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Swedish Food Truck Dishes Up Airport Cuisine

Swedish Food Truck Dishes Up Airport Cuisine Sep 18th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Photo credit: Swedavia Whether you like to hunt down the hidden hole-in-the-wall eateries, the popular street food stalls or the city's best haute cuisine, you probably agree that food is an important part of the travel experience. But if there's one aspect of travel dining that is universally loathed, it has to be airport food. Bland, congealed -- not to mention overpriced -- airport meals seem...

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs Sep 11th, 2013 at 10:35AM: Like many longtime New Yorkers, I don't own a car and know little about the finer points of purchasing or owning a vehicle. A recent Volvo ad caught my eye in an airline in-flight magazine: If you purchase your car and pick it up in Sweden, they'll pick up the tab on your trip. A new car and free travel? This was something I could get behind! Doing some research, I discovered quite a few of the...

Airlines Can't Keep Up With Customers' Social Media Complaints

Airlines Can't Keep Up With Customers' Social Media Complaints Sep 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Flickr user Patcard Days after the son of an irate passenger bought a promoted tweet to shame British Airways, a second European airline is feeling the sting of a social media barrage aimed at its alleged ineptitude. Air Berlin flight 8109 took off on August 9 without a single piece of checked baggage for the 200 passengers on board. Making matters even worse, it couldn't locate any of the bags...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? Aug 15th, 2013 at 1:30PM: EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can check out the Endonym map, that displays each country by their own name. Endonyms are a country's name within its own borders...

Fish Discovered in Sweden Will Make You Think Twice Before Skinny Dipping

Fish Discovered in Sweden Will Make You Think Twice Before Skinny Dipping Aug 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Simon Q, Flickr Sweden has always been a relatively calm and safe country; the only concern for tourists has been long lines at the new ABBA museum. But that all changed with the recent sighting of a pacu, a fish that's closely related to the piranha. While the waters of Øresund, the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden, are normally still and relaxing, the sighting has prompted...

Passengers Refuse Startup Millionaire's $100 Offer To Switch Seats

Passengers Refuse Startup Millionaire's $100 Offer To Switch Seats Jul 16th, 2013 at 11:15AM: Facebook Would you switch seats on a transatlantic flight if someone offered you $100? Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of online shopping website Fab.com, can't seem to understand why someone refused that same offer. The startup millionaire asked surrounding passengers to trade seats so he could get work done with his business partner on a flight from Sweden to the United States. The...

Sweden's Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts Following Row Over Uniform

Sweden's Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts Following Row Over Uniform Jun 11th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Dan Clay, Flickr At least a dozen train drivers in Sweden have taken to wearing skirts as they go about their job after their employer banned them from wearing shorts. The men, who operate trains north of Stockholm, wanted to wear shorts during warmer weather but were forbidden from doing so after their train line was taken over by a new company this year. The drivers said they collectively...

How to Be Swedish: This Video Will (Sort Of) Tell You

How to Be Swedish: This Video Will (Sort Of) Tell You May 21st, 2013 at 2:00PM: cacophonyx, Flickr Nothing like stereotypes to really give you the feel of a country. It seems that a lot of people have a soft spot for anything that gives us an insider look - whether true or not - at Scandinavia. Why Scandinavian, and in particular Swedish culture, is of such interest is a bit beyond me, but there's certainly an obsession with that country in the north that brought us...

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof May 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Alex Robertson Textor Launched in 1956, Eurovision is a Europe-wide music competition held every May under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Participating countries select their representative songs over the course of the preceding winter and spring. Some countries – like Sweden – make their selections via televised heats held over several consecutive weeks. Others...

Swedes Don't Like Aggressive Beer

Swedes Don't Like Aggressive Beer May 16th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Iron Maiden Beer The first piece of news is that if you're an Iron Maiden fan, there's now a beer for you. The second piece of news is that if you're going to Sweden you won't be able to drink it. Trooper, the new beer for hardcore Iron Maiden fans, is now available in the U.K., and can also be bought online and distributed to a variety of E.U. countries – except Sweden. Why? The label...

International Adventure Guide 2013: Stockholm, Sweden

International Adventure Guide 2013: Stockholm, Sweden May 10th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Known as the Venice of the North, Stockholm is a city defined by water; it's in the soul of the city's inhabitants. Cold and icy in the winter and ready for sailing and bathing in the summer, water is as much a symbol of Stockholm as Old Town and the Royal Palace. This makes the Swedish capital the ideal hub for adventure – the chance to blend an urban center with the beauty of the...

My Mini-Holiday In Sweden

My Mini-Holiday In Sweden May 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: A few weeks ago I went to Sweden. I'd planned to spend the week doing research elsewhere, but when I sat down to actually review the visa requirements for said place it became clear that I simply didn't have time to pull everything off without more lead time. So, with a few "spare" days ahead of me, I decided to go to Stockholm to see some old friends instead. I flew out from London on a...

ABBA Museum To Open In Stockholm

ABBA Museum To Open In Stockholm Apr 24th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Dancing Queens, get dancing, an ABBA museum is opening in Stockholm. ABBA The Museum will open its doors in the Swedish capital on May 7. It covers the complete history of the disco group and will display their gold records, crazy '70s costumes, and even reproductions of their recording studio and dressing rooms. As visitors pass through the museum they'll be treated to different music in...

An Insider's Guide To Exploring Uppsala, Sweden

An Insider's Guide To Exploring Uppsala, Sweden Apr 6th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Most people that go to Sweden for their first time head to Stockholm, a beautiful city that is well worth a visit. But just outside of Stockholm you will find another Scandinavian gem: Uppsala. It's a university town, and founded in 1477, the university is the oldest in Scandinavia. The fourth largest city in Sweden, Uppsala has managed to keep its quaint feel, the center a mixture of...

Photo Of The Day: Uppsala Botanical Gardens, Sweden

Photo Of The Day: Uppsala Botanical Gardens, Sweden Mar 24th, 2013 at 6:30PM: Sun in the middle of Swedish winter is a sought after thing, and this photo by Flickr user mjlacey captures the seasonal beauty of sunlight on snow. The oldest botanical garden in Sweden, Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Gardens), located in the university town of Uppsala, was founded in 1655 and was originally used for teaching students about botany and pharmacy. Today the...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Sweden

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Sweden Mar 18th, 2013 at 7:00AM: This week on Instagram we're off to Sweden, and since I'm at the helm you can expect a lot of bike and food photos. And some good sun shots on ice, because this time of year, in good weather, the landscape can be simply stunning. With family in Sweden, I have spent a lot of time in the land of pickled herring, meatballs and Abba. It's a place that I come back to in order to refuel,...

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013 Feb 20th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Aurora Borealis, new Nordic cuisine, ice hotels, hot springs, fjords, moose, meatballs and music? Scandinavia is at the top of the list for a lot of travelers these days. But if you can't book a ticket to the northern countries this year, Washington, D.C., might be your next best bet. The city is the host of Nordic Cool 2013, a month-long international festival celebrating the culture of...

Classic Scandinavia: Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Swedish Semlor

Classic Scandinavia: Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Swedish Semlor Feb 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: For coffee lovers, Scandinavia is a bit of a mecca. In the heart of winter, there's nothing better than stepping into a warm cafe, brimming with people and their stacks of winter layers next to them, the windows steaming up as friends meet over coffee. In fact, in Sweden, coffee is such an important part of local culture, that there's even a specific word for coffee break: fika. A verb and a...

National Museum Of Scotland Takes New Look At Vikings

National Museum Of Scotland Takes New Look At Vikings Jan 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: How much do we really know about the Vikings? A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh asks this question and comes up with some interesting answers. "Vikings!" collects more than 500 objects from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm to show a side to Scandinavia's most famous culture that most people don't know. While most of the public is aware (hopefully) that...

Photo Of The Day: Winter Wonderland

Photo Of The Day: Winter Wonderland Jan 22nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day, titled "Winter Wonderland," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member mjlacey who captured the image using a Canon PowerShot S100. "When the sun comes out, it's nice weather, whatever the temperature! (-12 °C on this particular morning)," says mjlacey of the image, which can also be found in their "Sweden" set. Upload your best shots to the Gadling Group Pool on...

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