Okay, before anyone says anything, I have researched annual average temperatures, and it is generally about 10-15 degrees warmer in Stockholm than it is in Chicago in January. Also, Niles and I both really like the cold.

I’m really excited, though! Scandinavia’s been at the top of my list for a while. And I really do nerd the math out over languages. I’m really enjoying my Swedish podcasts at the moment, and one of them did very specifically go over that sentence asking for meatballs. In fact, the episode about ordering meatballs came before the episode about how to count in Swedish. That’s how important meatballs are! This seems like a culture that shares my priorities.

Will I be brave enough to try the Surströmming, though? Only time will tell.