Missing Oversees Travel?: Visit with Emily in Paris and Welcome to Sweden

26 Jan

I love to travel!  To me there is so much joy in getting to immerse myself in different cultures, see interesting and unusual sights, try new foods and often make new friends whose life experiences are both similar and a world apart from my own.  Covid has put a hold on a lot of my travel plans, but the library has plenty of selections that can take us away for a few hours; here are two of my favorites.

Emily in Paris
Sometimes you just need an escape from your everyday life.  Emily in Paris for me was a great way to get away while not leaving the house during the Pandemic.  In the series Emily, played by Lily Collins, is given the chance of a lifetime to get to work in Paris at a luxury advertising firm.  She doesn’t speak French or understand French culture right away but gradually wins her coworkers over.  She also meets several new friends along the way including a secretly famous Chinese pop star, Mindy, played by Ashley Park, who also brings lots of charm to her role.  Unsurprisingly from a series set in the City of Love and brought to us by the creator of Sex in the City, Darren Star, Emily also encounters several potential romantic interests.  You can borrow Season One from BCCLS libraries on DVD.

Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden is another charming story about a transplant, in this case an accountant, Bruce, who follows his Swedish girlfriend, Emma, back to Scandinavia and must learn how to fit in with a new culture and possible future in-laws while falling in love.  The series is based on comedian Greg Poehler’s own life experience of moving to Sweden with his girlfriend.  The show lasted two seasons both of which are available from BCCLS libraries on DVD.  The cast is funny and includes the always terrific Lena Olin as Viveka Börjesson, Emma’s mother, and Amy Poehler as a version of herself, an American celebrity, who Bruce works for.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
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