Category Archive: Culture Clash

May 03 2016

Is it security theater? Or is it Italy?


I recently returned from 5 days in northern Italy … one of those very rare occasions when I was able to combine a business trip with a bit of leisure due to my Swede being up against a “use it or lose it” deadline on some vacation days. Mix in fact that the weather was still …

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Nov 08 2015

13 years later, Sweden discovers Half & Half


It has always amused me that “The Land of 9 Different Grades of Cream” has nothing resembling my beloved Half & Half in its grocery store dairy cases. I basically had to mix up my own version until I switched to heavy whipping cream in my coffee in the summer of 2014. But recently, the …

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Jul 10 2015

Not sure “organic” really benefits gin


Dr. Darling and I try to buy organically-produced and fair-trade products whenever possible, and in the case of grass-fed and free-range meat, when it’s not prohibitively expensive. In most cases, in addition to being healthier, the organic stuff just tastes better. But we recently discovered that this is not necessarily the case with my spirit …

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Jul 04 2015

Choosing one’s carbs carefully


So how does an American expat who has been avoiding most carbs for over year now celebrate a July 4th birthday in Sweden? Very deliberately, and evidently very Anglo-centrically … starting with scones for breakfast.   Birthday breakfast/brunch w/compulsory celebratory carbs! A photo posted by Shazzer (@shazzersnaps) on Jul 4, 2015 at 1:15am PDT Of course once …

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May 22 2015

Because everything is bigger in the U.S.

Just when I didn’t think Peanut M&Ms could get any better. A photo posted by Shazzer (@shazzersnaps) on May 21, 2015 at 3:17am PDT

Feb 26 2015

German precision demands a decision

I’m on a business trip in Stuttgart where the bathroom in my hotel room features a toilet that leaves nothing to chance.   The Germans are SO precise about everything. #betterflushright A photo posted by Shazzer (@shazzersnaps) on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:37am PST

Jan 20 2015

Swedish TV programming be damned

With any luck, this will solve a problem that has plagued my TV-watching experience ever since I moved to Sweden almost 13 years ago. For reasons I have never understood, the people who set the TV programming schedules in this country have an infuriating habit of randomly changing the times and days when shows air, making it …

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