Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

Well, September was quite the month.

The first two weeks of the month were nothing short of a whirlwind. In just a matter of days I finished up work, packed up and (intensely) cleaned our flat, and said goodbye to friends.

Before I could even take a breath, we were on our way to Stockholm, saying goodbye to Leeds for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2017”

My Travel Bucket List: The Nordic Countries

My Travel Bucket List: The Nordic Countries [petiteadventures.org]

As mentioned last week in my Travel Bucket List Sweden, one of the things I’m looking forward to now that we call Stockholm home is exploring more of the country, as well as its Nordic neighbours.

The Nordic countries generally refer to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and their territories including the Faroe and Åland Islands. This is an area of the world I’ve long been fascinated with, and have had the opportunity to explore a little bit.

But a little bit is never enough! Over the next few months, I’ll hopefully be getting up and out, and exploring and experiencing as much of the Nordic countries as possible.

Here are the top five things I want to see, do and eat in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway:

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How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK

How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK [petiteadventures.org]

After ten months of trying to adapt to life in Spain, I was very excited at the prospect of moving to the UK last fall. I’d spent a nearly a year living in a city where I struggled to converse with everyone, so I was more than looking forward to living in a land where I already knew and understood the language.

I looked forward to easy conversations and no longer feeling afraid to go to the bank.

I looked forward to reading menus and signs without questioning what I thought I understood.

And boy, did I ever look forward to eavesdropping. I know this sounds bad, but trust me, when you can’t understand a single conversation going on around you, you really start to miss it.

I so naively believed knowing the language would make integrating into a new city and making friends a breeze, when in fact, now that I look back on it, it might have actually made it harder.
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My Travel Bucket List: Sweden

My Travel Bucket List Sweden [petiteadventures.org]

For the next eleven months, Stockholm will be my home base. Not only am I excited to explore more of one of my favourite cities but I’m excited to use it as a jumping off point to explore more of Sweden.

Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union and one that offers so many fascinating places to explore, unique foods to eat, and once-in-a-lifetime events to experience. It was quite the chore, but after much research and careful consideration, I was able to narrow it down to create a bucket list that would take me from east to west, south to north, and a few spots in between this year.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten things I’m excited to see, do and eat in Sweden this year:

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