Category Archives: Nature

April 3!

My son said yesterday, “Hey, it’s officially spring, right?”

And just because of that, we woke up to this today:

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Thanks alot, son.

#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!

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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Episode 55 – Insects are Not Allowed as Food in Sweden

On this podcast episode about expats in Sweden, we talk to Patrick, who was born in Zimbabwe, raised in South Africa and now lives in Sweden. He really appreciates being here even though there are no penguins on the beach.

We also find out that the Swedish food agency does not allow insects to be sold as food (cricket flour, etc.). But if you’re in South Africa, feel free to have some worms!

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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Second class riff-raff

I went to Malmö, in southern Sweden, by train last weekend. My husband had a work trip, so I decided to tag along. However, his work paid for a first class train ticket and I bought a second-class train ticket. I’m just looking out the window anyway, so why spend extra money?

It turns out that there was a problem with the train that showed up, so my train car was a first-class car instead of second, so it turns out I got to ride in a first class car anyway. The only difference was that there was more room and you could get free oranges. Again, not really worth an extra 500 SEK in my opinion. In the “real” first class, my husband also got breakfast included, but it was about the same as you would get on an airplane – yogurt and weird bread.

I took a few photos out the window on my way. We finally had snow after not having any for the past few months, so the scenery was nice.

A friend asked me if there were any more differences between my second class car and the first class. I told her the first class car got to look at tropical beaches through their windows.

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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.

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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Episode #53 Can Sweets be Too Sweet?

On today’s episode, Katia and Camilla, both from Brazil, discuss dessert sweetness, fashion and question whether there really is a place called Snake Island. (There is!)

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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It’s raining iguanas

I wonder if the app on my phone has an iguana emoji on the weather report?

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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.
 
Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:
 

Merry Christmas from Pigs without Pants

I’ve always thought pigs on cards at Chrsitmas is a strange thing. Apparently, many places eat ham for Christmas dinner, so this somehow equates to pig cards, pig cookie cutters, pig ornaments, etc. It’s just weird, especially when the pig is happy or also excited about Christmas. Just seems cruel.

But one thing I’ve noticed…. no matter where you are in the world… pigs don’t wear pants.

Merry Christmas. I leave you with these words:

We are all the same in this world. No matter what country you live in, pigs don’t wear pants.

A little Christmas comic for the day

This is from Sebastien Millon who draws some hilarious animal comics:

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All of the other reindeer USED to laugh..

I had to go to the grocery store to buy reindeer for dinner tonight. I plan to tell the kids that these were the reindeer that just didn’t make the cut for the holidays. (Then I’m going to throw just one cherry tomato into the mix).

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Bananya

I just found my new favorite show. And also why my kids don’t eat bananas.

https://www.crunchyroll.com/bananya/episode-1-the-kitty-who-lives-in-a-banana-715861

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Tank Cat

I just spent the entire morning looking up how to make a cardboard tank for a cat.

I need a real job.

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Newest episode – Expat Superpowers!

Luis, who grew up in Spain, talks a bit about his birth country Costa Rica (watch out for alligators), swimming at Saltsjöbaden (fun to swim in, hard to say) and expat superpowers!

Listen 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/

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

Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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My cat’s feeling a little full of himself.

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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.

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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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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