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WackAMole
05-16-2009, 10:04 PM
Okay so after five years of my partner coming to me in the states for three months at a time, my children and I finally live here in Sweden with her. I know i dont know a lot of you out there but there are a few friends here I'd like to shout out to!

Some observations about Swedes:

1. They all freaking love candy. Every store in the place has bulk candy and when the sun comes out they freak out over ice cream.

2. I spent my life commuting (In a car). I sold everything to move here and my transportation is currently a Crescent bike. When I first arrived at the train station and got off the train in Malmo, there were so may bikes parked outside that I (being a stupid lazy american) thought there was a big bike sale or something. I now bike and walk everywhere and I love it!

3. Northern Pike fishing is the best here OMG

4. Swedish folks connect everything seasonal with plants and flowers and they actually know the names of them! (I suppose being the birth place of Carl Linneas helped)

5. Its a wonderful, wonderful place to live.

So to my few handful of friends here and to some maybe newish ones to come, HEJ from Sweden :)

bettielee
05-16-2009, 10:08 PM
They love candy? One more reason to move to Sweden.
Clear out the space under the stairs, WackAMole - I'm comin!

---seriously! I have a Scandinavian preoccupation.

scarletpeaches
05-16-2009, 10:10 PM
I was just thinking about you the other day. "Where's WackAMole?" I thunk.

And here you is. :D

WackAMole
05-16-2009, 10:14 PM
They love candy? One more reason to move to Sweden.
Clear out the space under the stairs, WackAMole - I'm comin!

---seriously! I have a Scandinavian preoccupation.

YES, they have a serious relationship with candy. If you dare to open a grocery store without a pick and mix isle around here you cant count on it going out of business. They have some awesome candy too! My current favorite is the Daim bar which is similar to an American Heath bar only the chocolate on the Daim bar is 400 times better! LOL

It is a bit challenging to think about searching out swedish literary agents who represent ficion written in English. Me and Rosetta Stone have a very close personal relationship at this point :)

But if you are in the market for chocolate of every kind that just melts in your mouth, come on over! Makes me wonder how i EVER thought a hersheys bar was good.

KTC
05-16-2009, 10:14 PM
Hey! Sounds like you're having the time of your life! I so wish we would adopt the bike thing over here. Enjoy the candy! Say hello to my friend Malin for me.

WackAMole
05-16-2009, 10:16 PM
I was just thinking about you the other day. "Where's WackAMole?" I thunk.

And here you is. :D

LOL yeah here i am! It has been a crazy three months since I have been here. I've lost over 20 pounds just from all the walking and biking I do not to mention that I eat MUCH better because there isnt a McDonalds on every damn corner. I really do love this place.

The only thing that sucks is that my parents pretty much disowned me for moving here but then again they never approved of my relationship either so, ya win some ya lose some! My kids love it here also.

bettielee
05-16-2009, 10:17 PM
But if you are in the market for chocolate of every kind that just melts in your mouth, come on over! Makes me wonder how i EVER thought a hersheys bar was good.

Seriously, right? I think Hershey's is crap compared to Cadbury's. And it causes me deep physical pain to badmouth any form of chocolate.

You are finding a new place to put the broom,right? Cuz I am seriously packing. Right Now.

bettielee
05-16-2009, 10:18 PM
The only thing that sucks is that my parents pretty much disowned me for moving here but then again they never approved of my relationship either so, ya win some ya lose some! My kids love it here also.

Well, if Sweden makes your parents disown you, I am definately coming. I've been trying to get disowned for years. (and I can't do the "partner" thing. My sister did it and they didn't bat an eye. Damn enlightened parents.)

scarletpeaches
05-16-2009, 10:19 PM
Oh. Cadbury chocolate PWNs.

*considers moving to Sweden*

WackAMole
05-16-2009, 10:19 PM
Seriously, right? I think Hershey's is crap compared to Cadbury's. And it causes me deep physical pain to badmouth any form of chocolate.

You are finding a new place to put the broom,right? Cuz I am seriously packing. Right Now.


You cant even melt a hershey's with a blowtorch pffft

WackAMole
05-16-2009, 10:25 PM
Hey! Sounds like you're having the time of your life! I so wish we would adopt the bike thing over here. Enjoy the candy! Say hello to my friend Malin for me.

You know, having been in the states all my life and then moving here, I totally agree. What a travesty that the states don't have more opportunities and emphasis on biking and walking. There are paths literally everywhere here. I am surrounded by 5 lakes and you can walk to all of them or bike if you prefer. They set themselves up well to be outdoors and out of a car. It is so much healthier for the people and for the environment. I had no idea what I was missing.

The obesity rate here is remarkably lower than it was where I was from. I was from a very small county in washington state. Morbid obesity was rampant but now it is easy to see how our culture is feeding that unhealthiness. Would be nice to see the US move towards a more scandinavian mindset in that respect.

KTC
05-16-2009, 10:26 PM
You know, having been in the states all my life and then moving here, I totally agree. What a travesty that the states don't have more opportunities and emphasis on biking and walking. There are paths literally everywhere here. I am surrounded by 5 lakes and you can walk to all of them or bike if you prefer. They set themselves up well to be outdoors and out of a car. It is so much healthier for the people and for the environment. I had no idea what I was missing.

The obesity rate here is remarkably lower than it was where I was from. I was from a very small county in washington state. Morbid obesity was rampant but now it is easy to see how our culture is feeding that unhealthiness. Would be nice to see the US move towards a more scandinavian mindset in that respect.

So dead on. We could so set things up to be more conducive. They are a shining example of it over in Sweden. I'm in Canada...but I find we are much like the States. And there are over 10,000 lakes here in Ontario.

bettielee
05-16-2009, 10:32 PM
The obesity rate here is remarkably lower than it was where I was from. I was from a very small county in washington state. Morbid obesity was rampant but now it is easy to see how our culture is feeding that unhealthiness. Would be nice to see the US move towards a more scandinavian mindset in that respect.

yes! (agrees the obese girl) Why in the heck is the US so large? I think this is the reason we have to live 50,000 miles from where we work. The concept of living down the street from where you work is foreign to us, and public transpo is more inconvenient than convenient. I live down the street from the BART station here, and to take bart, get off, take a bus to work would take 45 mins to an hour. Drive to work: 15 mins. Oh well. At least I have a new car with super low emissions and excellent gas mileage. Oh... got all serious there..

moving to Sweden. Seriously.

scarletpeaches
05-16-2009, 10:36 PM
*cough*

If I may ask a rather risque question.

I know this isn't exactly your area of expertise, but...how hot are the Swedish guys?

*cough*

CACTUSWENDY
05-16-2009, 10:44 PM
I am so happy for you...and your kids. Keep us posted as things move along.

SP....you have said that where you are they are yuk...so they have got to be better in Sweden...right? ;)

scarletpeaches
05-16-2009, 10:52 PM
True. Very true.

Just as well I went on a clothes-shopping binge this week.

*packs bags for Sweden*

WackAMole, make up the spare bed. I'm on my way. :D

jennontheisland
05-16-2009, 11:02 PM
*cough*

If I may ask a rather risque question.

I know this isn't exactly your area of expertise, but...how hot are the Swedish guys?

*cough*
Yes! Please, do tell!

<-- has a thing for tall blond men

aadams73
05-17-2009, 12:38 AM
Awesome news! I'm so glad you two get to be together at last!!!

Meanwhile, ladies, what say we plan a man-hunt trip to Sweden? :D I mean a writer's retreat. Yeah, that's it, a writer's retreat. *cough*

scarletpeaches
05-17-2009, 12:39 AM
Me? I'm open to both flavours- I mean, yeah. Writers' retreat. *cough*

Bmwhtly
05-17-2009, 12:52 AM
Oh. Cadbury chocolate PWNs.
That may be the funniest thing ever!

som1luvsmi
05-17-2009, 01:05 AM
*cough*

If I may ask a rather risque question.

I know this isn't exactly your area of expertise, but...how hot are the Swedish guys?

*cough*

http://img.blogcu.com/uploads/Icha_andreas_wilson.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_m92PV4Uvo64/R5gDSkzJqyI/AAAAAAAASSc/tPmLOr30RE8/s320/beiron_andersson+2.jpg

umm....yeah. Does that answer your question? :D

scarletpeaches
05-17-2009, 01:06 AM
The second one scares the living piss out of me. The other two should report to my bedroom immediately.

Rolling Thunder
05-17-2009, 01:17 AM
Yay Wack! It's good to hear you're doing well and I hope only happiness knocks at your door.

Uma
05-17-2009, 01:23 AM
Hej from another amerikanare i skane, it's a great place and I hope you feel at home here! There are lots of ups and downs moving to a new country, but after 8 years here, I can say I don't regret it.

Just stay clear of the surstromming and don't let anyone convince you otherwise :)

Button
05-17-2009, 01:36 AM
http://img.blogcu.com/uploads/Icha_andreas_wilson.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_m92PV4Uvo64/R5gDSkzJqyI/AAAAAAAASSc/tPmLOr30RE8/s320/beiron_andersson+2.jpg

umm....yeah. Does that answer your question? :D

I <3 Sarah.

Bmwhtly
05-17-2009, 01:38 AM
Moving from the colonies to Europe?


Well, welcome to the civilised world!

Oh relax. You know whom you are

Button
05-17-2009, 01:38 AM
But if you are in the market for chocolate of every kind that just melts in your mouth, come on over! Makes me wonder how i EVER thought a hersheys bar was good.

Europe makes the best chocolate. They put booze in some of them. :D

Bmwhtly
05-17-2009, 01:39 AM
Europe makes the best chocolate.
Also the best Whiskey. Not that anyone asked. :D

bettielee
05-17-2009, 02:21 AM
Mr. Black and White, with the smoldering eyeses!

som1luvsmi
05-17-2009, 02:35 AM
Btw, WackAMole, I'm soooo jealous. I love Sweden! It's wonderful that you're loving it so much. Wish I could be there with you. :)

Medievalist
05-17-2009, 04:54 AM
Also the best Whiskey. Not that anyone asked. :D

Oh, I dunno; I have a soft spot for American Rye

WackAMole
05-17-2009, 12:43 PM
*cough*

If I may ask a rather risque question.

I know this isn't exactly your area of expertise, but...how hot are the Swedish guys?

*cough*

ROFL...there are some pretty hot guys. I may not be inclined that way but i'm not blind to what looks good ;)

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-17-2009, 04:09 PM
Ol' Boy is a second-generation Swede, ladies. I highly recommend the Swedes. :D

fringle
05-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Congrats on the move.
I was in Sweden a few months ago. I even took the train through Malmo in fact. And yes, I ate a lot of candy. They do amazing things with black licorice.

Perks
05-17-2009, 05:10 PM
WackAMole! It's so good to get an update -- and such a happy one!

Luckily, on the internet, Sweden isn't any farther away from AW than the US, so we still get to keep you.

Stlight
05-20-2009, 07:43 AM
Been waiting to hear that you actually got to make the move.

Then I nearly missed it.

So here's what I was thinking for you and yours.


YES!!!!