Friday, December 17, 2010

New Partnership

I am the new Export Agent for Amelia Ursache! How did this happen?



I met Amelia at our Export event hosted by our class. She offered me an internship on the spot because she wanted someone to help her enter into the American market (no small feat let me assure you). Unfortunately, I had already found an exciting project to work with. I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to work with my mentor on that project. But I took her business card. In the meantime, life went on. I had to study for my export exam, then we had cross cultural communications, then I took international business law and finally three months later..I was able to return to the surface and breathe.

I decided to offer my services part-time because I thought Amelia wanted some type of market research report but oh no she was looking for a business partner. Our meeting in Stureplan was wonderful and resulted in my being involved in a project that still seems unreal.

Am I nervous? I have worked really hard in the past for others and finally I get a chance to work for something more than experience, now I will start to reap the benefits of the effort I put in. Now I get to put into practice everything I have learned, mixed with my love for creative expression.

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I love living in Stockholm. Recently we were the victims for a terrorist attack in the city's center. The overall feeling is one of disbelief, that something like that could happen in Sweden. I share that feeling as well. As if the images on the news are taken from a scene from a movie and not real life.

I don't know if I find it less shocking because of my experience of September 11th in New York. Listening to the news reports on the radio and being bombarded with images of the Twin Towers collapse over and over again left me feeling a bit numb. Although I was not living in New York at the time, I felt a connection and a fear that I had never known.

I will not avoid going into the center of Stockholm, taking the subway or living my life. I will not suspect people of being terrorist because they look a certain way. I can't allow that to happen. It doesn't mean that the seeds of uncertainty have not been planted because they have but I will not be controlled by hate which is a manifestation of fear.



Enjoy this Video taken from Visit Sweden's channel on YouTube!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Considerations

Since starting my new internship, I have been considering either writing a journal to get my thoughts about work and life out of my head so I can think clearly or starting a private blog. I really love the fact that I am regularly posting messages. I have been relatively consistent and I fear losing contact with my readers. This blog has become a way for me address my fears of self expression. I have wanted to feel like I belong to something so long that I almost lost those things that make me special. This blog has been a way for me to say what I want and realize that no one is going to make big deal about it. In fact, I realize that some people actually think that what I have to say is important or funny or interesting. I have been worried about the wrong things. I value my opinions!! Good night readers.. Early day tomorrow, we start 8.30
Let me hear from you!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Winter Darkness...Phillips Light Experiment Part 2

I have shown another video about the Phillips Light Experiment in Norway, which I hope everyone knows borders Sweden. Anyway, as the days progress it becomes darker earlier and the sun rises later and later.






Its not this bad in Stockholm, this is far up North but being a Florida girl, I mourn the sunshine..it will be months before I feel the sun again and there are weeks when the sun doesn't come out at all. The weather is really intense in Sweden but you have to have the right attitude, take vitamin D pills and keep busy!!

Enjoy!

KyanainSweden

I love love love Mango

Love this dress..although now I am wearing it as a shirt...can't deal with bare legs this time of year!
I love love love Mango!! I have graduated from HM and have found Mango. I like Mango because I am not trendy, I would like to think that I dress elegantly. All I need now is take the time to do my hair and wear lipstick but besides that my clothes are cute. Anyway, my recent favorites are from Mango and I am happy that I can web shop them as well.




Just a little video from Mango that I wanted to share!!

Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Stop studying...just stop!!

Method to my madness
Pierre calls me everyday around lunch time just to see how I am doing...isn't that cute??
Anyway, he knows that I am sitting here studying for an exam that yesterday I felt alot more positive about than today. I am taking a business law class which is an introduction to domestic and international laws that I may run into to once I am unleashed onto the swedish job market. The amount of papers and information is overwhelming and I am praying that my teacher will, quite frankly, keep it simple. Its not a class which I will recieve academic points for but my teacher's approach is to make it as comprehensive as possible. The only positive is that I been so absorbed in my studies that I have not really noticed the weather. The key to winter in Sweden is staying as busy as possible so that when the sun goes down at like 4pm you don't feel like its time to go to bed. Anyway, Pierre has told me to close my books and sit and relax a bit before going to pick up the munchkin, so that is what I intend to do.
Earlier I did a little recording from the Kee Kee Kam so here it is, I apologize in advance for the bad quality.

video
Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THe Weather Report Said....

Winter Morning in Råcksta

The weather in Sweden is extreme to say the least....people talk about the weather all the time and when you have such variety in weather ...its actually possible to discuss weather at length.
So, last night they showed the map of Sweden just covered by this snow storm which I am not sure is moving in from the East or coming from the West...anyway...it will snow for three days, NON STOP!!
Oh yes, let me clarify when I say snow you might imagine large fluttering fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky like cottonballs from a sugar coated heaven...

This isn't that..

Its flurries of tiny ice rocks that fly right into your eyes...your nose is running and your butt is numb...its awful.


Mable loves the winter and inspires me to see the positive side of it...she is my little Viking
At least I have a cute jacket though- one of my latest purchases from Zara!
Its like 4pm in the picture! We won't get into the winter darkness issue.....

Friday, November 19, 2010

SVT: Grotesco - Blanda Upp



Grotesco is a comedy show that is running here in Sweden.  Basically its all about classic political satire.
The theme for that particular week was race relations in Sweden.

This video really tripped me out!

Pumpkin Cornbread- Thanksgiving Family Feast

Click here to see the recipe for the newest addition to my Thanksgiving menu:
Pumpkin Cornbread

Every year I add a new dish to my Thanksgiving menu so that by the time Pierre and I have purchased our dream kitchen, in whatever place it might be, either in a city apartment or country house, I will have the m0st amazing Thanksgiving spread to offer our guests. My first Thanksgiving dinner, in Sweden, was a potluck and three couples (all American-wives and Swedish-husbands) got together and put our dishes together.

 It was fine..I was really stressed since I had the turkey and Pierre managed to slice his finger open, just as I started to film, but whatever... it was a Thanksgiving to remember..not the best, but at least gave me enough motivation to continue the tradition.
One of the great things about not being able to spend Thanksgiving at home is that it forces you to learn how to cook these recipes that you grow up with. Even though my Granny didn't write down her recipes I use my "oral memory" to recreate the same tastes and that is what it is all about anyway!

So, do I have a future Thanksgiving invitation list in my head?

You better believe it but are YOU on it??

Blog Question: Do you eat the same food on Thanksgiving and Christmas???

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stockholm photo......I believe this weather will return...I do believe it!

Kyana at KatarinaHissen

The Katarina Elevator is a passenger elevator, originally constructed in 1881,  that connects Slussen ) to the heights of Södermalm, my future home...at least it will be one of the Malms!!  Ok, I hope!

Isn't Stockholm beautiful?? I love it!