Winter wonderland

My second post of the year will be a very Swedish thing – commentating the weather.

The last couple of days have been freezing cold (-17 celsius/ -10 fahrenheit) You know, when it hurts to breathe, kinda cold.

At least the sun has been shining so I managed to snap some pictures of the beautiful snowy landscape….

I still find it crazy that people don’t have to change to winter tires. I was out driving the other day and I saw two cars spin around on the highway. And a couple of them just being parked in the ditch. At least we have four-wheel drive on our car, but I prefer not to drive if I don’t have to on days like this.

Time to go back!

After a month (!!) away from Columbus, it’s time to go back tomorrow.

Stockholm has been treating us good. We’ve been hanging out with friends and family non-stop and we’ve enjoyed every second. But now I’m really excited about getting back to my routines and not having all my clothes in a suitcase 😝

Bye bye Stockholm – see you in May!

24 hours in NYC

The goal is the journey, not the destination… right?! 😉✈️ Haha doesn’t really apply on a vacation trip but let’s stay positive!

We are now on the airport again waiting to board our plane to Stockholm. To reduce the stress of traveling we spent one night in NYC before our flight back home.

It was a short but sweet visit in the the city that never sleeps…

Workout with a view!
Breakfast at Chobani.
Window shopping in SoHo
Coffee at Dean & Deluca
Delicious drinks at Pegu Club.

See you soon Miami

I’m sitting in a cab on our way in to a rainy New York City. We left Miami early this morning and I ‘m already dreaming of going back to this magical place.

Besides the freckles I’ve got, I’m leaving Miami with great memories and tons of pictures on my phone 📸

My top picks from our visit:

🏖 Hanging out at South beach.

🏃🏼‍♀️ Morning run at the boardwalk

👀 Strolling and people watching at Lincoln Road.

🍸 Drinks at Broken Shaker.

🌮 Taco dinners at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

We’re in Miami!

We are enjoying some days in Miami before our trip home to Stockholm. It’s only a 2,5 hour flight from Columbus and with Spirit (americas Ryanair) we found super cheap tickets.

It’s my first time here but I really like this place already. The architecture, the food, the endless boardwalk, the beach and the fact that every other person speaks different languages 😍😍😍

Last weekend in cbus 2018

This was our last weekend in Columbus for this year. Crazy how fast the last couple of weeks have past. On Wednesday we’ll be on a plane to Miami to spend a couple of days (hopefully) in the sun before we fly back to Stockholm on Monday next week! 

What better way to spend our last weekend in Columbus, than with some Christmas shopping and trying out new restaurants…

Shopping in Columbus isn’t like shopping in Stockholm. You don’t go downtown, you take the car and go to the mall. We started our shopping at Tanger Outlet, which is located 25 minutes outside the city. The outlet itself is super boring so you don’t want to be there longer than necessary. But they have a wide range of stores and great deals. I had to buy a new suitcase so we went to the Samsonite store and found a package deal with a stroller and a big suitcase for only $170. I think the original price for just the big suitcase was $350. So you can really find good deals.

After Tanger we went to my favorite place for shopping in Columbus, Easton Town Center. It’s only a 15 minute drive from downtown. And what I like about this place is that it’s both an indoor and outdoor shopping center. They have a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops, a movie theater and of course shopping so you can easily spend money and a lot of time at this place 🙂 

As you know we are foodies, which means our common hobby is to try new restaurants. This weekend was kind of a jackpot, because we got to try three new ones!

Comune – an all-vegetarian restaurant in German Village. We went there for lunch and we both ordered their Brussels sprout melt Sandwich and it was amazing. This place opened about a month ago so I really look forward coming back and try the rest of their menu.

El Lugar – this place is also located in German Village and also recently opened. A small and genuine tapas/ pinchos restaruant. I liked it and I will definitely go back, but not for dinner. The problem with tapas, you almost always pay way to much compared to what you get. So you end up drinking a lot of wine instead. 😛

Cafe Istanbul – a hidden gem serving mediterranean food in Bexley. We went there with some friends and we all thought the food was amazing. It’s not like a buzzing place, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you want great mediterranean food. 

After our tapas night we ended up at our favorite chocolate bar – Winans. I think we visit this place at least three times a week. They are located in our building and their sea salt caramel are probably my biggest motivation to my daily work out. 

A Scandinavian Christmas party

This Sunday we had our big Christmas event with Scandinavian Club of Columbus. I’ve been working as a volunteer and board member in the club since I arrived to Columbus and its been a fun and very educational year.

My plan was to join the club to meet people I could hangout with. The only problem was that the majority of the members were 70+ years. But they had started a journey of rejuvenating the club, so I figured I could probably be at some help.

The club arrange events every month but the most popular events are the midsummer and Christmas party, this is when the families with kids show up.

This year we had a more upscale Christmas party (no pot-luck!). We didn’t want to cook all the food and do all the cleaning ourselves, so we had booked our event at the Clintonville Womens Club. Such a nice place for a Christmas party and we had a great turnout with more than 100 guests!

The purpose of the Christmas party, called JuleFest, is to celebrate the Scandinavian traditions. So one of our members had brought homemade glögg, harring and snaps to start off the event. And for dinner we were served meat balls of course.


I was placed next to Carl (80+) for dinner, and he kept asking me about Swedish authors writing about Finish history all night long. He couldn’t accept that I didn’t know any of the authors he talked about. He was like; “how about this author…?”, “No”, “how about this author then….?”, “No”, “but you must know about this one….!”, “No” HAHA He wouldn’t give up! 😆 It was very amusing.

After dinner the kids changed to their Lucia outfits and we had a Lucia procession. It was so cute seeing all the kids walking out in their costumes, holding their candles and trying to sing-a-long to the Christmas music. A tradition they had forever in the club, are the cookie procession. So when the kids are done singing, they all get a plate filled with homemade cookies that they hand out to the guests. It felt like the kids really enjoyed having a task and being a part of the celebration like that.


The day continued with a visit from Santa Claus and his wife. They handed out gifts to all the children and let the parents take a million pictures.


I feel like JuleFest was a good teaser, and I’m more in spirit for the celebrations to come!


A day at the Winterfair

At the art bootcamp I went to this summer, I met some people that now have become my friends. We get together once a month for some breakfast that usually turns into a lunch. It’s a fun constellation of people, Elizabeth, 60+, a graphic illustrator and professional organizer, Brian, 25, a photographer who also makes amazing photoshop artwork and Yvette, 35+, an art therapist and art teacher.

Somehow we found a common ground in the world of art and developed a friendship ☺️

This weekend it was time for our monthly breakfast again, but this time we had decided to also pay a visit to the Winterfair that was taking place at the Ohio Expo center.

The Winterfair was founded in 1964 and has grown to be an exhibit that features 450 artist exhibiting works in clay, glass, wood, fiber, leather and more.

Even though we spend 3 hours at this place I didn’t find anything that I really wanted or needed. But these were my favorites: