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Being avid travelers, we decided to apply for our daughter’s Swedish passport on her 5-week old birthday. In the US, you can apply for a passport at most post offices. Here in Sweden, it’s actually done at the police station, so we scanned Polisen.se to look at various waiting times at stations across Stockholm and headed over to Täby which had a zero waiting time.
As for getting a sleeping baby to open her eyes and look directly into the camera while an officer dangles a toy on a stick in front of her like a cat is another story…
When I was living in the US, I specifically had to order a “thin-crust” pizza if I didn’t want all those extra doughy calories. The normal types of pizzas served in the US are usually the thicker hand-tossed or deep dish versions.
Here in Sweden, not only is thin-crust pizza the norm, it’s usually piled on with strips of kebab meat – a general favorite among Swedes due to a significant Middle Eastern and Turkish immigrant population in the country. Here in Stockholm, you’ll usually find at least one kebab pizza shop in most neighborhoods.
A question I often get asked by African, African-American, and other black friends of mine is how and where do I get my ethnic supplies in Stockholm? One of the first things most expats of color usually locate upon arrival are stores and businesses that sell food items, beauty supplies, and other specific ethnic items they’re used to.
Skärholmen is one of those areas (amongst many), and within walking distance from the subway stop, you’ll find supermarkets, beauty salons, clothing stores, and other specialty businesses all catering to minorities.