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Another New Year

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Welcome to 2013, everyone! I’m almost sad to see 2012 go, as it was a fantastic year for me – but here’s hoping that 2013 is even better!

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Celebrating New Years in Sweden means one thing: Fireworks – everywhere!

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During the amazing fun New Years Party filled with drinking, laughing, and dancing on the 6th floor (with a balcony), we had a great view of the fireworks. You could hear the excitement build up throughout the day as a few fireworks would be set off here and there, impatiently waiting for the grand finale at midnight. In fact, you can hear the occasional firework the whole week between Christmas and New Years. We even went down stairs and set off a few of our own!

2012 was my first full year living abroad in Sweden filled with adjusting, learning, struggles, accomplishments, and meeting a lot of great new friends.

Last year I:

~ learned a foreign language well enough to use in simple everyday conversations, read (some) newspapers, write (short) letters, and understand the world around me a little better.

~ completed S.F.I, Swedish For Immigrants, class!

~ registered to start my next step towards fluency – S.A.S, Swedish as a Second Language, on January 14th.

~ watched and understood at least ten movies in Swedish with Swedish subtitles.

~ went on three interviews, one of which was completely in Swedish.

~ volunteered at a Swedish school for a week, substituted for two days – got my first Swedish paycheck.

~ learned how to cook & found out that I love doing it, and I’m not too bad at it either.

~ hosted my very first Thanksgiving dinner in a country that doesn’t even celebrate it.

~ celebrated Swedish holidays Valborg and Lucia for the first time.

~ gotten used to Swedish weather, culture, food, and mannerisms.

~ made dozens of new friends, both native Swedish and Swedish immigrants from all around the world.

~ started this blog and have met wonderful people through it!

Towards the end of the year I even reconnected with something I love doing, but haven’t bothered with since I moved to Sweden – Making cards! I made 24 cards right before Christmas and sent 14 out to the U.S for friends and family. Getting back into crafting is something I’m aiming for in 2013:

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Aside from try to reconnect with my artistic side, instead of making New Year Resolutions we decided to choose one or two words to “live by” in 2013. Mine are: Success & Fit. I’m ready!

What New Years Resolutions did you make?

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7 thoughts on “Another New Year

  1. Hi Meg, and Happy New Year! I resolve to travel more this year. In fact, I am mailing you an article from the NY Times about viewing the aurora borealis from Lapland. (Did you ever dream of traveling by dog sled?) Just a thought . . . .

  2. Congratulations on finishing SFI! Well done on that. After andra språk you will leave me in the dust if you haven’t already. The fireworks is the best thing about the holidays here, maybe even the best thing of all about Sweden. Anyway, congratulations on surviving and enjoying your first year here.

  3. gott nytt år!!! hoppas du får ett underbart nytt år!!! 2013 kommer att bli spännande!! kram :)

  4. You found your home. Home is where your heart is and your heart is with your wonederful hubby Esppy

  5. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I got your christmas card and the cute ornaments,so crafty! I’m glad your into cooking, maybe during the summer we can cook some dishes together.

  6. Hi!

    Congrats on finishing SFI! I just finished after two years of going on and off. And am very impressed with the interview in Swedish. I’m not sure I would dare!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Grattis till att du klarade SFI!

    Av ren nyfikenhet, vad gör man vid tolvslaget i USA? Fyrverkerierna är ju det bästa med hela nyårsafton i Sverige!

    Gott nytt och god fortsättning.

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