some places we've visited so far

  • maui, hawaii
    The day we got home, we started saving for our next trip. See my blog entry
  • antalya, turkey
    I miss hearing the call to prayer before sunrise every morning, the sunshine and the small winding roads in the old city. But I don't miss the olives for breakfast. See my blog entry
  • helsinki
    The cruise from Stockholm was the highlight. Breathtaking, really. We found Helsinki to be down-to-earth, friendly and a just-right size. See my blog entry
  • london
    Why on Earth did it take me so long to visit London?! Rivals Paris for best city in Europe. Avoid Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and head to Chelsea and Holborn. See my blog entry
  • paris
    It was my third trip to Paris, but our first while living in Sweden. And, more significantly, our first with a baby in tow. Metro ≠ baby friendly. Centre Pompidou = 10x more fun with a little one. See my blog entry.
  • bergen and oslo, norway
    Think Colorado. Flooded. Oslo is a refreshing little city and the fjords offered beautiful views in all directions. Not love, love. But definitely like, like. See my blog entry.
  • prague, czech republic
    Yes, it has beautiful architecture. But no soul. Skip it and go to Budapest instead.
  • berlin, germany
    We only spent a night here, but I could tell immediately that this was a city I could live in. Hope we can get back there sometime soon. Loved the new architecture, friendly people and the gigantic, wooded park.
  • tavira, portugal
    A great place to relax, see endless fields of daisies, drink sangria and be surrounded by the smell of orange blossoms. See my blog entry.
  • amsterdam and delft
    Amsterdam was one of our favorite European cities and Delft is a little gem you wish you could fit in your pocket and take home. Loved the individual style and easy-going nature of the people. See my blog entry.
  • budapest
    Hurry, it's already been discovered. Wonderful cheap food and an outdoorsy mentality. See my blog entry.
  • dalarna, sweden
    Reminds us of home. Really relaxing and laid back. See my blog entry.
  • hong kong and tai pei
    Super friendly people and so romantic. See my blog entry.
  • nice
    Loved Villefranche and the whole area east of Nice. See my blog entry.
  • barcelona
    Loved the tapas and eating paella on the beach. See my blog entry.

about me

  • In November 2005, my husband and I moved to Älmhult, Sweden, for my dream job. Five years later, our little family of three moved back. Except, back turned out to be a brand new place called Portland.

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August 25, 2007



Although, you could go with one of the greatest scientists of all time ...

If it's a boy, Nikola. A girl, Tesla.

Gus (August)

Good Swedish name and there's such a nice ring to Gus Colón. (random suggestion from California)

So exciting to get name suggestions!

Even more exciting to see that people – including random people in California – are reading my blog. Haha!

My dad would kill me if we named our boy Gus. To our family, Gus will always be the overweight Greek owner of The Daily Treat in Ridgewood, NJ. :)

Well, I can tell you that you've got at least three Californians browsing your blog (which is a great read, by the way). I'm an American student studying in Lund through December, and my friend, who is also studying here, tipped me off to your blog.

I have a link to your blog from mine, -- hope you don't mind! (That's how the other Californian, Sally, aka my mom, found it!)

Names? I like Anders and Jonas.

I almost named my daughter Bergen so I am all about Oslo. Proof Positive that Swedes can get a little crazy at times: My husband's neice (Swedish) has two younger 1/2 brothers one from her mom and one from her dad. The one is Elvis the other Harley. I don't recommend either of the names though I do believe nobody would ever misprounounce them.
As far as Swedish type names I can tell you most boys at our Swedish school in the States (when we were there) with a Svenglish parentage go by Anders, Nils, or Finn. Alex, Daniel and Erik are good classic names. I won out on the name thing and went with Irish/Welsh names so I can't say I can be mush help there.

Linnea, hi! And thanks so much for linking to my blog. How flattering! My husband is now studying in Lund too. Small world sometimes.

Lisa, that's funny you should mention Harley. That's our cat's name! And Finn is one that I have been liking from the start. I didn't realize it was Swedish... felt Irish... so I thought it might be a mismatch with Colón. But now you have put it back on my radar. Thanks!


I haven't visited your blog in over a year, but found you again on LinkedIn. Congratulations! What a wonderful country to be having a baby in.
Names: Ingmar, Axel (my Swedish father-in-law's name). I like Finn, too!

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