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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!

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Swedish problems

I like that I live in a country where this story has dominated the headlines the entire week. Someone drew a penis on a frozen stream in the snow in the middle of a southern city and the city had trouble getting on the stream to remove it, but finally managed to.  Now this happened:

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Starbucks in Sweden

A few weeks back, our family took a trip to Gothenburg, which is a town in southern Sweden.  Besides the airport in Stockholm (behind security), Gothenburg has the only Starbucks in Sweden as far as I know.  Why is this?  The rest of Europe has Starbucks.  Even Istanbul has Starbucks!  Get with the program, Sweden!

I visited the Swedish Starbucks during my trip.  I waited 5 minutes for my turn while the girl at the counter had to ask the man in front of me 10 times for his name.  She simply could not understand what he was saying or how to spell it.  As far as I’m concerned – who cares if Starbucks doesn’t write my name correctly in marker on a cup I’m going to throw away when it’s empty?

When she got to me and asked my name, I said, “Heather.”

“Henny?” she replied.

“Yes.  That’s right.”

Kids’ reactions to Stockholm vs. Gothenburg

Took a trip this past weekend to Gothenburg.  Comments from my children:

5-year old

I want to go back to Sweden.  “This is Sweden.”  (mind blown)

8 -year old

Gothenburg is really different from Stockholm. They use ketchup packets at McDonald’s instead of ketchup cups.  This place is really weird.

I will be submitting this important travel information to TripAdvisor of course.  The public needs to know.

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