Tag: work

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    #100 We’re Going to Have a Meeting About the Meeting

    Malcolm from Sydney, Australia, gives us some tips on how to reinvent ourselves when starting over in a new country. Also, why do Swedes need so many meetings?

  • #54 I Was Told There Would be Snow

    Jenny, from Costa Rica, talks about the mild winter this year, the troubles of finding a job in another country, and sloths.

  • #44 Turn at the Robot

    On this week’s expat podcast episode, Samantha, from South Africa, runs Stockholm Girl Gone International, an online group for expat tips and meetups. We talk language mistakes, getting out of […]

  • It’s melting!

    The snow is melting today and it’s just a big slush of muddy roads and giant slabs of ice falling from roofs. I think most people here who claim they […]

  • A passion for chainsaws

    These job ads get more specific every day. Today’s copywriting ad states that they would prefer an applicant who is really into chainsaws. If I come dressed as this guy, […]

  • Stakeholders

    Every time I read a job ad that includes any mention of “stakeholders,” I just think of an angry mob chasing Dracula and then I forget what the job was […]

  • Advancement of our civilization

    Sometimes I think about the hard-working farmers hundreds of years ago, constantly working the land to feed the family and earn enough money to survive. I think about people working […]

  • Chores

    Sometimes my husband and I wonder what our kids might say to a therapist when they get older. Last week, we got a little preview from our 9-year old. We […]

  • Passive aggressive

    I used to be in charge of the fruit basket at a previous job. Then they asked someone else to take over. I’m not sure why.  

  • Southeast Texas job tips

    While watching TV in Southeast Texas, there was a public service commercial to help people get jobs through handy job interview tips. Among the usual, “Dress nice, be polite,” there […]

  • My life as a lab rat

    I’m starting to easily understand the old story of Alexander Fleming leaving an experiment over a long weekend and discovering penicillin from the mold when he came back. Apparently in […]

  • Drinking wine and eating a baguette on bonfire night

    Yes, we take a lot of trips. At the moment, we are in Paris. You may say, “How come you can travel so much? Don’t people work in Sweden?” The […]

  • Am I too cynical?

    I have to read food news for my job. The headline for one said, “Make your own cheese with only 2 ingredients!” I do that all the time. Milk and […]

  • Coffee Cow

    A few summers ago as we were relaxing at a Swedish “beach,” a man came around wearing a white backpack with black spots and a hose attached.  He was “THE […]

  • A magical word

    “förnämliga” That is the word I had to translate the other day (I work part-time translating documents from Swedish to English). As you see, it can have vastly different meanings.  […]

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    Not my neighborhood

    Today I got lost on my way to work and ended up in front of the Latvian Embassy.

  • Is it just me?

    I’m currently sitting at work in my winter coat.  Normally I sit in the next room with a portable heater all alone.  The other people who work here don’t want […]

  • 87.5 and not one minute more!

    Sweden is great because sometimes you can get 50% jobs as well as 75% jobs.  It works out well especially if you have kids to pick up from daycare or […]

  • Deciphering job ads

    I’m looking for something part-time to supplement my translating work.  I like the ads that are straight and to the point.  Too many of them are full of double-speak and […]

  • Now hiring – secret agents

    It’s that time of year again when I keep an eye out for extra jobs.  Today’s favorite was “German agent for fraud.”  (I like to ignore the “for fraud” part.) […]