It has been a while since my last update, so I thought I would give you an update. I am still in Nörrkoping although a move to either Göteborg or Linköping is on the cards.
The permit scenario rumbles onwards. Still heard nothing about the application, so I finally decided to drag my arse down to the local Migrationsverkat office. I was greeted by a rather polite man who looked into my application. He said that though it had been four months, the waiting list was around six at the moment. But after a lot of persuading her gave me my case officers name.
So I got home and once again scanned all the necessary documentation, letters stating I am working here and all the other numerous letters of evidence and mailed them to my case officer. That was three days ago. Still no response. You would of at least think you would get some kind of response even if it was to say “Thank you for your application”
Sunday we went to the advent Christmas Market in Linköping. It was more of a food market than anything else. Purchased some Glögg, Svagdricka and an variety of meats that I am unlikely to eat anywhere but here (Boar, Elk and Moose).
It is indeed bizarre that so far there has been no snow here. They had to ship some in so that people could light some candles for charity. This time last year when I visited we had two foot of snow, and you would glide to the market rather than walk.
There is no doubt that last year was an exceptionally cold winter here, regardless of the locals saying it was normal! But I must admit it has been exceptionally satisfying to see autumn this year. It’s been the most beautiful season so far that I have had here.
With Christmas only a few weeks away there I seriously have to get my arse in gear and start thinking about what I can send back home. This will be my first Christmas here, and I am looking forward to it a great deal. Were going to have a half English/half Swedish day with a bit of traditional food, music, TV and games from both countries.
This truly will be a Christmas to remember.