October was a month full of peaks and valleys, coughs and sneezes, and a lot of work behind-the-scenes. Let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to:
I kicked off October full of vim and vigour, ready to take on the world.
And I did, for about a week.
That’s when I got sick.
Coughing And Sneezing
Last you heard from me, I was coming down with a cold (you can read about my plans to practise the art of hygge here). What started off as a bit of a sniffle quickly turned into so much more: sneezing, coughing, and even laryngitis; honestly, it was the longest 10 days of my life. Needless to say, I didn’t get too much done during this time, other than drink tea and watch re-runs of The Big Bang Theory and Masterchef Australia.
Three weeks after we arrived in Sweden I signed up for Swedish classes because I was tired of feeling guilty that I couldn’t say anything beyond “hello” and “thank you”. The twice-weekly classes kicked off mid-October, which was coincidentally just as I got sick. I missed a couple of classes because I was sick, but thankfully it was early enough in that I was able to catch-up with a little extra time and effort. It’s now been just over five weeks and I’m happy to say they are going well. I’m still very far away from having actual conversations with people, but I know more of the basics and can understand so much more of what’s going on around me (we’ve gone from zero to one on that scale).
Here’s hoping that by Christmastime I’ll finally be able to buy groceries without saying, I’m sorry, I don’t speak Swedish.
Dave and I always joked that it would be fun(ny) to join a curling league when we moved to Sweden, but I never really thought it would happen.
Well, jokes on me because we’ve gone and done it!
While poking around the interweb one night we came across a curling club not too far from us that was offering a beginners course. Although we already knew how to play, we decided to sign-up as a refresher before joining the weekly league.
We’re only a couple of weeks in but so far it’s been great! Not only is it nice to get out and be active (sweeping is seriously hard!), but everyone’s been really friendly and welcoming; it’s quickly become one of my favourite nights of the week!
Deja vu, right?! If you followed Petite Adventures around this time last year, you’ll remember that when we moved to Leeds we had a horrendous time getting internet set-up in our flat. It took 85 days, a gazillion phone calls, and was just as frustrating as you can imagine.
That’s why we were so pleased when we moved to Stockholm and learned that our flat was already connected. No waiting, no phone calls, the internet was ours for the taking.
And boy did we take it; we surfed with abandon all day, every day.
What we didn’t know was that our internet had a cap on usage. A cap I apparently hit mid-month after watching eight seasons of The Big Bang Theory in just a few days (I was sick, what else could I do?)
It was a major oops moment and I was absolutely gutted when I received the message from our provider saying I’d hit the limit.
Thankfully, both Dave and I have mobile plans with very generous data plans, so we were able to survive on those. But, it did mean I had to rethink how I spent my time online. No more aimless browsing and simply wasting time online; instead, I had to be methodical, which lead me to the biggest reason I haven’t posted in a month…
You may have noticed there’s a bit of a different look and feel to Petite Adventures these days. While waiting for our home internet to reset, I decided to upgrade and redesign this blog. There were a lot of things I wanted to change about my previous design theme, and I knew there was no better time to do it.
It took a lot more time and energy than I thought it would and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but overall I’m really happy with what I was able to accomplish. Hopefully, with these upgrades, I’ll be able to provide you with more and better content much more often.
- Stockholm, Sweden
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I am devoting the month of November to exploring more of Stockholm. The city is made up of so many distinct districts and I’m having a blast exploring and experiencing them all.
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Eight Days, Four Cities, One Carry-On
In March 2016, I travelled through four cities in eight days, carrying everything I needed in a 25L bag. It wasn’t easy, but by following four strategies I was able to make the most out of just a little bit of space.
Packing Guide For A City Break to Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain is the perfect destination for anyone in denial that winter is coming. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder, Barcelona somehow continues to bask in sunshine and temperatures in the late teens, even in November.
Although making the choice to go to Barcelona is easy, packing for Barcelona can be a challenge thanks to its warm days and cool night. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a quick and easy guide to help you look cute and stay comfortable on your next city break to Barcelona. Visit Collecting Labels to read my packing guide for Barcelona.
My Love Affair With Stockholm
My fascination with Stockholm started long before we ever even thought about moving here. In my first piece for the Newbie Guide to Sweden, I write about how I’ve loved Stockholm for so long, but am not quite sure the city loves me back (yet).
To Learn Swedish Or Not To Learn Swedish
In the first few weeks that I lived in Stockholm, I started every conversation the same way: with a perplexed look while uttering the phrase I’m sorry, I don’t speak Swedish.
From sales clerks to receptionists, I have apologized to pretty much everyone in the city.
After my one-millionth apology in a three-week span (a record for even the most apologetic of Canadians), I sat down and asked myself the question any newbie in Sweden will inevitably ask themselves: To learn Swedish or not to learn Swedish?
Tell me, what do you have planned for the rest of November?
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