INTERNATIONAL GIRLS: Amanda Widegren on Americas Better Taste in Weed Than Coffee
Just like Trey Songz and Justin Bieber, we love our foreign girls and we wanted you to get to know them (and where they came from) just a little bit better. Each week, we’re asking these passport yielding babes about their aspirations, Instagram game and what they think about this bizarre place we call America and why they decided to make it their final destination. Imagine their culture shock when they realized Donald Trump or Kanye could so easily run for president. If you hail from a faraway land and would like to let us know what you think, submit this survey and your cutest Instagram pic to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured.
Name: Amanda Widegren
Where I’m from: The woods in Sweden. I’m half Swedish, half Indonesian, but born and raised in Sweden.
Now I live: I just came back from LA and I’m now living in Stockholm,
Why I moved: I got a job as a digital creator in the car industry. I love LA though, it’s so spaced out and you always get your vitamin D. Although, Stockholm is so beautiful and there’s amazing coffee, architecture, and design there, I need both cities… so I’ll come back to LA!
Who I am, basically: Basically, I’m particles with a consciousness. No but really, a Vegan fashion anarchist, visual artist, and espresso-lover.
I only speak fluent Spanish when I’m dreaming (happens all the time??).
What’s the weirdest American slang you’ve picked up since moving here? Bae! In Scandinavia we all know it means “poop” in Danish…
My favorite food from Sweden is FIKA! (Besides locally grown greens with tofu) It’s a conceptual word and social institution for having a coffee, with some kind of pastries, together. In Sweden it’s through fika you bound!
Favorite song ATM: The Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
Biggest culture shock moment: Coming to U.S. and tasting the coffee (no offense!). Many times when I ordered regular black coffee it tasted like BROWN WATER with toxins! After that I became really careful with where I had my coffee. Starbucks is OK, but not excellent. My coffee or espresso has to be characteristic, black, and served in a proper cup. However, I did manage to find some great coffee places later on. Fratelli’s on Melrose is my favorite.
What my parents just don’t get about American culture: Not taking your shoes off when you’re inside the house.
The dumbest thing a guy has said to me about my culture while attempting to flirt with me: “So… I heard sex is really good in Sweden?”
Favorite thing to post on Insta? Petite photo shoots, digital art and illustrations
An American stereotype I’ve found to be 100% true: They’re bad at geography and staying away from Monsanto food (GMOs) lol!
Worst thing about American guys/girls: Some of them believe life is all about money.
Best thing? They are often fun, friendly, and easy to have a conversation with. They can teach you a lot about networking and enterprising and they love “420.”
Donald Trump, Kanye West, or Hillary Clinton for president? Hillary, only because of her 90’s outfits and pantsuits!
Illustration by Amanda Widegren.
For more coffee appreciation, petite photo shoots and zombie selfies, follow Amanda on Instagram.