Frank and his Swedish adventure part one: moving to Sweden
Consultant anaesthetist and sustainability champion Frank Swinton is taking a sabbatical from Airedale to study for a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, in Sweden. Frank will share his experiences via this blog over the coming months…enjoy!
It’s now two and a half weeks since we moved to Karlskrona in South Eastern Sweden for me to study for a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability www.msls.se.
Moving country is hard.
Moving country is really exciting.
Both of these emotions were amplified for me this time because we have moved as a family with kids.
There were many months of preparation and who knows how many emails were sent and decisions were made in that time. Somehow it seemed that there were still a million things to do and sort out in the last few days but we had a lot of help from our friends in Yorkshire (you know who you are) and we finally made it onto the ferry in Hull.
The house we have been lucky enough to rent is furnished so we had previously decided that it would be simplest if we didn’t ship stuff. This meant we had to fit all four of us and all our stuff into one car load (with roof box). If it didn’t fit in, it didn’t come with us. Yes there’s stuff in the house and yes we’ve raided a charity shop or two but really, it’s amazing how much stuff you don’t need.
This area of Sweden is stunningly beautiful. The city is on an archipelago so you never have to look far to see bridges, beaches, ferries, coastline and lots and lots of water. It’s very different from landlocked Skipton.
The kids started school last week which was really humbling for us as parents to watch. It was incredibly brave of them to go into school on the first day when they didn’t know a soul and spoke none of the language and didn’t know where anything was or what any of the rules or procedures were. They went off happily enough though and although there have been a few wobbles, they’ve made some friends, figured out how most of it works and learned a lot of language already.
Alex, my wife, has been her usual legendary self, keeping us on an even keel and being great company. She is still looking for a job and that’s been slow going so far and I think that now the kids are pretty settled at school, she’ll be focusing on the job hunt in the next week or two.
We’ve also managed to explore a bit of the local area and have found some amazing, deserted swimming spots with views over the islands. We all have bikes now