Archive for Move to Sweden

10 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 4

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CHERISH THE DAYLIGHT

It’s no secret that the body needs daylight to function. It helps us produce serotonin which keeps us awake and it helps the body produce vitamin D which we need to function in general. So when the days get shorter and it’s dark when you leave for work/school in the morning and dark when you go home, any daylight you can soak up is important. So even if you only have 5-10 minutes during your lunch break you should try to go outside.

 

08 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 3

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LIGHT LOTS OF CANDLES

One of my absolute favourite things to do during the dark winter is to light lots and lots of candles everywhere. It gives such a warm and cozy feeling.

06 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 2

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STAY POSITIVE

Sweden has four very different and distinctive seasons, each one of them special and wonderful in its own way. And if you fail to find anything positve with winter (which I doubt, I think you’ll find something even if it’s cold, dark and long) there is always spring and summer to look forward to.

A very positive tip given by my mum

05 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter – No. 1

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KEEP WARM, STAY HAPPY

Swedish winters tend to get pretty cold and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. You can count on it if you live up in the northern part of Sweden but the last couple of years it’s been really cold and lots of snow down in the south too. So my number one tip in order to survive the winter is to make sure that you gear up!  A thick winter jacket, a beanie, a scarf, thick gloves and of course a really warm pair of shoes is a must.

05 Dec 2011

How to survive a Swedish winter

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It’s dark late in the mornings and early in the afternoon. It’s getting colder and the snow is also on it’s way. The winter is here! I  know a lot of expats struggle with the Swedish winters, especially when you come from a warm country, like say Australia, where the word winter doesn’t even come close to meaning the same thing as in Sweden. I also know for a fact that a lot of Swedes struggle too. I’m one of them, I always lack energy during the winter and I’m always walking around being cold. Therefore I’m asking you for your help. Expat or not it doesn’t matter, send us your best survival tips on how to survive a Swedish winter and then I’ll share them all with you here with this little winter banner up the top.

Together we’ll survive! =)
24 Nov 2011

Third time’s a charm

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 Simon passed his written drivers test today. It was really the second time he wrote it since the first time, when they made him write the test in Swedish, doesn’t count. But there is no good saying like “Third time’s the charm” about the second time, at least not that I know of.  🙂

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18 Nov 2011

Please call back later

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The tests are up and running again and according to information posted on Trafikverket‘s website they would call everyone that had their written driving test cancelled and give them a new test time, yesterday. No one called Simon. Surprise, surprise!

I tried calling them today and got the information that a lot of people were calling right now and the queue was full so I was asked to call back later…..

15 Nov 2011

Still no test

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As I wrote last week Trafikverket experienced technical problems after the system upgrade and last Thursday when Simon went to write the test he found out it was cancelled. Well, it’s Tuesday now and the problems are still not solved so no one can take the written drivers test right now. Apparently it’s said to be up and running tomorrow but I believe that when I see it. It will be interesting to see how they’ll handle getting new test times for all the people affected by the cancelled tests. To be continued…

01 Nov 2011

With flying colours

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 Simon passed the driving exam with flying colours. I know he’s an excellent driver, I’m just happy the examiner saw that too. He’s also booked in for a new written exam IN ENGLISH, tomorrow.

01 Nov 2011

A f*kn joke!

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I’m embarrassed to be Swedish today and the whole story I’m about to share with you is an absolute joke! Simon had his driving test today. We had booked the time online at Körkortsportalen and I had, just to make absolutely sure that everything was in order, called Trafikverket to double check that he would be able to write the written exam in English without ordering it ahead and that the examiner for the driving exam would be able to have the test in English. Yes, no problem. You can choose to do the written test in English once you’re there and the instructor does the driving exam in Swedish or English without you having to book it ahead of time.

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