Category Archive: Culture Clash

Dec 28 2014

Shazzer 6, Julbord 0

There are plenty of reasons why spending the Christmas season in Sweden is tough for me, but the country’s terrible holiday food always figures prominently on the list.   Of course I realize that some of my aversion to the typical Swedish Julbord (literally translated: “Christmas table”) is cultural. Pickled herring just isn’t a popular …

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Nov 07 2014

Move over, Nutella.


It’s been a good run for Nutella in the U.S., but I think its reign as the premier “How-to-get-away-with-eating-chocolate- for-breakfast” spread is about to end. Now I will be the first to admit that I seem to be one of the few people in the world who is not all that crazy about Nutella … …

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Feb 11 2014

Norway scores again with awesome Olympics TV ad


While they may not be outfitting the country’s famously-clad Olympic men’s curling team, Norwegian sports apparel company XXL All Sports United has declared its support of ALL competitors at the Sochi Games with this clever TV ad featuring a number of top Norwegian athletes. The tagline, “whatever team you play for”, is even more ballsy when you …

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Jan 25 2014

When the “fix” is worse than the problem

A while back, our building superintendent installed an electronic booking and access system for our three shared laundry rooms. It replaced a perfectly serviceable manual locking peg-board system, which was supposedly necessary because some residents were allegedly poaching each other’s wash times and occasionally even stealing laundry items. Dr. Darling and I had never experienced …

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Jun 20 2013

On the verge of Viking puberty

Best re-tweet ever!

Today marks the 11th anniversary of my move Sweden, which basically puts me on the verge of Viking puberty. It’s also the start of what is essentially just over two-week’s worth of celebratory events for Dr. Darling and myself.  June 20th is the date that the Swede and I have always celebrated as the beginning of …

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Jun 14 2013

Because “Procrastination” is my middle name …

… I got to spend my Friday night putting the finishing touches on my 2012 U.S. tax forms.  Now I know what you’re thinking … “But Shazzer “Procrastination” Speak, those forms were due two months ago!” And that would be true if I lived in the U.S. But I don’t … which means I have …

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Jun 06 2013

Which National Day is it anyway?


For reasons that have never been completely clear to me, the Danish and Swedish National Days (their versions of U.S. Independence Day, without the fireworks) fall back-to-back. Denmark’s is on June 5, and Sweden’s follows immediately on June 6. For the past few years, this has created a bit of a dilemma for Dr. Darling …

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