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September 4, 2017

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photo credit to Jeremy Trimnal – friend and photographer at Asheville Blog

Hey <3

Last time I posted anything here was our latest podcast episode on May 10th! To blog and record podcasts haven’t been my priority when I’ve needed to put all my energy into life in general. But you know what? It wasn’t anything I’d planned. It just happened. However, I’ve been working on trying to figure out how I want to live my life, and in doing that, I have simply lived. To leave the anorexia behind, focus on what was good for Lina, not the eating disorder. I’m not gonna excuse myself, because I’ve grown so much as a human being during these past months, and that’s freaking amazing. Since I haven’t updated anything here for a while, though, I thought we could do a little recap of each month and what I’ve been up to.

 

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photo credit to another wedding guest

Spring 2017

 

MAY

  • Liz and I road tripped, together with a new friends of ours, in Germany. Well, we flew to Berlin, rented a car and drove about three hours south from Berlin. Our friends were getting married and it was such a beautiful wedding ceremony in an old little church in the middle of the village where our friend grew up. I was also fortunate to be able to sing and play. The wedding reception was also so much fun! Another fun fact, it was also my birthday, so I got to celebrate the beginning of my 34th year out in the country, at a beautiful wedding, in Thüringen, Germany.
  • Back in Sweden, my wife surprised me with dinner out together with my brother, his wife, and a close friend of ours (who’s birthday is just about after mine).
  • I was working on myself a lot this month.
  • We celebrated our version of Memorial Weekend by having a picnic in the big park together with family and friends.
  • The lilacs were blooming, spreading their sweet scent all over town, and summer was on it’s way, along with my excitement.

 

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photo credit to Liz

JUNE

  • Celebrated June 6th (Sweden’s National Day), by drinking beer in some beautiful summer weather.
  • We decided to redo a little interior in our living room by selling our couch, and buying a new one. We are in love with the new look, and how much more spacious it all feels. Score us! (More photos to come!)
  • Was really sad and upset about a “friend” of mine. I tried. Was denied. Got tired, and broke up with the person. Still dealing with this in my heart and soul, because I feel like I never got the chance to really work it out with the person.
  • My cousin graduated from high school in Norrköping and we took the train down to be part of the celebrations.
  • Celebrated Midsummer out in the archipelago together with my wife. I’m still working on a little video, and one day it will be done. Just gotta finish another project first.

 

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JULY

  • Ate endless amounts of strawberries because that’s my absolute favorite thing to eat. At. All. Times.
  • Counted down the beginning of my vacation by celebrating others’ vacations beginning by exploring a new bar in Uppsala with amazing cocktails. Plus an almost 360 degree view of Uppsala. Good stuff.
  • Vacation time which meant going to the States time!
  • Spent our first days in the States, in New York City, hanging out with my American cousin who was doing an internship there during the summer. Explored Upper East Side for the first time (Liz and I try to explore different areas each time we’re there).
  • Flew down to North Carolina and Asheville/Lake Junaluska/Waynesville area. Hung out with family and friends, and drank endless amounts of beer. Because that’s what you do there.

 

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AUGUST

  • Flew back to Sweden, WITH MY IN-LAWS! Yes, that was huge since it was their first time in Sweden.
  • Started off in Uppsala with a lot of rest due to jetlag.
  • I started working again, but my first week I “worked from home”, from Norrköping, where we hung out with my parents and Liz’s parents, and toured around e v e r y w h e r e. So great to finally be able to hang out with both our parents in Sweden! They’ve seen each other several times, but in the States when my parents’ have traveled there. Now my parents’ got to host my parents-in-law. So great!
  • Went back to Uppsala and to work in the office. Decided to really work on being there, and not working from home. And as of today, I’ve been there every day three weeks straight. It’s a record. (FYI: I’m on sick leave, only working part time, and haven’t had the energy to work from the office around other people so many days in a row before now). Liz’s parents stayed at my brother’s place, since he and his wife were hiking in Spain, so after work, I hung out with them and toured around Uppsala. My parents came to town, and we all spent a day in Stockholm, toured in Uppsala, and just hung out together. Liz’s parents returned to the States after being in Sweden for three weeks. It’s been empty not having them around..
  • Our friend C from London, who also was our House Hunters International producer, came and stayed with us for a few days. We had so much time, visiting old film locations, eating good food, and drinking beer at Ångkvarn of course (we filmed there).
  • Ended August by going to an outdoor concert, sat on the first row, and listened to Helen Sjöholm and Tomas Andersson Wij <3.

 

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It’s the beginning of September now, fall is creeping up on us, which I actually feel pretty pleased about. Last fall was awful so I have the feeling this is gonna be an amazing fall, way better then last year, with plenty of cozy nights together with friends and family! I also feel my creativity is increasing, so I’ll hopefully take care of that, and do some fun projects.

Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first!

February 11, 2017

Screw the traditional Valentine’s Day talk! While we are talking all about love today, we decided to give it a little Liz + Lina twist. Tune in to Episode 19 of the LIZ + LINA podcast to hear how we both struggle with loving who we are, plus some of the strategies we use to help us learn to better take care of ourselves. Remember… it all starts with you. So, love yourself!

My debut on American TV!

February 2, 2017

 

Hey! Long time no see, but here I am. Gosh, once I really sit down and blog, I realize how much I actually miss it. Anyhow, as the title of this post says, today is the day. Liz and I are going to be on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on the show called, House Hunters International. Yep, that’s right! The channel found Liz’s blog back in winter of 2015, but we weren’t ready to move to our own place then. However, HGTV told us that they still really wanted to film an episode with us, and that they would wait until we were actually gonna buy a home. Life happened and the time came for us to purchase a place, we contacted HGTV, and we filmed a day in Asheville, NC in the States this past summer, and then filmed four days here in Uppsala, Sweden. Intense days but so much fun!! The time has now come and it’s gonna air on TV TONIGHT in the States!!

So if you have HGTV, our episode, “Swinging Back to Sweden”, will be on at 10:30PM Eastern time.

You can read more about the episode here which will take you to the website of House Hunters International, and basically what you see down below.

 

Liz and I have, of course, a lot of footage from summer and fall, when we filmed, which we will post on our YouTube channel (which I’ve forgotten to mention on the blog yet, but in our latest podcast!). However, if you would like a little taste of it, you can watch the Casting Video we filmed. Even though the show hunted us, we still had to go through all the paperwork and process of being casted. Check out the casting video here below. Also, for future references, we will post, as I said earlier, more video footage later on, so hit the subscribe button on YouTube, and tag along on this TV adventure of ours!

Search liz+lina on YouTube or click on this direct link here in order to get to our channel.

 

 

A couple of American papers have also written about us and the upcoming show as well, which you can find here. Mountain Xpress, here, and Citizen-Times, here. We’ve also been interviewed by the local paper in Uppsala, but when I’m typing this, it hasn’t been published yet (if it will?!).

So, I believe that’s it for now. I’ll post, once the episode has been aired,  a bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures, a little more info, and videos. It will probably end up being several parts because we have so much fun material to share with you! What a crazy and amazing adventure this has been and still is!

Eastern NC in 19 pics

August 30, 2016

Car ride - Sunrise in the Mountains 2

Sky 1

Char Grill Orders

Beach View 2

Summer reading

Liz at the Beach

Ocean 3

The Beach and the Pier 4

The Beach 3

Liz taking Pictures of the Beach area

Beach Walk with Liz

Beach Evening 2

Shells on the Beach 3

Beach Evening 8

Pink Sky

Pink Sky and the House

Sunset Sky 3

Fireworks Time

Goodbyes at the Airport

| road trip | char grill | family | quality time | early mornings | beach | relaxation | warm | sunshine| restaurant visits | beer | walks | ocean | chats | sunsets | fireworks | laughters | olympic games | goodbyes |

the beach and usa, i love you ♥

 

Stay tuned, a beach week video is being posted tomorrow!

Western NC in 26 pics

August 28, 2016

Papas Produce Sign

Highland Brewing Company Deck

Liz at Highland Brewing Company Roof Top Bar

Mountain Road 3

Breakfast 1

Shopping bags

Beer love

Main Street Waynesville 2

Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe - Liz

Mexican Food 2

The Wedge Bar

The Wedge Friends 8

The Wedge 1

Liz is Driving

WALK Inside

Liz outside WALK

Selfie at WALK

Harvest Records AVL

Liz at Lake Junaluska

Blue Ridge Parkway 7

Blue Ridge Parkway Liz and her parents

Hole Doughnuts Front Desk

Hole Doughnuts

Julia and Mark at the Asheville Guitar Bar

Chris at the Asheville Guitar Bar 1

Trade and Lore Coffee Phone

| family | friends | craft beer | breweries | local food | coffee | shopping |slow mornings | live music | asheville guitar bar | nature | mountains | trees | views | hole doughnuts | bookstore |

asheville, the mountains, and family/friends, i love you ♥

MA, NH, ME, CT in 15 pics

August 27, 2016

Road Trip Essentials

Morning Coffee on the Deck

Gunni 2

Lina and Liz 2

Nick at the Lighthouse Area 1

Fishing Stuff 1

Tom and Liz 3

Lighthouse Area Flowers 2

Street Crossing

Plants 5

Earth Eagle Brewings Table

Earth Eagle Brewings 5

Pizza Dinner 3

Road Snuggles 2

Hotel Bed 1

| family | roadtrip | craft beer | coffee | day trips | pet snuggles | nature | exploring | hotel bed |pizza | plants | views | ocean | rv | adventures | harbor | storm | rest |

family, i love you ♥

NY in 15 pics

August 24, 2016

Street and a Sunset

Mexican Food

Williamsburg Bridge 5

The Woods 4

Airbnb Fireplace

Tobys Estate Coffee 1

Little Coffee Shop

Me and a view of Manhattan 1

Egg Restaurant 1

Blue Bottle Coffee 5

Liz at Blue Bottle Coffee 1

New York Building

Lina on Williamsburg Bridge

Washington Square Park

Patti Smith Concert 1

| mexican food | airbnb | friends | patti smith | williamsburg | brunch | inspirational | creativity | independent stores | coffee shops | bars | sunsets | views | williamsburg bridge | parks | heat |summer | noises | walks | sunsets | shopping | hidden gems |

i love you nyc ♥

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