Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tiger mother in Sweden?

Our friends were going to come down from Stockholm this weekend but, alas, a large share of their family had the flu so we were on our own for the weekend. At first I was feeling a bit low about … Continue reading

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IKEA: where it all began

You can find the little town of Älmhult about 45 minutes by train from Växjö. In that town in the year 1953 Ingvar Kamprad opened the first IKEA store. We went there today, mostly because we needed dish towels and … Continue reading

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In defense of Finn Hudson

Let me start by saying that I cannot believe I am writing this post. Up to this point I have maintained a strict segregation between my status as a gleek and my academic-ish blogging. But, yes, I watch Glee. While … Continue reading

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Day 1 in Växjö, Sweden

Our flight left Bangkok at midnight on Friday. The kids did remarkably well. Only while we were waiting to board did Mei-mei give in to sleep. I carried her on board. It turned out that we were upgraded to “premium … Continue reading

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food and society

A few food observations from Sweden (I know I need to write some real blog posts but this will have to suffice for now): 1. Falafel is the new pizza. I have never seen so much falafel. Even the Swedish … Continue reading

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Walking Blues, Bangkok

We arrived in Bangkok this afternoon – just a short 2-day trip so Jason can attend to some work business. I really loved Bangkok last time but we were staying in a little hotel in the old city. The room … Continue reading

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Sounds of Singapore

My first trip to Singapore came after the first 2 months of our stint in China. I will never forget riding in from the airport in a nice clean cab with seatbelts and looking out over the neatly manicured landscape … Continue reading

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