First night + meal in the new condo

Spent my first night in the new place on Saturday. Pizza was a given after a long day. Modena has served the best pizzas for as long as I can remember 🍕 Yes please and thank you 😋  Still have no furniture but a bed, so eating on the rug happened 🙈

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New bed, new light, new linens. What a feeling ✨

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HUGS

Baka’s birthday celebration - Mando & Malmö Opera

Beautiful Malmö 🎄 

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We saw SO many people sitting outside eating (in 32 degree F weather!!). Looks a little empty here but it was still very early. Had to get proof with gorgeous mom as a cover 🙈 

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Three generations ❤️ 

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Mando in Malmo 😍 Highly recommend 🍸 

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We were celebrating Baka’s birthday 🥳❤️🥰 

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I mean?! Delicious. Simply delicious 😋  

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The fam bam 🎉 

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After our delicious dinner it was time for Malmö Opera. We saw La Traviata. WOW. What a performance. Photos were not allowed, but I was highly impressed. Will definitely try to go more frequently! 

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When we’re all together lots of pictures is a must 🥰 

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Love these beautiful, intelligent, stubborn, strong, and loving women more than anything ❤️

HUGS 

Winter wonderland + Stockholm

When I opened IG this morning all I saw was snow stories. Once I realized everyone who was posting was in Malmo, I flew out of bed and pulled the curtains away. Winter wonderland had arrived! Just like that, a day before Christmas ❄️ 

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Prepared myself for the cold and snow ☃️ 

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How beautiful? The sun even peeked through a little!! First sign of it since I’ve arrived in Sweden 🌥

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Baka ❤️ 

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Off to the train station we went  🚉 

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Hello Stockholm 🥰

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Baka and Branko in their room. Thank you to Amaranten for upgrading the rest of us 🙏🏻 Such a sweet Christmas gift 🎁 Bathroom floors are heated so I am happy as can be ☺️ 

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Let the Christmas festivities begin 🥳 

 HUGS

FIKA

Fika breaks are the best. See a cute and accurate description of fika below. Taken from www.swedishfood.com ✨

 “Fika is often translated as "a coffee and cake break", which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.” 

Read more here ❣️

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Taking time to fika with Baka in the middle of this moving chaos is obviously a must ❤️ 

HUGS

And so the adventure begins...

...officially left Atlanta for Malmö. Feels unreal? I keep thinking I’m just going to be here for the holidays. 

Started my Monday with errands + Chick Fil A breakfast (priorities am I right 😏). Got to enjoy beautiful 16 degree celsius weather and clear blue skies for a couple of hours with this handsome fella before I left.

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Lori came over for a final “see you later” hug too! Plenty of selfies were taken.

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Mike always refuses to be in pictures but when two moms are around he gets forced to deal with it 👏🏻

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Off to the airport we went  🥳

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Love this city so so so much. However, I will not miss rush hour traffic 24/7 😅 

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What’s the airport without mirror bathroom selfies? 

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Had to eat an American meal before takeoff 🙈 

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Forgot/left some things at the airport (was rearranging things in my bag and took some stuff out meanwhile, and accidentally left it). This is very unusual for me, as the last time I lost something at the airport was when I was about 9 or 10 flying back from France and left my new coloring pens in the seat in front of me. Luckily, it wasn’t my passport or wallet this time either so I’ll take it as a win.

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Touchdown Chicago 🛬 

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In Chicago, I had to re-check in & get through security one more time. 

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That’s where I met this lady! Her daughter was dropping her off and she had never flewn alone before. Truly believe it was the universe telling me something. She is an incredible artist, what are the odds? Check her work out here!

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On my long flight, I got upgraded to economy plus. What a blessing. Thanks times a million to SAS!! Extra legroom, wider seats, thicker blankets, bigger screens, goodie bag, real silverware, etc. No complaints over here! 

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Pro tip I learned from mom: put your freezing butter on the hot meal for a little and it’ll be perfect ☺️ 

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What a view, WOW. 

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Went straight from the airport to Baka and Branko’s boulle end of year party. Brought down the average age pretty good 😅 We sang, ate, and played games 🎄 Had time for some errands after before getting some rest. Great start to this new adventure.  

HUGS

Nashville Weekend

Got to Nashville yesterday for a rock concert. Bullet for my Valentine and Breaking Benjamin opened, followed by the main band and also Mike’s favorite band: Avenged Sevenfold. Really great concert! Bridgestone arena was sold out and packed! 

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We were there veeery early ;) 

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We are staying at Sheraton Grand in Nashville. Nice hotel but service has been bad, more on that later.

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Looking up from the lobby at the hotel 😍🙈✨

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Killebrew coffee ☕️ So cozy and so delicious 😋

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Of course I had to get a basic tourist picture with the wings! 

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It has been colder in the south than it was in Sweden. Good thing I prepared with heavy winter clothes before Sweden so I’ve had enough to wear now that it’s freezing here.

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Our brunch spot, you have to come here. Literally amazing and so inexpensive. 

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How cozy?! 

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OJ and ginger tumeric tea to heat back up!

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We asked our waitress about serving sizes and she said they were fairly small. We laughed when all our food came out as we both ordered to dishes each and portions were not so small 😂 (Mike’s other dish had not come out in this pic).

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I got fruit, biscuit with avocado, chipotle sauce, egg, hot sauce marmalade (I believe), and pickled red onions. My other dish was home fries with prosciutto and fig toast (had goat cheese, arugula, gorgonzola cheese I think, and olives). YUM

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Mike wondering how we would eat it all 🙈

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My handsome fiancé ❤️

SACC Lucia Gala 2017

As many of you know, one of my all time favorite holidays is Lucia, and has been ever since I was little. I love the singing and the candle lit ceremony, it is so beautiful. The official day is December 13 every year, and I always watch the big performance in Sweden on svtplay (thank you internet and modern technology). This year, we (as in some Swedish ladies in Atlanta) performed three times: SWEA Christmas fair, Lucia performance in church, and SACC Lucia Gala. These ladies are all so sweet and talented and great. It is always fun hanging out with them every Monday for two months. I'll show more pictures from the gala later. It was a night filled with laughter, food, and dancing - perfect in other words. Thank you to SACC for having me and thank you Mia for always bringing the choir together and organizing + planning the programs. And thanks to Ingrid for playing the piano so beautifully. HUGS and CHEERS

Christmas in Ljunghusen, Sweden

Merry Christmas! Above are snaps from the 23rd and 24th. We put together two puzzles, walked to & on the beach, watched Kalle Anka + a movie, and most importantly spent quality time with each other and ate a lot. Cozy as can be <3