So far, moving to Sweden has been a breeze. All my papers are in order, a one way plane ticket has been bought, and I am mentally prepared, or so I think, for the cultural differences and language barriers that lie ahead. The permit I have allowing me to move to Sweden is called a residency permit. Anyone who has a
relative in Sweden or in a relationship with a Swede may apply for one, basically proving your relationship is valid and explaining your plans for the future.
Closing up shop was relatively smooth also. Once a moving date was set I started slowly taking things to Goodwilll, making to do lists, and planning things out as best I could. Parting with my belonging is probably the hardest part. Luckily I am still in what I like to call "in between the just out of college and adult phase" where most of my furniture and household belongings were either given to me or inexpensive. Logistically, I decided not to ship anything due to the cost being too great relative to the value of my belongings. So goodbye flat screens, furniture, paintings, kitchen ware, etc! I flew Iceland Air, and they allow two free checked bags in addition to one carry on and purse. They also allow extra baggage at a fee of $125 per piece weighing under 50 lbs. I ended up with five bags and painstakingly weighed each one to ensure they were exactly 50 pounds each. I shamefully admit one bag was entirely devoted to shoes... Ah shoes, something I just wasn't willing to part with! Although in hindsight, after arriving in Sweden on June 2nd, to a shocking degree of cold (for a Floridian) that time of year and unpacking my 20+ pairs of heels and sandals, 15 bathing suits, 10 pairs of shorts, and countless sundresses, I may have slightly over packed.
As I sat in Keklavik International Airport in Iceland waiting to board my final flight to Stockholm, I realized how grateful I am for how supportive everyone has been of my decision to move. At this age and stage of my life it seems there is little to lose and much to gain. I'll keep those of you interested updated regularly!
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.