Finding Asheville Podcast

August 19, 2016

Finding Asheville Podcast

Liz and I were asked to be guests on a podcast, called Finding Asheville, while we were in Asheville, and of course we wanted to! We felt honored doing it, so a huge thank you to hostess Emily Trimnal, co-host Janet Bray, and Nathan Miller at Finding Asheville, we had so much fun doing this!

The episode is called From Asheville to Sweden and was released on August 15th, 2016. This is the iTunes description on the episode.

We’re back! We took a mini summer vacation, but Finding Asheville is back with a fascinating new episode. While Benny plays at the beach, Emily and guest co-host Janet sit down with our guests for the week. Elizabeth McGuire and Lina Eriksson are a couple living in Sweden. Liz is a writer – formerly of the Mountain Xpress – and expat who now calls Sweden home. Listen in as Janet and Emily learn about life in Sweden, and how the social life differs from here in the United States. Gain knowledge about how a socialist country cares for their citizens, and how people overseas view our current presidential race. All of this and much much more on this special edition of Finding Asheville. 

 


Check it out

iTunes
The Finding Asheville website

Right Now

August 18, 2016

Lina & the garden.

THINKING
Way too much. However, right now, mostly about who I am. What defines a person (me) and identity. Goals and what, in life, those are based on. I love discussing these things at the moment since it’s pretty much what’s swirling around in my head.

WATCHING
Various TV-series, documentaries, and the News.

READING
After you by Jojo Moyes. After that, these books I listed in an earlier blog post.

PLANNING
How we’re gonna decorate our apartment. 

WEARING
PJ shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt. Cozy stuff it is.

LISTENING
Too Much Is Never Enough by Florence + The Machine

EATING
Nothing at this moment.

WANTING
A creative flow, new and more plants at home, a few new light fixtures, more art and stuff on the walls.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
Weekend at home with Liz. To just be, rest, decorate our apartment, and plan a new project Liz and I are gonna do in the very near future. Cliffhanger 1.0. Hehe. But, stay tuned.

Back in Sweden

August 17, 2016

West AVL.

I’m back in Sweden after an amazing month in the USA. We’ve done so many fun and exciting things, and I can’t wait to show you some snippets and a video or so from our time over the pond. Liz has done some amazing documentation, divided in several blog posts, so instead of pretty much repeating what she has written and shown, I’m gonna figure out another way to share our adventures, so stay tuned. But until then, go over and check out Liz’s blog here.

Wine night & USA

July 19, 2016

Liz and I celebrated a little bit the other night. Why? Because we can, but perhaps also because Liz started her vacation, and we were in the middle of our preparations for our trip to the US, which starts TODAY!!!

French wine.

French wine.

We’re taking off around lunch time (Swedish time) and arriving in NY in the afternoon (American time). If you would like to tag along a little bit more, I’ll try to update my Instagram and Snapchat accounts as much as possible.

You’ll find my Instagram here or search for my nickname, lierseesand my Snapchat nickname is, lier84.

Books for the nearest future

July 17, 2016

This post is in Swedish due to the books I’m gonna read is in Swedish…

Inspirerad av min kusin och hennes blogg, kommer härmed ett inlägg om vilka böcker jag har som väntar på att få läsas. Jag har med andra ord inte hunnit läsa dessa och kan inte ger en någon recension än av dessa men planerar att skriva ett inlägg om mina omdömen senare i höst.

Books summer 2016

Books summer 2016

Books summer 2016

Livet efter dig samt Arvet efter dig skrivna av Jojo Moyes, I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv av Tom Malmquist, New-Delhi – Borås av Per J Andersson, 438 Dagar av Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye och slutligen Guantánamo En Dagbok av Mohamedou Ould Slahi (sammanställd av Larry Siems).

Back in town

July 16, 2016

I’m back in Uppsala after an amazing week in the archipelago together with family and friends. I’ve been rowing a boat, canoeing, taking a dip in the cold (at least to me) ocean, laughing like crazy… I’ve been singing, playing Hanabi (a new, again, to me, fun game), walking in the woods with my dad, staring at the endless beauty of nature, talking both about fun things and sad things, gotten sad news, and gained more confidence that I one day will be healthy and free.

This is what it looked like. It was a detox for me when it comes to Internet access. Pretty much zero reception there, so I didn’t carry my phone around and therefore, don’t have that many pics.

Skeppsgården - Me & Liz

Skeppsgården

Skeppsgården

Skeppsgården - The Road

Skeppsgården - Gula Huset

Skeppsgården - Sunset

Today, Liz and I are doing laundry, organizing, and running errands. We’re off to the US in just a few days!

Hope you’re having great summer or winter (wherever you are!) ♥

The Archipelago

July 9, 2016

greenery

dock

It’s the time of the year when I’m gonna head out to the place that is the closest to my heart, the archipelago. A place I’ve spent a week during almost every summer, throughout my whole life. I’m gonna sit on the dock and look out at the beautiful scenery. I’m gonna have endless conversations with family, relatives, old friends, and new friends. I’m gonna row the boat out to an island and watch the sun set. I’m gonna sit up late at night, playing board games, and laughing so much stomach will hurt. I’m gonna listen to podcasts, music, and read books. I’m gonna walk in the woods and breathe in the fresh air of the Swedish nature. I cannot wait.

I’ll be back next weekend. Until then… ♥

1.

July 5, 2016

Hair bun

How do I let things go?

Who am I?

I have so many questions and the two above are the key ones at the moment.

What’s my goal? A goal I can’t reach? That will keep going, through and with me, in life.
Something from deep within.

 

Gotta figure it out.

Somehow.

But it’s hard to take the first real step, when you don’t know how to take it.

 

Today’s song: When We Were Young by Adele.

Our Paris trip

July 2, 2016

Paris Blog Title

What I’ve learned during the Paris trip

→ The French language is beautiful and I can understand more than I first thought. I even ordered in French once. Heck yeah!

Middle aged Parisian women are beautiful.

→ Parisian guys are, in general, pretty tiny and short.

French people are not that great at English, but you do get far with a smile and simple phrases. Fake it till you make it, basically. I came pretty far with Bonjour (hey) and Merci (thank you), and then add a smile in between.

French food is delicious (had bad experiences as a kid being there..) and the croissant I had for brunch one day was amazing.

→ French people do really go and buy baguettes and carry them around. It’s freaking true, and I love it.

→ If I want a good cup of coffee, cappuccino will be my safe card. The other stuff is too little or too strong for me.

The places I loved the most were the ones with fewer tourists. Once you get away from the most famous landmarks, you’ll find the locals, and also the best bars and restaurants. Says Lina, who’s been there pretty much once. But that was totally my experience during the whole trip.

→ I felt like the Parisians were all so good at living in the moment, enjoying life there and then. It’s like they’ve all taken a Mindfulness class or something. People hung out in the parks, from couples to big groups with like 20 children. A man tasted red wine at 11am, along with some cheese. All the coffee places, bars, and restaurants, were open pretty late so you could enjoy it longer.

 

MOMENTS & PLACES

Paris We Love You

Paris We Love You

Paris

Le Pantelon

Paris with one word

Cappuccino

Paris

Paris with a view

Paris We Love You

Beer time

Paris We Love You

Le Marais

Le Marais

Le Marais

Carousel

Paris We Love You

Montmartre

Montmartre

Outside Sacré-Cœur

The Louvre

Paris We Love You

Le Marais

Paris Sunset

 


Liz is doing an amazing job, documenting the trip on her blog, day by day, so if you would like a more detailed version of our trip, I recommend you to check it out here. Also, stay tuned, because there will be a movie coming up in the very near future.