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Day 22

2 Nov

We’re already halfway through the week! Yippee! Tonight I am headed to my first handball game, ever! My company has gotten free tickets for being the sponsor or the game so Joachim and I are off to watch it! Hopefully it’s fun to watch 🙂

Anyway, today’s photo challenge is:

A picture of something you wish you were better at

Source: via Brittany on Pinterest



You know those people who are really good at calling others back or just calling to check-in? Well, I’m definitely not one of those. I would much rather prefer some other type of communication, i.e. texting, e-mailing, smoke signals, etc. than picking up the dang phone. I don’t know what it is, but I really wish I didn’t have that problem. I think another factor that adds to this bad attribute is that I live so far away so time is always an issue and it costs some “mullah” to place those calls. Nonetheless, I am going to make it a goal of mine to pick up that darn phone and call the people I truly care about. Because after all, life is short and I need to take advantage of every moment.


All good things come to an end

3 Oct

As many of you know, my grandmother passed away in her sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning. My grandma didn’t have a terminal illness, just died of old age (and a failing body). Born in 1917, she lived 93 (almost 94) years on this earth. And, even though the day came for her to take her last breath, my family and I must realize how much of a life she did live and all that she has seen in her lifetime. Let’s take a look:


  • The U.S. military forces had over one million troops in Europe fighting in World War I.
  • The influenza epidemic “Spanish Flu” spans the globe, killing over 20 million worldwide and 500,048 people in the U.S.


  • Prohibition becomes the law of the land. It would remain illegal to consume and sell alcoholic beverages in the United States until passage of the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th, on December 5, 1933.
  • The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I


  • The American Professional Football League is formed with eleven teams. It would change its name to the National Football League in 1922.
  • Women are given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution grants universal women’s suffrage.


  • The first Miss America pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


  • The first Winter Olympic Games are held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France.


  • Charles Lindbergh leaves Roosevelt Field, New York on the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history. He would reach Paris 33 ½ hours later in the Spirit of St. Louis.
  • Work on Mount Rushmore began


  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean


  • The Stock Market crashes with a loss of an estimated $50 billion and started the worst American depression in the nation’s history.


  • President Hoover and Congress approve the Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem.
  • Nevada legalizes gambling
  • Construction is completed on the Empire State Building in NYC and it opens for business.


  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for the first time. His speech with its hallmark phrase, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself” begins to rally the public and Congress to deal with the great depression issues.
  • The Century of Progress World’s Fair opens in Chicago, Illinois.


  • The Master’s golf tournament is held for the first time at Augusta National Golf Club.


  • The Summer Olympic Games open in Berlin, Germany under the watchful eye of German leader Adolph Hitler.


  • The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic


  • The U.S. declares its neutrality in the European war after Germany invaded Poland, effectively beginning World War II after a year or European attempts to appease Hitler and the aims of expansionist Nazi Germany.


  • The attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii, commences at 7:55 a.m. when Japanese fighter planes launch a surprise attack on US soil, destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked at the base. One day later, the US declares war on Japan, officially entering WWII.
  • The U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy, responding to their declaration of war against America.


  • The Normandy Invasion, D-Day, occurs when 155,000 Allied troops, stormed the beaches of France to begin the WWII invasion of Europe.


  • President Harry S. Truman gives the go-ahead for the use of the atomic bomb with the bombing of Hiroshima. Three days later, the second bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.


  • The first meeting of the United Nations general assembly occurs
  • The Basketball Association of America (known as the NBA) is founded


  • Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s barrier against colored players when he debuts at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


  • Racial segregation in public schools is declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education


  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man


  • The construction of the Berlin Wall begins by the Soviet block, segregating the German city. The wall would last for 28 years.


  • The Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom culminated with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • President John F. Kennedy is assassinated


  • Beatlemania hits the shores of the US with the release of  “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • Muhammed Ali wins the World Heavyweight Championship in Boxing.


  • President Lyndon B. Johnson orders the continuous bombing of North Vietnam below the 20th parallel.


  • Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on a motel balcony by James Earl Ray.
  • Robert F. Kennedy is shot at a campaign victory celebration in Los Angeles.


  • Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon


  • The voting age is lowered from 21 to 18
  • Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida


  • The Watergate crisis begins when four men are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office building in D.C. on the same day that Okinawa is returned from U.S. control back to Japan.


  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade that a woman can not be prevented by a state in having an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy.


  • Microsoft becomes a registered trademark


  • President Ronald Reagan withstands an assassination attempt, shot in the chest while walking to his limo in Washington, D.C.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor is approved unanimously, 99-0, by the U.S. Senate to become the first female Supreme Court justice in history.


  • The Exxon Valdez crashed into the Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, causing the largest oil spill in American history.
  • The Berlin wall begins to come down


  • O.J. Simpson is arrested under suspicion for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman


  • Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols explode a bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.


  • The Monica Lewinsky scandal begins


  • World Trade Center attack
  • Anthrax attacks by mail
  • The U.S. military commence the first attack in the War on Terrorism.


  • A tragedy at NASA occurs when the Space Shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry over Texas. All 7 astronauts are killed.
  • Saddam Hussein is captured


  • The Southeast Asian tsunami occurs following a 9.3 earthquake in the Indian Ocean. 290,000 people die from Sri Lanka to Indonesia.


  • American cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his record 7th straight Tour de France
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast.


  • Michael Phelps wins his 8th gold medal of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
  • Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the United States.


  • The H1N1 Virus, Swine Flu, is deemed a global pandemic.


  • Osama Bin Laden is killed.

And aren’t you all amazed that I remembered all of this from all those years of sleeping paying complete attention in my history classes? Anyway, it’s pretty unbelievable to see how much my grandma actually lived through. Makes me wonder what kind of events I am going to live through. Hopefully many more to come.

Also, I don’t think many of you know how much of an advocate my grandmother was about me going on Semester at Sea. She truly wanted me to be able to see the world and would do anything to help me achieve those dreams. Think about it, if it weren’t for her I probably would’ve never gone on Semester at Sea, which means I would’ve never met Joachim in Thailand, which means I wouldn’t be living in Sweden working as a copywriter right now. Isn’t it crazy how one decision can change your whole life?

I love you grandma and I know you will still guide me through the rest of my life!!


8 Sep

I really didn’t know what to expect going into this trip. I knew that we were going to have fun but little did I know how much fun we were really going to have.

Let me just start off by saying this: Jan, a man from my company who was in charge of planning everything for the trip, flew down to Mallorca a few months ago (on his own time) to check out all the places we were going and to make sure they were “on point.” That being said…every single thing we did literally took my breath away.

I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking but let me say this: the hotel we stayed at was owned by a Swede so we got the royal treatment (free drinks, partied with the owner, was dubbed the honorary bar tender for a bit during the last night, etc.).

Also, an adorable Spanish family consisting of a husband and wife and their daughter owned the vineyard we toured. I was so impressed by their vineyard and villa that at the end of the tour I asked if they did weddings. Don’t worry, Joachim and I are not at that point yet, but I just wanted to know for future reference. (By the way, the answer was no, but there was another villa/vineyard that looked like theirs 20 minutes up the road that does weddings. I’ll keep this in mind). This was my first trip to a vineyard and now I am a bit scared that every one I ever go to will never live up to this one. After the tour we had tapas and a wine tasting in their garden with flowers and leaves canopying over us. Pure bliss. Oh, and did I mention the old man who owned the vineyard was ADORABLE?!

Attended a local beach after the wine tour that was blasting house music out of multiple speakers and had the quintessential tiki bar located just steps from the water.

We also went to an Argentinean restaurant located on a hill about 15 minutes from our hotel. As most of you know I’m not the biggest meat eater in the world but this meat was literally cooked so well I barely needed my knife. Great conversation and amazing wine were of course accompanied with the food.

Some of us decided that we needed to see more of the inner city so our last day there we walked toward the center of town where there is a beautiful cathedral built by a king back in the day that took 100 years to build! He built it so he could be buried in it, but it took too long to build it and he died before it was finished. What a bummer. It was breathtakingly beautiful and was perched atop a hill overlooking the ocean. We wandered around the small streets and went window-shopping for quite some time. The city was very clean and very “livable.” I seriously think I could live in Mallorca for a few years. No joke.

For our last night in town we went to the most beautiful Italian restaurant that was situated on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ocean. I think it was probably the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to and I couldn’t stop saying to myself “is this real?!” The food was to die for and the conversation that night was wonderful. I finally got over the hump of only drinking white wine and now consider myself an all-around wine drinker. Yippee!

I feel truly blessed to work for such an amazing company with equally amazing people. I left this trip thinking to myself “how am I so lucky to be here and have this amazing opportunity to grow and find new things in life?” I also realized that while I was in Mallorca, it happened to be the one-year anniversary of the day I actually moved to Sweden. I could’ve never imagined that a year later I would be sitting with my coworkers from the best advertising agency in Sweden on the most beautiful island I’ve ever been on. Life is truly amazing.

And now I realize, above I said I was going to let the pictures do most of the talking but that didn’t happen. Sorry I wrote so much but I really wanted you guys to understand what went on while we were there. I hope you all some day plan on going to Mallorca and experiencing it for yourselves.

Weekend recap

8 Aug

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and were able to fit in everything you wanted to do before it was over. I spent this past weekend alone in our apartment while Joachim spent Thursday-Sunday in Prague with a bunch of his friends. Sounds like they had a great time drinking their way through the city but once he got home late last night he was more than ready to go to bed. I found myself hanging out with my co-worker/ friend Lykke for most of the weekend and we managed to have a great time together. Friday night we had dinner and wine at her place, Saturday we went to IKEA and the electronics store so she could purchase a new digital camera before we headed out on the town with two other co-workers of ours. Turned into quite a long evening when I walked into my apartment around 5:30 a.m., Sunday morning! Spent all day yesterday cleaning, putting some new IKEA things together and relaxing a bit before Joachim arrived.

To update you on my dad, he and my mom are headed back to Colorado today, Monday morning 🙂 Over the weekend the doctors weren’t sure if he would be allowed to come to Sweden because they were scared of clots forming in his legs. They gave him special compression socks to wear and are urged him to walk so he can prevent that as much as possible. Thankfully, after reviewing the x-rays, the doctor told him that he would be able to come to Sweden just as long as he wore those dorky-looking socks on the plane. I realize that he may not be in the best shape to be walking around for long periods of time but I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to work around that. I think everyone is relieved that things are going to start to get back to normal and he’s very happy to be heading home…to his own bed. From my research, it seems like 6-8 weeks is the normal healing time for broken ribs (well broken anything really) so by the time he gets here he’ll be about halfway through the recovery time.

Aren’t you all so proud of me for posting as much as I have this last week? Hopefully I can stay on my roll and keep updating you with little things here and there. Glad you are all still following my blog and like what I write. It means a lot that you all care!

Love love love,


Hasta la vista!

15 Jun

I’m signing off for the next 10 days because I’m headed to Spain with the boyfriend and his family. To say I have been craving a beach vacation is an understatement so this couldn’t have come at a better time. The even BETTER thing is that when I get back, I’ll have just over TWO weeks until I head home to COLORADO! Yippee 🙂 Looks like my first employed summer is turning out to not be as bad as I thought.

Also, just a side note, I wanted to thank each and every one of you who made it a point to wish me a happy birthday. Even though I had to celebrate very far away from my family, I think it turned out to be the best it can be with the circumstances. You all are amazing and without your support I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today.


The cookie cake I made!


One of the birthday presents my wonderful family sent me :)


So, I promise I’ll post about my fabulous vacation (with pictures) as soon as I return but for now, enjoy the warm weather and take care (and try not to think of me laying on the beach, soaking up the Spanish sun).


Weekend recap

23 May

Happy Monday!

No, really. Thank God we made it to today after all that “rapture” talk over the weekend. I couldn’t be happier to live to see another Monday. Totally joking.

This past weekend was quite relaxing for a change. Friday night we met Simon and Lina at Olympia Arena to watch the Helsingborg “football” club play a game. It was quite exciting, being my first European soccer game and all, and we won, 1-0!

Saturday, Joachim and I slept in and then went for a nice run around the city. Does anyone else agree that running outside is like 1 million times harder than on a treadmill? By the end of the run I felt like I just completed a triathlon. Later that day, we went over to Simon and Lina’s had a barbeque with some really nice food. We all decided to head back to our apartment to watch a movie and since I decided not to drink that night, I was appointed the designated driver. Now, this wouldn’t be a big deal because I have had my driver’s license for almost 7 years now, but Joachim’s car is a MANUAL and the last time I drove a manual was in the Legacy High School parking lot, in my sister’s car, for a whole ten minutes (not getting over 5 mph). I have never driven a manual on a road, with real pedestrians and other cars around me so I was a bit nervous, but I decided I might as well give it a try since our apartment was only about a mile or two away. I managed to pull out of our parking spot without killing it and onto the main road where I was wishing that no lights would turn red. Unfortunately one of them did, and I managed to kill it, but I gathered myself and made it to the finish line. All in all, everyone was pretty impressed with my driving skills and compliments followed. Hopefully, I’ll have a few more driving lessons from Joachim before I hit the road again, but I do have to say, I did pretty well for my first official road journey!

Sunday, Joachim and I slept in again until about 11 and then decided it was time to clean up our apartment. It always feels so nice to walk into an apartment where everything is put in place and it smells fresh. After our cleaning spree, which only took us about 2 hours, we headed to IKEA to pick up a few more things for our place.

Among those things were:

A light for our living room

A giant picture for the empty wall that runs alongside the living room (it’s hard to tell from the picture just how big this thing really is)

A rug for the kitchen and a bathroom stand to hide all of our bathroom stuff (not pictured)

Also, Joachim finally put up the double-rail window curtain hanger thingie so we could put up the lacey, white curtain in front of the grey curtains in our bedroom. (see below).

All in all, it was a very nice weekend. It felt good to catch up on some sleep and not wake up on Sunday morning with a slight hangover. This is my last full week of work before we head to Spain, yippee! So hopefully it goes by quickly. Also (in case you aren’t aware) TWO weeks from today until this one turns 23. Yikes! I wish I could be home with the fam and friends to celebrate but Skype will suffice for now.

Miss all of you and can’t wait to see you in JULY!

Uninspired :/

18 May

I’m starting to get a bit worried. For the last month or so, I have been so uninspired when it comes to making dinner that I usually just make a bowl of oatmeal :/ I used to be pretty good at finding recipes online, buying the ingredients and whipping together healthy dinners for Joachim and I, but lately the last thing I want to do is go searching for the ingredients at our local supermarket. I think one of the reasons why this is going on is because most of the recipes that I find online have ingredients that aren’t carried in the grocery stores over here. Also, finding the ingredients at the store is a bit tricky (and annoying) because I have to GOOGLE TRANSLATE all of them so I know what to buy when I get there AND the words for certain things here are a completely different thing in English.

For example:

Cilantro (in English) à Koriander (In Swedish) (which, for those of you who don’t know, is a completely different spice in English). How much sense does that make?

Also, I think I am secretly longing for a grocery store “run” with my dad. For those of you who don’t know, my dad and I have been going grocery shopping together since I can remember. He would pick me up from school on Fridays, with the grocery boxes in the back (so we didn’t have to use plastic bags)m and we would make our way to Shop ‘N Save, King Soopers or more currently, Safeway. We would always make our grocery store outings as fun as possible by throwing rolls of paper towels down the aisle (while perfecting our “spiral” and trying to avoid eye-contact with the other people in the store), picking things up out of the dairy section (cheese, yogurt), and doing a “think fast” move, throw it over our shoulder and see if the other person could catch it, and my favorite, listening for the “wet clean up on aisle ______” then I would sprint to that certain aisle, scout the area for the whatever caused the wet cleanup then RUN back to my dad to report if it was a “good” or “bad” one. I remember the best would always be when a jar of juice would fall off the top shelf and the aisle would look like a bomb went off.

Anyway, to some up this totally random post, I think I am longing for a few things:

1. An American grocery store, equipped with everything that I’ve grown to love

2.) A shopping trip that doesn’t involve my translation app on my phone and a sheet full of previously translated items from past grocery store outings.

3.) A trip to the store with the best dad in the world

Is that too much for a girl to ask for?

Hope you all are having a great week! Don’t forget it’s “hump” day so things will only get better from here. Also, if you live close to your family, don’t take it for granted that it doesn’t take 25 hours on numerous planes to get to see them.