Monthly archives: November 2011

ALERT! Test yourself for these symptoms of Holiday Spirit Fever


A fever has hit Sweden. (No, not the one I caught last week that turned me into a whimpering, slobbering mess for three days.) I’m talking about the fever of HOLIDAY SPIRIT that has infected all my friends and, inevitably, me. It’s a contagion, I tell you! An epidemic!

It was back in September that I first heard the rumblings of something momentous headed my way. I ignored that creeping sense of unease, however, and continued on in my daily life, unaware that there was an actual date when all these symptoms lurking beneath the surface would converge and erupt in a massive display of HOLIDAY SPIRIT FEVER. Read more » >>

A Very Expat Thanksgiving

In my opinion, it’s all about the stuffing.

Actually, it’s all about the stuffing in most Americans’ opinions and yet, paradoxically, the stuffing is the part that is least appreciated and/or understood by the Swedes I’ve shared Thanksgiving with.

You put it where? Really?! Why? Read more » >>

My Big Fat Swedish Wedding

Love of planning and unhurried, deliberate journey to the altar be damned. The big day came and went, and my Swede and I tied the knot!

Since then, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the wedding: what it was like, what we did, and so on. It was a long, exciting, joyful day full of activities… and here’s what it looked like. Read more » >>

43 Things I Love About Sweden

Thanks to the wedding, my parents are here in Sweden for the first time, and I am really getting to show off my new home to two pairs of captive ears. Poor people… there are so many fun things to see and do (and eat) that I might be totally exhausting them, but we’re on day six and they still seem pretty game for exploration, so it can’t be that bad.

Besides touring all the tourist sites and cafes in the country, though, I find myself peppering them with a constant stream of facts about life in Sweden. When we got off the train in Lund from Stockholm, I found myself suddenly emotional about how much I love this country that has become home to me.

Without further ado, 43 things I love (tangible and intangible) about life in Sweden. Read more » >>

Less than 24 hours to go…

Less than 24 hours to go before the big moment, and I’m practically bursting with excitement.

Here are a few Swedish (and a few non-Swedish) wedding traditions I’m looking forward to: Read more » >>