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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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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.

Join us anywhere you get your podcasts or just click a link below!

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/yybg228t

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Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

Player FM – https://player.fm/series/2484919/240787105

 

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No, thanks

Saw this happening at a lake in our area the other day.

I’ll try a lot of things – escargot, zip line, frog-hopping dances…..  but this is where I draw the line.

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Swimming ninjas

This is what my 6 year old thinks synchronized swimmers are.  I think they should consider re-branding themselves this way.

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I want!

I’ve noticed that the woman at the reception desk at the swim hall always looks at me as if I’m an alien when I ask to swim.   I’ve thought about this and I think I have figured out the problem.  Even though I know the correct way to say a sentence in Swedish, I think I am lacking the basic social skills for the language and culture.  The problem is that when I want to do something new, I learn the most basic and direct way to say it.  I have no follow up.  I don’t know how to make my sentences polite.  When I go to the swim hall each week, I walk up to the desk and say, “I WANT TO SWIM!”   (Jag vill simma!)    When I get a haircut, I say, “I WANT A HAIRCUT!” (Jag vill klippa mig! – Yes, it sounds to me like I’m saying I want to cut myself, but other people assure me this means haircut.)

I have nothing to say after these sentences.  If I were speaking English, I would probably say, “I’d like to swim, please,” and then make some comment about the weather.  If I were asking for a haircut in English, I would say, “Yes, I’d like to get a haircut today.  Just a little off the ends.”

But in Swedish, I am forced to announce my needs in a caveman fashion and my only follow up may be occasional miming.  After I announce my desire for a haircut in Sweden and they ask me how much, I usually just make my hands into scissors and pretend to cut where I would like it.   This gets the message across but may also be why people occasionally treat me as if I am a crazy street person.

Cocoon

I like to go swimming at our local pool on Tuesday mornings.  It’s a great time to go because that’s when the old folks have their water aerobics class.  This leaves the swimming lane empty, plus I get to swim to music.  When I get there, the music is great.  “Fly me to the Moon” or some other relaxing melody.  But I never get further than lap 3 or 4 when this awful Swedish viking danceband song “Blue Hawaii” starts up.   WHY? WHY? WHY?  It was all going so well until then.

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