One Miles per hour

My Swedish American love story.

Category: travel

Swedish BBQ

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Last night Fanny and her family invited us over to her house for a BBQ dinner. Around 5 pm we drove over and stayed there for a few hours before both Miles & us started to get tired and feel the need to head back home.

We enjoyed some beer, lamb sausages, beef, BBQ corn, grilled onions, salad & amaziiiiing homemade blueberry frozen yogurt made by Fanny’s sister Hilda.

Swedish summer feels amazing even though I haven’t been through the whole winter this time around. The sun stays up till after midnight and everyones mood is just so much better when the sun is out… I love the fact that everyone enjoys the nature around them. People wander out on long walks and collect beautiful fresh flowers to have back home & pick their own mushrooms, strawberries & blueberries just in the neighboring forests. !!! love it

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Mommy bloggers meet!

Today Miles and I were invited to an event for mommy bloggers in Stockholm. We originally planned on meeting at a local park for a picnic but unfortunately the weather didn’t permit and we met at “playland” an indoor play area for kids. We were around 30 mommies all with strollers of course so you can imagine the chaos.

The event was sponsored by aloe Vera drink and Ella’s Kitchen. It was an awesome afternoon with lots of adorable babies and super nice moms. I got to finally meet Angie a friend of mine who I met basically on Instagram who has a baby the same age as Miles. His name is Alvar and he’s absolutely adorable 🙂

She lives about 45 min north but we plan on getting together as much as possible!

After a mission back to the suburbs via train and subway we made it in time to make dinner before Marcus headed off to soccer practice. It’s such a pain in the ass at times to take the subway with a stroller. Either the elevators broken, there are too many people waiting for it, you get stuck moving through a crowd, you get stuck going through the pay stalls, or you have trouble getting the stroller on and off the subway. I used to love Stockholm for their transportation and now I realize how amazing it is to have a car or carry him in just his ergo which I’ve been doing more and more.

Well it’s been a long day for the both of us. Miles just fell asleep and now it’s time for some candy and a movie.

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Must Share!

I have to share the simple recipe for an amazing salad I had the other day at Fanny’s house:

spinach (spenat)
wheat berries (matvete cooked in veg. buljong)
cauliflower (baked) blomkol
zucchini (baked)
prosciutto
sea salt to taste

side of red beets (rodbetor) (cooked) topped with goat cheese (chevre) baked in the oven till cheese melts on beets

LOVE LOVE LOVE

My favorite

Went to djursholm for lunch at Fannys parents house this afternoon. Miles slept for most of the night last night and woke up around 730. We had breakfast and got ready and headed out with Fanny 🙂

I love where her parents live. It’s the biggest most beautiful house in the best suburb outside of the city. We hung out with her little sister and harassed Miles before going on a long walk around. It’s still cold and grey here which is crazy considering it was almost 90f 30c the first two days we were here! We planned on going to a museum or something but don’t have the urge to leave the house in this weather.

Miles has been more cranky than usual today and just wants to nurse and sleep. Damn jetlag and teething 😦 anyways he slept during our walk and I’m now nursing him for the 3rd time in the last couple hours blahhhhhh

Heading home soon for a fika with Marcus grandma who hasn’t met Miles yet 🙂

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Swedish grocery stores

I absolutely above all thing missed shopping at Swedish grocery stores.
There are so many differences between shopping back home and shopping here. Here are just a few…

might be a lame post to read but I couldn’t help it 😉

grocery bags:
In the US you can take hundreds if you wanted to and have the choice between paper or plastic. The affect they have on the environment is sick and unfortunate & in some cities and states they are actually starting to either cost or not offered. The bags here cost about 25 cents and are actually heavy duty and are later used to line trash cans back home as trash bags!

candy:
I think everyone knows by now Swedish candy is AMAZING. They have bin candy here that is out of this world and almost 1/3 the cost of bin candy back home. People go nuts over it and for kids Saturday is “Candy day” and kids are given a few dollars to go to the store and by candy. 🙂 Cute tradition we hope to start and carry on with Miles whether we are here or in America. Sweden is the #1 candy consuming country in the world!

Chewing gum:
random but it’s sold in small tablets similar to some brands back home but it also comes in a ziploc sort of bag instead of a box or package.

Shopping carts:
Unlike the chaotic parking lot mess we have in the US shopping carts here are for rent. You slip a 10kr (1.50$) coin into a slot that releases the cart from the others and to get it back you must return the cart. Everyone does this. We have forgotten this rule so the last few times we grocery shopped haven’t had coins on us so we can’t use a cart …. good system and results in not having to hire a cart boy or tons of dented cars in the parking lot.

Fresh flowers:
this country is all about nature. Tons of flowers are sold EVERYWHERE during the spring and summer and for much cheaper than back home. Most people however pick their own flowers out in the wild… beautiful!

Cheese:
As you can see from my picture (which is only about 1/5 of the amount of cheese on the shelf). Cheese is sold in HUGE lumps which you then slice at home as needed for breakfast sandwiches. The cheese is amazing and there are so many different types of basic cheeses here. We have amazing gourmet cheeses back home but not as big of a variety of everyday cheeses.

Bubbly water:
bubbly water is a lot more common here than regular mineral water. It’s sold in larger quantities, small bottles and even made at home with a “soda stream”. I am not too big on the bubbly water, however some flavors are better than others. I also am not big on soda in general so anything carbonated just reminds me of soda :/

ok I’m done for now haha Marcus is sitting next to me telling me how boring this post is but I know some might find it interesting 🙂 dad?

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Baptism planning

Today we went and checked out the church in which we plan on baptizing Miles at June 14th. It was one of the most beautiful churches I had ever seen and was in fact built in the 1600s! I can’t wait to see everyone that will be there… friends I haven’t seen in over two years and all of Marcus’ family (some I haven’t met yet).

After the actual baptism we are having a little fika/luncheon in the hall on the same property as the church. The church lies on a cemetery as well in which some of Marcus’ family is buried at so we visited their graves and took Miles to see his great grandfather Bo.

It’s still COLD AS F here so we couldn’t stay long and other than that hav pretty much stayed in all day and pigged out on all my favorite Swedish foods from breakfast till dinner….

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City adventures

Last night Marcus, Miles and I took the subway into the city. Since we’re staying at Marcus’ dad’s apartment it’s a bit outside the city. It only takes about 20 minutes by subway to get there though 🙂 We met up with our friend Oscar first to say hi and introduce Miles before heading over to my old roommate and good friend fanny’s for dinner. Josefin, Gabbie & Fanny’s boyfriend joined us. It was a long night filled with catching up, harassing Miles, and lots of spaghetti, coffee & chocolate 🙂 Last night was a HUGE drop in temperature and ended up being close to 55 f! (7c) We obviously did not plan for cold weather this summer (even though it is Sweden) and only brought shorts, tanks, and light sweaters. We brought Miles’ stroller but I mainly used the ergo to carry him around as it kept him and I warmer. Taking the subway was definitely a mission with a stroller & I am not sure how often in the future this summer I plan on bringing the stroller vs. his ergo. Some of the elevators were broken which we needed in order to get to the next platform when transferring which meant we had to take the stairs or escalator and without Marcus it’ll be difficult to board on time before the doors close and the train takes off. 

 

The prices have also gone up DRAMATICALLY from what I recall. For the two of us to get into the city and back it was around 20 dollars! Gas here is about 10 dollars a gallon so driving isn’t the best option either…. I think we plan on getting a monthly train pass which ends up being around 120 dollars each! We will see how much it all adds up to be after the next few weeks to see if it’s worth it or not. 

I do love the idea of taking public transportation for the sake of not having to find or pay for parking and just to take advantage of how simple it is in comparison of back home. 

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So far

We finally got Swedish phone plans today. The internet is unfortunately so limited still to blogging isn’t possible throughout the day as often as I would like :/ we have spent the last few days visiting as many people as possible from family to friends and drinking as many cups of coffee throughout the day both to get over jet lag and avoid refusing a “fika” (coffee date). I haven’t seen all my friends yet but I know almost all of them will be at his baptism June 14!

It was almost 85/90 degrees the last couple days then all the sudden dropped to 60 today… Damn Swedish summer. We almost froze to death on our journey home tonight from dinner at a friends house …. It’s going to remain cold and even rain through the weekend 😦

Time for bed. Miles has decided to wake up and stay awake from 2/3 am till 7am the last couple nights so we need to get over this jet lag!

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We made it!

Miles did so amazing on our flight to Sweden. I wore him in the ergo the whole time at the airport and we got all of our luggage checked in and out along with a stroller and car seat! Miles fell asleep almost instantly as we took off in my arms and woke about an hour later. After a little crying and a walk around the airplane in the ergo he fell back asleep 🙂

Since we didn’t get the bassinet or bulk head seating because of the amount of babies on the plane we had to sit in a regular seat. The girl next to us was super kind and understanding and Miles was amazing the whole time!

Everyone on the plane complimented us on how well behaved he was which was nice to hear. I am soooo glad we flew over night and will make sure we do it in the future. He was a little jet lagged yesterday but went to bed still by 8 pm waking at midnight for an hour and then around 3am for 2 hours and fell asleep again till 830. As long as I stick with or routine from home he should be fine 🙂 we went for a walk to the park this morning and got coffee before heading back to Marcus dad’s for breakfast. I’m sooooo happy to be hear and I can’t wait to visit with everyone I haven’t seen in over 2 years !

Marcus dad doesn’t have wifi so I’ll blog as often as I can. I’m hoping I have time to get a phone plan today but not sure if we want to pay the extra $$ for internet. It might be kinda nice to be without the constant need for social media this summer 🙂

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Why I haven’t been blogging….

In less than 24 hours we will have been in air for more than 3 hours already on our way to Sweden!

We have too much to handle at our apartment right now. Marcus finally finished finals today at 1pm and from that point we started packing like maniacs. We have movers coming tomorrow morning at 9am to take EVERYTHING to storage and after that we have to deep clean everything here to avoid a cleaning fee. Come 12 o clock were driving down to LB (2 hours south of SB) to leave my car and some other items that didn’t fit nicely in storage, then 3pm we hit the road for LAX (30min north of LB)

Our flight leaves at around 6:30pm which is luckily close to bedtime for Miles. Wish us luck

More to come tomorrow when I have time

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