Tag Archive: July 4th

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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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.

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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Jul 05 2009

Sweet, cloud-covered relief


I seem to lament annually on the challenges of being an expat on the 4th of July.  There’s just no way to create even a reasonable facsimile of this most American of holidays here among the Vikings. And for me, it’s doubly tough to be so far away from home on Independence Day because it’s …

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Jul 04 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

JFK Philadelphia Independence Hall Address, July 4, 1962.

Jul 04 2007

Independence Day…independent of fireworks

Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers.  I’ve been celebrating it Swedish-style…otherwise known as “Wednesday.” So I spent the day at the office, where my various international colleagues were surprisingly enthusiastic about helping me mark America’s “National Day” as they call it…especially when they found out it involved three different flavours of …

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Jul 05 2006

Birthday Hang-Over…


I have a hang-over today, but not the kind that follows a night of too many adult beverages.  It’s the emotional kind that comes from surviving the Swedish version of favorite American holidays and traditions…in this case Independence Day, which also happens to be my birthday. Next to Christmas, which is always hard to do …

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