Well, September was quite the month.
The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.
Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future.
It’s been just over two weeks since we arrived, and I must say, I am loving it! Our flat, while not located in Stockholm proper, is stunning. It’s very close to a nature reserve and very far away from any nightclubs, which are both wins in my books.
Since arriving, I’ve split my time getting settled; navigating the grocery store and it’s new and intriguing foods; figuring out just how the laundry system works — it’s intense but amazing and efficient, not usually things you associate with laundry; and exploring the city.
It’s been wonderful.
In addition to getting settled, I’ve been putting a lot of my efforts into sorting out my freelancer business (shameless plug, if you need an experienced travel or fashion writer or marketer, I’m available!) Momentum was starting to build just as the month ended, and I’m looking forward to that continuing throughout October.
Overall, September was a very good month and a very good start to life in Stockholm.
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- Uppsala, Sweden
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Kate Miller is an American who says goodbye to the US and hello to Luxembourg when her husband is presented with a job offer he just can’t refuse. When she is befriended by another American couple, she becomes suspicious: Are they really who they claim they are?! Kate begins to dig into the world around here, uncovering offices, shell corporations, weapons and wild sums of money. The further she digs the more she discovers that her seemingly normal life just might not be what it seems.
I really enjoyed this book, at first. I mean, a spy novel about expats, I was sold! And for those first couple hundred pages, I was hooked. I spent any a gym session on the bike with my nose firmly planted in this book.
And then life got in the way. I found myself with less and less time to read as our move approached, and the less I read the more I had a hard time following the narrative as it jumped between events, locations and time periods. Overall, I think I liked this book – or, at least I liked the concept of it.
October will be a month dedicated to enjoying and exploring more of Stockholm. There is so much to do and see in the city, from museums and castles to nearby towns and villages. I would like to try and see as much as I can before the temperatures drop and the darkness of fall sets in.
October will also see me returning to the classroom as I start Swedish lessons. Despite my Duolingo efforts, I am, unfortunately, not getting the hang of it (read: I am butchering this language). It’s a good thing I’m Canadian and apologising is second nature to me because at times it feels like all I’ve been saying is: I’m sorry, I don’t speak Swedish. I look forward to the day when I’m able to say more than hello, thank you, and I’m sorry.
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So tell me, what do you have planned for October?
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