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 teaching 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.
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 day I didn’t feel any different, really. I don’t know what I was expecting to happen, but the fact that 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 list 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.