Who am I?

I'm the one without the fur!

I'm the one without the fur!

So, you want to know who I am? Well, you’ll get a pretty good idea from reading my blog. But, in brief:

A Brit living in Sweden since 1996. Came here as a so-called love immigrant.

Have got two small kids and good supply of ear plugs.

Husband is like a third child and the dog is like the fourth.

Blessed with an ironic sense of humour.

Scriptwriter, textbook writer and translator (Swedish into English).

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

I used to peel bananas with my feet. (In recent years, you’ll be relieved to hear, my toes have become less agile so I have had to give up this party trick.)


I’ve got eyes at the back of my neck.


I lose my keys several times a day.


Learnt to speak Chinese, but have now forgotten it all. Swedish is my second language (after English) these days.

Collector of exotic diseases: dengue fever, amoebic dysentery, giardia, and many, many generations of worms – not once, but twice in as many years!

    205 thoughts on “Who am I?

    1. Hi Ladyfi 🙂 Thanks for popping in on my blogs! I was wondering who from Sweden could be visiting. I shall be back to to see more of yours! But pssst – now my boss is watching over my shoulder! Have a good week, fi. 😀

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    2. I finally popped over here to read a little more about you, and I discovered we both suffer from the can’t find my keys disease!
      Have a good one!

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    3. I’ve been visiting from over @ best posts of the week, and I enjoy your blog today. Where did you live when you had dengue? I lived in Guatemala for a while, where it ran rampant…. Tell me about your service dog…..

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    4. LadyFi,
      I think you might consider “FirefLi” for a handle . . . your site is delightful.
      I am intrigued by Zusak’s The Book Thief. It just got added to my summer list.
      Have you read Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man? Death gets fired, “gets a life,” and gets romantically involved. It’s an incredible love story woven into two other story lines. On my teacher website http://www.EnglishIsNotForSissies.org I have the pages for that story line ticked out.

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    5. I guess I’m a “love-immigrant” as well. Another interesting way I’ve heard it referred to here in Geneva (Switzerland, not Geneva, Swededn 😛 ) is dangling husband/wife aka one who follows there significant other.

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    6. Thank you Lady Fi for your comment on my blog, much appreciated. You asked if Kimberley has snow at this time of year – I don’t imagine so! The picture was taken four years ago during the month of April and the snow had already receded quite a bit by then. The town of Kimberely is quaint and has an alpine theme about it. I would love to visit there during winter sometime. YOou have an interesting blog – thank you so much for sharing. I am new to the blogging world and still finding my way around here! It’s fun. All the best, Michelle on Vancouver Island.

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    7. Hi,
       
      I was curious what it would take to get a text link on your blog saying something like “Tungsten Wedding Bands” or “Tungsten Wedding Rings” with a hyperlink to our site (www.superiorweddingrings.com).  We are a relatively new company and we are currently trying to improve our page ranking on Google.  We operate on a small budget, and we would be more than willing to give you a tungsten ring from our site in exchange for a link.  Let me know if this would be something that you would be interested in.  Thanks for any help you can give us.
       
      Thank You
      Nick
      Superior Wedding Rings

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    8. Hello!

      Sorry about my English, its not very good, I am a brazillian girl who is finishing the university. I study Graphic Design, and my Conclusion graduate Work is about Books.
      I will analyze The book Thief, from MARKUS ZUSAK, and I want ask if may you send to me, pictures of the book. Pictures of its castrates, against-layer and ramp with a good resolution to print.

      I want to say Thanks for your atention. And I am waiting your aswer.

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    9. I love your onion comments, lol, you should e mail me sometime i live in the united states and would like to know more about places like Britain or Sweden

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    10. Hi,
      Could you please mail me Oscar’s photograph and a small message to be featured on Pet Pride in celebration of his birthday on 16nov. The pic and message will be featured on Pet Pride starting 15nov till 21nov.

      Bozo

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    11. Hi,
       
      I was curious what it would take to get a text link on your blog saying something like “Tungsten Wedding Bands” or “Tungsten Wedding Rings” with a hyperlink to our site (www.tungstenringsonline.com).  We are a relatively new company and we are currently trying to improve our page ranking on Google.  We operate on a small budget, and we would be more than willing to give you a tungsten ring from our site in exchange for a link.  Let me know if this would be something that you would be interested in, and any help that you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
       
      Thank You
      Nick
      Tungsten Rings Online
       

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    12. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I’m glad “The Power of No” had meaning for you. I love your blog. Your writing is charming and how fun it is to hear about life in Sweden. I will add you to my blogs I follow and visit again.

      Happy New Year… Jayne

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    13. Hello, I came across your photo titled “I’ve finally found my balls” with a boxer twisted like a pretzel. It’s hilarious! I am a Boxer nut and am working on an informational website about Boxers. The site will serve to help people determine if the Boxer is the right dog for them. I love the breed and don’t want to see any of them abandoned or left in pounds. I am asking your permission to put this picture on my website. The web site is free and not for profit. If you are okay with it, would you want me to put your credit on the picture?
      Thanks,
      Ann Marie Eisele, Loveland, CO USA

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    14. I’m glad you stopped by my blog and I’m happy to visit yours. I have a friend from Sweden, she goes back many times a year still. Gorgeous place, from the pics I’ve seen. I’ll be back to visit you 🙂

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    15. hahaha…. i enjoy your vivacious sense of humour. That’s the way to go to live life longer than we should.

      I wish I can portray myself more like that in my blog but it seems when I write I always sound serious. Yet, if I read someone blog, I have this tendency to be cheeky in writing my reaction just as I do in yours.

      Jig Alskar Dig (that’s all I know). Not sure if it is right. I am saying this by memory. And sometimes my memory fails just as you lost your keys.

      Have a lovely day Lady Fi.

      I’ll link yours to my main blog so I can spy your new addition.

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    16. Cheers from upstate NY! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’ve wanted to visit Sweden ever since I tracked down my birthmother and learned that I am part Swedish (her mother emigrated from Sweden to the US as a child). For now, I must content myself with IKEA furniture, Swedish fish (um, YUM) and the music of ABBA… 😉

      Off to poke about your blog a bit before donning my chauffeur cap and delivering my kid to her various social engagements this afternoon…

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    17. Hi — I clicked on who-you-are today for the first time. Cracked me up. I lose my keys several times a day, too, but I’ve always had to use my hands to peel bananas.
      The “collector of exotic diseases” rang a few bells, too, although mine aren’t as exotic as yours (I think I’m glad). In fact, one chapter of my book (i.e., at the moment, my blog) mentions “Kay’s collection of illnesses” or words to that effect.
      Thanks for visiting my curassow and chachalaca critters today!
      — Kay, Alberta

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    18. Hello from California. Thank you so much for stopping by Dharma Bums blog today and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I’ve never visited your blog before and am delighted by your very beautiful photographs. You see the beauty around you, and that’s what links us all these thousands of miles apart. I’m waving hello!

      Robin

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    19. So glad I’d dropped by! Great blog, and although we are miles between, we both love to see the beauty all around it seems! Very neat! God bless you real big…from WV USA to YOU!

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    20. Finally here!
      I’ve seen LadyFi name on several blogs but for some reason never visited here. I’m glad I came!
      Your blog is beautiful. Your pictures are amazing!
      Let’s enjoy limbo days! 🙂

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    21. Hi Lady Fi!
      So pleased that you dropped by my wee bit of a blog centering around my beloved Sophie, the Labradoodle. She is 4 years old now. Last year after a bit of coaxing I started this adventure of blogging her ‘pretty much’ everyday adventures. Such a great outlet for any creative minded person/dog!
      I live in Nova Scotia, Canada along the North Atlantic across ‘the pond’ from you. We spend plenty of our waking hours either on a beach or in a garden. Sophie brings us great joy and peace. Labradoodles are plentiful around here so we see a variety of mixes a lot. I love their temperament with the silliness of a Lab and Poodle stoicism.
      I hope this gives you a slight idea of our world and do not hesitate to follow by adding yourself to the followers list below my header picture(which I change all the time because I need to be creating all the time)
      Cheers! from Ron…one of Sophie’s dads

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    22. hey Lady Fi, love your new blog look, its marvelous! and your pictures are just incredible, thanks for sharing!

      Hope life is treating you well!

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    23. Hello Lady Fi! What a beautiful set of images!!! You have a wonderful eye and sensitive ‘touch’ — Thanks for the contact for I might not otherwise have seen your collection and become a fan —

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    24. Stunning photography. We want to thank you for posting on the issue of corporal punishment especially the particularly poignant quote from Bertrand Russell. We’ll use this quote as the introduction for one of our many upcoming short educational videos on the subject.

      We would love to feature some of your photography as well–especially shots of children and children with families that you have or can give permissions to use. If this is an interest to you please let us know.

      Sincerely

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    25. I don’t know about the eyes in the back of your head, but the ones in front do an amazing job of seeing extraordinary things you manage to capture in photo form, accompanied with just the right words, adding to, not distracting from those beautiful shots. I also love the randomness of how you describe yourself, and I am now trying to picture you peeling a banana with your feet…

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    26. Hello Lady Fi,
      I love your sense of humor!! I have been mesmerized by your aesthetic sense which you show in your photos.
      I am wondering how you have been polishing it. I guess you are a born artist.
      Thanks a lot for leading me to your wonderful, wonderful photo world always.
      keiko

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    27. This is my first look at your “about” page, Lady Fi, and it’s delightful! And just in case you didn’t know…ALL mothers have eyes in the back of their heads!! But I’m sure you do know that…

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    28. Hi lady fi, thanks for visiting my blog. You was able to peel bananas with your toes, so perhaps you’re also a barefooter? Greetings from Germany to Sweden from Peter

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        1. Oh, it’s also cold in germany sometimes, but nevertheless I try to be barefoot outdoors all year round, if it is possible. If winter is very cold, hard and long, I naturaly wear shoes.

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    29. Well, if you have four children, that’s including the husband and the dog, then you need those eyes in the back of your head. Good talent to have in this world.

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    30. Hello!
      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and commenting!
      You are such a talented photographer! I love all of your photos! They are GREAT!

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    31. I saw a link from another blog (Outside Air) that I have been following and decided to check it out. I am glad that I did… your photos are amazing! 🙂

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    32. This is my first visit to your blog, but not he last, I love your sense of humour. I am norwegian, living in Germany spending a lot of time in North Norfolk, UK an dI am also blessed with a bautiful golden retriever. Your images are stunning, I look forward to following you.

      Greetings
      Dina

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    33. Caught a breeze and just landed here. But the your images blew me away. So, I whacked the ‘follow’, now I’ll know when it is time to blow back.

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    34. Hi Ladyfi, i laughed at the way you described yourself above! I’ve visited Sweden once and really loved it. I was so awed why the people are so good looking and kind even to others! My colleague said “because they haven’t experienced the years of colonization, torture, abuse, like our country! Thanks for finding your blogsite, your photos are amazing.

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    35. Dear Ladyfi,

      I have really enjoyed looking at all your amazing pictures.

      I am a student, and I was hoping to use one of your images in a project i am doing. There are two pictures in question both in a section of your blog called “Infinity”. They are named “Wide Sky” & “Wide Sky1” before i use them i wanted to check with you to make sure its was ok to use them.

      Could you email me or just comment on this post if its alright to use your images.

      Please let me know as soon as you can.
      Thank you for your time.

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    36. Mother of four I salute you

      In India when a young bride gets married

      there was a blessing given by the elderly in very old times

      it says you ” be blessed with 10 children and the eleventh be you husband ”

      it is a very old vedic traditions, not viable in modern times

      but you have proved it right
      may with only two children a dog and the fourth your husband

      very interesting

      Nice reading about you

      Thanks for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

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    37. Hi Lady Fi, It was my first visit to your blog today. Beautiful way of telling your thoughts through photographs:) I love expressing my travels through photographs too and have started my own l’ll space on web:) I shall keep visiting your blog, I love it.

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    38. I could spend all day in your blog. 😉 Just gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them. I’ll be back when you post more!

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    39. Hi/bonjour from Toulouse, France! Glad to have come across your super-blog… I’ll try to “surf” over as much as possible… Last but not least: I love Scandinavia, I have Swedish and British neighbors – all wonderful people and my son speaks(and writes!) Chinese&Japanese! 🙂 Small world, especially in our “old Europe”… 🙂 My very best, have a great day and tons of inspiration… Warm greetings from “la ville rose-brique”! 🙂 Mélanie

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    40. It’s a joy to see your amazing world. Full of live and adventures. Oh, my wife say’s that I am her second child too. Ha, ha, ha. It is great to embrace our inner childhood.

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    41. Hello! What a lovely blog. I came across a picture of children’s hands raised under your summer post from June 2010. I would love to use that picture for a web-site I’m creating for a Children’s Worship Choir. However, I cannot find it in your redbubble site. Is it available?
      Thank you so much for your help!

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    42. Thank you for visting my blog! I have been walking around here now trying to find out a little more about you – and what I have found, I like. (What a surprise that you live in Sweden!) Words and photos… I will certainly visit again. This is a great blog.

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    43. Your photos are absolutely stunning! I wandered around your blog for a while this evening and was so amazed. I couldn’t figure out how to comment on each, but then realized I can say the same thing for all of them: Awesome!!

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    44. Hi Lady Fi. You look like my baby sister, except she is 68, so, I should say, you look like her when she was younger. Today her once blonde hair is now grey and much shorter following chemo. Enjoyed your photos and will look for them again. Thanks for stopping by my blog this AM..

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    45. Hello Lady Fi, it was great to read about you, your love immigrant story and your party tricks. i visited Sweden this summer and i loved it a lot!

      oh and thank you for sharing the quote
      “It is not length of life, but depth of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson” – it is really inspiring . i think i will write an article about it

      Nice to e-meet you 🙂

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    46. Well, Mick sent me here (and I see preceded my visit with another of his own as well), and I’m delighted to have landed at your doorstep. Gorgeous photography and wonderful, descriptive and evocative writing. And you’re living one of my greatest dreams, having immigrated to Sweden, by the way. This, even though my ancestry’s all Norwegian! 😉 Cheeky American that I am. I am glad to have had your beautiful blog introduced to me and will look forward to many more visits!
      Hej då!
      Kathryn

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    47. Hi LadyFi, I love your photos and was wondering if I could get your permission to use one of them. I wasn’t able to find your email address, but I’m looking forward to your response via this page. Thanks!

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    48. I’m so glad we found one another. I love people who are original. Ironic sense of humor says it all. God bless you, Fiona.

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    49. So excited to have discovered you through Freshly Pressed! Love the photos, love your humor, writing. Looking forward to following along on the journey!

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    50. Hi Lady FI! FIrst time here and your picture are really amazing!!!! Also just read about your dog and it really got me to tears… I felt every word you said, the pictures you posted of him , and the words are a perfect tribute for your friend! Hope you can remember him and smile soon!

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    51. Hello Fi, I couldn’t find an E-mail for you, so I’ll comment here. You mentioned you have Lightroom on your wish list. I’m finding it easy to use, though i’m sure I’ve just scratched the surface. There are some good on-line tutorials for it. I like the Adobe ones the best. I used Apples’s Aperture editing program previously. I notice in your bio that you do textbook writing. I used to do that, too, when I was still working. I was also a teacher. I saw a golden romping in the river today, chasing a stick. I actually thought of Oscar.

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    52. I just found your blog and I’m already a fan!

      I was born in Sweden and I still have a Swedish passport but I haven’t actually been to Sweden in 20 years. I grew up in Asia and now I’m living on a Greek island.

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        1. I’ve been looking at photos from Stockholm online. It’s rather pretty, isn’t it? I wish I remembered more of it. I’ll have to visit some day … in summer I should think. Is it very cold for you there now?

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    53. I did not find you entire list of exotic diseases but I can brag that I had Chigoe and Cutaneous Larva Migrans. I have dissected bugs to find the organism that causes Chagas Diesase but thankfully did not contract that, though Dengue seems headed for south Florida. Enjoyed my belated visit to your bio page– Best wishes!

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    54. Oh how fun to discover your blog. Thanks for visiting TravelnWrite so I could track you down. If you aren’t yet reading Heather Robinson’s Lost in Arles blog, you should. . .she has two similar fur-babies!

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    55. After reading your “Who am I” I am certain I would like you as a person:) You have such a great sense of humor 🙂 I have something in common – a Pole living in US 🙂 Your blog is exquisite, I like your photographs, your sensitive eye, and the calm that “lives” in them. Thanks for visiting my blog and and giving me an opportunity to “meet” you.

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    56. Love your introduction. It is so unique. Peeling bananas with your feet. Hmmm. What else could you do with your feet? I am amazed y your boundless talent. Every time I visit your blog I always leave it smiling. I am so happy I stumbled upon your page. Thanks so much for visiting mine.
      Talk to you soon.
      thelonelyauthorblog.

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    57. I absolutely love your pictures, and your beautiful dogs!…I had my beautiful golden retriever for 13years, and still miss her three years on. Will you be able to let all your puppies go?.. The scenery is stunning with all the lovely clouds too.

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      1. Thank you for your kind comments. We already have two dogs, and the puppies will be born at the breeders, so we will be able to let them go…

        Lady Fi wrote: > >

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    58. Wonderful photos. Did you have take photos these photos ? If yes, can I ask what camera do you use, what type, brand? Thanks you very much.

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    59. Whew! Had to scroll down through some one million comments, that I think because your images are inviting, very, and your Comments open doors and allow you to enter and roam . . . . Thanks for visiting mine, so I was able to see yours. Dengue, amoebic d. and more? I spend much time in the field, but now count my blessings, for I’ve not met those! Blog on.

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    60. I have been reading your posts for a long time, wondered why i haven’t seen this page earlier. I love your humor, haha, and i will try mastering how to peel bananas with my toes. I hope i will not mash it. I smiled also with your diseases, don’t know what the others are from but i had amoeba too. I’ve been to Sweden for a month and enjoyed it much, from Malmo, Lund to Stockholm and Uppsala. How i wish i live there too as a love immigrant. Thanks a lot for the posts and wonderful photos you give us everytime you post.

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    61. Enjoyed reading your profile. A cousin of mine married a Swede in Finland. They lived in Singapore the last few years. Not sure if he learned Chinese. I’m Chinese, from Malaysia living in America and trying (not hard enough) to learn Spanish. Life is funny, isn’t it?
      Anyway, nice to meet you, and thanks for keeping the blog Our World Tuesday going.

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    62. Many years ago I started enjoying your posts with the dogs planing by the water and I probably saw frozen river too without knowing where that was.. so this year when we planned to travel to Sweden I somehow connected the dots and thought to myself you had to be from Sweden.. your posts for sure had to be from Sweden and today when I intentionally clicked on your ‘about me’ page it made my day.. so you do live in Sweden.. I am going to scroll back to all your posts and revisit the sweden you have shared here.. much love!

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