Category Archives: Vacation

Cafe Culture and Neighbors

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Olga, from Ukraine, talks about Ukrainian vs. Swedish cafe culture, getting to know your neighbors through fake traditions, and the beauty of rules, among other things.

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Season 2 of the podcast!

We are back with season 2 of the “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” podcast!

We’re back for Season 2 with a recap of our Swedish and not-so Swedish summers! We discuss scuba diving with the metric system, the advantages of bathing caps and co-ed summer camps.

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Italian cat food

It’s always fun to go to the local grocery stores when you’re on vacation in another country. I make sure to bring my camera each time. On the most recent Italian trip, I noticed the names of food in the pet aisle. It’s always interesting to see what other countries use as names for cat food. Here were 2 of my favorites:

 

Of course, I have yet to find a country to beat the greatest Swedish cat food name of all:

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(Side note: Unfortunately, by the time we got a cat, the company became aware and changed its name.)

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.

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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.

If I had a yacht

We were in Portofino a few weeks ago – vacation spot for the rich (we managed to afford 4 ice creams and that was it) – and spotted quite a few yachts in the area. Our favorite was the one with a basketball court on the front and a waterslide in the back:

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That got me thinking what I would like on my yacht that I would probably never buy even if I did win the lottery. Here are my requirements for my yacht:

  • Waterslide
  • Hot Tub
  • Private sandy island towed behind the boat
  • Swimming pool
  • Small submarine and jet skis stored underneath
  • An organ like the one from the Nautilus just to make people laugh

What am I missing? What would you have?

 

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.

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My kind of art

I saw this wall by Venchi chocolates at Eataly in Bologna. Pixel art is great, but it’s even BETTER when it’s made with CHOCOLATE!

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Is not opinion. Is fact.

Just back from a 3-week long trip to Italy. Wonderful time, beautiful scenery and excellent food! Why do we keep going to Italy? Well, as you see from this sign:

Italy is the most beautiful country in the world.
This is not an opinion, there are incontrovertible numbers that prove it.

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Charter trips – Ja eller nej?

This week on our summer podcast edition “Swedes Explain,” former guest, half Swede/half Brit Sandy, explains why Swedes love to go on charter trips, as well as her experience working for one and the odd things that Swedes request.

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Where do you live?

We are currently on vacation in Italy (yes, I wrote this weeks ago – thanks “schedule feature”!

While we are in Italy, we will be taking a road that passes by these two towns. I imagine many conversations in the area go like this:

“I live in Carrodano.”
“Oh! Which one?”
“Uh, the one a little further down the road.”

 

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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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Mouse crime is way up!

How have I not heard about this?

Now, I heard about the small mouse restaurant in Malmö a year or more ago and thought that was brilliant. But apprently, the mouse community in Malmö has grown, and of course more mice means more problems…. or hiliarous news stories that are part of a really ingenious scavenger hunt.

Quote from the article, which you can read here

With their new immersive detective mystery Mustisk (Mousterious), the Malmö collective AnonyMouse have taken their mouse-themed street art in an ambitious and gently satirical direction.

If you’re in Malmö, I strongly encourage you to help solve this mystery!

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Learning the important things

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Podcast #19 Russia, New Zealand and Easter witches

On today’s podcast about expats in Sweden, we discuss Easter witches, the Påskmust conspiracy and Russian dumplings.
 
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Podcast #17 – Tapas are the Greatest Invention

I ask Rosa, from Spain, to fill me in on how people in southern Europe can eat dinner so late and still get up for work in the morning. We also talk about having to wear uniforms in school and about how tapas are the ultimate way to eat a meal.

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Springtime – Spain vs. Sweden

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Everything is Picasso!

My husband and I visited the Picasso Museum this weekend in Málaga. There was an option to see the regular collection, or to pay extra to see the “Olga Picasso” collection. When asked which ticket we wanted to purchase, my husband said, “Just Pablo Picasso, please.” The woman at the desk got very offended and said, “Everything is Picasso! The exhibition is Picasso, the paintings he did of Olga, so which do you want? IT’S ALL PICASSO!”

For the record, we kind of assumed Olga Picasso was some younger-generation painter from the family displaying her work. Not everyone knows the subjects of Picasso’s paintings. I have other things to keep up with.

However, we have now spent several days answering every question by yelling, “It’s all Picasso! Everything is Picasso!”

“Where should we eat dinner? PICASSO! It’s all Picasso!”
“What do you want to watch? Picasso! Everything is Picasso!”
“Why did you leave your clothes on the floor? It’s all Picasso!”

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Even Pablo can’t believe how ignorant we are.

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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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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