Let's talk about the weather & other first world problems

You can take the girl out of Oz, but u can't take the Oz out of the girl. As 'Swedified' as I've become, I still need to take the piss.. just a little. Certainly working with my Aussie mates/hit producers Dave & Anthony(DNA) here in Stockholm is bringing out the cheek in me.

I'll fly Sweden's flag anywhere in the world. As I’ve mentioned in previous instalments, this country rocks in many ways. Aside from social & family fair practices, it's also super technologically advanced, and it's even top 3 in Internet connectivity in the world. AND they grow (and nourish) songwriters and producers on trees here, which is extremely cool for me! But, I take issue with 3 downsides to this country that there's just no avoiding, albeit first world problems..  

First world prob # 1 - the weather
Ok, it's now June(summer?!) & we're STILL wearing coats. I mean come oooooon! That's an 8 month winter!!! Now people of Australia, I almost feel bad explaining to Swedes that yes, we do have "chilly" winters, and yes ok, we have wetter winters that 'feel' cold, but these poor Swedes. The lack of vitamin D & the darkness, well, it's the reason why sooo many people ask me, "why the hell do you live here when you're from Australia?!" Well, I didn't move here for the weather folks, and I'm from Melbourne and our weather is schizophrenic anyway. But I must say, Swedish weather can break you, especially If there's not enough reason to stay. 
 

Just this morning!



First world prob # 2 - no cold wash
I can't wash my clothes in cold water here. That's right, there's no cold water function on most washing machines(except good ol' Sissi has a cold wash option on her machine!) Most Swedes think I'm nuts that I even care about this, and they're surprised that cold water even washes your clothes properly. So no cold water option means I can't mix colours, which in turns translates too, with a baby, I now need to do 27 loads to account for all the washing! Apparently that's ok up here because there's lots of water, not like drought stricken 'Straylia(of the past). When Dave from DNA asked his Air b&b landlord "where's the cold wash function?", she glared at him as if he was speaking Zimbabwe. Then he saw the function 'programslut'(which means 'end program’, of course he had no idea of this and read it in his Aussie brain, phonetically), giggled hysterically on the inside ("ok, you can't program cold water but you can program that!’). Needless to say he bit his tongue before he asked anything else 'stupid'. 
 

The 'Programslut' proof



First world problem # 3 - the bedding
Swedes effectively use 2 doonas on a bed for 2 people, instead of one. No top sheet, so you have to wash the doona covers frequently instead. Then they often have a cover over the doonas so it looks all unified. That's a lot of bed making! When Mum visited us after Leo was born, she blurted out,"I can't bare to watch you make your bed and see how long it takes to wash  all the linen and put it back together!" She bought us new linen and one king sized doona.. And sent them all.. From Australia! I see the method to both madnesses(or should I say, mattresses), but most Aussies don't get the Swedish logic, and vice versa. Well, we can't always be in synch, now can we?
 

An example of the Aussie method


Anyway, some people, and countries, have real problems. From where I stand, you're still doing more than OK Sweden :-) 
    Now back to my 27 loads of washing. Especially since I’ve been studio-ing/socialising with DNA for 10 days.
    The laundry needs love.
    Hope you’re getting some vitamin D(try it in tablet form if you’re desperate), wherever you are on the planet. 
    Kram/hug
    T x
 

Letting the hairs down in Stockholm with Dave & Ant from DNA


 

2 comments

  • Tina

    Tina Ontario, Canada

    Thank you for sharing your little struggles with living away from Melbourne. My 1st world problem is 1# -32 winter with the wind chill of -41 days and all days in winter at -12 and below, -2 and 0 feels warm, #2 Cost of public transport, For me to get home on the bus in the morning it cost $9.35, to compare It's like getting the bus from Dandenong to Ringwood. Then when i get to my local town it's $3 for the local bus, Or i walk home. #3 Missing Victoria. I miss the year round events of Melbourne, January: Australian Open, Cricket, Australia Day, February: Cricket March: AFL pre season, F1 Grand Prix April: AFL season, Good Friday appeal, Anzac Day. May AFL Mother's day with my own mum June AFL Queens Birthday long weekend July AFL August AFL September AFL Finals fever and Grand Final, Melbourne show October Start of spring horse racing November, Start of cricket at the MCG, and spring racing caravel at felmington. December. Hot Christmas day, Boxing day test, But i became all grown up after having a c-section, recovering from that and looking after little one while my husband went to work as he didn't have much time off and had no idea how to help me recover and teaching DH to look after a baby, No Mum didn't fly up and help out, Private reason, not bad reason just oh ok i get it reason.

    Thank you for sharing your little struggles with living away from Melbourne.

    My 1st world problem is 1# -32 winter with the wind chill of -41 days
    and all days in winter at -12 and below, -2 and 0 feels warm,

    #2 Cost of public transport, For me to get home on the bus in the morning it cost $9.35, to compare It's like getting the bus from Dandenong to Ringwood. Then when i get to my local town it's $3 for the local bus, Or i walk home.

    #3 Missing Victoria. I miss the year round events of Melbourne,
    January: Australian Open, Cricket, Australia Day,
    February: Cricket
    March: AFL pre season, F1 Grand Prix
    April: AFL season, Good Friday appeal, Anzac Day.
    May AFL Mother's day with my own mum
    June AFL Queens Birthday long weekend
    July AFL
    August AFL
    September AFL Finals fever and Grand Final, Melbourne show
    October Start of spring horse racing
    November, Start of cricket at the MCG, and spring racing caravel at felmington.
    December. Hot Christmas day, Boxing day test,

    But i became all grown up after having a c-section, recovering from that and looking after little one while my husband went to work as he didn't have much time off and had no idea how to help me recover and teaching DH to look after a baby, No Mum didn't fly up and help out, Private reason, not bad reason just oh ok i get it reason.

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