23 Dec 2014

lucia, ice skating and countdowns


Stressful but also somewhat magical times before christmas, especially if spent around kids! On the 13th of december is Lucia, celebrated in order to bring light in times of winter darkness (literally!). The kids had little performances in school and kindergarden with songs and pepparkakor and coffee afterwards. A couple of friends and I also went to the Lucia show in Skansen which was really nice but SO cold. We also went to the christmas market and danced around the christmas tree in traditional swedish manner! ;)
The last weekend in Stockholm before heading home for christmas was filled with Ice Skating (more or less successful) and shopping presents. I couldn't wait to get home but as I was saying goodbye to my host family and friends there, it already felt like I wasn't going to come back. The final goodbye in summer is going to be very hard, I already know that for sure!

Merry Christmas everyone! xx

22 Dec 2014

driving home for christmas

Right, where do I begin? Sorry for being blog-dead for the past two (?!?) months? Oh dear. When I left to Switzerland I really didn't think working full time, having to sort different things while having a social life would leave me this little time for blogging or even none at all. I was very lucky to get a week off at Christmas so I’m driving home and sat on the train for 6 hours,I feel like I only now finally have time to prepare different posts and edit various pictures I took during the past month!

I have really enjoyed my time here so far and I’m looking forward to the next months to come even though I really work a lot, but no money no travels :L

But right now, I need to get the festivity on the blog before december is over! So here are a few impressions of christmassy Geneva, which is so beautiful! And also I edited and wrote this while listening to Michael BublĂ©, Rocking around the Christmas tree, step into Christmas & co 

And of course I’m soooo excited to see la familia and the friends especially the Stockholm girl again!

xo Maddie

16 Dec 2014

lisboa strolling I unpublished #4


A couple of pictures from our trip to Portugal! We went into town several times and did sightseeing, shopping and also just strolled around soaking in the summery vibes and the city's atmosphere :) We were indeed a bit worried about our belongings as many people told us to watch out for pickpockets but luckily nothing of that kind happened. The other thing was the tremendous difference between girls and boys going to town - of course we couldn't miss out on the cool stores which -to put it mildly- sort of annoyed the boys ;)

Other than that, we really miss these wonderful times spent with friends that are now scattered all over the globe...

14 Dec 2014

being an au pair

I thought it's about time to tell you something about my stay as an au pair so far. Since it's been more than 3 months already I get along with the kids very well and my swedish is acceptable for every day life, I guess ;)
I go to a language course in the morning 3 times a week and pick up the kids from kindergarden and school at around 16.00h every day unless they have activities (quite many to be honest) that start earlier. I'm glad that everything is in walking distance although the kids, especially the oldest since he  doesn't sit in a stroller anymore, is not too pleased whenever I don't take the car.
In the afternoon, I play with them, make dinner (we eat around 18.00h every day!) and clean up. I definitely didn't think in the beginning that it would be that much housework! They do have a cleaning lady but just cleaning up after playing and all the meals and also laundry is indeed quite a lot...Despite stressful times and sick kids having to be home all the time, I like my time here in Stockholm and the family I live with! If you haven't noticed by now, I absolutely adore Stockholm and by now I have also made quite a lot of new friends which of course makes one feel a lot more at home. Speaking of it, I somehow feel this has already become like a second home (although I feel like I have quite many second homes around the world :D ).

Merry christmas everyone! xx

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