Oldie but goodie

I wrote this one almost 2 years ago. Stumbled on it today and it suited my mood perfectly. This truly is what I still believe.

Good things always come to those who deserve it
Even if it sometimes takes a while

Challenges always hold some kind of learning
Even if you feel like crying at the time

Respect and love is nothing given
It’s something earned

Help is always there
If you only dare to ask

Pay good things forward
And you will get good things in return

Don’t waste energy on trying to change people
Focus on managing your own expectations instead

If things have been said in anger
Just apologise and don’t let them fester

Believe in yourself and your ability to overcome
Don’t torment yourself with how things could have been done differently

You are unique
And you know what’s best for your life
Trust in that
Whatever happens

Follow this blog in your language

After a good three years of blogging, I have decided to make it even easier for you readers out there who don’t understand Swedish. Under this tab in the blog header you can find links to read BortaBraBloggen via Google Translate in several different languages.

Google Translate is a great (free) translation tool that is easy to use, but sometimes both words and sentence structures can get a bit mixed up. Therefore it is not as correct as if you were reading the text in it’s original language.

I hope this makes it a bit easier for non-Swedish readers out there to follow the blog!


Swedish midsummer for dummies

For all you non-Swedes out there wondering what midsummer is really all about, this video will answer most of your questions. And it’s pretty funny as well!

And yes, I do realise that it does sound like we are pretty crazy to celebrate in this way, but who said that customs and traditions need to apply any logic… 🙂


Blog award

Totally out of left field, I received a blog Liebster nomination from my reader Elin, who blogs about her life in Sydney here. Thanks Elin for the nomination!


The rules are:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator (see below)
  • Pass on the award to 11 new recipients
  • Post 11 new questions to your bloggers

1. What was the reason/reasons for starting your blog?
I wanted to stay in touch with people back home, I wanted to share my experiences from my travels and living overseas and I love to write.

2. Favorite movie?
I have a few, but “Crash” and “Shawshank Redemption” are two of my favourites.

3. If you won a trip around the world and received one extra ticket, who would you bring and why?
I would bring T, for many reasons. He has not travelled much, but when we have he’s such great and chilled out company. Also because I love him and I would love to share an experience like that with him. And I know he would have an absolute blast!

4. What’s your favorite quote?
In the header in my blog I have “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. It’s one of my favourite quotes because it applies to all kinds of adventures in life.

5. Tea or coffee?

6. Describe the perfect day off.
Good sleep, long run, brunch, beach and then a nice dinner in good company.

7. Winter or summer, hot or cold?
Summer and hot.

8. What’s your ultimate, favorite bedtime story?
My favourite as a child was the Swedish story “Bims och Bumse” that my grandmother used to read to us when we were little. I found the book again at Christmas when we were cleaning the attic, it’s still just as good!

9. Name one city where you would like to live one day.
I would love to live for a while in Spain or Italy (and ideally know the language by then). Barcelona would be cool!

10. What colours would we find in your wardrobe?
Mainly black and grey for work clothes, but also a goo mix of colourful floral stuff and some green and red.

11. What song would you sing if you were all alone and no one could hear you?
‘I dreamed a dream’ or ‘One day more’ from Les Miserable.

My 11 favourite blogs at the moment are:

I don’t think that all these bloggers have time to fill in my list below, but for the ones that do I would like to ask them:

  1. What 3 famous people (living or dead) would you invite to your dream dinner party?
  2. If you could throw a water balloon straight in someones face, who would it be?
  3. If you could pack your bag right this moment and go wherever you liked, where would it be?
  4. What is your favourite fruit?
  5. What is the most common excuse that you use to others when you don’t feel like doing what they are asking you for?
  6. If you were an animal, what would it be?
  7. What was your dream job when you were a child?
  8. Have you followed that dream job at all in your adult life?
  9. Do you prefer ice cream or candy?
  10. Would you rather have an active holiday or a lazy one on the beach?
  11. If your life was a movie, what actor/actress would play you?

Swedish Smorgasbord

For anyone who missed the Eurovision on the weekend, I just loved this video clip. Great entertainment and very informative for the readers out there who have never visited Sweden. Or a good reminder for those of you who find us Swedes a bit strange sometimes. This explains why! 🙂