I have been eyeing the sleds for some time, but it was with the first snowfall that I took K out to buy his first sleek red plastic sled. K is 3.5 years old and this is his first snow. K is aware of snow. As a child of the north, I have been doing what I can to instill in K an appreciation and … Continue reading A new highlight in parenting: Sledding
In an earlier post, “Where are all the Vickys”, I shared some of the challenges faced here in Sweden regarding making friends. In essence, I explained that the quiet, reserved, and okay with the status quo cultural traits of the Swede makes if quite difficult to start a friendship. Well, having been here a bit longer, things have improved and my family and I have … Continue reading The Big Rottweiler at Home: Family vs. Friends
Being the awesome country that Sweden is, the State offers free Swedish classes for foreigners living in Sweden. Unfortunately, all of the courses in Almhult are offered during the day, so as a stay-at-home parent, I have not been able to take advantage of this opportunity. But, in hoping that something could be worked out, I went to the administrator/instructor of the program to inquire … Continue reading Swedish for Dummies I
Vicky is a wonderfully gregarious woman. She has a broad and warm smile and is able to chat on and on about nearly anything, while also making sure to listen to others. Vicky is a Swede. In fact, she was the first Swede I have met, though I did not meet her in Sweden. Vicky lives in Burma and we became friends largely due to … Continue reading Where are all the Vickys?
Culinary transitions are one of the most noticeable aspects of moving around the globe. When I was in Bangladesh as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I transitioned from the US, with always available anything, to a land where the seasons dictated the menu. It was my first time fully being immersed in how seasonal changes impact not only the clothing that I would wear, but also … Continue reading From Rice to Bread