Saturday, August 18, 2007

Where does the time go?

When I stepped off the plane at Arlanda on August 18, 2002, I had no idea that I would still be living in Sweden five years later. I had just graduated from college and was ready to spend a year in Stockholm before I returned home to enter the 'real world.' What my 'real world' would entail was ill-defined, but it didn't involve herring (ok, it still doesn't really involve herring, but it's my fifth anniversary, so I can make all the gratuitous fish references I want) and it certainly didn't include filling out tax forms, choosing pension plans and acquiring a pair of Norwegian Forest Cats. I no longer flinch when asked for "legitimation" when making a purchase, I automatically look for the queue number when entering a pharmacy or bank and I expect five weeks of vacation. I take it as a given that an entire country can shut down for the month of July and think it's strange to put lingonberry sauce on pancakes rather than on meatballs. I'm convinced that the Stockholm archipelago is one of the most beautiful places on earth (except for the mosquitoes the size of Volvos) and the Arctic Circle doesn't seem so remote (especially as I'm blogging from Kiruna at the moment). I can now pronounce the number "sju," although I've still got a distinctive American accent and I still snicker when I read a sign with the word "utfart."

But despite getting used to many of the quirks of living in a foreign country, the five-year mark seems to be a tipping point of sorts. It's time to either hunker down and settle in for the long haul, or make some decisions about where it is that I really want to be. Still, I have no regrets about where I've been up until now. So here's to five years. May the next five be even better.


Blogger Shadow said...

The five-year-point was definitely a turning point for me, and I decided to stay abroad. I guess I made the right choice.

8:06 AM  
Blogger sapphire said...

Wow...I'm looking to move to Sweden. I am in the 'get real' or hunker down' stage as well and I'm in CA. Hopefully, I will have the guts to do what you did. And I really admire you.

Then again, the whole equality, chivalry, fika, Swedish boys is scaring me. Are there any normal Swedish boys out there?

And just read the 'mating and dating' OP. I am scared shitless!

5:32 AM  
Anonymous paddy said...

"Utfart" rules.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Azi Seo said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Azi Seo said...

I have bookmarked your website, the articles are route superior to anything other comparative web journals.. a debt of gratitude is in order for an awesome site! Buy to Let Property Tax Advisors

7:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your site is truly cool and this is an extraordinary moving article. Buy to Let Property Tax Advice

6:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

decent bLog! its intriguing. much thanks to you for sharing.... Buy to Let Tax Advisor

7:31 AM  
Blogger tamsi said...

Awesome online journal! Do you have any tips and indications for trying authors? I'm wanting to begin my own site soon yet I'm somewhat lost on everything. Would you propose beginning with a free stage like WordPress or go for a paid choice? There are such a large number of choices out there that I'm totally overpowered .. Any proposals? Much obliged! Buy to Let Property Tax Advice London

7:56 PM  
Blogger tamsi said...

If it's not too much trouble share more like that. Property Tax Accountant

8:02 AM  
Blogger tamsi said...

Incredible information, do anybody mind simply reference back to it Property Tax Advice

9:10 AM  
Blogger Azi Seo said...

This is an awesome article a debt of gratitude is in order for sharing this enlightening data. I will visit your site consistently for some most recent post. I will visit your website consistently for Some most recent post. Property Tax Advisors

10:53 PM  
Blogger tamsi said...

I truly appreciated perusing this post, huge fan. Keep doing awesome me when would you be able to distribute more articles or where would I be able to peruse more on the subject? Tax on Buy to Let Property

9:32 AM  
Blogger tamsi said...

I might want to thank you for the endeavors you have made in composing this article. I am trusting the same best work from you later on too.. Tax Investigation Accountants

9:20 AM  
Blogger tamsi said...

That gives off an impression of being fabulous anyway i am still not very beyond any doubt that I like it. At any rate will look much more into it and choose by and by! Tax Investigation Advisors

9:52 AM  
Blogger Azi Seo said...

If you don"t mind proceed with this extraordinary work and I anticipate a greater amount of your magnificent blog entries. Tax Investigation Self Assessment

4:23 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home