If you remember Simon was a bit upset a while ago about the fact that you can’t buy ice in bags in Sweden (HERE). Well, last night when we were grocery shopping at newly opened City Gross we found ice, in bags right there next to the ice cream. They were rather small and a bit expensive but you CAN buy ice in Sweden and I’m actually considering removing that point from Australia now. =P
Watched Skavlan, a Swedish/Norwegian talkshow that is very popular in Sweden, and Australian Axis of Awesome were guests on the show. We’ve seen them before on Youtube in a clip from Melbourne International Comedy Festival (HERE) and they are pretty awesome actually, just listen to this.
It’s dark in the mornings when I get up (just around 6am), it’s dark when I eat breakfast and it’s dark when I drive to work. I hate this time of year, the darkness always takes my energy away and makes me tired.
Speaking of time, we discovered another difference between Sweden and Australia the other day when Simon was complaining about starting school so early. Early?! 8am is not early it’s perfectly normal and since I start work at 7.30am (which is also perfectly normal in Sweden), not starting until 8am seems a bit luxurious to me.
I never really thought about it before but if I remember correctly we started school at 8am but in Australia school doesn’t start until 9am (so of course Simon thinks 8am is early). The same goes for work, I did start work later last year when I was working in Australia too. My normal work hours was 8.30am-5pm, with only a 30 minutes lunch break (at least when I did the hours I was suppose too most of the time I did plenty of overtime).
My work in Sweden is a bit special, we have different hours during summer and winter which isn’t standard. During summer we work less and during winter a bit more. So my normal work hours during winter (September-April) are from 7.30am-4.30pm Mondays-Thursdays and 7.30am-3.30pm on Fridays. During summer (May-August) they’re 7.30am-4pm Mondays-Thursdays and 7.30am-3pm on Fridays.
Box wines are very common in Sweden (not as much in Australia) and it’s not just goons (cheap and half crappy wines) either but fairly good wines that are available as a Bag in Box option in Sweden. Now, Smirnoff has taken the idea further and made Vodka & Cranberry and Vodka & Blood Orange available in 2 litre boxes and a simple choice for entertaining at home or to take out. Not yet available in Sweden (unfortunately) but recently launched in Australia (RRP $26.99). Any one who has tried it?
I wonder if Simon’s SFI classes are like this