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They did an episode of House Hunters International about us – and it airs TONIGHT!

It’s a long story, that started 2 years ago. And we can finally, finally tell you all about it!

When we moved [back] to Uppsala from Asheville two years ago, someone at HGTV’s (Home & Garden Television) popular show House Hunters International (HHI)  stumbled upon this blog of mine and contacted me via email.

The email basically said that HHI would love to do an episode on me + Lina… they thought our story was great and really wanted to film an episode in Uppsala. WHAT?! Of course, we weren’t sure that this email was legit, so I replied back to basically ask if this was true – because it was too good to be true! I mean, we looooove HGTV and HHI.

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For those of you who may not know, House Hunters International is an American tv program that “takes viewers behind the international scenes of what may be the biggest financial and emotional purchase of a person’s life. From touring houses to making offers, each half-hour episode highlights the experiences of finding and purchasing a new home in countries outside the United States.”

Anyway, it turns out that it was a serious offer. Oh. My. God.

The thing is, at that time we were not buying a home anytime soon, so we decided that we would just stay in touch until the day came that we would be ready to buy something in Uppsala – and hope that they would still want us whenever we were ready. So. Agreed. And fingers crossed.

We sent emails back and forth with HHI every now and then, just to keep up with each other throughout the year.

Suddenly, Lina and I found out that we had to move out of the apartment that we were renting and we decided it was time to buy.

So, we shot off an email to HHI and informed them that we were on the hunt for something, and asked if they were still interested. They totally were! We got the paperwork, sent in a casting video (that was still part of the process even though they asked us to be in an episode), signed contracts, and were officially in the planning stages of buying a home + working with HGTV. Talk about crazy!

Wanna see the casting video we sent it?! Watch it right here (from our Youtube channel)

Time flew by and it was soon time to begin filming the show. After 5 days of filming in the US and in Sweden this past summer/autumn, and a few months of anxiously + excitedly waiting, we got word that the episode was done. We’ve had a few updates from the producer/director, and she has sounded really excited about our show… so we shall see! We have no idea what’s included, what got cut out, or anything about anything. But, tonight is the night that we will find out!

Inside I’m freaking out a little bit. Hehe.

 

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photo taken in Asheville this past summer as we headed out the door for our very first filming day

This week, we’ve also gotten a little press about the upcoming episode, which is super cool. A couple of newspapers in Asheville wrote up some short articles announcing our episode. You can read them here (from the Asheville Citizen Times) and here (from the Mountain Xpress).

One of the local papers in Uppsala (UNT) also contacted us and did an interview, but we don’t know when (or if) an article will be published. Just have to wait and see.

So, how can you watch it?

Unfortunately,  House Hunters International only airs on HGTV in the US, so any of us (yes, even us) who live outside of the US won’t be able to see it. But, all of you Americans sure will!

// Americans:

Tune in tonight, Thursday, February 2 at 10:30 PM (eastern time) on HGTV (whatever channel that is for you). The name of our episode is Swinging Back to Sweden. It also airs at 1:30 am on Friday, just in case you can’t sleep or need a rerun. Hehe. You can also watch it online live → here. (I think you can watch it online at the same link on Friday as well).

// Swedes (and anyone traveling to Sweden to see us):

HGTV is sending us a DVD, so Lina and I are planning a Viewing/Housewarming party! We will be sure to keep you posted on when + where that just might happen. Exciting, huh?!

// Everyone else:

Lina and I have tons of footage from our days of filming. Photos + videos. We will be posting behind-the-scenes photos + stories here and behind-the-scenes videos + stories on our YouTube channel which you can find → here. Head on over to our channel, Liz+Lina (just like our podcast) and click “subscribe” so you will get all of the videos as we release them. Stay tuned!

Feel free to click on the photo below to head over to the HGTV website to read about the episode or watch it live online (still only Americans can access it).

Actually, Lina and I are planning on waking up at 4:30 am (we’re 6 hours ahead) tonight, Face-Timing with my parents and watching it on their tv. Can’t wait! But, uhhh… it’s also so freaking scary and weird and crazy.

So, there you go. It was most definitely an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience… or was it?! Who knows where things will go from here. I can definitely say, though, that this experience has inspired us in ways that we could have never imagined. We met amazing people, learned tons of new things, and created a whole new plan for Liz+Lina. And it was all so. much. fun.

 

xoxo. liz.

16 Comments

  1. Awww that’s major fun!!! I bet the episode will be ACE! Well done ladies!

    • Liz Liz

      Holly, it was so much freaking fun to do – and to see! We think they did a really great job telling our story! Thanks, love. xo

  2. Omg, that is so fricking exciting!!! And it went faster than I thought, I still remember clearly when you talked a little bit about it on the blog, that was onot last summer! But what a bummer that we can’t watch it in Canada 😣 Can’t wait for you to share some behind-the-scenes stuff!

    • Liz Liz

      We are just giddy with excitement – and we’ve seen it now. Loved it! They did such a great job! Maybe one day I will figure out how to put it up on Youtube (if we are allowed to). More posts coming soon!! 🙂

  3. How exciting!!!!!

    Like Farm Girl, bummer I can’t watch it in Canada! And do look forward to your sharing of the behind-the-scene stuff. And I agree, you episode will be ACE!

    Hoorray!

    • Liz Liz

      Awww. thanks! I wish we could share the entire episode. Maybe we can on YouTube at some point. But, yes, behind the scenes will be coming soon! Hugs xx

  4. So exciting! We get house hunters international here in Australia, but we are only up to season 93 so I’m going to have to wait up while to see your episode! Hope everything is going great for you. Luv Dayna x

    • Liz Liz

      Very cool that you get the show – and we see it one day. Hehe. Things are good here! I hope you are well these days. Love to you. xo

  5. SO SO COOL!!!! We don’t have cable (boo!) but I’m going to watch online on Friday! And tell my mom to tape it!! I can’t wait to hear more behind the scenes stuff too after it airs! xo

    • Liz Liz

      I know, Liz, it’s just crazy! We still can’t believe it – and we’ve seen it now! Can’t wait for you to watch! (And thanks!) xx

  6. I’ve got my DVR set to record and I’m so excited!

    • Liz Liz

      Yay!! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Nancy Nancy

    My husband and I just watched your HHI episode and, from Asheville to beer to writing, I had to find your blog! Great episode and I loved reading about how it all came to be. You’ve got a new follower in me! 🙂

    • Liz Liz

      Hello Nancy! Thank you so much for checking in here and following me! I am absolutely honored that you looked me up. It was a super fun experience and HGTV did a fantastic job creating the episode. We are very excited and satisfied. More behind-the-scenes to come! So nice to meet you! 🙂

  8. Jacque Brandon Jacque Brandon

    Great Episode, (I thought you’d pick house #3) Can’t wait to hear what really goes on behind the scenes. Other than becoming famous are their any other perks to being selected for the show?

    • Liz Liz

      Ha! Yes, it was fun to see how they decided to spin things! We did receive a small payment for being part of the show, but other than that, it was just a fun experience. Thanks for watching!

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