It’s bliss to be back home!!

I say that because Ireland has become my home, and after ten years living here I keep thinking where did the time go? I remember the first day I arrived in 2006, it was on a Saturday so I would have one day to get to know the place, and it was Cork city at the time, before it was time to put on the work suit. Well not really but you really wanted to look your best on your first day at work. These guys have never met me before, since they were interviewing me over the phone while I was still in Sweden. 

Oh boy, it was a time filled with all sorts of things and worries. Here I was in a new country, having to get use to the language even though I was doubting I would ever be able to follow their language, they were speaking so fast it was unreal, the sentences to me was one long blurb. But funnily enough it took a couple of months then I was in the game, and could follow and even get the Irish jokes lol! Well now in fairness my English was already good when I arrived so I did have some advantage compared to some that had nada English in the background. 

My first job was to work for Apple, and you would think that was a posh job, but we really had to work hard. But one good thing though, you had the opportunity to have great tools to work with. ‘Spose that’s a good thing right? Anyhow it’s not only the job you were worried about, you need some place to live and that would make you feel comfortable in your new country. And that would prove to be a challenge, the rent was so bloomin’ expensive so to have a place on your own was out of the question. Eventually I found a house that I shared with two other girls. But still I had this nagging feeling that sharing is not my thing.

So after two years I was having my own place ( renting of course) and my own car and boy did that feel good or what?! Freedom!! One haux though, they drive on the wrong side here!!! I was used to drive on he right side of the road, and now I had to drive on the left side, very confusing. Don’t know how many times i was dying to myself…think left…left!!! But a couple of days driving around in cork city and that problem was solved. Now days it feels weird to be back in my home country and being on the other side. 

I feel so glad to be back home after four weeks in Scandinavia, I did get my fair share of the a area for a while, and to live in a box is not the ideal but you do what you have to do when you’re out there working. 

Enjoy sitting here in our garden absorbing some D vitamins after a spin with the cycling club this morning. And feeling pure BLISS!!! This IS my home!!!

Take care and never postpone life, live here and now!!

Nuf said 

Well, week three has now been completed and it was not too bad. I arrived here in Stockholm on Sunday a week ago, and when arriving at the hotel and seeing my room, I felt ah – I like this place, the room were less sterile in a way. This hotel is an older building and I think it use to be some sort of military house previously. You can sort of tell by the design and how it looks.

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Being here in Sweden makes it a bit easier of course,  I can speak my native language, navigate well in the city etc. But, after three weeks I am starting to get a bit home-sick, but am trying to make the most of my stay here. Today, Saturday, I got up early and went into the city to walk around in my favorite part of Stockholm city, the Old city or as we say Gamla Stan. It’s an old part of the city [hence the name] beside and around the royal castle.

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I love these buildings at Stortoget, it’s an open square covered in cobble stones and there’s a big sort of statue thingy in the middle, you have the nobel museum there and some restaurants. I was out walking at 9.30am this morning and did cover some distance. It’s nice when you get to a place that you are familiar with, you know the places to go to, the coffee places etc. I started at a coffee place called Gråmunken [the Gray Monk] where I had a coffee and a cinnamon bun [of course]. The way they make coffee here is just amazing, you always get your caffee latte served in a glass, and the coffee tastes so much stronger and nice.

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This is how a typical Swedish cinnamon bun looks like and they are absolutely gorgeous.

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Here is Stadshuset, Stockholm City Hall, and if you look at the top of the tower you’ll see the typical Three Crowns, that is the national sign for Sweden. The Three Crowns. And if you are a fan of ice hockey, you might have heard the name of the Swedish national team, they are called Three Crowns, mainly because they have the symbol on their jersey’s.

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I was amazed to see that this old telephone booth still stood there, these were very common in the past along the streets. But as far as I know there is only one left, I did not come across others during my walk today.

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This is the narrowest “street” in Gamla stan, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd it’s called, and not sure if it’s correct to call it a street, it’s only a narrow step between two buildings.And as you can imagine, the old city is sort of built on a hilly place, there are steep streets, steps and you can spend hours just walking around between the houses. I love these narrow streets and almost all of them are covered with cobble stones.

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There is one street here that is sort of the main street, the side of the street is covered with swedish gift shops, design boutiques, coffee places and restaurants. I try to avoid this street even though I enjoy walking among the people here funnily enough. I try to avoid crowds, but in a city with a lot of tourists it is hard. But, I did find some streets that was very quiet, like the ones on the pictures above. And after six hours of non-stop walking I felt it was time to head back to the hotel to take some rest and prepare myself for my next journey, which will take me to Oslo in Norway. This time I will travel by train and that should be interesting I would think. Oslo, will be my last stop before I finally head back to Ireland and normality again. And as much as I love travelling, being on a business trip is a lot different from doing a leisure trip I tell you that much.

I will be back next week for another update, then from a snowy [I think] Oslo.