Before I left for Sweden I had an illustration request, so before I left I gathered the anatomical information needed and have been working on the illustration here in my down time. It has been fun to have an illustration project during my break between my last job and starting school again. Always nice to break out the pencils and wacom tablet, even in a new country!
On 16 August 2012, I arrived in Sweden to study for a year. It has been exciting getting to know Sollentuna, the new town that I live in. I love how connected everything is while also being so close to nature. For example: I am a quick 10 minute walk (and even shorter bike ride) from the Pendeltåg or commuter train, I can walk within 10 minutes to two main Swedish markets, ICA and CO-OP, I can take nice walks around open fields, visit Sollentuna Kyrkan (which dates back to the 1100s), and go for a run through an area of woods on a peninsula which looks out over a lake.
There are fantastic bike and pedestrian paths that run along the rail lines and connect all the major towns. This is amazing because then you don’t have to worry about being on the road with cars. I could even bike all the way into Solna to get to school, but it would take awhile. I was completely thrilled that on my second full day in Sweden I bikes with Anders all the way to Sollentuna Centrum to get my mobile phone set up! It was such a dream aside from the fact that I got a bit warm as we rode along…
Can’t wait to see how the seasons change as I continue getting to know the area walking to and from school.
It was not easy to say good-bye to my family in Vermont before I left, especially at such a beautiful time of year. In August so many of the flowers are still in full bloom!
At least I was able to get some photographs to take with me of my family (Mom, Dad, little sister Britt, and the dog Selda – see below) and our family farm.
My family drove me to Boston’s Logan airport where we had a meal together before I left them to go through security.
My flights all went quite well and I generally enjoyed my layover in Zurich. (oh your Swiss Chocolates got started one year before Mt. Holyoke College which was founded in 1837… haha Alumnae nerd)
When I arrived in Sweden my good friend Anna Eva and her family were there to pick me up and bring me to their home where I’ll be staying for the year as I study.
My arrival was made even more exciting by the recent birth of Anna Eva’s neice, Lena! It was so special visiting and holding a newborn baby!
Before leaving for Sweden I had a truly wonderful goodbye party with close friends and colleagues in Connecticut. It was hard to give everyone a last hug after the four amazing years I had living in CT, but I have all the memories of our fun adventures!