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This year I'm celebrating Christmas and New Years here in Sweden and my sister reminded me a while back that I haven't been home for this holiday in 3 years. 2014 I had my first Christmas in Toronto, 2015 me and Mike where in Thailand, and last year I was back in Toronto. And as if 3 years away didn't make it exciting enough to be home, this time it's also Mikes first Christmas in Sweden.

I want to say the biggest difference between our Swedish traditions and the North American ones are the dates. For us December 24th is the main day with a full day of celebration, you have rice porridge in the morning, everybody sits down at 3pm to watch the Donald Duck Disney special, then there's a dinner and gift opening usually happens in the evening. The way I experienced it the 2 years I was in Toronto was that on the 24th they have a big dinner and celebrate a little bit, but that the 25th being Christmas Day, is the real "big" day. And on that day you wake up to find your stockings full of gifts and some under the tree, and they open them in the morning usually in their pajamas. After that it is very common to have a big lunch with the family again to help eat all the leftovers and to spend time together.

That brings me in to the next big difference, which is food! In Mikes family for example the food is very influenced by their portuguese heritage, but they also follow the North American tradition of having a turkey. For us here in Sweden the tradition is to have a big broiled ham, lots of potatoes, sausages, meatballs, different herring, fish dishes, beet salad and the four main things you can't go without is saffron buns, gingerbread cookies, glögg (mulled wine) and julmust (a soft drink like coke but very hoppy).

For me the memories of Christmas is so dependent on the flavors from all these things, and it truly hasn't been the same Christmas feeling these past 3 years without them even though I've tried finding similar things to substitute those flavors with. But with that said, it doesn't mean it's been less of a holiday for me. It has been so fun to experience new things and to see how other people celebrate, and the biggest thing especially was to be able to celebrate it with Mike. Now this year I'm so excited to show him our traditions and to be able to enjoy all my favorite things while being back here in Sweden.

What is a Christmas tradition you have that gives you that holiday feeling? Please share! I'm interested to see if I'm the only one that have these connections with food.


Linn Jansson

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Stockholm Public Library - listed as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries!

Last Thursday I arrived back here in Stockholm, just in time for December and Christmas. I haven’t been home for Christmas in 3 years so I’m very excited to reexperience all the childhood traditions and spend time with my family! I’m also trying to squeeze in as many workdays as I can before the holiday and I can already feel that this month is going to pass by quickly!


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Yesterday we celebrated the American Thanksgiving here in Seattle, but since neither me or Mike really have traditions around this holiday and no family in Seattle we decided to head over to our friends place for a Friendsgiving. It was a really fun time with lots of tasty food and games!


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This past weekend me and Mike did another road trip up to Vancouver to visit our friends. We got there on Friday just in time for dinner so we all decided to go out for sushi! I can't seem to get enough of sushi and the price in Vancouver plus the currency exchange is unbeatable! We then went home to their place and played games and watched a movie.

On Saturday we headed to Lynn Canyon Park to do a hike and be outdoors (separate post coming). We then went for lunch and coffee cause me and Mike where dying to get Tim Hortons coffees! It’s a Canadian chain that is so much better and cheaper than Starbucks and we miss it everyday since we moved to the US lol!

We kept driving over to Richmond cause Mike had a growler to fill up and we also made a stop at the Steveston Fisherman Wharf before returning back to their house and playing more board games and having Thai food.

It was a really great and relaxing weekend, and it's always fun to be back in Canada.


Linn Jansson

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The other day me and Mike met up with Jordan and Liliana to have brunch at the Volunteer Park Cafe! It was a super cute location and had a surprising amount of people for being so in the middle of nowhere. We then drove over to U-dub and walked around campus for a few hours. Later that afternoon me and Mike had 3 apartment tours to go to. We are trying to find a new place before December and it’s so much fun to visit all apartment buildings and get inspo and ideas.


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This past Saturday we had our engagement party with our friends here in Seattle. It turned out to be a success and I think we all had a really good time with food, drinks and celebration!


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Decided to do a little throwback today, to August when me and Mike drove down to Olympia to check out the capitol. Most people that I’ve talked to here and about Seattle thinks that Seattle is Washington State’s capital. But it’s actually Olympia! It was about a 40 minute drive away for us and we had a really good time checking out all the old buildings and learning a little more about the history. Plus it was a beautiful sunny day!


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Morning!
So today I’m heading downtown in about an hour or so to do some errands. I am trying to get everything ready for our engagement party on Saturday, so exciting! I’m gonna stop by the gallery that we’ve rented to check out the space and get a better look of what we need to bring there to decorate it. Then I have to jump into some stores to look for a new pair of shoes, some serving stuff and might as well take a peek at the fall sale! Hope it doesn’t start to rain!

Happy Wednesday to you all!!

Linn Jansson

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I've gotten a few questions on Instagram lately about what kind of camera I use for my photography. So I figured why not make a little post about it. I recently bought a new DSLR camera because the one I had before, a Canon EOS 1000D, started to feel really old, I got back in 2008! So it was definitely time for a new version. I decided to stick with Canon even though I've heard great things about Nikon and Sony too, it just made more sense since I already had lenses with Canon.

So the one I own now is a Canon EOS Rebel T6i. I've only had it for a few months and so far it's been really good. The thing I found the most helpful (except the obvious of a newer model) is that it has a WIFI setting, which makes it a lot easier for me to transfer photos between the camera and my phone. With the previous one I always had to move the memory card to the laptop and transfer the photos that way, which I still do to from time to time. But with this WIFI it makes it a lot easier for those situations when you aren't close to your laptop or just want to move 1-2 photos.

I try to use this camera for most of my photography, especially for travel situations and out in nature. But for everyday pictures I end up mainly using my phone, which I feel is pretty common and okay considering most phones nowadays have good cameras.

A (relatively) short photography guide

Importance of lenses - For you more experienced photographers reading this first point, this might be old news. But for the casual users out there, thinking of getting a new DSLR, let me tell you the importance of having the right lens when shooting. It is not just about the price and how much zoom it has, it's also about the max aperture, the quality of the glass and how wide you want a shot to be. I speak from experience when I say it's very tempting getting a "zoom" lens that can go from 50-300mm and having to just buy one. But if you want to take everyday photos of things around you, and your main goal isn't too take pictures of birds super far away, that zoom won't really be as important in the end, as the quality and light in your picture. Focus on getting a lens that suits what you are taking pictures of and let that decide which focal length to get. My two personal favorites for portrait and city photos is the 18-55mm lens, mainly cause its been with me since the beginning but also cause it's so versatile. And the other one is a 35mm lens, which lets you be creative and move around.

And remember your lenses will most likely outlive your camera. So as long as you stick to the same brand you can always update the camera body and save money on using the same lenses and should therefore invest more time and money in quality products.

See the light - Before shooting of some photos, look around you, see where the light comes from and try and use it to your advantage. Is there sunshine, do you have a lamp close by, how about the natural lighting close to a window? Do you want shadows or not? And so on. Take a second before hitting that shutter to briefly think about these things and your photo will come out a lot nicer with less work.

Shutter speed - Shutter speed is the time the shutter is held open to emit light when shooting. That time and the lens aperture is what determines how dark or light your image will be. A slow shutter speed like 1/30 will give you a brighter picture, while a high speed provides a darker image. The shorter the shutter speed is, the more seconds the shutter is open to emit light. Which means that you have to keep the camera still to avoid blurring. I sometimes find it really hard to shoot with a slow shutter speed unless I use a tripod to stabilize.


I hope this was to any help for some of you out there, and remember I am no expert here, I’m just trying to explain it in a way that I would have liked to read and learn about photography!


Linn Jansson

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