On Somewhere in Stockholm (SIS), we discuss every topic under the Swedish midnight sun, especially those subjects that many Swedes would never dare speak about in public.
Hosted by Fran Leonardo, founder & CEO of XperienceSthlm.
On this episode of Somewhere in Stockholm, we spoke with Maria Horelli-Rosenlew, a fellow entrepreneur in Stockholm. Maria talked to us about how becoming a mother redefined her outlook and priorities in life, and how parenthood is a form of entrepreneurship in her eyes.
In 2021, Maria founded The Scaling School, a B2B tool that helps entrepreneurs and their teams co-creating and keeping all of their strategic planning in one place.
Maria also recounted anecdotal stories from her time working at Microsoft, launching Internet Explorer in the Nordics in the early 2000's. Through all this and more, Maria shared some of her best advice for people-centered businesses and what best practices a well-functioning team should emulate.
All of this and more, you can listen on this episode currently also available on Spotify in audio format.
In this episode, we get to know the person behind XperienceSthlm’s marketing efforts: our very own Louisa! As our Head of Marketing, Louisa’s passion for content creation and social media is crucial for advertising our company’s offers.
Louisa shares how she manages her busy life, including full-time Master’s studies and 2 part-time jobs, all the while trying to maintain a self-care routine of sorts. Louisa also gives us her best tips and tricks to juggling so many plates at once and even drops some gems on what it’s like to date in Stockholm.
Stay tuned for all that and much more!
On this episode, we learn about Father John's journey to Sweden - beginning with his Catholic upbringing in England, his brief stint as a teacher, and how he finally arrived at his calling - as he recounts his many discoveries and travels over 83 years of life.
Father John and Frankie also discuss ways for fellow Catholics to help out in their local parish, as well as ponder about the place of faith and religion in a society as secular as Sweden's. What started out as a very structured interview of our guest's life ended up leading both guest and host into uncharted territory with every new story Father John shared. A man whose life is bigger than himself tells it all with the honesty, humility and wisdom his parishioners have come to admire him for.
Stay tuned for all of the stories Father John shared with us and make sure to comment below what your favourite insight or statement from this episode was. We are sure that there's something for everyone to resonate with on this one. Enjoy!
How does a South African 🇿🇦 end up in Sweden 🇸🇪? What are some of the cultural shocks one can expect upon arriving in Sweden? Is Stockholm a safe haven for women?
All of these questions and more are tackled in our new episode with special guest, Sanchia Thompson. Sanchia is one of our expert guides at XperienceSthlm 🤓 and she brings a whole new universe of insights into what makes Stockholm a great place to live (as well as one that drastically differs from where she comes from).
Sanchia and Frankie have a lively conversation about all things they love about Stockholm and Sweden, as well as some of the nuisances they have encountered whilst living here. 👀 Sanchia also tells us everything you need to know about being a tour guide in Stockholm and finding your passions in what you study.
On this episode of our podcast, we bring you a genuine treat, interviewing none other than the sweet Michelle Tang. Michelle is a 30-year-old Stockholmer foodie 🍥🥢who loves to explore new restaurants and cafes 🍽 in her hometown. She has referred Fran to so many of the places that she loves 😻 and often recommends to our guests touring Stockholm that it was only fair we hosted Michelle on our podcast!
Here, you will hear all about Michelle's favourite museums in Stockholm 🎡, things she loves about Sweden🎤🎹, and some of the quirkiest stories about Stockholmer perks and irks 🙈. Stay tuned because we have a feeling Michelle will be back as a recurring character 🧚♀️ in our future stories and perhaps even again on this podcast.
On this episode, Fran and British photographer Molly Baber have a candid conversation about finding artistic inspiration, a sense of community, and relevant photography work for artists like her in Stockholm.
We discussed the challenges of being an artist trying to freelance and find community in Stockholm, as well as talk about Molly's journey from Brighton to Berlin to Stockholm and all the things she learnt along the way.
Our CEO had a chat with her good friend Javier Escudero about their journey and time thus far in Stockholm. Upon arriving in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, they came to pursue a Master’s of Science at the Stockholm Trio but are now on completely different professional paths.
With a shared love for this city, each in their own way, Javier and Fran shared what it's like to be a fellow international who has made Stockholm their new home and way of life 🏠 .
What emerged during the conversation was a funny, endearing, and overall contagious synergy 😁 as quirky stories about the capital of Scandinavia began to unravel.