I was a first-time mother, far from home, when I discovered that my three-year-old son had a hearing impairment.

I was a first-time mother, far from home, when I discovered that my three-year-old son had a hearing impairment.

In the 12th article in our “Inside View” series Lesley-Ann Brown shares what her deaf son taught her. Lesley originally published her story on The Murmur. I was a first-time mother, far from home, when I discovered that my three-year-old son had a hearing impairment. It was a shock because he had passed all his hearing …

Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

In the 9th article in our Inside View series Faith set out to travel the world while making a difference in people’s lives. While in Sweden she got a phone call that changed her life forever. At about 10:00pm on August 28, 2007, I arrived at Stockholm Arlanda airport. I remember the day so vividly …

Laura Bazile asks, “How is it to be the only Black Woman entrepreneur in the room?”

Laura Bazile asks, “How is it to be the only Black Woman entrepreneur in the room?”

In the 8th article from our new series from women on the inside, Laura Bazile examines business networking as an entrepreneur in Europe. As an entrepreneur, I chose to start my business on my own, providing full services to my clients, with subcontractors joining from time to time -depending on the type of projects.   …

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fifth article, Kendra Williams-Valentine learned to love strawberries.  It was my first real summer in Sweden. I accompanied my boyfriend to a cookout (I refrain from using the word BBQ) hosted by a friend. After a …

Twaambo Kapilikisha – In the middle.

Twaambo Kapilikisha – In the middle.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fourth article, Twaambo Kapilikisha addresses sisters in Europe with children “in the middle”.  Twitter is an interesting place,where mere mortals can connect with celebrities and get a message to them directly, a place where the masses …

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our third article, Lucie Buissereth shares how much the Swedish countryside means to her.  Yup, it happened to me and forever changed my life! After 8 grueling months of coaching, training and competing, I needed a “Time OUT”- …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

I’m so glad my girlfriend invited me to celebrate her birthday with her in Halmstad. The two of us started with a little bubbly and appetizers at her place. We had a delicious dinner Fridolfs Krog I hadn’t been out dancing in ages and the Boom Boom Room was the perfect place to have fun. …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race. This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me. I …

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Well, it is September and no doubt the last vestiges of summer are slipping away. “Don’t go”, I scream. “Seems like you only just arrived. Sigh”. But I have to admit it was a pretty awesome summer. The Culture Festival in Stockholm was packed with great acts including the legendary Hugh Masakela. My friend’s dog …

Sweden is like living in Russia.

Sweden is like living in Russia.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our first article, Cecilia Gärding explains why she is dedicated to fighting against racism in Sweden.  I come home from my vacation in the north of Sweden and go back to work as the project-director for ”The …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Who says birthdays only come once a year?

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Who says birthdays only come once a year?

Sommartiden hey hey! And the summer just keeps getting better and better. We hadn’t seen my Swede’s godmother and family since last July and they live just over the bridge from us in Lidingö. Don’t get me wrong. We tried but folks are busy. And would you believe they pulled out the champagne in July …

Swedish summer—–so far, so good. Nice things happen in Sweden.

Swedish summer—–so far, so good. Nice things happen in Sweden.

It’s not a Swedish summer to me without Daphne’s annual 4th of July party in Halmstad. Tons of American flavor mixed in with international cuisine and people. Only Daphne could pull this all together. Next indication it is Swedish summer is after beach in the solgården at Hotel Tylösand. And a day on the water …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – The Valborg night bonfire that wasn’t

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – The Valborg night bonfire that wasn’t

We had traditional Varlborg night food of salmon (surprise), potatoes (surprise) and asparagus (family tradition). This was to be my first Valborg night celebration. I can’t remember where I usually am on 30 April, but this 30 April I was on a west coast beach ready to experience another Swedish tradition. And I wasn’t alone. …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Fiesta Friday

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Fiesta Friday

When a group of cool ladies get together we can’t help but have fun, right? Add a potluck with a Mexican theme and it was caliente. We even had a mascot (pictured above). Everything, with the exception of the La Neta tortillas, was home made and absolutely delicious. Don’t forget the sangria, margarita’s, Kaluha and …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Melodifestivalen part 1 with friends

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Melodifestivalen part 1 with friends

It’s that time of year when me and my Swede are hooked on SVT1 on Saturday evenings to watch Melodifestivalen see who will represent Sweden in Eurovision. For us it was funny right from the start: And we all thought Mary would at least go to the second chance round: But she didn’t. Even still …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – New Year Reception for expats

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – New Year Reception for expats

I love being an expat in Sweden. I’m in the American Club, the American Women’s Club, the International Women’s Club and Democrats Abroad. And then there is Internations and XING. So dare I join another expat group? Well I can at least attend one of their events and see what I’m missing. So I went …