids to a science experiment center last weekend. As we entered one of the live shows, the woman at the microphone said, “Welcome! Sorry about the accident at the previous show. We’re all set to go again!” And then the door closed, trapping us inside.

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From Italy to Sweden

On the podcast about expats in Sweden today, we talk to a couple of Italians, mainly about food of course, but also about language and some great summer tips in Stockholm!

Available anywhere you get your podcast by just typing “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”

or at these links:

Meet Magneto! Or… not.

I saw this ad today for an event coming up in Stockholm. I thought “oh! I can meet Ian McKellen!”

But no. I read it wrong.

I feel like this company is going to have a bunch of disappointed X-Men fans showing up at their business event.

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Too friendly?

For the first time ever, I read about an expat to Sweden who thinks Swedes are “too friendly!”

In our local paper’s letter section, a person identifying themselves as having a foreign background states:

Staff at stores, I am not your friend! Quit saying hello to me when I come up to the cash register. I am not obliged to speak to you and I don’t appreciate it. Just scan my groceries and don’t speak to me!

For the record, that’s really all they say to you at the store in Sweden. They aren’t like Americans who try to upsale or feel a need to comment on your purchases. Here in Sweden, they just acknowledge you with a hello and then tell you the total. That’s all.

Generally, all fellow foreigners I talk to complain about how cold and unfriendly Swedes can often seem. So my question is, what country is this person from where they think that a cashier saying “hello” is crossing the friendship line?

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#15 – Sweden’s Biggest Cultural Export is Pop

On my podcast this week:

Akash, from India, moved to Sweden expecting a heavy metal mecca. This was not quite the case. But he’s developed some rather useful apps to help these pop-music Vikings and also has a plan to change the culture here into a place where people talk to their neighbors. Good luck with that!

Wherever you listen to your podcasts, just type in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” and find the episode! Available on iTunes, Google podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, etc.

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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/

#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.

iTunes

Spotify

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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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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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Are job ads getting dumber?

Am I too cynical or is it just impossible to take certain companies seriously when going through job application ads?

Today’s example:

We’re on a mission to take over the world, and we believe that the only way to succeed with that is by having the Hungriest Digital Tigers and Toughest Tech Lions available.

(Well, I’m a Cantakerous Copywriting Camel, so I guess I’m out.)

What Google created in 10 years, we will be creating in 6 months.

(I’d put my money on this company being bankrupt in 6 months.)

Just send your email to our Chief People Officer…

(Is this an actual job title? Is anyone questioning how ridiculous this sounds? ” Hello, Chief People Officer, I am the Overlord Writing Governor.”)

Just out of curiosity, I thought I would apply because:

  1. Aside from the lion and tiger thing, I had all the qualifications
  2. If this is their ad, what kind of stories will I come away with after an interview?”

So I went to their page and it turns out, applicants are required to apply word by word as the questions show up. Starting with:

We are looking for a Digital Copywriter. Press YES

(Ok, that answer doesn’t match the question, unless I’m agreeing that YES, you ARE looking for a digital copywriter.)

Then I get to read the ad again and am instructed to press CONTINUE

Then…

What is your first name? _________ PRESS OK.

Now, I can probably guess the next question, but I went ahead and exited the site instead.

 

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Job hunting made fast

If you live in Stockholm and are a passionate cyclist…

NOPE. Next.

This is an ideal role to gain experience in the ….

So little or no pay. NOPE. Next.

 If you are excited by the fast paced change in the world of finance….
NOPE!
Are you someone who is comfortable working from home in pajamas?
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Full coverage!

Why does renting a car have to be such a procedure? If we already booked the car and filled in all of our information on the computer, why do we still have to fill it out AGAIN on paper once we get to the rental counter? Isn’t that what the computer was for? Check my license and give me my keys!

That’s just a general rant about every time we rent a car. In Italy, you can imagine how slow the paperwork is, mostly because they are marking all the damages that are ALREADY on the vehicle.

After being talked into a good deal for full coverage insurance on our rental car (and taking 15 minutes to fill out paperwork that was already in the computer), we made our way to the garage to pick up the car. Knowing that they don’t always mark every dent and scratch, we checked the car and found two scratches to report so that we would not be responsible once we were done with the car.

My husband went to report the scratches to the attendant, who was very reluctant to move from his chair. He took a look at the paperwork, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Is no problem. Who cares? You have full coverage. Run the car into a wall if you like.”

Our motto for the rest of the trip, while driving down narrow streets full of potholes was “Oh well – FULL COVERAGE!”

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The little plane that could

As I mentioned before, my husband and I took a 4-day long anniversary trip to Italy this past weekend. With only 4 days, we wanted every minute to count, which turned out to be a problem when the Italians decided to strike at the Rome airport. Our plane was delayed 3 hours until they could confirm landing clearance, so we were given vouchers for food (that worked in every restaurant except the specific one we went to, of course), and boarded our plane later in the afternoon.

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Once the plane finished boarding and the doors were closed, it needed to be de-iced. The de-icing truck began to do its job and then ran out of de-icing liquid. We had to wait 20 minutes for another de-icing truck.

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Finally, the de-icing was complete and it was time for the plane to be pushed back from the gate. We slowly moved backwards and then stopped after just a few feet. The truck pushing the plane broke down and we had to wait 20 minutes for a replacement truck.

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The flight went smoothly after all the delays and we landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport … only to wait on the tarmac an additional 20 minutes because of a plane in front of us.

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