Month: February 2009

My friend Johanna and I at a Dagensparty in Iida and Erik’s apartment. Dagens are a drink made of white wine, Sprite, and frozen strawberries. Sometimes they are frozen raspberries instead. The name “dagens” means “daily” or “today’s” and is usually used for the daily specials at restaurants. I’m not

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A couple days after moving into my apartment, I took this picture of everything I own fitting nicely into these closets, with room to spare. *=Not pictured are some boxes of photos and other “archives” I have in my parents’ basement in Louisville. Those boxes would fit here in this

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After a few days, I moved in with a Dutch guy named Sander in another suburb of Stockholm called Hagsätra. I found him and the apartment on the internet and made contact with him from America, so I already had this lined up. He is a carpenter who moved to

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Night view of a frozen park and forest seen from Iida and Erik’s kitchen window. They live on the eighth floor, which Swedes call the seventh floor. The ground level is always zero. You can’t really see it in the photo but there are some people out there cross-country skiing.

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This is a photo of the television playing the amazing movie “King of Kong” which is a documentary from 2007 about the fight for the world record Donkey Kong score. As you can see, it is subtitled in Swedish. All the programming shown here is run in its original language

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My dear friend Emma Pettersson and her cat Skrållan, whose hair is still all over my stuff. This was the third occasion in a year’s time that I have stayed in her Malmö apartment. We also met up last summer when she and fellow Malmö friend Wictoria Trei were visiting

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Jackie picking up her little boy Oscar from daycare. City of Louisville sticker on Jackie’s bicycle in Copenhagen. Scott Ritcher for Senate sticker Joen put on a pole near their house in Copenhagen (“South Harbor Place”)

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Coffee with Greta and Brian who were coincidentally in the process of moving to Louisville after many years in Evanston, Illinois. They were staying in a hotel. Greta and Brian with all their stuff in storage, shortly before they dropped me off at the O’Hare airport.

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In the months leading up to my departure for Sweden, I had a countdown clock running on my iPhone. It was counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until I left. I took this screenshot of it as I was sitting in the plane on the runway in Chicago.

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