Saturday, April 12, 2014

The birds are back!

We have a little bird feeder hanging on our balcony, but since crows were the only birds really left in Sweden in the winter, and they would fight over the food, I put it inside until today. Then this morning I saw some tiny little birds in the tree outside so I hung it up again and almost immediately they came and started eating from it. It's a good sign I think that hopefully winter is over! 
You can kind of see the birdy in this picture, Alex says it's called a "great tit". I thought he was messing with me so I googled it, but he was right! 

Today I took an early morning bike ride into town, and it was so beautiful outside. Here are a few pictures from this morning:
I know it looks kind of brown but it really was so pretty. It was like a Swedish ghost town. I'm also really just happy that most of the snow has melted. If it's not enough snow to sled on, then it should just melt. I told Alex I would never get sick of snow since I never saw it in Florida, but I did. I will admit it. But I do love sledding. And snow men.

Today has just been a lazy Saturday, but I thought I would try to start writing more often! Next weekend is Easter so I will definitely write a post next week about my first Easter in Sweden. I hope the Easter bunny knows I moved...

Our sweet next door neighbor made these bulle (Swedish cinnamon rolls) for us yesterday, they were delicious. 

Also if anyone has any good recipes for this:
Then let me know! I thought the picture on the box looked like tabouli, so I tried to make tabouli with it but it didn't really work out. 

We have been trying to watch the James Bond movies recently, we want to get through all of them eventually. We're on Live and Let Die. Also, making your own popcorn on the stove is so delicious, who knew? 

I've been reading some blogs lately about other peoples experiences moving to different countries when I started missing home a bit and I read one about Costa Rica since it's one of my favorite places (and where I met my sweetie). But after reading about all the giant spiders and break ins it reminded me that Sweden really isn't too different from where I'm from, I have actually never even seen a spider here! *knock on wood*. And I feel so lucky to be in a place where I'm comfortable and where I'm with the person I love and studying to do something I enjoy. :) but who knows, Florida or even Costa Rica may be in our future! ;)


  1. Hi Alexis,

    I found your blog and I thought you may be interested in the show I work on ‘House Hunters International’?! I’m not sure how long you have been in Sweden but we are looking for English speaking expats who have moved there within the last year or so and would like to share their story.

    As you may know, House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some links to show you what our show is all about!

    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube: - Charlottenlund Denmark - Athens Greece - Marrakech Morocco

    We would love to film in Sweden again, so please do get in touch if you might be interested in sharing your story.

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter's Street, London N1 8JD - +44 20 7704 3300

  2. HI Alexis, I love reading your blogs and getting a peek into your life in Sweden. Keep 'em coming! Jen K.

  3. Okay 1) I laughed really really hard at that "great tit" bird thing. I could even imagine what your face looked like thinking he was pulling your leg. Im sure it was adorable.

    2) That's where Im moving 100% if you've yet to see a spider. Seriously. We have both gone through some real trials here with that...

    3) You guys are such wonderful people and such incredible travelers with an incredible story, you should TOTALLY be on house hunters, and I will record it and watch it everyday.

    Love you guys <3