Category Archives: travel

Being short in Sweden

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

Season 3 of the podcast

We are back! We catch up on our summer experiences, like broken toilets, meze for Midsommar and traveling in the outside world! Also, a spotlight on Fårö.

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

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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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.

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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Vegetables are Green Things

On episode 59 of the podcast….

Zayna, from California, enjoys the literal translations of Swedish words, like grönsaker, gives us some tips on Västerås and discusses the differences between college in California and Stockholm. Also, why can’t we find normal Cheetos here?
 
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Podcast quarantine episode #57!

Special Quarantine episode! Learn about restrictions in Stockholm public transport, tips for things to do when stuck at home and mysterious raids on onions.

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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Difference in stores

While we were in Budapest, we visited 3 or 4 grocery stores just to see if they had some fun items to bring back. Everything was well stocked – quite a relief after seeing crazy photos on the news of Americans emptying out shelves.

We got back to Stockholm, and while the grocery store in our neighborhood was basically fine, the two things that had been raided were the pasta aisle and the onions. I get the pasta, but onions? All the other vegetables were well stocked. I feel like I’m missing something.

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Back from Budapest

My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Budapest! We had a great time. Surprisingly, no virus-related problems. Flights were on time (and full), every place we wanted to go was open excluding one ruin bar because of a 100 person capacity restriction.

I’ll write my observations and thoughts on Budapest later. For now, here are a couple of pictures from Budapest’s Cat Cafe!

 

#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!

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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
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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
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Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

 

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Is your brain stew gluten free?

For an upcoming trip to Budapest, I started looking at restaurants to visit. Generally, I’ll try a lot of things, but I think I’ll skip this place.

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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
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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.

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iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
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Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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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.
 
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