Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You know you are in Minnesota when...everybody's "Swedish"

As many of you know, there are a lot of people with Swedish heritage in Minnesota. I don't meet them as often now that I live in downtown instead of the suburbs, but it does happen every now and then. I tend to call them "Swedes". Usually they don't speak any Swedish at all, and they don't know exactly where in Sweden their relatives came from (or you have to play a guessing game to figure out what city name they are trying to pronounce). Sometimes I talk about it with my Swedish friends in Minnesota and we joke about how funny it is that they call themselves Swedish; like they grew up there. But I do have to say that it's actually kind of cute. It's so cool to see how people who haven't even been to Europe are so proud of having Swedish blood in their veins. We're not so patriotic back home, and I even wish I could be as proud to be Swedish as the American Swedes are.

When I went to Ikea last time I was there with one of my Swedish friends. A woman came up to us and asked us if we were from Sweden. Turns out, she was as well...or yeah, you know. She introduced us to her son and told us that he had taken Swedish at the University of Minnesota, and she sounded a little disappointed when she also said that he still couldn't speak it - at all. And then she asked us if we wanted to see her "silly tattoo", which we of course wanted. She showed her ankle, and there a couple of Swedish elfs were staring at us. This is just one of many stories of meetings with "I'm also from Sweden" people in Minnesota.

Anyway, Ikea is the best place for a Swede living abroad and the next day I made an American Swedish breakfast with my new things from the store. I usally do Swedish pancakes but this day I did American ones, together with Gevalia coffee, and this dessert thing that we call "vacuum cleaners", while enjoying the fall colors from my apartment.





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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fika in the Uptown World

I already told you about my love for "fika" (and coffee in particular), and I figured I should try out more coffee shops. I've heard a lot about the new Dunn Bros in uptown, so I went there. What's special about it is that they serve food and alcohol. I didn't go for any of it though, only coffee and a chocolate crossaint. It was good, but it wasn't very different from other Dunn Bros. I hope that I in the near future find a nice place that is not a chain store and where they serve coffee in cute cups as a standard.










Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Sweden's most loved pepparkaka" indeed!

I buy most of my food at Lunds. It's mostly because it's convenient, I live really close to one. It is a little overpriced though, but the store is really fresh and has a great selection. Sometimes you can find the weirdest but best Swedish things there (read: pearl sugar and lingonberry jam), but also the more common brands, like Anna's ginger thins and Wasa bread. I ended up getting the latter last time. Ginger thins are more of a winter/Christmas thing, but oh well, if you live abroad it's okay to cheat.





Welcome Back, Bloglovin Followers!

The RSS feed should now be working for Bloglovin again, so that means my new posts will show up. Some of you have probably not realized that I started blogging again, so you can go to breakaway.se to read all the posts. Welcome back!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Official Fika Day!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that to fika is something that I love and do a lot. I'm also trying to promote it to Americans, since they simply don't have the same fika culture as in the Nordic countries. You can see the definition below, but I really miss this thing where you sit down with your friends or family (or by yourself) and enjoy your fika, and not where you buy some crappy coffee that you get in a paper cup and then stress out to whatever you're about to do.







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall in love with fall

I figured I should get better at bringing my camera with me, as I've forgotten to do so for most of this year. Here are some pictures from around my neighborhood and the peak fall colors that now have spread out in the metro.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Honeymoon is over!

It's a good thing that I have readers that remind me about my blog and that they actually want to read it. Lately I've had a hard time to find a good balance between what to write without getting too personal, but also a good balance between school and everything else in life.

The first weeks at the U (for my non-Minnesota readers, that's what people call my school) was a bit of a honeymoon. I didn't have any homework at all, except lots of readings. However, now all midterms are coming up, and they are a much bigger deal than at my old school. So I just figured out that I pretty much will have an exam or a paper every week until Christmas, and most of them are worth 25 percent or more of my grade in every class.

I also can't go on like I have with my blog. Either I write regularly, or I just shut it down. So I will try to keep it up, and hopefully we all can work towards a better interaction.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Home away from home

What's funny about living abroad is that you kinda forget that that's what you're doing, after a while. When I hear about people studying abroad I find myself thinking "I want to do that too", just to realize...duh! Sometimes I have those moments when I have to remind myself that this is not "normal", this has not always been my life. So sometimes people around me get to experience me shouting out "This is so American!", and it can be for the simplest things, like driving on the freeway. Today I had that moment when I walked by the Emerson school and saw the yellow buses.

Baking from scratch - for real

Everything just becomes so much harder to bake and cook when you live on the other side of the Atlantic. I often make things from scratch. And from scratch, I really mean from scratch. For the election today I did a meringue cake. At home I would just have bought a ready made meringue, but now I made one myself. Except for that, this cake is so easy to do. You just mix meringue, whipped cream with raspberries, homemade milk chocolate truffle, strawberries, raspberries, and chopped chocolate.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Election Day in Sweden!

Today, Sunday, is an exciting day in Sweden. We're having our general election and voting for who we want to rule in the parliament and in the counties.

What is really cool about Sweden is that so many people vote. Last general election almost 85 percent did it. Since I'm in the USA I had to do it by mail this year.

Right now it's leaning against us getting a new prime minister, belonging to the Social Democrats. Sadly, also the Sweden Democrats, known as an anti-immigrant party, seems to get more votes than in the last election.

The newspaper that I work for when I'm home is clearly taking its stand against this party, even though the media in general in Sweden tries to be as objective as possible.


This is what the newspaper did to the parliament house: "Vote no to racism".



Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's the sound of the police

I grew up in a small town in northern Sweden. Luckily, it's a pretty safe place. But if something were to happen, it would take at least 35 minutes for the police to show up, if you're lucky, or it could take hours depending on where in the county they are. Here in the US the cops are everywhere. Even the university has it's own police department, which is the case for most bigger schools.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Skyline of the Day

This one I took during a walk yesterday. It's from my Instagram (breakawaympls).

The history that never should be forgotten

I've been in school for about a week now and so far it's going good. My most interesting class is the one about Hitler and Nazi Germany. One of the required books is actually really good for being something you have to read for school. Since it was out of stock at the bookstore at the university I bought it as an e-book. Apparently it's over a 1000 pages long, but so far I can recommend it to anyone who is interested in the holocaust.