Category: Sweden

Life Without Four Wheels: Public Transit in Stockholm

Without a doubt, one of the most drastic changes to my day-to-day life since moving to Europe has been not having a car. As anyone who lives in the States knows, driving a car is most often the… Read More

Swede Tooth

After living in Stockholm for a year and a half, one thing has become crystal clear to me: Swedes are born with an insatiable sweet tooth! Swedes take their sweets seriously… very seriously. In fact, their confectionery consumption… Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months (Part 2)

From December through July 2016, JoEllen and I visited five more countries to round out our travel total to  12 countries in 12 months. During these trips we began a new tradition of collecting a small flag from… Read More

Student Life in Sweden: Lunch and Stuff

In my previous blog post, I wrote about some of the differences between being a student in America vs being a student in Sweden and concluded that students in Sweden have far more rights and responsibilities. In addition… Read More

Student Life in Sweden: Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities

After growing up in American schools then teaching in one for five years, I can without a doubt say that being a student in Sweden is MUCH different from being a student in America. Basically, it boils down… Read More

Finding a Home in Sweden

During my very first Skype interview with the principals of IES, they informed me how difficult finding accommodation in Sweden is. As we began preparing for our move from Tennessee, JoEllen and I did lots of research on… Read More

Internationella Engelska Skolan

After teaching in the American school system for five years then moving to Sweden, I can say without a doubt that the two education systems are miles (or kilometers) apart in many, many ways. I will try to… Read More

Right of Public Access

One afternoon, our Airbnb host Tomas knocked on our door and asked us if he could give us a tour of his “outdoor facilities.” After showing us his hot tub and pool, which were closed, Tomas took us across… Read More

Living Like a Local: Shopping and Fika

On Monday morning, JoEllen was back on the work clock and had lots to catch up on after taking a week off to get to know Stockholm. Since JoEllen is working from home, where we live is not… Read More

Let’s Call It Vacation Before We Call It Home

Our AirBNB host gave us the advice that we should pretend to be tourists for a few days and see all the attractions in Stockholm. We knew that once we got into a routine here, we might not… Read More