On July 5th, Mariette and I are relocating to Sweden to be closer to Mariette’s family. We have spent seven years here in the Bay Area with my family and it is time to spend more time with hers.
We thought it would be interesting to document our experiences in adjusting to a new country, a new social system and new weather patterns. Swedes have a saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Probably not as interesting as moving to Somalia, say, but it will be a major change nevertheless.
The plan at the moment is to document our lives for the next year as a way of keeping in touch with people back home and to compare the U.S. with Sweden in a number of ways.
Right now, the days where we will be living are about 18 hours long. Six months from now . . .well, we shall see.
The biggest holiday of the year in Sweden is Midsommar, which occurs on the Friday nearest the summer solstice (I think). This year it fell on June 24, and while we were not yet there, we did celebrate the day by getting married. So, from here on out, our anniversary will fall on the holiday.
Tomorrow we fly close to the North Pole (well, Greenland, anyway) to Reykjavik and then on to Copenhagen.
We will be in touch! So long for now.