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.)
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This week, we’ve had a record amount of seeds floating through the air that look a lot like snow and are covering the ground in Stockholm.
The seeds are from willow and aspen trees, but if one were to try to use Google Translate to figure out where this is coming from, the translation would look like this:
Istället handlar det om rekordstora mängder frön från att sälg- och aspträd som slagit ut.
Instead, it is about record-high amounts of seeds from salmon and asparagus trees that have struck out.
Generally, this is how I translate most news stories in my head when reading quickly. However, I was wondering…. if this was true, can you imagine how horrible the forest would smell?
On the podcast this week I talk to Ola, from Poland, about dubbing shows in other languages, the difference in Polish names and how to avoid ending up on crutches during the winter. Also, when practicing Swedish, a good tip is to talk to 2 year olds. They don’t judge.
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The snow is melting today and it’s just a big slush of muddy roads and giant slabs of ice falling from roofs. I think most people here who claim they hate the snow don’t really hate the snow, they hate what’s going to happen because they know that eventually it will get melty and slushy, which I agree is no fun.
I think people would like it more if slush days were declared days off. When it ices over in Texas, most people get the day off school or work because it’s dangerous to drive with no winter tires. Well, when melting snow is making ice fall from the roofs, we should all get the day off work here and stay inside as well.
It’s actually quite dangerous with the snow falling from roofs, and many sidewalks are blocked off so that people don’t get hurt. All the more reason to order people to stay inside today. Can we just have this one thing? I mean, we don’t have sun for 5 months a year, so maybe a few days off on the nastiest days? I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
I was talking to another parent in my son’s class about the weather being so snowy and icy outside that it was hard to walk anywhere without falling. The other parent told me that she has been riding her bike in the ice and snow lately, but is a little nervous about crashing.
I said, “I can’t even ride my bike in the summer without crashing. That’s how I got this scar on my chin.”
She laughed and said, “I remember that happened to me too! I have a scar on my chin from falling off my bike when I was five years old!”
I said, “This happened in September. This year.”
She smiled and moved on to talk to someone more coordinated.
This headline was on CNN top stories. It was the only story I clicked on to read. However, it was not what I thought, but just a piece about Prince William of England playing in the snow with his family.
Of course it wasn’t what I thought. No one would ever do that to Prince. He’s awesome!
Our local paper has raised a question in our neighborhood; Should people be sledding in a graveyard?
The initial picture one gets in one’s head is of sleds crashing into gravestones or “this wouldbe great for ‘The Addams Family Christmas Special.” However, the hill they are using doesn’t have any burial sites, it’s just landscaped in the middle.
The graveyard they are talking about is down the road from us and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, I don’t think people should be sledding there at all; it’s a place for peace and meditation especially for people visiting their loved ones, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought once or twice what a great sledding hill they have. Take a look at the picture and tell me you wouldn’t be a little tempted.
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:
Took the kids out for some Frisbee this past weekend on the big field by our building. We got a few strange looks from people going by as the temperature was -2c and the field is covered in about a foot of snow. Honestly, it was no different than playing frisbee at the beach, except I was really cold in my bikini.
Lately, Stockholm has been one giant sheet of ice. If you want some comedy, just look out any window and watch people slip, slide and try to keep their balance outside.
This is also generally the time of year I start to see the largest number of people with crutches and casts.
In order not to end up as one of those people, I dug out my snow-grippers for my boots today, much to my husband’s dismay. Every time I wrap these things around my boots, he’s embarassed to walk with me. In his words, “Only old people wear those.”
I used to argue about this and almost had him on my side until we stepped on an escalator and my gripper got caught between the lines in the steps. Luckily, I freed myself at the last moment while my husband walked quickly away hiding his face.
He also doesn’t seem to like the “click, click” sound they make when we go inside a building. I tell him to pretend he’s married to a tap dancer.
This week in Stockholm is spring break for kids in school. Actually, it’s not called spring break (for obvious reasons -since spring might not arrive until May), but “sport break.” Most families take this week to go skiing. This is something I will never understand.
We have spent over 4 months with miserable winter and you want to spend your week off driving to MORE WINTER!?!
As for me, I’m getting out the heat lamp for the balcony and making some umbrella drinks this weekend. I’ll save my vacation days for some sun, thanks.
I noticed that most countries (at least in Europe) have some sort of slogan. At the airport, I saw, “I Need Spain” and “I Feel Slovenia.”
This got my husband and I wondering what Sweden’s current slogan is for tourists. Here are a few ideas:
Sweden – Booze and Hot Pants
Sweden – Not So Bad in the Summer
Sweden – Abba
Sweden – Bring a Jacket
At the moment, the temperature in Houston, Texas is the same as Stockholm, Sweden. This doesn’t happen often. The other thing that doesn’t happen often is for Texas to get snow before we do!
While I’m very glad for the kids in Houston to have snow (this only happened twice when I lived there), I still have to laugh at how big a news story this is. My favorite is, “share your snow and sleet photos!” Since it didn’t specify Houston, I’m thinking of sending one of my 500 pictures from last winter, which I’ve conveniently placed alongside the Texas article here.
I used to live in a building with a trash chute in the stairwell. That was the greatest. I could walk 3 steps outside my door in my pajamas and toss trash immediately into a magic chute where I never had to think about it again.
But as usual, someone in the city of Stockholm had to complain and now all new buildings have bins for trash outside of the building, while many old buildings are closing up their trash chutes and moving them outside as well.
What awful person had to ruin this for us! It’s -15 several months out of the year here! I really don’t have time to take on a winter coat, boots, scarf, gloves, hat, etc just to take out the trash!
Our neighbors found a way around this. They simply leave the trash outside their door and stink up the house until they happen to be heading outside (which apparently they don’t do every day).
I’m considering building a metal slide from the 3rd floor to the outside trash chute. I don’t think anyone would mind. I think they would join me.