Thoughts on Sweden

May 27, 2011 3 Comments by

Since I’ve been here in the land of the Swedish Chef  for a week, I thought I’d give some random thoughts on life here.

People here have jobs. Well obviously people everywhere have jobs but it’s strange to be hanging out with people who do. They get up every morning and go to work and I go play around. It’s weird. Kinda cool, but weird.

Being an American is still cause for attention. I had thought that as I was leaving asia, I would blend in more here in Europe. And while that’s true it only last as long as I don’t open my mouth. But after that? All bets are off. Yesterday riding the tram, I struck up a conversation with the lady next to me. She had the cutest pug! After a few minutes I suddenly noticed that while we were talking the ENTIRE tram had grown silent and everyone was watching. Ummmm hello from America! We come in peace!

Hey hey! That’s how people say hello here in Sweden. Makes us all sound like the best of friends. Makes me smile.

It’s nice to be normal for a change. Since I’ve been around natives here, we get to do super normal things. Like have backyard BBQs, drunken house parties, or lazy Sunday brunches and Glee watching. After months of running around like a crazy person it’s been amazing to be slow and get to know a place better.

Public transport is the bomb. They have it all here. Trams, buses, trains, ferries, etc. You can literally get anywhere at the drop of a hat. Perfect for the days when I’ve wandered too far and can’t find my way back. The tram will always take you home!

English is huge here. After struggling for months dealing with the language barrier around asia it’s incredible to have english spoken so readily. Mind you they always start off in Swedish for obvious reasons, but then they always switch over to english. And they speak it really well!

Plus the one true sign we’re back in civilization?

It has an H&M!



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3 Responses to “Thoughts on Sweden”

  1. Funk says:

    I’ve been dying to go to Sweden! Sounds fantastic. Hope you are having an amazing time.

    • Heather says:

      It’s been fabulous! You should totally get over here some day. People are amazingly nice and the scenery is breathtaking. :)

  2. Martin says:

    H&M is Swedish; )

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