Moving to Sweden part 2

 

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We landed in Stockholm Arlanda at approximately 4pm in the afternoon. It was already dark and the only thing lighting up the streets were the white packed snow. There were not many people around in comparison to the bustling Munich Airport.

After eating an early dinner at Max Burger place we made our way to our new place we would come to call home. After driving for hours through the Swedish landscape which was filled with endless woods and stunning views we made it.

I had rented a temporary 2 bedroom flat and it was empty apart from a kitchen table left in the corner of the kitchen. Time has passed beyond the regular bedtime for my two sleepy daughters…
… to be continued

Moving to Sweden part 1

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My story

I was born and bread in Bavaria (Germany). As a little boy I use to think of Sweden as this fascinating Viking land, far up north. I didn’t really know anything beyond what I saw depicted in those Astrid Lindgren series such as Pippi Longstocking. Some of my best childhood memories were with my grandparents (Oma & Opa), eating breakfast and watching cartoons together. My grandpa often expressed his deep love for Sweden and the fact that if he could live in any other country beside Germany, it would have been Sweden. That has always stayed with me, but I never thought I would move and live here, in best case scenario visiting Sweden seemed more realistic.

Living like a nomad

After living in England , making a move back to Germany, packing our belogings only to move away to Egypt for the second time in my life. Only to, ones again return back to Germany few months later. We were nomads to say the least, searching for sanctuary, a place where we could call home and settle down for ones. I realize now, whatever I was searching for, I had yet to find in any of those places. Don’t get me wrong, every where we moved to had many great benefits but it always seemed to be outwaited by whatever it lacked.

Sweden

We moved to Sweden on the coldest And darkest month of the year. Life was nothing but easy, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic when you have children who are happy and content with whatever situation they might be in. With that, our journey to settle down in Sweden began.

To be continued…

 

 

 

Winter is coming…

 

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only person who contemplates the idea of moving to a warm country every year as summer comes to an end. This thought has been a reacuring scenario in the past decade of my life.

As summer comes to an end I feel a part of the warmt in our personality goes with it. The icy cold weather and the darkness bring out the sadness hidden deep in our soul to the surface, making us into zombies in battle to survive the cold and darkness that shackle us to melancholy.

If you live as up north as me (Scandinavia) creating cosy moments in everyday situation will be the strategy or distraction to get you through the darkness winter covers us with. The Danish call this hygge which means creating an atmosphere of wellness, contentment and cosyness in everyday situation.

The Swedes have mastered this, and I have become accustomed to it now, and I wonder how I ever survived any winter without fika or just creating cosy moments.

Gamla Stan series |End of Summer

 

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German Church – Gamla Stan

Hi friends,

As the summer nears it end, I can’t help but reflect on this summer and all the nice times I’ve had in Stockholm. I can honestly say I’ve had one of the best summer’s ever. I enjoy the simple things in life nowadays, the other day I took my kids out for some ice cream in old town (Gamla Stan) and walked around just being in the moment. Life with kids can be hectic and its nice to take time out to just be present, we often get lost in the high speed of life chasing it all, trying to be it all. Exhausting ourselves, not having enough energy left to enjoy our kids endless love and desire for our attention. Parenting is the hardest job you will ever do, and being more present is where is at😊 . đŸŽ© off to all the parents

5 Differences between Germans and Swedes – funny –

Hey friends, i was thinking of creating a fun fact article and i hope you all like it! =)

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Drinking
Germans can have a beer for lunch & a glass of wine after Diner. Many of us have one (or more) beer every day. Coming from Bavaria i grew up drinking Radler (a beer mixed with a soft drink) from the age of 12 at special occasions.
Prost!
Swedes think kind this is alcoholism. Which is why they drink almost nothing during the week, but do their best to catch up on during the weekends. Let’s keep it short: Swedes are like a bottle of vodka: from the outside they look unexcited, calm, pure like water, colorless. But once they open up


 you will probably detect a slight smell of alcohol.
SkÄl!

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Bortzeit – Smorging
Germans use a “normal” knife to spread butter on a slice of bread. In Germany, bread is more than just food – it is a part of the German culture we have 300 different bread varieties.
Swedes have come up with a genius idea. They invented the smörkniv, a wooden butter knife, whose sole purpose is to spread butter on things. Loving their Crisp bread -KnĂ€ckebröd – it is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Football
Germans are very proud of our world cup wins in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.
Swedes can talk for hours about the friendly match vs. England in 2012 and the outrageous Zlatan Ibrahimovic overhead kick from 35 yards.


Swedes are peaceful
Germans lets just say we have contributed to the last few wars the world has seen.
Swedes live in peace for more than 200 years. They stayed in their red wooden houses, thinking, “njÀÀ, let the others do.”


Aspirin and co.
Germans work even if they are sick. We take two Aspirin and carry on. If we really get sick, we go to see a Doctor (Yes in Germany you can see a Doctor whenever YOU want)
Swedes panic when they hear someone sneezing. They take Alvedon or Ipren whenever they (believe they) have any kind of illness. This is mostly due to the fact, that if they call a Doctor, a nurse will answer and say: “If Alvedon or Ipren didn’t help, please call us again in four weeks
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How to have the greatest 24 hours in Stockholm

Experience Stockholm in 24 hours

Upplev Stockholm i 24 timmar

Many of you have asked me: I am going to be in Stockholm for one day, what do you recommend me to do ? while there are plenty of beautiful places to visit and nice activities to do in Stockholm. I figured, I have to create – how to have an amazing 24 hours in Stockholm guide.
MĂ„nga av er har frĂ„gat mig: Jag ska vara i Stockholm för en dag, vad rekommenderar du mig att göra och se? Medan det finns gott om vackra stĂ€llen att besöka och trevliga aktiviteter att göra i Stockholm. Jag tĂ€nkte, jag mĂ„ste skapa – hur man fĂ„r en fantastisk 24 timmar i Stockholm guide.

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Brunch – To get the most out of your day, start the day of with a great breakfast/brunch in the city centre, for that I recommend Greasy spoon located in Odenplan, which is also one of my favorite brunch places in Stockholm. Its a British/ American style breakfast/brunch spot, they offer weekly specials and the last time I was there, I had the Mexican special roasted vegetables topped with guacamole and 2 poached eggs served with spicy suace. When I’m craving something more sweet, I usually go for their home made French toasts served with nuts, berries topped of with mable syrup
Brunch – För en grym start pĂ„ dagen, börja dagen med att Ă€ta frukost / brunch i stan, för det rekommenderar jag Greasy spoon i Odenplan, som ocksĂ„ Ă€r en av mina favorit brunch platser i Stockholm. Det har inslag av brittisk / amerikansk brunch. De erbjuder veckovisa specialerbjudanden och sista gĂ„ngen jag var dĂ€r, hade jag mexikanska speciella rostade grönsaker toppade med guacamole och tvĂ„ poached Ă€gg som serveras med kryddig suace. NĂ€r jag har suget efter nĂ„got mer sött, brukar jag bestĂ€lla deras hemgjorda franska toasts som serveras med nötter, bĂ€r toppad med mable sirap.

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From there you can take a lovely walk trough town heading towards (Slussen) continuing your journey by fetching a boat towards DjurgĂ„rden. Discover the island DjurgĂ„rden, beloved by both stockholmers and visitors. It is the home of many of the city’s museums and cultural attractions such as (Vasa Museum, Gröna Lund, The Abba museum and Skansen which is Europe’s biggest outdoor zoo to name a few).
DÀrefter kan du ta en hÀrlig promenad genom staden mot (Slussen) fortsÀtt din resa genom att Äka en bÄt mot DjurgÄrden. UpptÀck ön DjurgÄrden, Àlskad av bÄde stockholmare och besökare. Det Àr hemmet för mÄnga av stadens museer och kulturella sevÀrdheter som (Vasamuseet, Gröna Lund, Abba-museet och Skansen som Àr Europas största utomhus zoo för att nÀmna nÄgra).

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Lunch – since you’re still in DjurgĂ„rden take a short walk to Josefina restaurant/Bar, they have amazing pizzas and if the weather is right, why not lounge at the poolside. Tired? Just take a nap at lounge area suited for relaxing, have a bevarage and put your feet up after all that walking and sightseeing.
Lunch – Om du fortfarande Ă€r i DjurgĂ„rden, ta en kort promenad till Josefina restaurang / Bar, de har fantastiska pizzor att vĂ€lja mellan och om vĂ€dret Ă€r rĂ€tt, varför inte chilla vid poolen. Trött? Ta bara en tupplur vid poolen som Ă€r lĂ€mpligt för avkoppling, bestĂ€ll nĂ„got att dricka och lĂ€gg upp dina fötter efter alla promenad och sevĂ€rdheter.

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After your recovery, continue your adventure by catching the boat, this time get off at the stop called (Riddarholmen) here in (Kungsholmen) you can visit stockholms iconic Stadshus and meanwhile have a (Fika) coffee and something sweet for a bite right next to the water with a beautiful view over Stockholm.
Efter din ÄterhÀmtning, fortsÀtt ditt Àventyr genom att ta bÄten till Riddarholmen vÀl i (Kungsholmen) kan du besöka Stockholms ikoniska Stadshus och under tiden ta en fika precis intill vattnet med vacker utsikt över stockholm.

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Dinner – From Riddarholmen catch the last boat of the day and get off at slussen, there you can take a short 10 min walk to Gamla Stan (Old Town) By now you have probably worked up an appetite and if you don’t want to look around for a place to dine, I highly recommend Mister French, a restaurant that specialises in French cuisine such seafood, fish, and steak and best of all, it has 1920 Great Gatsby vibe with stunning outdoor sea view over town.
Middag – FrĂ„n Riddarholmen kan du gĂ„ pĂ„ din sista bĂ„tresa för dagen och gĂ„ av i slussen, dĂ€r kan du ta en kort 10 minuters promenad till Gamla Stan. Jag antar att du Ă€r hungrig och om du inte vill leta efter ett stĂ€lle att Ă€ta pĂ„, sĂ„ rekommenderar jag starkt Mister French, en fransk restaurang med specialitet inom skaldjur, fisk och biff och bĂ€st av allt, stĂ€llet har 1920 tals Great Gatsby-vibe med fantastisk havsutsikt över staden.

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Before the day comes to an end, have a walk around Gamla Stan, there are colourful historical buildings to walk through, stop by one the many ice cream shops and indulge your craving while you take it all in.
Innan dagen gÄr mot sitt slut, ta en promenad runt Gamla Stan, det finns fÀrgglada historiska byggnader att promenera igenom, stanna till i en av de mÄnga glassaffÀrerna och njut av en glass medans du tar in all historia och skönhet runt om.

There you have it friends. You have now lived your best 24 hours in Stockholm. I know it won’t be enough and your love for Stockholm has just began,
thank you come again and until next time, Good seeing you!
DÀr har ni mina vÀnner. Du har nu levt ditt bÀsta 24 timmar i Stockholm. Jag vet att det inte Àr tillrÀckligt och din kÀrlek till Stockholm har just börjat,
tack för att du kom pÄ besök till denna underbara stad, hoppas att du gör en Äterbesök.
Tills nÀsta gÄng, Trevlig resa!

Garden boat lunch in Stockholm

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This is the deck part of the restaurant where you can dive off and swim

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MĂ€larpaviljongen located in kungsholmen

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The entrance of the restaurant looks like a garden

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Todays lunch

Wallenbergare med potatispuré, skirat smör, gröna Àrtor och rÄrörda lingon

Wallenbergare (meat)  with mashed potatoes, a dash of butter served with cranberry

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Caesar salad & rÀkor (prawns)

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Enjoying my alcohol free beer at the pier

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Would love to sit here with a drink , but not an option when you’re with 3 kids 🙂 unless you want  to suffer a heart attack  in the process 🙂

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Perfect pier for some (fika)

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Welcome back friends,

I  came a across this lovely place in Kungsholmen a couple of days ago when we went there for a swim. I decided to come back here someday, that day has come haha.  I don’t really know how to describe it, its a floating garden that serves food and drinks 🙂  they have a deck where you you can dive off and swim, come back and continue dining haha, sounds confusing, but it’s not,  it was simply built convenient and magical.  It’s called MĂ€larpaviljongen and it’s located in kungsholmen. If you are planning to visit, the easiest route would be getting off the train at Fridhemsplan in the blue line.. I ordered Wallenbergare (meat) with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and I got their caesar salad, which I assumed came with grilled chicken, I found out it can be served with anything. The caesar salad came with prawns, it was fresh and simple, I liked it. I took the kids for a swim afterwards to cool down from the heat and got wet in the process 🙂 We ended the day with some (fika) Alcohol free beer for me and some ice cream for my kids at the pier. City hall (stadshuset) is located here, it has a beautiful garden to sit and relax in and a prefect place to take some pictures with amazing view over Stockholm. There is so much to discovered here, the pier is stacked with so many restaurants and ice creams places to choose from, you can catch a boat from here to other islands around Stockholm, start your journey, discover Stockholm your way and have fun doing it.

Enjoy your view

until next time.