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A Farewell Note

It was all started in one of those dark and gloomy days in November 2017. During a regular browse on the Internet, I came across this announcement in The Newbie Guide to Sweden website where they’re looking for a volunteer blogger. It was naturally interesting for me because the writing was the thing I wanted […]

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Little Asia in Lund

the best places with Asian food in Lund

What do you miss the most when you’re living far from home? For me, it’s 3Fs: Families, Friends and Food! Coming from a country known for its distinctive and rich-in-flavour foods, there are times when I crave for a little taste of home in Sweden. Lucky for me, there are some Asian speciality shops and […]

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What Covid-19 has taught me about Sweden

When you’re living in a foreign country, it feels like you’re living in two different worlds. As if you set your feet on two different places: your hometown and your current place. Consequently, you can’t stop wondering, comparing, and analysing, which one gives you the better fit. This makes you feel wobbly and restless sometimes, […]

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The Webs We Weave

This post was written by our blogger Letty. Setting: Belfast, N.Ireland. Kitchen of my friend’s house. August. Evening. Raining “Marie we’ve been invited to a party in Sweden” ( Lie Number 1) “Really? Are you sure you are not looking for an excuse to see that guy again?” “No. The weather is meant to be […]

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Expecting The Unexpected

Right, so now we are in 1997. I am forty, married, teaching the dysfunctional youth of Northern Ireland, embroiled in wars of attrition, both domestic and political. Murder, mayhem and no end in sight. This blogpost was written by Letty. I am wearing a maxi dress, sporting a hairstyle that is a combo of Kate […]

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Social Ideas for Newbie Parents

I often say to myself, when you’re a parent, life is what happened between fresh brewed coffee in the morning and reheated coffee in the afternoon: you barely have time to enjoy your coffee, decently 😀 Especially when you live away from home, far from the supporting system called family, the struggle is real. Luckily […]

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Swedish Sayings I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Sweden

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Like many other countries, Sweden has plenty of expressions, idioms and sayings rooted in history and tradition. Some of them can be found in other languages, or at least share similar meaning like “Beat around the bush” and “Gå som katten kring het gröt” (English: walks like the cat around hot porridge). Some others are […]

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Surprising things for Newbies working in Sweden

…from an Italian point of view. My name is Francesca, 100% Italian, living in Stockholm since 2016. Why Stockholm? Good question, I moved for work without thinking how cold and dark it would be during the winter… but hey, that gives me one more excuse to travel. Long story short – I was born in 1987 […]

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