Weekend Coffee Share – Almost Christmas


Rose-hip tea

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! There’s freshly brewed coffee, or if you don’t fancy coffee I just bought a lovely rose-hip tea today. During the winter I make an effort to get more vitamin C, for extra energy. I eat two oranges with my breakfast every day and I drink plenty of rose-hip tea throughout the day, because it is loaded with vitamin C. What can I get for you? How are you? Are you ready for Christmas? 

I’ve worked the first week at my new job. I absolutely love it! My colleagues are great, the children are wonderful, the school itself is great; both their philosophy, the building and the outdoor space. The food served at lunch (made from scratch in the house) might be a little too good, luckily it is very healthy. I have never seen young children take seconds and thirds of real food every day, they do here, and it is obvious that it affects their whole day in a positive way. This week I’ve been working alongside the teacher whom I am taking over after. Now I am going to enjoy a Christmas break, and after the break I am on my own, with teaching aides to help me out so not completely alone, but alone as a teacher for our group of kids. I am not worried, but I feel the responsibility and it excites me. There are other very competent teachers in the house that have given me a warm welcome, and I am looking forward to work closely with my new colleagues, and get to know them better. 


An extraordinary beautiful Christmas tree made out of books at our library.

My focus for Christmas is to spend rejuvenating time with my daughter. She had two great first weeks at school, and also started to participate in an after school program this week. Our days these past two weeks have been insanely long, and we need this break. We’ve been commuting almost two hours in the morning, and two hours in the evening. The roads have been icy, and sometimes connecting buses have been late, causing us to miss a bus and having to wait for a long time for the next one. Both my daughter and I knew that this was only going to be for two weeks, and that made it possible for us to do it. When we get back after our Christmas break, full of new energy, we are living in our new house, in the same town as her school and my job. I feel that the heavy part of moving to another continent is done. We made it. After getting home last night I felt a great sense of peace. We actually did it! It’s been so intense, but now everything is lined up and we can even enjoy some time off. Earlier this week I got the last paperwork for our renewed citizenship back and approved. I can really breath now. 

Can I get you a refill on your beverage? How is your week so far? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? For Christmas?

Love, and a Merry Merry (almost) Christmas ❤ 


Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

35 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Almost Christmas

  1. I’m so happy for you guys! It’s so amazing that the school food is made from scratch, you’ll never see that here. Not many people have a job they really love, how wonderful for you Maria! Sweden must have a different process for citizenship, never heard of this. Happy weekend! ❤️

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    1. Thank you John! I am very happy. My daughter and I were Swedish citizens the whole time, but when you’ve been away for so long (8years) and my daughter never set her foot here before, there is a process before you are back in the system completely (able to benefit from all the great services provided at minimum cost, health care, dental care etc.) Have a wonderful weekend, and Merry Christmas!

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      1. Thanks so much! It must be nice to have that health care system, I’ve said for too long that the US needs to follow the UK and Canada in that regard. Our system is so incredibly broken…

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  2. Merry, Merry Christmas!! What a wonderful post and to be able to rest and enjoy the holidays after your very long journey is just joyous to my heart. How EVERYTHING has fallen into place is a blessing indeed. Thank you for sharing your journey, and the lovely tea I’m sharing with you is WONDERFUL! I’m cooking up my last batch of cookies and will make my gift bags. I’ll share coffee later today!! Love to you both! ❤️😘🥰

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  3. I’m glad your daughter’s school and your work are going so well. The place you work sounds fabulous! I wish we put as much effort (and money!) into children here in the US as it sounds like you do in Sweden! Glad you are getting settled into the new town so your commute won’t be as awful once you start back after the new year. It does sound like you are quickly acclimatizing to the new continent, though I know ti isn’t really new for you, but returning home 🙂

    Hope your holidays go well and that you are able to catch that big breath you talked about. Merry Christmas!

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  4. This is all good news and thing are falling into place nicely for you. My husband and I will go to our daughter who lives about 1 1/2 hours away and spend Christmas Eve day with her and her family. Her husband has two daughters and they will go to their Mum on Christmas Day . We will be home for Christmas Day and have a tradition of having some friends over for breakfast. They are people without family close by and have been coming for this breakfast for several years. Then we will pack up in the afternoon and head off to Florida a two and a half day drive. We stop overnight en route.

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