It was a dark and stormy Halloween night…actually, it was. October in Sweden is really dark, and it wasn’t nighttime per se, but rather 3 pm which is quite night-like in terms of daylight. The kids and I were at the dentist’s office for my daughter’s wellness check-up. She opened her mouth wide, and we […]
About Lisa Ferland
Lisa Ferland is a US citizen raising her children in Sweden since 2012, working as a public health consultant, writer, and publisher. She has always been an enthusiast for travel and adventure and traveled solo through Brunei and rural China in her formative years.
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My daughter told me I don’t work with such authority that I discovered that maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t forward enough about what I do.
“What is it like when your American friends visit you? Are you totally overwhelmed with culture shock?” Our Swedish neighbor asked one night at dinner. “No, the culture shock doesn’t happen when friends and family visit because we’re still in Sweden. They are only a tiny piece of America in an ocean of what’s familiar. […]
The snow crunched beneath my thick soled boots. After a week without snow and temperatures that rose during the day and fell at night, the ground was covered in patchy bits of hardened snow. The top layer was icy, and a confident stride would degenerate into walking like a novice tight rope walker with both […]
Today is Santa Lucia and children everywhere in Sweden are honoring the faithfulness of an Italian woman and martyr, Lucia. Lucia’s Story—The real stuff The year was 283 and Lucia was born to rich noble parents. Lucia’s father died when she was just five years old and in an attempt to look after Lucia, […]
A pile of clothes littered the bedroom floor. Stuffed animals sat on bookshelves wearing my daughter’s underwear after she dressed all of her furry friends in her clothes. Usually, I let the kids manage their rooms and pick up after themselves, but this time I had to intervene. The mess was at my limit. We […]
There’s no place like home for the holidays… Many people interpret home differently when they become adults. For me, home is wherever my family is. However, the definitions for both home and family have changed over the years. With each stage of life, they take on new meaning and I’ve shifted into different roles. When […]
Necessary disclaimer: I understand and acknowledge that not every school in Sweden does things the same way. This is simply a little peek into what we have experienced. I’ve written in the past about my children’s experiences with Swedish preschool and with föreskoleklass so, now it’s time for an update as the fall term of first grade […]
Listen to Nicola narrate her chapter in Knocked Up Abroad Again Nicola Beach is a second-generation expat who has dodged bullets in Lagos, stray cats in Istanbul, got cozy in Jozi, and is currently in Hong Kong. She blogs about her family’s far-flung travels at https://expatorama.com Did you enjoy Nicola’s chapter? If so, be sure […]
A wooden propeller plane makes for a great climb Cold. Uncomfortable. Rugged. Rustic. Miserable. Those are the words that I would’ve used to describe a Swedish outdoor preschool before I knew any better. Preschools in Sweden are for children ages 1-6 (the year they turn 6, they head off to “big school” so some kids […]