Category Archives: Antonia out and about

Leave your windows open to let the forest in

We live very close to a forest. You could even say we live in a forest. Not a park or anything, but a real Swedish forest with deer, foxes, owls and creatures.
And whenever I open my kitchen window, there’s a risk a bird from the woods flies in! Like it did this morning.

At least, this is a small one. Last week there was a woodpecker trying to get in!

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Christmas begins with you

Christmas puzzle

Some people I know consider it poor taste to start Christmas decorating before December, but I don’t agree. I pretty much start preparing for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. There are two main reasons; one practical and one emotional.

In October the sun shines only about 9 hours a day here in Gothenburg, so most of the time it’s completely dark. And we only see less and less light until mid-December. I find that Christmas decorations do the best job of compensating for the increasing darkness.

The other reason is simply that I enjoy Christmas so much, I want to extend it as much as possible. To save all the celebrating for just one or a few days just seems like such a waste of joy.

However, I’m far from done with my preparations. In fact, I haven’t even decided whether to go for a real Christmas tree or a plastic one. Although, I am leaning towards a nice plastic tree. It just seems so much more practical, considering all the running around that goes on in my house these days.

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“How to marry a Swedish woman”. Or man.

I get so many nice emails from you guys! Every now and then someone decides to drop me a line saying something kind. Even when I was absent from here, people stumbled upon my blog and told me how much they liked it – daily!

However, I get so many odd letters, too. People read this article on dating in Sweden (which is the most popular article on this site, it gets thousands of hits every week). Then they notice the name of the website. To them, the words Swedish Love Affair must be suggesting it’s a dating site.

Not only do some strangers wish to “get to know” me better. Some are also asking me about “hooking up with a Swedish woman”. Or a Swedish man. “How to marry a Swedish woman?” is a common question, “how to marry a Swedish man?” is another. Yeah, if I knew the answer I would have done it already, wouldn’t I? Haha!

Some people send me short versions of their biographies and attach photos to make it easier for me too hook them up with someone. They all tell me they’re nice and kind people. Maybe I should start an agency? Swedish Love Affair – dive into a love affair! That would be my slogan.

No, seriously. I’m considering filtering my email so it would sort out certain keywords. ‘Marry’ would be one of them for me.

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You will always be my baby

I’m afraid my Johannes is not a baby anymore. Obviously, he’s still my baby. But look at him! He looks big. He is not even that fat anymore, not the way babies usually are. I think that’s because he’s become a boy now.

He likes to do things traditionally referred to as ‘boyish’. Throwing stones, breaking sticks, digging dirt with his new shoes, driving cars and crushing them against the wall and other things like that.

He wants to be fashionable, too. He insists on wearing this knitted beanie and a quilted jacket! At least I’m happy he can’t grow one of those huge bushy beards just yet. The one every somewhat trendy guy is wearing in my city at the moment. Is it the same where you live?

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I have moved!

Now this is what I call a proper break from the blog! Hello again, dear readers!
I have missed you.

A lot of things have happened since we spoke last. The biggest one is that we have moved to a different city. Hannes got a new job, which gave us a choice of a few large cities to move to (Stockholm and Copenhagen among them), so exciting! We almost moved to Stockholm, but however, at the last minute we decided for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and is also the place where both Hannes and I grew up. Who would have thought! This means our families  and most of our friends are always near, so we can hang out and Johannes gets to know them well.
We have only lived here a month or so, and so far I’m happy. I will tell you more in detail about our new place and other points-of-interest soon!

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Long weekend in Sweden

Last Friday Sweden celebrated it’s National Day. It’s a national holiday, so most people had a three-day weekend! Luckily the weather was absolutely beautiful, so everyone headed outdoors. And so did we. Today (and I mean all day!) was spent at the botanical garden, which is situated about 5 minutes from where we live.
We started by feeding ducklings. Johannes loves to feed animals, but then again who doesn’t?

Johannes decided to wear his sailor outfit.

I wore my new ballet flats.

Of course, we had several coffee breaks during the day. There’s a great café at the botanical garden!

We made sure to spend some time rolling around in the grass.

Of course, Hannes and Greger were there too.

While Johannes was napping the rest of us had lunch.

It’s hard to take a good picture together with a one year old, because of how fast he moves all over the place! And for the same reason it’s almost impossible to take a picture without him in it.

Johannes made friends with a three-year-old named Anna. He called her Na. They picked daisies together.

And then there was this butterfly that kept landing on me all day. I hope that’s for luck.

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Baby-friendly

We have recently come home from Copenhagen (again!). I’m planning another one of those People of Copenhagen posts soon.

Meanwhile, I can tell you that Sweden must be the most baby-friendly country in the world! Here you can be comfortable with a baby, a baby stroller baby food almost wherever you come (I mean, restaurants, museums, shops and other public places). It’s a bliss! Danmark is close, but just not as baby-friendly. Still, I love it.

Johannes says hi!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Easter!

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