On August 24th, 2013 we landed at 7:50 am and were surprised at the airport by Jake's boss Bert-Åke. He drove us to our hotel and helped us load our bags into the elevator. I was so thankful he was there. I told myself we could figure out how to get four rolling suitcases and two huge duffle bags all weighing literally, about 50 pounds each, onto the metro and then to our hotel but thankfully we didn't have to worry about it. Our room was ready when we arrived which was great because we had already had a long day even if the day in Stockholm was just beginning.
First time my morning routine includes an ironing board. Have to improvise when there is no bathroom counter space. #janzensinsweden
We were used to having separate beds from when we visited in June. In Sweden they make the bed with a flat sheet on the bottom tucked in and then a duvet covered in a sheet is on the top. We always took the duvet out of the cover so we could have a top sheet and then we just placed the duvet on our feet. The hotel room would get pretty warm since they didn't have air conditioning so we usually slept with the window in the kitchen and the living room open at night. Remember when I mention how great it was that the metro was close? Well at night it wasn't that great. The metro curves right before the stop, which is basically below our hotel, and it makes an awful sound going around that curve. We eventually got used to it but the noise made us more aware of the metro noises when we started looking at apartments. There were two closets in the bedroom that we used to hang up some of the clothes we unpacked while we stayed in the hotel.
I was very thankful for the two hot plates and the small fridge and freezer but at the same time I started running out of "stove-top only" meal ideas pretty quickly. Before we left I took pictures of every page in my two favorite cookbooks so I could have the recipes without the weight of packing them. That is what you see on my tablet in the top middle picture. The utensils in the hotel worked for the most part but the plastic measuring spoon on the top right hand corner isn't a tablespoon or a teaspoon :) and there were several times when we needed something in the middle of cooking only to realize the kitchen did have that certain utensil. I ended up buying measuring cups and spoons.
Our first dinner at the hotel was the picture in the bottom left hand corner. I realize from this picture it looks like shopping couldn't have been that hard. The package clearly says tortillas and in the other picture the package said taco seasoning mix. But the directions for the taco seasoning were in Swedish, Finnish and Dutch. Google translate is quickly becoming my friend. I should also clarify, our new apartment will have a regular stove and oven so I won't have to think of hotplate and microwave only meals for a whole year, just for about a month.
I was going to wait until I was homesick to make mac and cheese but waiting to get homesick seemed depressing. So I am enjoying the lunch without being homesick :). Yes I brought Kraft cheese packets to Stockholm. #janzensinsweden #ilovemacandcheese
Doing laundry at the hotel before we move to the apartment. Translating washing machine directions and what the detergent bottle says just to do laundry makes doing laundry less fun. . . didn't know that was possible. It does make it more interesting.#janzensinsweden
It is a good thing I like this guy because moving to another country is SO out of my comfort zone!
We were supposed to stay in the hotel for about a month while we looked for apartments. We finally found an apartment but we couldn't move in until a week after our hotel stay was supposed to be over. So we tried to extend our stay and found out we were one day short of making it work. Thankfully our landlord let us move in a day early and Jake's boss let us borrow his car to move which was great.
If you want to see our apartment tour click here!