I am a 33 year old female from New Zealand who moved to Sweden… for love. Ew I hate saying that, but it’s true. My boyfriend and I moved to Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, a little over 3 years ago so he could do his PhD. I had already finished my PhD and a post doc and decided that it sounded like a good adventure, so I signed up for it.
The first 1.5 years here were pretty tough. I left a pretty cool, full time job, and naively thought getting a job in a foreign country where I don’t speak the native language would be, well, not easy, but not sooo hard! It’s not until you don’t have a job for a long time that you realise how important having one is to helping you feel a part of society. It’s often how you meet people in a new place, it’s where you go for at least 8 hours a day, it keeps your brain busy, and then you look forward to going home at the end of the day. Take that away, and things get a little tricky.
When I first moved here, all of the things I knew (or thought I knew) about Sweden could have been written on the palm of my hand – ABBA, volvo, vikings, tall blondes, meatballs, Roxette and cold winters. Oh, and apparently there were a lot of similarities between New Zealand and Sweden. In the last 3 years I have managed to expand that list somewhat, remove the tall blonde stereotype, eat some meatballs (with lignon sauce), and find out what a cold winter is really like. I’m also still searching for things New Zealand and Sweden have in common, besides a lot of outdoor/unpopulated areas… I intend to write this blog over the next year to record my experiences so I have a memoir, and expand other people’s knowledge about Sweden to more than just a palm full! I certainly am no expert on Sweden or Swedes, but I have a slightly longer list now than when I first arrived…
So, more than 3 years later, I’m still here, employed full time, still with my boyfriend, with a plethora of new people I can proudly call my friends, and enjoying the finest that Sweden has to offer.
(Update: I’m no longer 33, and after 4.5 years there, I no longer live in Sweden. But more or less everything about still stands, only now I have another country/city to write about – check out Vancouver in the tabs at the top).
Welcome along and join me as I share a little of my life with you.