Tag Archive: American holidays overseas

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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Oct 31 2012

Handy guide to Halloween candy-trading


Good thing YouTube wasn’t around when my siblings and I were still of trick-or-treat age. Otherwise I would have ended up with a lot more peanut butter taffy and root beer barrels and far fewer Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars, right little brother? Related articles The Halloween Candy Hierarchy What is the Best Halloween …

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Apr 24 2012

Somebody needs to make me this …


I’ve got a milestone birthday coming up on July 4. The Swede probably ought to get started NOW.

Mar 17 2012

There’s an emerald green G&T in my very near future

Because it’s the Penthouse Nordic Tradition for St. Patrick’s Day. Kind of convenient that the holiday fell on a Saturday this year. Saved me from having to remember to wear green to the office, and having to limit myself to just one tall, icy green beauty tonight. Lots of Swedes will be celebrating with a …

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Feb 14 2012

Valentine cards for journalists and news junkies

Valentine’s Day is a very low-key holiday here in Sweden, which is nice if you’re not “partnered up” or in my case, married to the world’s most unromantic Swede. So with romance off the table, I settled for some warm wishes from colleagues and fun links from several of my Tweeps. This image is  from …

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Oct 31 2010

The scariest costume without even trying

Sweden can’t quite make up its mind about Halloween. I’m told there was a period of time in the mid-1990’s when the holiday appeared to be taking off, but interest has waned significantly since then. I think it’s because Swedes pretty much refuse to commit to celebrating it on the right date. The conflict has …

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Jul 04 2010

Strawberry Shortcake for Breakfast

I got up early this morning and baked shortcake so that I could whip these babies up for breakfast. (And yes, I whipped the cream, too.) Why Strawberry Shortcake for breakfast? Well, there is a tradition here in Sweden that you are served cake in bed on your birthday morning, but since we were out-of-town …

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