And part 2 of the 2018 recap continues (here’s part 1 in case you missed it).
Swedish summer…the best week of the year! Just kidding, this summer was actually amazing. We swam in the lake every day, read novels on blankets in the grass, barbecued with our Australian neighbour, and stayed up late with the sun, which went down at around 10:45 pm each night. I also went to Mallorca, Spain for the first time to visit my sister for a MUCH-NEEDED girl’s trip. It was fabulous.
Summer lingered on, and we enjoyed every moment of it. One of my best friends growing up came to see us, and even though it was a short visit, it was so, so nice to have a friend stay in our new home. Conrad also got a two-month contract for a project at SVA, the Swedish Veterinary Institute, which he ended up really loving and was very happy to be involved in.
This month was back-to-work! Conrad started SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) classes, and I went to Boston on a work trip, where I was able to drive to Vermont to see some of my mom’s side of the family. We calculated that I hadn’t been there to visit in almost 15 years! This is also the month that I found my two new favorite podcasts (a post I PROMISE to write asap!!), Sword & Scale and Dr. Death (still shivering internally about that one).
October was a crazy month because…Conrad passed his Master’s thesis defence!!! Still can’t believe this really happened, but it happened, and I am still just BURSTING with pride for my husband. He worked so hard, and mostly on his own, and he had so many doubts that he would ever finish…but he did it! Most of the month was spent working on this, as well as on planning our next adventure…
I’ve said it again and again, but November truly is the worst month of the year in Sweden because the days get very short and the weather generally sucks. However, this November, we were finally prepared! My amazing friends Haley and Julia came to visit, which was so fun and special, and C and I escaped the cold for a double birthday trip in warm and sunny Marrakech! (FULL POST COMING SOON)
After a truly amazing trip to Morocco (again, post coming soon, I promise), December was spent enjoying friends, family, and food (duh). I also turned 30, which was a big deal for me! Conrad’s younger brother, Chase, came to Sweden for Christmas and my sister’s boyfriend’s family also joined us from Germany for an insanely fun NYE party where, for the first time ever, my sister and I were not the drunkest/first to go to bed! Surprisingly, my DAD and younger BROTHER found the German cherry-vodka shots to be just a little too much and both passed out about 20 minutes after midnight. It was hilarious 😀
And that brings us up to now! We left our family cottage on the west coast the first week of January, and have since been back to work and still recovering from such a great but busy holiday. We have some travel, both business and personal, already planned for 2019, and I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
I’ll probably do a post on my resolutions/goals for 2019, since I know I loooove to read/hear about other people’s resolutions! One of mine is to blog more. With half my family and friends on the other side of the world, this blog is incredibly useful as a way to catch up with loved ones. It’s also a great way to document/archive our lives and our sometimes-insane choice of life in a different country.
I hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year, and are feeling refreshed, re-energized, and ready for the challenges and opportunities to come in 2019.