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Have Yourself a Merry Lidl Christmas

On today’s podcast episode about life in Sweden, Carolin, born in East Berlin, fills us in on the similarities and differences between Sweden and Germany.
We also discuss Christmas television culture and why it’s ok to shop at Lidl.

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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#45 What Does the Swede Say?

To celebrate our one-year anniversary of the podcast, we turn the tables this week and talk to a Swede!

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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#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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Trying once again to explain Halloween to Swedes

Listen to the latest bonus episode of our expat podcast as we make our yearly attempt to explain Halloween and Day of the Dead to the country of Sweden.

Available wherever you get your podcast by typing in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” or at any of the links below:

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 #38 Cinnamon Buns the Size of Your Head

Welcome to the podcast for expats in Sweden! Today we chat with Nicole, from Massachusetts, about the terror of grocery shopping in another language, tricks for not having to speak, recycling and Cinnamon Bun day!


Listen and subscribe anywhere you get your podcast or at any of these links!

 
 
 
 
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

And don’t forget to check out International Podcast Day Sept 30th! #InternationalPodcastDay

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Podcast episode #37 Superstitions and Air Raid Sirens

Pinar, from Turkey, joins us on this week’s episode where we talk about superstitions, air raid sirens and chain restaurants that might or might not be Turkish.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts and at the links below. Don’t forget to click subscribe so you can get new episodes as they are published each week!

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y5cgjn3n

Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/y4exmbf3

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

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

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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.

Just type in ”Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” anywhere you get your podcasts, or choose one of the links below. Don’t forget to subscribe to get new episodes each week!

Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/y24ufzn9

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:

Missing food – the common denominator

I’ve been so busy with work and the podcast that I just realized I haven’t written in a while. Time to remedy that!

The podcast I’m doing about people from other countries that have moved to Sweden (Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow) has been so much fun. Being one of these people from another country, I’ve always found a lot of humor in the mistakes and strange things about trying to fit into another culture and it’s fun to see how people all over feel the same way.

I also enjoy learning about cultural issues that may not have even crossed my mind, like when Hana from Singapore told me that when she moved to Sweden, it was the first time she ever had to buy socks (it was so hot in Singapore that she always wore sandals).

Everyone is full of stories about misunderstanding the language. And almost every person, no matter what country they are from, misses food the most. (That’s right, food and not people – because food can’t email or Skype).

If you like podcasts and enjoy ‘fish out of water’ type stories, check out some of my episodes. Each one is only 20-30 minutes and the main point is to learn something, but keep it funny.

It’s available anywhere you get your podcasts – iTunes, Spotify, Google, etc. Just type in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”. I hope you enjoy the stories and people as much as I do!

https://iceandsnow.se/

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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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They fought so you can shoot lasers

Looking through some activities to do in the U.S. this summer and I found a WW2 Destroyer that has tours. Or, since people don’t think a giant war destroying battle ship is enough for children – there’s laser tag!

I’m pretty sure this is wrong. Or is it just me?

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Best “ride” I’ve ever seen at a carnival

Last week was Culture Week in Stockholm.  My friends and I found an area with wonderful rides, our favorite being this one, where kids have to fan their parents for 5 full minutes while classical music is playing. Best ride ever!  Strangely, my kids didn’t agree.

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Be careful what you ask

Our Swedish teacher asked our class of students from all over the world today what we thought was different about Sweden and Swedes.  She was bombarded by shouting:

“They all drink coffee.  All the time!  They never stop drinking coffee!”

“Everything is white – the walls, the furniture.  These people are obsessed with white!”

“They’re super quiet until they drink.  Then they don’t shut up!”

“Darkness…Oh, the darkness!”

Our teacher just shook her head and said, “never mind, never mind” and let us leave 5 minutes early.

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TAKE IT!

One of the cultural differences I noticed when I moved to Sweden is that Swedes will never take the last of anything.  If you attend a Swedish party, by the end of the night there will most likely be 1 chip left in the bowl and one tiny slice of cake.  On Christmas there is only one candy left in the candy box by the end of the evening.

This week at my office, I brought a bowl of jelly beans from my recent trip to Texas.  When I came to work the next morning, there were 2 small jellybeans left in the bowl.  They stayed there all day until someone else brought in a bucket of candy and I tossed them in there.  (Yes, by the end of the next day, the new bucket had one piece of candy left sitting in it.)

Later in the week I brought 4 leftover cookies from a batch I made at home with a note saying, “Please help yourself.”  I wasn’t surprised when I came in the next morning to find one cookie left in the bag.  However, by lunchtime the cookie was missing.  I asked around and found out that a co-worker from Poland had taken the cookie.  It’s good that we have such an international staff or we’d be left with one of everything.

The good thing about all of this is that when we have a family gathering, I can always take the last of everything.  That last piece of candy at Christmas, the last piece of birthday cake – I just smile and say, “I’m American so I’ll just be taking this here.”

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