I have been in Sweden for a while now, and the past few weeks I was thinking what I could do with this blog. The main point of the blog was to express my move from the time I decided to move to the first few months after arrival. Through the time, this blog has been active I have learned a tremendous deal about Sweden, its culture, its people and most importantly how it is to live here.
The Local has been a tremendous resource for me to communicate and meet other people who have an affiliation with Sweden and I have even been giving advice of my own for some who are taking the decision to move here. There have been highs, and lows but this is par for the course when trying anything new.
After several months I finally landed the Right of Residence and the Personnummer is on its way. Things have changed for sure. Though this is my first Christmas here, it will be my third winter in total. I’m slowly getting used to things that I one found a novelty. The endless months of snow (though not so much this year!), eating wild boar on Christmas dinner and so on.
Yet though, I have been here one year on and off, I am far from being an expert. One thing that I have found about Sweden is that many only get to experience the tip of the iceberg before forming an opinion. They believe all that they read and acknowledge that as being the only way, which is not so. Sweden is a country with a wonderful heritage, a fantastic society and it takes time to understand the true beauty of this country.
Of course, things will not stay the same forever. Like my blog my direction in Sweden will change course over the next year and where I am twelve months down the line is anybody’s guess. But I certainly am not going to close this blog down. Whilst it was actually aimed at my first year here, I still have so much to learn.
The next phase of my Swedish journey is about to begin. I am not a newbie anymore; I am like the schoolchild who has stepped up the year in High school. I don’t know it all, but I certainly know more than others.
I hope that this blog continues to help, amuse and sometimes get under peoples skin. It’s nothing more than my own thoughts about one mans move from London to Sweden.
Thanks all for reading the past year and here’s to a happy 2012!