Weekend Coffee Share – Volunteering as a host

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? 

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Eclectic Alli our usual host to this wonderful weekend link-up is working towards her 2 (!) Master’s degree (along with many exciting projects,) and does understandably have a lot on her plate right now. We are going to help her host our weekend coffee chat for a while. There were several people interested when she announced this, but we never made a schedule of hosts, so I decided to go ahead and be the first host. We can’t let this pleasant gathering of friends die out, right? Please drop me a comment if you want to be the host for a week, and I’ll edit this post, adding a weekly list of hosts so there are no misunderstandings. Sounds good?

As you might be able to tell from the photo at the top, I am in Sweden now. The text on the coffee cup Min Favorit Dryck means My Favorite Beverage and that is what I am offering you! Your favorite beverage that is. What would you like? A cup of coffee? Tea? Hot cocoa? 

The trip to Sweden went well. It was long, but all is good. I wrote about the trip here. It has been an intense, and productive first few days. It was wonderful seeing family again, and to be surrounded by people speaking my native language feels rejuvenating. If you are always around people that talk like you you might not understand how comforting that is. 

I really enjoy the cold weather, and breathing the fresh air. It’s amazing compared to Las Vegas, where the air is very polluted and it’s often dangerous to exercise outdoors. My daughter and I have been enjoying long walks every day. I feel fantastic…and the tap water tastes so good! There’s no foul smell of chlorine hitting your face as you grab a glass of water, or take a shower. Speaking of the water, my hair and skin is already a lot softer. In Las Vegas there is a lot of minerals in the water, it builds up fast, both on any surface in contact with water in your home, and it builds up in your hair. None of that now. 

My daughter is super excited about being here, and looks at every thing with huge eyes. I spoke Swedish almost exclusively with her for her first 3 years, but after that she have not been very interested, until a couple months ago. No she is eager to learn. At the moment she is mostly speaking English, but I am hoping that the Swedish from her first years are going to resurface. I am sure that it is there somewhere. She does not seem concerned at all about the language barrier, on the other hand, not much troubles her. Everyone in Sweden speaks English to some degree, so that helps of course.

I’m not going to make this post a mile long, I’ll write more posts later as we go instead. Before leaving you with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand I’ll have to tell you that I went on a job interview on Wednesday, for a teaching job. It felt great in every way. They called me back yesterday (Thursday) offering me the job. I am super excited about that! I’m going to work with 4 and 5 year old children at a school that has a ski profile. It’s going to be so much fun! At the moment my daughter and I are staying at a house that my brother owns, in the town next to the town I am going to work in. My focus now is to find housing closer to my new job. Can I get you a refill on your coffee? How is your week? Any fun plans for the weekend? Please remember to tell me if you wish to host the coffee share for a week, and I’ll add you to the list of hosts.

Love,

Maria

Weekly Smile – Arrived Safely In Sweden

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My Weekly Smile this week is that I am sitting in Sweden writing this post. The rain is soothingly dripping on the roof. It’s Tuesday morning here, nine hours ahead of Pacific time. We arrived to Stockholm yesterday afternoon after 15.5 hours of flying, with a monster change of flight in Frankfurt. I’ve been to that airport many times, but yesterday it was ridiculous. There was some construction, and the extended border controls was just a lot more than I ever experienced (they checked every adult, and the carry-on luggage inch by inch.) Well, the smile goes through making it all the way to Sweden. We came to our gate in Frankfurt, that they changed several times while we were at the airport, just as it closed down, but we made it! 

After landing safely in Stockholm we took the first train north towards my brothers town. We arrived there last night. It was great to see my brother and his family. I have tons of things I need to do today, but for now I believe I’m going to go back to bed for a while. My daughter was so excited about the whole trip that she slept a total of one (!) hour all together during our total time of 30ish hours of traveling. We both slept deeply all night last night, and she’s still out. I’m going to take advantage of that before starting the day for real.

I promised to let you know that we made it safe, and we did. Thank you everyone for your positive wishes for our new chapter. I am tired, but my smile is big this week 🙂 I will post updates and pictures from Sweden later. Oooh, and I have a job interview tomorrow at a school that seem very interesting. I am excited about that!

What makes you smile? Share some of your smiles!

Love,

Maria

Silent Sunday

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