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Food. Cooking. Booze. ALLL the good things.

22 Oct

WELL a mediocre amount of things have been going on at our new Stockholm home. The Stockholm tax office has put me to shame (halfway!) by sending Ben a letter in the post basically saying “turn in yr resident id card by Oct. 29 or good luck going through the whole process of getting a personnummer.”

I didn’t get one though. So my theory of try, try again is still valid. Plus, we already got our id cards in the mail from Migrationsverket so we’re just going to march our American butts over to the Skatteverket on Wednesday and show them our id cards. Yes, I’m taking mine over too, just by some weird coincidence my letter got lost in the mail. (Although I am having this grand vision of my personnummer making a trip to our mailbox before we can get over to the Skatteverket to show them Ben’s id card.)

In other news, I’ve been cooking a lot of really delicious things as of late.

huevos rancheros










banana/orange mimosas with strawberries










pizza with spinach, fresh mozz; with crust and sauce made from scratch









I’ve also made some chocolate chip cookies, which I didn’t like the pictures so they don’t get to be public (I have to work on my ratios, metric system + Val guesswork = I need to try another batch of cookies.) Ben took them to work today though and he said they were gone when he left this evening. I’ll have to trust that no one dumped the whole lot in the trash.


We’ve also made a quest to the beer section at one of our most recent grocery trips. That’s right, we broke down and bought some overpriced, low-alcohol beer. And even if it was low-alcohol, it was the most delicious beer that either of us has had since we got here. My favorite was the porter, Ben liked the Trashy Blonde (hoppy, but not hoppy enough.) And surprisingly, the Bishops Finger wasn’t all that bad. (I was afraid of it. It was this weird, almost pinkish color, but not fruity. Terrifying.)



We’re also working on a little project that involves taking pictures of some of the art in the subways. We rode up and down one of the lines almost completely, but it didn’t seem to have much art. We’re thinking a lot of it is along the blue line, which has been closed since August (but reopens tomorrow!!) So keep an eye out for that. We got some decent pictures of some of the stations, but if I’m going to commit to doing something like this, I don’t want to half-ass it.

Oh and I mentioned we got our resident cards in the mail! Well I basically look like a criminal in mine. Don’t think it’strue? Check it out. I didn’t smile bc no one else smiled in their pictures, and basically I didn’t know if I was allowed. (Also don’t tell me that’s ridiculous, because in your passport photos you are not permitted to smile, and I didn’t feel like getting reprimanded in Swedish, OKAY.)


No more news for now really, it’s been slow moving here. Basically, I’ve been lacking a lot of motivation to go out neighborhood-exploring because it’s been so boringly and consistently gray outside. And I still don’t have a functioning iphone to help me get around. I tend to have lots of luck with getting mega turned around getting off the trains here. (There’s two exits to almost every train station, and if you get off the wrong one…screwed.) It’s especially difficult because I don’t recognize the street names enough yet to remember where they all are in relation to each other. I’ll get used to it. Consider it a day off.

Val & Ben ♥




19 Oct

One thing that I was super relieved to find out was a similar experience in Stockholm as it is in Pittsburgh is a little time of year you might know as autumn. The time when all the bright green leaves change to much more intense oranges and deep reds and leave the green grass in some visual dust – it’s pretty much my favorite. And since fall is in the air (accompanied by this gray, gray sky we’ve been experiencing here in Stockholm), I wanted to take a day and get to a park full of trees. So naturally, I google mapped parks in Stockholm and looked for one that had a buttload of trees, and also wasn’t too difficult to get to from the tube. Win! Humlegården would be my fall photo destination for the day. I had this great image in my mind that’s I’d hop off the train and walk my fifteen minutes down the street and my eyes would be greeted with a full spectrum of fall colors, and I’d have a plethora of really great, colorful pictures that would put any Pittsburgh autumn to shame.

Well that didn’t happen, Humlegården has a lot of one kind of tree planted, so they all turned yellow! Not that I was amazingly disappointed, the park there is beautiful. And I still think I got some really great shots. You can just judge fr yourself.

And now for a little history lesson on Humlegården (you didn’t think you’d get away without one, did you?)

Humlegården used to be the royal fruit garden, and the public wasn’t really allowed in it until later in the 18oos. And (Harris Grill people, you’ll love this) humle means hops! So this used to be a garden full of hops! Don’t know what happened to them but they’re not there anymore. Now it’s just a public green space with a bunch of trees and some playgrounds and a skate park and a soccer (ahem, futball) field. Anyhow, that’s it!


Val & Ben♥

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