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