I told you so…

4 Nov

I knew this was coming. I even warned you about it. I feel horrible that I haven’t updated my blog in what feels like many many months. Actually, as of right now I am feeling a bit overwhelmed about telling all of you about the recent happenings in my life. But, that’s me. I get so excited about something new and then suddenly it loses my interest and I forget about it! So first, I am sorry! I think in the back of my mind that no one really cares about what I am doing over here but then I think; some people may really want to know about my life. Humbling to say the least. So here I go…not in chronological order!

First of all, I got the job! Yes, I am an official English copywriter for an international advertising/marketing agency called Pyramid Communication AB, located here in Helsingborg. No one can believe that I managed to land a job in the short amount of time that I’ve been here. I guess it’s literally unheard of. On the other hand, the work visa situation hasn’t been the easiest thing to manage. After getting hired, my boss assured me that there would be “no worries” for getting my work visa. A month later, after I’ve called the American embassy, e-mailed the Swedish migration board, filled out paper after paper, and have done extensive research, I have come to the conclusion that I am going to have to come back to the States in order to obtain my work visa. Long story short, I am supposed to have a stamp in my passport before I get into the country stating that I have eligibility to work here and so they can register me in the system once I land here.  Margareta, the CFO of Pyramid, has been amazing in helping me organize the different papers that I need to turn into the migration board once I get home. Currently, I am waiting for the union to send back the paperwork and then I can apply for my work visa. After sending it in, the migration board is supposed to make a decision within 7-8 weeks.  So, as of right now I am planning on coming home on Nov. 27th. In a way, I am kind of happy that I have to come back home to get my work visa. I have been going through times of loneliness and ups-and-downs since I have moved here and could really use some family/friend time.  Don’t get me wrong, I am going to miss Joachim immensely but I think coming home will give me a new spark that I need to start this new job and life here.

Also, over the past month I have been to Germany TWICE! The first time I went to Germany, was to visit my dad’s high school friend, Diane, who invited me to come visit her. She has been living in Germany/ Europe for many many years and wanted to help me in any way she could to make me feel comfortable living in Europe. I went down without Joachim because he had some schoolwork to take care of. Diane (whom I’ve never met before) and I had a wonderful time. She is such a smart and outgoing woman that I felt like I had known her forever. It was great being able to talk to someone who knows what I am going through and to get a little bit of that American feeling back. She even managed to take me to the grocery store on one of the army bases where they had EVERYTHING from the U.S. That definitely cured my homesickness. She also showed me a lot of historical sites and was so knowledgeable about German history and culture.

The most recent trip to Germany was last weekend for the unfortunate loss of Joachim’s great grandmother, whom I never got the chance to meet. We took the trip with Joachim’s dad, step-mom and half brother. This next part might be interesting to some of you. In order to get to Germany, we drove about 1-½ hours south of here to get on an overnight ship/ferry. We drove our car onto the boat, parked it, and then went inside the ship. The ship actually reminded me so much of the MV Explorer (the ship from Semester at Sea) brought back many memories. Anyway! After spending the night on the ship, we arrived in Germany the next morning and drove to the small village (about 2 hours) where Joachim’s “Oma” lived. There, I got to meet Joachim’s grandma, Rosika, whom I never met before. Even though there was quite a language barrier, she was so sweet and glad that we could finally meet each other. We were only there long enough to move some furniture out of Oma’s house and attend the funeral, then we were back on the road again heading home. Unfortunately, the ship was full on the way back from Germany so we had to drive the whole way back. It ended up taking us about 6 hours and two ferry rides to get back to Helsingborg.

Okay, I think that’s all the updating that I can think of for now. I am so sorry that I haven’t put a post up in such a long time. I guess I really don’t have an excuse and I promise that I will update you at least once a week from now on. I hope all of you are enjoying the fall and soon-to-be winter and that I can see most of you when I am home at the end of the month.

Take care,

Hadley

 

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