We’re a Swaussie couple, a Swedish girl and an Australian boy and we met in Australia in 2009 when Anna was spending 6 months in Melbourne through work. We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend and we didn’t plan for it to happen but we fell in love. Since then we’ve survived a long distance relationship, moves to both Sweden and Australia, challenges and hurdles and we’re now happily married living in Melbourne.
WHO IS ANNA?
I’m a 34 year old Swedish sheila originally from Karlshamn. In 2008 I moved to Jönköping because I got offered a trainee position at a lighting company who’s sister company I’m now employed by here in Melbourne. I’m a big animal lover and part of the instant family Simon got was my adorable Cocker Spaniel, Pollux, and my way too fat scoliosis cat, Nova. Both are left in Sweden and I miss them heaps but also adore our new fury family member Molly Danger. My biggest interests are interior design, photography and I do enjoy gardening as well. I also love to travel and apart from living in Melbourne I’ve also lived a year in the US working as an au pair (nanny), six years up in the north of Sweden in Luleå when I studied, 3.5 years in Jönköping and then a year on the west coast of Sweden, in Göteborg.
WHO IS SIMON?
I’m a 33 year old Adelaide bloke who before I moved to Sweden used to live in Melbourne. I’ve a massive sport interest, am a huge footy fan I go for the Adelaide Crows, of course. I also greatly enjoy more practical work. I built my own house in Melbourne before moving to Sweden and I did a lot of the work in and around the house myself (with great help from my dad). We’re now patiently waiting council approval so I hopefully can start a new renovating/extension project on our house here in Melbourne.
The blog is our way of sharing our everyday life with friends, families and others who are interested in reading about what we’re up to. We write about how it is moving to and living in a different country than your home country, the culture shocks we experience, the differences we encounter between Sweden and Australia, the two countries’ different traditions and much more. Our goal is to try to look at the differences in a positive way and and bring the best of these two worlds and cultures together into our everyday life. Both Sweden and Australia are great countries, both with their own pros and cons.
It’s been a roller coaster ride so far and we’re sure it will not end here, so come along for the ride!
Feel free to leave a comment in on of our post to let us know you were here or email us directly via swedenaustralia(at)gmail.com if you have any questions about Australia and/or Sweden!