Good Morning,

The weekend has come to an end. Goodbye Dubai. Hello, Maldives.

We are on the way to the airport, and the next time you hear from me, I'm in the paradise.

We will stay on the Island called Veli, and we will remain in a water villa( see Picture)

I will not publish so much from here because we will enjoy our time here, but I will post a photo when I have time.

See you soon!

Love,

Linda


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Good Morning,

Ready for the desert? Put on comfortable clothes, sunscreen, and a sun hat. And also, leave jewelry and your cell phone home because you have no signal in the desert. But don’t forget to bring your camera! Let’s go on a desert safari.

The plan for today, is to ride on camels or do Desert Dune bashing (what’s that? I add a pic below so you can see what it’s!) or maybe we do both. We will end the day in the desert with a dinner, can it be more romantic?

Stay tuned. Pictures will come!

Love,

Linda


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Good morning,

Are you ready for shopping? Let’s go!

We'll visit the famous Shopping center “Dubai Mall” which has over 1000 stores and the most significant mall in the world by total area. There is also a large saltwater aquarium located in the Dubai Mall with sharks and others marine animals, which is one of the biggest reasons I want to go there!

After the shopping, we need to head back to the hotel and make us ready for a fancy dinner on 122 floors of the Burj Khalifa. Here we will enjoy the rest of our evening.

I hope I see the water show they have in the pool below with fountains and lights. I also hope that we see the sunset.

Tomorrow you need to get ready for the desert.


Love,

Linda

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We have now landed in Dubai, checked in at the hotel, and it’s time for a very late dinner because we are starving, so there is nothing to discuss! 

We are staying at a hotel in central Dubai with views of the city and the Burj Khalifa. 

It is charming here. Tomorrow we'll go shopping and explore the city, don't miss it! 

Have a good night.

Love, 

Linda 


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Hi,

Bags packed, passport update and the day is finally here. Now we go on Honeymoon!

The first stop will be a weekend in Dubai, then on to the Maldives for a week-long recovery in the Paradise. You should be able to follow us on our trip. 

We will try to update each day with lots of lovely pictures, and hopefully, one or two movies will come when we are back in Zürich.

Time for Boarding!

See you soon,

Linda


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Hi, are you bored today? Why not be creative a do a marble cake dish with three floors.

This summer I made a marble cake dish with three floors to my dressing table. Do you want to know, how to do it?

Match the movie here below.

Tomorrow we are going on the honeymoon, can't wait, are so excited!!!


Love,

Linda

Ps. All marble is from a second-hand shop.

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Hi,

An example of an au pair day can look like this: (depends on the kid age how many kids you have, the family, the country and so on)

Morning routines,

  • Doing breakfast,
  • Make the kid and the schoolbag ready for the school,
  • Change diaper
  • Bring/drive the kid to the school.
  • Drive back home
  • Doing some household
  • Making lunch
  • Picking up the kid for lunch (depends on country)
  • Brush teeth
  • Drive the kid back to school

Afternoon routines.

  • Pick the kid up, bring he/ she to an active
  • Grocery shopping
  • Help with the homework
  • Have a playdate
  • Play in the forest/outside
  • Making dinner
  • Putting the kid to bed

Evening/ Weekends ( often free)

  • Facetime
  • Workout
  • Meeting friends
  • Study language
  • Partying ( if you are allowed)
  • Explore the new country

I took care of two small kids. My schedule considered diaper-changing, feeding, sleeping and household duty.

The life as an au pair isn’t always great. It is the same being a parent, mostly excellent but sometimes a hell.


The years have come to an end. What's happened now? That is an unfortunate moment because you have probably become a family member, and to leave them feels tuff. The Host family can offer you to stay longer up to 24 months are you allowed to stay in the same family. I did. I stayed entirely for 15 months.

Do I still have contact with the family?

Yes, I have. I have an excellent connection to my family. Sadly we do not meet so often, but when we reached is always fun.

But I guess some of you fill relief, you may not like your host family or the life of being an au pair. But you have at least a new experience in your luggage.


Love,

Linda

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Hi,

For about five years ago I was going on a big adventure.

I wanted to be an au pair in California after the graduation, I became an Au pair but not in California, in Switzerland.

Before you go, you need to be sure you have the right insurance, often if you away for one year or less, the most natural thing is to add an extra travel insurance to your current coverage. It is also essential to proper read the contract.

I moved to Zürich with worries in my veins.

What gone happen to me? How long does it take to learn a language? Will I be Homesick? Will I find friends? Will the kids like me? That is some of the questions which were popping up in my head on the trip to Zürich. And yes, you will be homesick, you will learn the language, and you will have many questions! Let's get the basics.

When you have arrived your host family, need to fix a residence permit to you. They also need to give you a language course and a salary. The amount of pocket money depends on the country the au pair is in and the age of the au pair. The pay is usually in Switzerland of 500 to 990 Swiss francs (net) per month.

How much do I need to work and how often can I go on Holiday? It depends on what your contract says, but you should have one day off every week. Of course, there is regulation how many hours an au pair is allowed to work every week, and in Switzerland, you are allowed to work 30 hours/ week.

When you are planning to go on Holiday, please talk to your family before you are booking, avoiding misunderstandings. You should have 4 or 5 weeks holiday/ year.

How do I get through the first time? To begin a new thing is always hard. It is further routines to learn, that's takes time and energy. The first month is at all times hard, doesn't matter what kind of job or education it is. When you have the patience, you will manage it. My tip to you, be open and tell your family how you feel. You will solve this together.

How was the first time as an au pair? It was hard, I felt alone and was missing everything about Sweden. The months passed by, then the new life was the reality, and I was so glad I had the patience to do this adventure.

How do I find friends? If you want to get to know new people, start a language course or search for a playgroup, you can go to with your Au Pair kids, use google. In almost every country, there is an Au Pair group. Once a week they have a meeting with au pair. They talk about, how to get to know the city, what you do if you have a problem with your family and much more. For me, I went to the Swedish church, with my kid's to a playgroup and also to the Au Pair meeting. It was here I meet my friends.

If you are an Au Pair and have any question, don't hesitate to send an email to me or comment what you would like to know. I will try to answer your question.

Hope you liked my intro how the Au Pair life works.


Love,

Linda

Next Up: A typical day as an Au Pair.

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Good day,

I think we all been there sometimes, you have a free day, a rainy day, and you are thinking, what the hell should I do today. It is nothing to do on a rainy day, or is that true?

I agree that life is much better when it sunny, but sometimes it is also relaxing to have lousy weather because you need to be creative and think about what you would like to do.

And some tip before you start thinking about what you like to do, try to think outside the mobile, computer, television box. Here is my top ten what to do when it is raining.


  1. Put rain save clothes on and go out for a power walk in the forest or walk through the dark city, and you will see the beauty of the dull life.
  2. Bake a cake to/with your partner, parents or friend.
  3. Play board game with your friends and family.
  4. Make a dinner with your loved ones.
  5. Do a makeover in your apartment, build a home gym.
  6. Make a spa day at home.
  7. Make a bucket list or plan a real vacation.
  8. Do an indoor camping and dream you away.
  9. Drink a whiskey and draw a life plan, and see if you are happy with your life.
  10. Read a book or more.


Love,

Linda

PS. If you think this day is the worst day of your life and you feeling doing nothing, make a big bowl of popcorn and have a movie marathon.

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Hi, and welcome back to wedding reflection.

After I got married, I said to Erik I want to get married again.

But this time in the wintertime. The positive with having a wedding in the winter is that everything is a bit cheaper. And can you imagine how adorable wedding pictures you will have?


To plan a wedding is a full-time job and it takes a lot of planning. My full-time job was to plan the wedding, and I am admiring you who are working at the same time. If you are tired during the period, it is not strange, I understand why.

What should you think about when you are getting married? My tip is:

  • Get started one year before (You will enjoy the planning much more, and you will be more relaxed when the big day finally is there.)
  • Set a theme for your wedding, it makes it easy to plan.
  • Make a schedule for the wedding planning, with at least one thing to do every day, 10 minutes every day until your wedding day.
  • Decide the place to be before making the guest list. (I think it more important to be at the place you dream of and invite the closes friends and family.)
  • Set a budget, because you can spend unlimited.
  • Start looking for your dress at an early stage. (I had a view in my head, "I want this kind of wedding dress," but then after trying different. My choice was varied and (to clear my throat) more expensive.
  • Last but not least, do you wedding yours!

I would like to get married every year if I could. By I suppose that is not the same thing then. One of the charm to get married is that you hopefully only do it once.

I hope you will have the perfect wedding, enjoy the day as never before and breathe.

And you will live happily (aside from a few typical disagreements, misunderstandings, and lack of communication) ever after.

Love,

Linda

PS. If you need free printables in Swedish, this is good: https://www.myperfectday.se/printables/ and in English, this site has a useful checklist for free: https://www.magnetstreet.com/pdfs/Weddings/Wedding-Planning-Checklist_2129.pdf

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