Living abroad in Sweden has given us a new home. Our home is another thing that is really working for us. Not only are we now the proud owners of a Swedish red wooden home, but it creates such a cosy atmosphere. With the long and cold winters though, this is really important in Sweden. Your home is your haven. We have lots of windows to help get more light into the place, as well as light walls and light wooden flooring. The whole of the living space is open plan, creating a more friendly atmosphere. We also follow the typical Swedish living space habit of having lots of cosy lamps rather then harsh overhead lights. Then there is our lovely wood burning stove. A necessity here in case of power cuts in storms, but a centre piece for our family’s living. The children have been known to just sit there and watch it, read books in front of it, and play games sat in front of it. Our home really is warm, cosy, and inviting 🙂
So, you might ask, this living abroad has all been a bit one sided and too positive, there surely must be some downsides. Well there are a few, but definitely not deal breakers! You need to plan when you want an alcoholic tipple. These are only sold in government run shops (called Systembolaget), in very few places, with limited opening hours. But, on the other hand it is normal to bulk buy alcohol and store it 🙂 Our nearest Systembolaget is a 30 minute drive, so there’s none of this “I just fancy a bottle of wine tonight”!! The language is another harder aspect of living abroad. Dadda works in an English speaking office, with people from all over the world, so is not exposed to the language daily. Our trio are now immersed in it during the week at school and pre-school, but they are still on a very steep learning curve. It probably affects our little lady the most in trying to build friendships and communicate with others her age. She has had quite a few friends back home after school, and has also been to someone else’s house, so whilst it frustrates her at times, she is making friends.
If this family adventure does end up being an expensive flop, at least there will be no “what ifs”, and so no regrets. We have tried and given it a go. The children will have experienced the world classroom, and a different culture, language, and lifestyle. I think we have all adapted pretty well so far. We seem to be integrating a little. We have even had 2 visits now by close relatives, that whilst it was sad to say goodbye to them at the end of their trips, there were no tears and outrage from the children directed at their parents decision to move them to another country! I can’t say enough though about how much we love living here, and I feel that maybe we have found our place in the world that we can call home 🙂