Ok here goes. I have some news to share with you. Quite big new actually. As you may have noticed there have been some things hanging in the air such as our sudden trip to Alabama and other things left unsaid. We have known for about a month. I would have loved to share the news with you immediately but I had to make sure that some things at work were solved first. We are moving again! This time we are leaving Sweden for another adventure abroad once more. We are moving to Switzerland! I am very excited and thrilled about it even if it still feels kind of unreal. It is all spinning in my head. I got that roller coaster thrill and excitement in the pit of my stomach. I am also nervous and scared about a lot of things but very happy and very excited about starting a new adventure. The years and adventure we had in Alabama taught me so much in so many ways, both about the US, the people and about myself. Living abroad just adds so much to your life that you never would have experienced otherwise.
I have never ever been to Switzerland and now I am moving there. We are moving to Basel which is the German speaking part of the country. Do I know a single word of German? Nope, none at all. So I get to learn a new language. Actually I am having my first class of German today, iiiih! I signed up for a class I found for beginners Friday. Realized it would be a good idea to get a little bit of a head start when it comes to language. Learning a new language is great and something that really adds value to life. If I had stayed in Sweden I never would, even if I would have liked to learn more languages. Now I have to, so I will. I don’t expect to become great at it but whatever I pick up will help me. My goal is to learn to communicate with my new fellow country men and women. To understand a conversation and to be able to get around and about in every day life.
C has been applying for a lot of positions and jobs both in Sweden, Europe and in the US. I am so happy for him. He really deserves this. This is a job he is very excited about. It is a smaller/ medium sized company of about 150 employees with their head office located in Basel but they also have offices in Boston, San Francisco and Tokyo. He will move ahead of me and I will join him later on (probably around beginning of next year). He leaves to start his new job already next week. So many things are happening right now and happening so fast. It feels sad that he is leaving so soon again. I plan to fly down and visit him at least once during the fall. I am also very curious about Switzerland and Basel. So we will see each other a few times during the fall even if it will be far from each week.
So I am moving the land milk and money. The country of chocolate and watches is to be my new home. We will be living smack in the heart of Europe. I look forward to day trips and travels in Europe. I look forward to learning new things about my new country. To go skiing in the Alps which I have never ever done. To learn more wine and grapes. Least but not last to move about 15 degrees south in latitude. Expecting spring to come earlier and winter to be shorter and hopefully slightly less dark as well.
We got this book from our friends that we had dinner with Saturday. Perfect to gift. I am very curious about what awaits us. I feel I have just jumped on the roller coaster and gotten buckled up and the ride is about to start. I started reading the book and feel I have alreday learned many useful facts about my future country.