Okay, here we are one year after the beginning of this blog. I determined to write a new post each day about life here in Sweden and failed miserably. I think this is post 221, so I did roughly 2 posts every three days.
I endeavored to chronicle our first year here and I was successful at that, I think. Anybody reading the blog got the highs of our year: moving, getting our wonderful dog Bianca, our housewarming party, my struggles with Swedish, the changing fall colors, the looooong Christmas season, last year’s ultra mild winter, the spring flowers and, recently, the beautiful Swedish summer. As I reviewed the blog, there weren’t really any lows. The closest thing was some of the songs in the Melodiefestival. Swedish pop music is pretty awful, I have to say. Well, actually, losing ESPN America was a bummer and I need to find something before football season starts.
As to understanding more about the Swedish character which stereotypically is rather cold and withdrawn, I have not found that to be the case. I have run into countless Swedes and have found them chatty and friendly. Maybe having Bianca the Icebreaker along on my walks helps. I don’t find Swedes cold and standoffish. But I can say the same for the Iraqis, Nepalese, Filipinos, Serbs, Turks, Iranians, Kosovoans, Germans, Chileans, Palestinians, Bosnians, English, and other nationalities that I have met at school.
As for understanding the Swedish model for creating a society, I think I understand that better than I did, though my lack of language skills is preventing me from grasping it at the level I would like. I guess that will come with time.
Keeping this blog has helped my transition from the U.S. to here because I forced myself (a little, anyway) to look for interesting fodder for the blog.
I have had some requests to keep this thing going and certainly there is some unfinished business such as finishing my Swedish course and obtaining a Swedish driving license, neither of which will be a walk in the park.
So, here is what I think I am going to do. I am going to keep it going for another year but won’t be posting “every day” like I have been. I think I will just post when something eventful happens or I discover some new aspect of life here that I think people will be interested in. I think I will try and organize it a little better and make it not so dull looking. But we will see about all that. If you click on the little “Follow” thing at the bottom right hand corner, you will be sent notifications when new posts go up, if you are interested still.
In the meantime, here are a few shots of the super nice swimming pool at the local swim stadium. It was another gorgeous summer day and I went for a swim after class.
Swedes know that summer days like this are not a guarantee, so when they get one, they really enjoy it.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more. It has been a wonderful year for us in a wonderful part of the world and I hope you have enjoyed sharing it with us. So long for now.
Dan, Mariette and Bianca