It’s glögg season again, and it’s time for another post!
Stockholm got its first “real” snow this past week! Real snow is when it actually sticks to the ground and stays around, and boy was it needed. It had been raining a lot and was dark and miserable, as it tends to be during this time of year. But as soon as the snow came, everything brightened up. Yes, it was still cold but I prefer cold and dry to cold and wet. Even WordPress.com has snow on its front page!
The start of the fall is always a promising time for picking mushrooms in the forests of Sweden. Chanterelle mushrooms are plentiful, if you can find a good spot to find them. Every Swedish family has its own secret patch of the forest that they go to every year to find mushrooms. Apparently, 2012 has been an extremely good year. Since it’s been such a wet summer, the mushrooms grew quickly and were available quite early in the year.
Kebabtallrik from Hakepi, my favorite kebab place!
Okay, it’s not really a Swedish delicacy, but it’s as popular as IKEA’s meatballs so I think it should be.
Kebabtallrik (literally, “kebab plate”) is a plate of kebab meat (thinly sliced beef from a vertical spit), some lettuce, onions, cucumber, tomato, and a fefferoni pepper. I actually didn’t know what those peppers were called until I started eating kebab in Sweden. You then get a side of carbs, the most common options being french fries or rice. They usually sprinkle some paprika powder on top of the fries. In most places, the meat is doused with a red tomato sauce and then a white garlic sauce. No skewers are involved, so you can eat it easily with fork and knife. Continue reading →
Like a good Swede, I’m always looking for good deals. I really like that about them – in the US, sometimes I’d be called “cheap,” but here, I’m just being sensible with my money.
A few months ago, I dropped my friends Josh and Kellee off at Arlanda airport for their move back to the US. They took a taxi to the airport so I went with them. I had no plans that morning so I thought I’d take public transportation back to Stockholm. The Information Desk at Arlanda told me that I could take SL bus 583 from Arlanda to Märsta and then take the pendeltåg (commuter train) all the way back to Centralen. After living here all this time, I had no idea there was actually an option to travel easily to and from Arlanda via public transportation! I always thought you had to take the train halfway and then pay for the Upplandståg (a separate train system which requires a separate ticket).
I love watching movies. In the US, I also really enjoyed the lead-up to a movie night at a theater: You queue up at the ticket window, hoping that the movie you want at the time you want isn’t yet sold out. You finally get to the ticket window, and you ask for a ticket for the show you want. You hand over your credit card and your frequent viewer membership card, and then you wait. Sometimes you arrive early so you go and have dinner with your friends. If it’s a big big showing (like the Harry Potter movies or the Lord of the Ring trilogy was), you probably want to get in line right away, even if you are hours away from show time. Continue reading →
Glad Midsommar! I just got back from a beautiful wedding out in Ljusterö in the Stockholm archipelago. My friends Tobias Björkgren and Caroline Åslund (now Björkgren also!) was married on June 22, 2012 under a may pole in front of all of their family and friends.
I hadn’t blogged in a while, so I figured it was high time for an update. Today I will talk about an interesting thing that high school graduates do in Sweden to celebrate their successes.
For those of you who are American or are familiar with the high school graduation process in the US, you might recognize the term “Sober Grad Night.” Continue reading →
I read an article in the April 30th edition of Metro about a new SMS loan scam combined with a purchase on Blocket.se (Sweden’s version of Craigslist, without the promiscuous “No Strings Attached” casual sex sections).
Let’s say you’re selling an iPad 3 on Blocket. The fraudster would contact you and say that they’re interested in your iPad, but since they live in other side of Sweden, they would like you to ship the iPad to them. No problem, you say, as long as they deposit money into your account first. The fraudster puts money into your account, you see that it’s there, so you take your iPad 3 to Posten and ship it to them.
Sounds like a pretty normal transaction, right? It probably is, until you get called into the police station for identity theft and financial crime. Continue reading →
Did you know that we have a Hollister store in Stockholm now (in the Gallerian mall)? If you’ve never been to one, Hollister is a brand owned by Abercrombie & Fitch and is a clothing retailer focused on an immersive concept. Hollister’s style of clothing can best be described as “surfer town casual” or “SoCal style.” On a side note, I hope that means that Abercrombie will come soon; I rather like their button-up -shirts!
In any case, I went to Gallerian with a buddy of mine on Sunday. (He’s also American) We first went to Rizzo since I needed to pick up a pair of boots. I asked the checkout girl (who looked like their target customer) if she’d been to the Hollister store and what she thought of it.
I bought a new suitcase from Costco in January. It’s their newest Kirkland Signature (private Costco brand) suitcase, one in a 26″ size. I have used their suitcases for the last 8 years (I think) and have never had a problem. I took the suitcase on its first maiden flight back to Stockholm via Munich and it lost a wheel on its way. Unbelievable, especially for a Costco product.
I filed a complaint with Lufthansa. They called me on Monday, January 16 and told me that in order to reimburse me for the product, they would have to have a statement from a luggage repair store with the repair estimate. If the bag can’t be fixed, they need a statement saying that too.
It’s not every day someone goes to a luggage repair shop, so I asked them for a referral. They said that they’ve had good luck with a store called Asplunds Väskservice. I looked them up and one of their stores was on Kungsholmen. I made my way there today at lunchtime.
As I entered the store, I was shocked at how cramped and messy it was. There were suitcases EVERYWHERE. It looked like the store had never sold a single suitcase. The guy, presumably the owner, asked me what I wanted and I told him I needed a repair estimate.
Remember how I was raving about innebandy? I still love the sport, and I’m finally getting a bit better at it. What’s so difficult about running around a gym with a plastic club and a wiffle ball, right?
The last time I played – about a week ago – I broke my nose. Or rather, my friend Josh did. I ran up behind him to get the ball, and he swung around and his elbow met my nose. It wasn’t his fault – he didn’t know I was there. But “crunch,” “pop,” and *boom* I was down on the floor. It was a pretty solid hit. As I lay on the ground, I felt like the insides of my nose were running out.