Up close and personal – 2016 in review

So another year has come to an end, marking two and a half years since I moved to Sweden. From this point of view, I can see how 2016 has brought progress and I am thankful to see that hard work keeps paying off. It’s time for another more personal blog post related to my life (in Sweden), a post less about food or photos and more about myself. More food will come, more photos from beautiful places, too, but today it’s a bit more about myself. For a change.

I started 2016 tired as only a teacher during Christmas break can be. My awesome teaching adventure did not end by summer but is still going on. I must admit that knowing I would be teachingย Home Economics for one more year has been one of the best news I got in 2016. Sure it’s hard, and I’m dead tired again, but when I’m in the kitchen with my students it’s all worth it, always.

I can proudly say that the study of the Swedish language has been going better and better. This year we were admitted to the course for immigrants and one of the first things I’ll do in 2017 is take the exam. I’m finally starting to feel more and more confident and I’m trying to speak. I am ashamed of this, other immigrants are much faster at picking up the language, but having a job in English has not given me the right pressure to learn the local language fast. But it’s coming.

In March we managed to get a new apartment and we finally moved out of the student house, that had been our first home in Sweden. We have a bigger place now, with a bigger kitchen and more room for guests. Little by little we bought furniture and settled in our new place. I am honestly so happy with it I hope to get to stay here quite some time before I find something new.

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White is definitely the main colour in the bedroom.

This year I turned 30. I was so not looking forward to that, the idea of it made me feel old. But then my 30th birthday came, and it was a day busy as hell, and then the following dayย I didn’t feel any different, really. I don’t know what I was expecting to happen, but the fact thatย nothing happened was comforting enough. So my 20s are over, so what. I accomplished most that I wanted during my 20s. I changed city and country several times, got all the education I wanted, signed an indefinite contract only to resign and change country again a few months later. I even found love. Was turning 30 the end of a circle? I don’t know, it doesn’t feel like it. I guess that age is really just a number.

Speaking of 30, I managed to stay true to my resolution to set foot on 30 countries before turning 30. I actually went over and been to 31, although visiting the 31st was unplanned and painful. Next goal is 50 before 40, although it’s always hard to add places to my listย as I’m the type of traveler who loves going back to explore some more. This year, besides going back to Italy and Poland for family reasons, I went back to Finland (visited 6 times already) and the Netherlands (3 times). Can’t help it. Next year I long to go back to Norway, so it will be my 9th time there.

As for this blog, I happily reached 20.000 visits before the end of the year. Is 10.000 more too easy to accomplish by the end of 2017? Maybe I should aim at reaching 30.000 by July, when the blog will turn two. In the meantime, I have started a twitter account, follow me there! My blog is also on Bloglovin. Just sayin’.

And happy 2017.

6 thoughts on “Up close and personal – 2016 in review

  1. Lovely knowing a bit more about you except your love for food and photography ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear your pain on turning 30 as I turned 30 in 2015 and it was horrible. I am 31 and trust me its much better on this side ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel like I know how to say no to people. It wasn’t easy before. All the best for English. Ciao!

    1. Yeah, life gets better with age. The myth of youth is all a lie. I would never trade who I am now with who I was at 20, couldn’t live without all I learned over the past 10 years. Thank you for your comment and thanks for wishing me good luck, I guess you meant Swedish ๐Ÿ˜› Ciao!!

  2. I always like it when I get to know the people behind the blog, so I really like this post and I am looking forward to more of them ๐Ÿ˜‰ congrats on your new flat and your progress in Swedish! I’ve always wanted to learn it and I hope I will get around to it soon. I wish you (and your blog) all the best for 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you very much! I wish you and your blog, too, a wonderful 2017 full of new experiences. If next term will prove crazy busy again at school I might write again somethig more personal just because I will not have enough time to cook and set up the food photo shoot ๐Ÿ˜€

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