It’s back!

Hello my dear readers (if I still have any…) 😉

The blog is coming back, so is the Instragram account and hopefully I will be able to post more in the near future when I embark on yet another adventure 🙂

It’s a little different to the last one, not travelling as much or as far, but still very exciting and I hope you will follow this journey as well. Tomorrow, I’ll leave for Sweden. Yes, I know, been there, done that, so just another round of workaway? No, this time it’s for good (at least that’s the idea) 😉

Do you remember the hiking in the Fulufjället National Park last year and that I was going with a friend? Well, said friend is in fact my boyfriend and I will be moving in with him and his eldest son! We’re based in Kalmar, so Southern Sweden, on the East coast, right next to Öland – where the Swedish Royals spend their summers, so not a bad place at all 😉

To start with, all my stuff that I am taking will have to fit in the trunk of the car tomorrow morning… I am quite positive, but we will have to see how realistic that was 😛 We will have a little roadtrip from Hamburg and should board the ferry in Rostock on Saturday evening, arriving in Kalmar about lunchtime on Sunday – with a high probability of comatose sleep once we get to the apartment. 😉

Then it’s a national holiday on Monday and from Tuesday onwards we’ll tackle the bureaucracy in Sweden – supposedly it’s worse than Germany, but I have my doubts about that 😛 Also, the little son will join us on Tuesday night and we will take it from there.

There are lots of plans for the summer and the boys’ holidays, hopefully we can make it all happen and have a great time! 😀 Thanks to the EU I should be getting jobseekers’ allowance for the first 3 months and after that I am hoping to find myself a job. Not necessarily as a translator, I’m open to anything that will get me in touch with people and will teach me about the society.

So from a travel blog, this will turn into more of an emigration blog, but I hope you will still be interested. And as time goes on, travel will be back on the agenda – but for now it’s all about building a new life 🙂

P.S.: Any EB people who are still undecided about coming to the Summer Party tonight – I’ll be doing my rounds there 😉

Öland – my oasis of calm :)

It’s already more than a week that I am on Öland and I am enjoying it immensely! My host is a very nice lady, who runs a b&b and has a lot of activities going on all the time, sometimes I get to tag along as well 🙂

Up until yesterday, the weather has been absolutely great, blue skies and sunshine all day, 24 degrees warm – a real summer! Which of course also meant hopping into the sea for a quick swim every day in the afternoon once the work was done! That wasn’t quite as warm, but still nice and I know a few nice places now for swimming. If you ask nicely, I might tell you 😉

The past two days it has been more cloudy and pretty humid, seems the change in the weather affected both of us and we didn’t get as much done as before. Tomorrow, the carpenter is coming to put in some new doors and windows and I think also a floor? Hope I can work in the garden then to not be in his way.

Garden, the key word: that’s where the most work needs to be done by me. As most Swedish houses, this one also has a huge amount of land around it which will turn into jungle and forest very quickly if left unattended. So I have cut a lot of bushes and tree into shape and there’s more to come. Then the outside of the house has to be washed (don’t laugh!) to make it look nice for the big harvest festival. Here, the walls are the easy part, but of course also all the ceilings and bits that are painted white – that’s quite back-breaking and I can’t do it for much more than an hour per day.

With the b&b having a constant stream of guests until today, of course helping to clean the rooms and prepare them for the next guests also was something I could do. Now though that’s over because of the carpenter.

So it’s a lot to do, but I can define my own times and breaks and usually am finished around 3.30 p.m. She also allows me to borrow her bicycle whenever I want, so I took it for a tour South from here on Sunday. It was very nice and even though this bike has no gears and makes funny noises, it got me there and back again with no problem (32 km!).

In the evenings I enjoy catching up on fb, reading books on my reader or generally doing nothing 🙂 We also watch tv together most evenings, depending a bit on what’s on – but Last Tango in Halifax we both adore!!!

So yes, after all the crazy things happening in the first 3 weeks, here I can relax a bit more and just let life happen 🙂 Next week I’ll go to Umeå via Kalmar and Stockholm, catching up with lovely Ann on the way there (and leaving her my fancy shoes) and then taking a flight up instead of a 7 hour train ride…

Internet access here is somewhat limited and we ran out of surf already twice while I was here, so you’ll have to wait for some more pics until I have more access again. Promise it’ll be worth the wait though! 🙂

One thing I have managed to do from here though is booking my NZ bus pass finally – saving around 400€ on the normal price and getting it tailored to my needs. It’ll be the South Island first, starting in Christchurch on 11 October and finishing in Wellington after doing the North Island as well 🙂 Now I need a flight from Auckland to Christchurch and I’m sorted for a while!

Next stop: Öland

Arrived at my next workaway stop, a b&b with a huge garden on Öland. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous since I came to Sweden and it doesn’t seem to change anytime soon 🙂 So I’m enjoying it as much as I can! The idea of following the summer seems to work ok so far.

Tomorrow, I will move into my actual room after spending 2 nights in one of the b&b rooms. And as I will be staying until the end of the month, I can actually unpack ALL my stuff for a longer period of time 🙂 Should also help with finding more things to leave behind – I did a bit of sorting already and am down to 2 pieces again (after having 4 for a while), but the backpack is still too heavy.

Today I have mainly been cutting bushes – with the goal of enabling the lawn to be mowed again next to them. Think that went quite well, but there are more and also they have to be cut on the top still. It was fun though because I could do it at my own pace without any interruption 🙂 Tomorrow morning will start with cleaning this room and preparing it for the next guests.

My host is a very nice lady who knows what she wants done and how, but doesn’t work me to the ground. Yesterday we went on a walk after dinner to retrieve her car, this afternoon we walked down to the village and played boule with a few locals before we went for a swim in the sea. Did I say the lake was cold? Well, this was even colder… but there’s a ladder and soft sandy ground to stand on here which makes getting used to the temperature a little easier 😉 It was actually really nice!

After dinner, I went down to the harbour again and got some sunset pictures, not a cloud in the sky. Before I go to bed, I want to have a look at the stars in the sky – it is very dark around here, so they should be quite well visible. No tripod, so no pictures of that for now – but I will come up with a solution 😉

The blog post for last week and the corresponding photos will follow soon – let me get settled a bit and catch up first with all sorts of things, organisational and others 🙂 (Until then, like the facebook page if you haven’t already, the updates there are shorter, but more frequent than here. )