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I'm going to make more of an effort to update my blog more often and when events actually happen, rather than three-six months later. So here are some pictures from today (10/17) on Djurgården in Stockholm. It's only a 15 minute bus/boat ride from our apartment, although it looks like we're in a forest in the middle of nowhere (typical Stockholm). The high of the day is around 50 degrees F (10 C) and I don't even think it's that cold anymore. Have I been here too long? I think so. The only bad part about fall is that winter will be here before I know it...
Svante and I spent four days in Las Vegas while on our roadtrip this past July. We spent half a day at Valley of Fire State Park which is only an hour outside of Vegas and worth a visit if you are interested in doing something besides shopping, eating, or laying by the pool. I think we went through six water bottles within a few hours because it was so hot, but it was completely worth the heat! We missed some of the most spectacular formations because it was simply too hot to hike farther than 20 minutes. I guess we will have to go back another time when it isn't 105 degrees.[caption id="attachment_1276" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Reminds me of a VW commercial[/caption]
The one question that I get asked nearly every week is "What are you doing in Sweden?" so I figured I'd actually use my blog to explain why I haven't been home for such a long time. It has now been over a year since I've been in the U.S. due to the 16 months I had to wait to get a new residence card. Last month Svante and I finally had our interview at the Migration Authorities and a week later I got my new residence card in the mail. I wasn't necessarily stuck in Sweden, but if I would have left before getting a new residence card I wouldn't have been able to come back until my case was finished. Not the ideal situation when you want to fly home to see family and eat at In-N-Out but have a job and a nice apartment in Stockholm. Anyways, I'm now free to leave and I'll be home for two weeks from May 5th-19th and then back again for the entire month of July with Svante! :)
As far as school goes I'm finishing the rest of my degree in communications and media online from ASU. I've been able to "go to school" while in four countries over the past year and a half which has been convenient. I took one semester off when I first moved to Sweden so to make up for that semester I've taken 18 units every semester and four classes during the summer. I should realistically be done with school sometime next year but instead I'll be done with my degree in August and will be attending graduation in Arizona in less than a month!
Once I finished working as an au pair I got a job as a barista in Stockholm's Central Station where I've more or less only spoken Swedish. Quite impressive for somebody who could barely say a sentence in Spanish or French after three years of taking both languages. Next week is my last week at the coffee shop and once I come back to Sweden after my trip to California I'll begin a summer job/internship at Saab in the communications and media department. It will be nice having an 8-5 job that is actually relevant to my education instead of waking up at 3:45 in the morning to make lattes (although it's been great job to learn Swedish). I'll be working at Saab all of June, be in California in July, and then work the entire month of August.
The next four months should be some of the busiest but most exciting and rewarding months of my life but I think being able to sit in the California sun and be able to eat American food might be the best part ;) I've been deprived of the food for over a year and around eight months of warm weather, so you could say I'm a bit desperate at this point for both. Anyways, I'll see some of you in three weeks and then the rest of you in July (hopefully)! :)[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2592"] The first thing I plan on eating once I land :)[/caption]