Tag Archives: Stockholm

Let’s go to the movies!

Apparently, some theaters are open again in Stockholm! Not very many, but a few. There are maybe about 10 movies playing in the whole city, but one of them is “Tenet”, so we had to check it out.

In Sweden, you make reservations online and choose your seat before you go the movies. At this theater, you could only choose every other row. The ones in-between were blocked off. Once you made your reservation, the seats beside you were blocked – 2 to the left and 2 to the right (you can sit together on the same reservation, it just blocks STRANGERS!).

I thought this was a good solution, not to mention I didn’t have to deal with annoying people whispering, eating and checking their phones since they were all pretty far away from me.

As for “Tenet”…. I’ll have to see it at least 2 more times before I get the whole thing, much like every Christopher Nolan movie. 🙂

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!

 

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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 VästerĂĄs 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
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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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#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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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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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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#47 All Hail the Christmas Pig

This week on the podcast, Marta, from the popular Instagram and Blog, A_Girl Who Travels, talks with us about her spontaneous move to Stockholm. We also discuss the many flavors of sill, tips on what to buy for relatives back home, and the mighty Christmas pig.

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Listen to this podcast episode or the Babaroga will get you!

It’s that time of year for Serbian tales of vampires, the Babaroga and Nikola Tesla. Jelena fills us in on this, plus we discuss the Swedish birthday song as well as ’Swedish problems’.

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Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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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!

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Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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Champagne Hike

Saw this event being advertised for tomorrow. Yeah, I think the photo is pretty accurate.

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GĂĽnters

I finally got to visit a Stockholm institution last week – GĂĽnters hot dog stand. I’ve heard rumors over the years about the amazing hot dogs and the owner who is very strict with how you order.  Though I was frightened of making a mistake (very similar to the Seinfeld ‘Soup Nazi’ episode), everything went fine and I have to admit, it was an amazing hot dog.

There’s always a long line, so you can’t be in a hurry, but it’s worth it! Remember, it’s only one guy running the stand and he makes them fresh. He’s not all that into chit-chat or customer service, but he will make you an amazing hot dog with toasted baguette bun (you don’t get a choice on that). Know what you want to order when you get up there and then step aside!

I looked up reviews from a few other people about the place. Here are a few excerpts:

I cry a little every time I eat any hotdog that isn’t from GĂĽnters

If left stranded on a desert island and I had to choose between 100 big macs or just one Gunters krauker wurst + sauerkraut korv I would pick the sausage.

It felt just like your were standing in line at the Soup-nazi-stand in Seinfeld:-)
Me and my wife stood in line and the guy in the stand just screamed – NEXT!
He handled like four five orders at the time and didn’t care if there were two or twenty people in line. He just had his own pace.

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Meet Magneto! Or… not.

I saw this ad today for an event coming up in Stockholm. I thought “oh! I can meet Ian McKellen!”

But no. I read it wrong.

I feel like this company is going to have a bunch of disappointed X-Men fans showing up at their business event.

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NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Some friends and I went to a restaurant here in Stockholm the other night and ordered a margarita. These are the margaritas we received. Fork and eyeglasses for scale.

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Let me show you the average margarita in the U.S. Now THIS is how a margarita should be!

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Big ‘ol Texas margarita

And by the way, what’s up with the burnt, blackened limes they put in the Swedish margaritas? This is the second time this has happened at 2 different places. Did they just shrivel up because it’s winter?

Fast Food Coma

I waved my kids off at the airport this morning and went immediately to both KFC and Pizza Hut, as they were in the area. Of course, I had to grocery shop first because these crazy Swedes don’t eat fried chicken at 9am in the morning. (Just wait until they discover fried chicken and waffles.)

I just ate a small snack at KFC to try it out (first one in Stockholm) and I put the pizza box on the passenger seat and turned the seat warmer to HIGH! It worked great!

As I rarely eat fast food these days, I of course fell into a fast food coma for the afternoon. But I’m awake again and ready to tackle the leftover slices in the fridge tomorrow!

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New Year, New Arrival

New year, new arrival! You wanted to hear from someone who just got to Sweden and here it is! Episode 8 of the podcast features Lauren, who just moved to Sweden about 6 weeks ago and is amazed by the queue system, independent children and that people here don’t steal babies!

Available on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you get your podcast. Just type “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.” 
Also available directly from the page:

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/8-new-year-new-arrival

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Gingerbread contest

Every year at the Architecture Museum in Stockhom, they hold a gingerbread house making contest during the month of December. There are different categories for professionals, teams, and amateurs. Each year has a theme (this year’s was “luxury”), and everyone votes on the best in each category.

I took the kids to see the entries. Here are a few:

This inspired us to go home and make our own “luxury” gingerbread house. Here is the result of our efforts:

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Bob comes home from his job at the bank to find his wife Barbara in the hot tub. Notice that the hot tub is almost the same size as the house. Also, their house is made of gingerbread. Luxury!

 

 

Booze Cruise

We took a short trip to Tallinn, Estonia this week on what some people call a “Booze cruise.” In Stockholm, there are several short trips you can take by ship to Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga. It’s 2 nights on the ship and one day in the city. The best part is that it’s insanely cheap! How is it so cheap?

They make all their money off the Duty Free shop!

While my family and I take advantage of these great deals to visit another city, there are many people in Sweden who simply go on these cruises to stock up on cheap alcohol.

For those who don’t know, the only place to buy alcohol in Sweden is at the government run Systembolaget stores. I think this is a great system, but that’s for another post. The reason why this is significant for this post is because the prices are a bit expensive. So people go on these cruises and stock up on alcohol once they get far enough out to sea, bringing it back in little trolley carts.

I snapped a few photos when we were disembarking this morning in Stockholm:

Our family, on the other hand, does everything we can to avoid buying anything on the ship. We brought our own food to eat in the cabin both ways, because the other way this ship makes money is from the overpriced restaurants. And when you are a family of 4, that can get very expensive.  We were quite happy with our meats and cheeses (with a glass of wine in a plastic bathroom cup for the adults).

It was a successful and cheap vacation. The only things that cost for us were lunch in Tallinn and the furry Russian hat my son wanted to buy.  Not bad!

The little plane that could

As I mentioned before, my husband and I took a 4-day long anniversary trip to Italy this past weekend. With only 4 days, we wanted every minute to count, which turned out to be a problem when the Italians decided to strike at the Rome airport. Our plane was delayed 3 hours until they could confirm landing clearance, so we were given vouchers for food (that worked in every restaurant except the specific one we went to, of course), and boarded our plane later in the afternoon.

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Once the plane finished boarding and the doors were closed, it needed to be de-iced. The de-icing truck began to do its job and then ran out of de-icing liquid. We had to wait 20 minutes for another de-icing truck.

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Finally, the de-icing was complete and it was time for the plane to be pushed back from the gate. We slowly moved backwards and then stopped after just a few feet. The truck pushing the plane broke down and we had to wait 20 minutes for a replacement truck.

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The flight went smoothly after all the delays and we landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport … only to wait on the tarmac an additional 20 minutes because of a plane in front of us.

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