We made it! 💙After so much planning and stress, we are finally home and getting all settled in Sweden.
I've had a lovely 2 weeks just taking things easy and getting adjusted to life here again. We've had a few family gatherings and lots of time in nature! We also took a trip to Mollösund now to enjoy some time at the family summer house on the island (yes, I know it's not summer anymore! Haha)
I've gone from barely getting 5k steps in my days in the US to getting a minimum of 12k EVERY day since we arrived. It's such a big difference in how much more active I am now that I can go for walks so easily. The animals are loving it here too! Siggy is such an outside cat now and the dogs are really loving the long walks we take every day!
I've enjoyed my time so far and my first day of work here is tomorrow! I'm really excited to start my new job with new people (and some familiar ones too!). Most things are taken care of for my Visa and ID cards, and we saw our doctor already and heard baby boy's heartbeat 💕 I'm over the moon and ready to jump into life here.
If you'd like to read about how our flights and everything went, keep reading below! Otherwise keep scrolling to see some photos from Mollösund!
The trip itself was a little crazy with driving 5 hours to the airport in a rental car. We drove there and should have had plenty time to check in to our flight with the dogs and cat, BUT we were at the front desk for nearly 2 hours! It took a lot of work to get the animals checked in and make sure they had everything they needed for passing through Germany and customs in Sweden. By the time we got to our plane, they were calling the last group of people... but we made it and the animals were on the plane safe.
The first flight was the longer one and it went pretty well. The flight crew were amazing and beyond helpful, especially considering I had to sacrifice my water bottle to the dogs for the flight! The crew made sure I had plenty to drink throughout the 8 hours and checked on me every once in a while. The food was delicious and the movies kept me occupied, though I didn't sleep very much as I'd hoped to do.
We landed a bit late and once we arrived to Frankfurt, we made our way to the passport control with only 30 minutes until our next flight boarded. Normally I wouldn't be completely stressed but the line for non-EU citizens was SO long... And it wasn't budging. I sent my husband ahead through the EU Citizen line (that was empty) so that he could let our gate know I was stuck in passport control. They held the plane as long as they could but I was in that line for about 45 minutes until I could rush to the gate. The plane took off right as I made it there.... Hubby said they had to unload our dogs from the plane and we had to re-book our flight to Sweden. Luckily the woman working at the gate was extremely helpful because she found a flight just a few hours later that had space for all 3 animals to ride! Lucky us! Once we made it to Sweden, we made it through the airport relatively smoothly. We had to have the animals checked and to go through their documents but it was a great experience and the customs people were very friendly.