There have been three events that have been seminal in my journey here in Sweden. The first, as you saw on Friday was my graduation from @KarolinskaInsitutet with my masters. The second was my Big Fat Svenskt bröllop ! ?? ?? A wedding is a momentous moment in anyone’s life and can sometimes be the most stressful ? In the end it was the most love filled beautiful day of either of our lives, surpassing our wildest dreams. ? One especially wonderful part was the experience of blending my African-American wedding traditions with my husbands Swedish ones. Traditions like jumping the broom, throwing the bouquet, kissing the groom/bride, why you shouldn’t wear red ect… (Google my blog “My big fat Svenskt Bröllop” for a more in-depth blog I wrote about this ). Shown below are me throwing the bouquet to a mix gendered group of guests (a little nod to Swedish equality culture) , my husband’s parents and my mom after the ceremony ?, the broom that we jumped over in the ceremony, and cutting the cake and feeding each other. -Erin (@eringfears) ?: @liamwartonweddings . • • • #mysweden #thelocalsweden #sweden #visitsweden #expat #wedding #marriedlife #weddingphotography #destinationwedding #bröllop
It’s Friday so let’s talk #Nightlife ! ??Getting into the nightlife scene here in Stockholm was tough for me. I was used to going out to different dance clubs all the time, and also not paying so much for drinks ? so when I first moved here, I couldn’t find many clubs that I liked, and everyone in the city seemed to be going to the same 4 or 5 clubs. ?♀️?♂️ Over time I’ve come to accept that often the best parties here are house parties, and if you have your friends you can turn almost any bar into a dance party (despite the crazy no dancing in bars law ? ), and that there are a few restaurants that turn into fun dance parties on certain days like @boqueriastockholm . I also feel that I can usually count on @spybar , @tradgarden (in summer), @slakthuset (in summer) and @clubbackdoor to be fun on any random night. ???Say hi if you see me! ??♀️ -Erin (@eringfears) ?: @giokant . • • • #nightlife #bars #clubs #stockholm #mysweden #thelocalsweden #sweden #visitsweden #expat
? One of the very BEST things about Stockholm is all of the gorgeous clean fresh water! Coming from a desert city, I love being out in the water at every chance. ?With the seasons moving forward , make sure to get on a boat and get out to enjoy the sea and sunshine. Here I am on one of the many cruises that you can take out to drottningholm castle , the official residence of the royal family ?. Not only will you get a great meal along the way but you can see the beautiful city coasts, and hop off to see the castle if you haven’t before. They have stunning gardens ?? -Erin • • • #mysweden #thelocalsweden #boatlife #sweden #visitsweden #expat #cruise #yachtlife
Another thing I love about living here in Sweden is Kanelbullar! ? This picture was taken in Gothenburg and is from the famous @hagabageri that makes these enormous buns. I was in Gbrg for the @wayoutwestfestival summer music festival, which I thought was super fun. ? I am looking forward to heading back with my friends this year to see some of my favorite musicians @devhynes (Blood Orange) and @iamcardib (CardiB )? and to get another bulle ?. Sweden is so big in the music scene, that despite the super small population (there are more people in my hometown than in all of Sweden) it really attracts the big acts, so I don’t feel so left out not being home ? ?. -Erin (@eringfears) . • • • #gothenburg #mysweden #thelocalsweden #WOW19 #music #festival #foodporn #sweden #visitsweden #travel #summer
Wednesday lunch goals ! ?? @leviolondingue is hands down my favorite place to go for lunch. Located by Hötorget, this cozy little bakery has a lunch special every Wednesday where they serve a large slice of pizza and a cup of soup. Very simple but honestly perfect ? and at 79kr it’s quite cheap! -Erin (@eringfears) . • • • #pizza #soup #yum #lunch #stockholm #mysweden #thelocalsweden #foodporn #sweden #visitsweden #expat
Hmm, a fun fact… I don't really know. Maybe that there used to be a lot of raves in the area before they tore down all the warehouses to start building housing?
For my final post I’d really like to share one of my most proud moments here…the moment I became a Swedish citizen ! ?? In the USA as in most countries , you’re born into the nationality you are. It’s not really a choice. But to move to a new country learn their obscure language, and become a citizen there, feels almost like a marriage. ?I got to choose the country with the culture I wanted to be apart of, and the country I thought I could contribute too. ?? I didn’t think at the time that I applied that I would feel emotional in anyway, but I almost wanted to cry of happiness when I receive my bevis ?. It felt like I chose Sweden because it represented so much of what I loved, and Sweden said yes Erin I love you back. ? I hope this story doesn’t make anyone going through a hard immigration process feel sad, I just wanted to share what my Sweden means to me during this week, and I couldn’t share my Sweden with out sharing the moment where I committed to her, surströmming and all, for the rest of my life ? -Erin (@eringfears) p.s. I’ve added some highlights in stories from the stockholm city citizenship celebration that happens every year on national day ? . • • • #expat #stockholm #mysweden #thelocalsweden #sweden #visitsweden