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    What’s up with American girls and pillows?

    The other night, I had a girlfriend over, and she raved about our pillows. Sven asked her if she had as many pillows in her apartment. “Of course,” she said. “You’re not going to win this one. The pillows are a must. I love pillows!” An hour later, another girlfriend came over. She, too, raved […]

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    Americanisms Sven can’t relate to: Super Bowl edition

    Of all American sports, football is the only one that Sven has gotten into since moving here eight years ago. His favorite team is the Giants, because they won the Super Bowl the year he moved to New York, so he jumped right on that bandwagon. Unfortunately (on multiple levels), my favorite team is the […]

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    What’s up with Americans and their man caves?

    It’s been a while since I’ve heard Sven say, “What’s up with Americans and their [fill in the blank]?” Probably because he’s basically becoming American himself. However, since we recently bought a house that requires extensive renovations, we’ve been watching a lot of HGTV. For those of you unfamiliar with HGTV, it’s a channel that […]

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    What’s up with you Americans? Winter Olympics version.

    This is a follow-up to my post from two years ago during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The biggest difference is that the Winter Olympics are a lot less exciting for me and a lot more exciting for Sven. The Swedish aren’t regular contenders in any Summer Olympic sports, but they dominate in a […]

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    What’s up with you Americans and nagging wife commercials?

    Sven loves to ask me “Whats up with you Americans and fill-in-the-blank?” It’s like being an American backpacker abroad all the freaking time. Usually, I ignore or defend his sweeping generalizations of Americans, but sometimes, he totally has a point. Like: What’s up with you Americans and nagging wife commercials?  They’re everywhere! I’ve discussed the […]

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    What’s up with you Americans? Olympic version.

    I love the Olympics. Especially the Summer Olympics. I love watching extremely talented, hardworking athletes fulfill their dreams. And, as a proud American, I suppose I’ve had the luxury of watching hundreds of my countrymen do so over the years. But these days, I live with a Swede who doesn’t quite have the same level […]

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