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Leave your windows open to let the forest in

We live very close to a forest. You could even say we live in a forest. Not a park or anything, but a real Swedish forest with deer, foxes, owls and creatures.
And whenever I open my kitchen window, there’s a risk a bird from the woods flies in! Like it did this morning.

At least, this is a small one. Last week there was a woodpecker trying to get in!

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Christmas begins with you

Christmas puzzle

Some people I know consider it poor taste to start Christmas decorating before December, but I don’t agree. I pretty much start preparing for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. There are two main reasons; one practical and one emotional.

In October the sun shines only about 9 hours a day here in Gothenburg, so most of the time it’s completely dark. And we only see less and less light until mid-December. I find that Christmas decorations do the best job of compensating for the increasing darkness.

The other reason is simply that I enjoy Christmas so much, I want to extend it as much as possible. To save all the celebrating for just one or a few days just seems like such a waste of joy.

However, I’m far from done with my preparations. In fact, I haven’t even decided whether to go for a real Christmas tree or a plastic one. Although, I am leaning towards a nice plastic tree. It just seems so much more practical, considering all the running around that goes on in my house these days.

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“How to marry a Swedish woman”. Or man.

I get so many nice emails from you guys! Every now and then someone decides to drop me a line saying something kind. Even when I was absent from here, people stumbled upon my blog and told me how much they liked it – daily!

However, I get so many odd letters, too. People read this article on dating in Sweden (which is the most popular article on this site, it gets thousands of hits every week). Then they notice the name of the website. To them, the words Swedish Love Affair must be suggesting it’s a dating site.

Not only do some strangers wish to “get to know” me better. Some are also asking me about “hooking up with a Swedish woman”. Or a Swedish man. “How to marry a Swedish woman?” is a common question, “how to marry a Swedish man?” is another. Yeah, if I knew the answer I would have done it already, wouldn’t I? Haha!

Some people send me short versions of their biographies and attach photos to make it easier for me too hook them up with someone. They all tell me they’re nice and kind people. Maybe I should start an agency? Swedish Love Affair – dive into a love affair! That would be my slogan.

No, seriously. I’m considering filtering my email so it would sort out certain keywords. ‘Marry’ would be one of them for me.

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I have moved!

Now this is what I call a proper break from the blog! Hello again, dear readers!
I have missed you.

A lot of things have happened since we spoke last. The biggest one is that we have moved to a different city. Hannes got a new job, which gave us a choice of a few large cities to move to (Stockholm and Copenhagen among them), so exciting! We almost moved to Stockholm, but however, at the last minute we decided for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and is also the place where both Hannes and I grew up. Who would have thought! This means our families  and most of our friends are always near, so we can hang out and Johannes gets to know them well.
We have only lived here a month or so, and so far I’m happy. I will tell you more in detail about our new place and other points-of-interest soon!

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Belated birthday post

Hello! Many of you remembered my birthday last week – thank you all for your kind birthday messages and wishes! The day (it was a Friday) was partly spent at my favorite cafe eating cake. There were a lot of hyacinths and presents.
And then I went out for a day in the sun testing my new Speedlight flash, which was one of the best birthday presents I could ever imagine!

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Swedish Love Affair on Instagram lately

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With Greger and Titus (before he's had his hair done)

I’m going to share some of my recent Instagram shots for those of you who are not following me there (swedishloveaffair)!

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Me on the Christmas break in Gothenburg

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A couple of days ago in snowy weather. Wearing a cap knitted by my mother, of course!

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Reading one of Johannes' favorite books about the Moomins

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Yesterday at the children's library

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Dear readers!

Dear readers! It’s almost been two months since my last post. I apologize for this inactivity. I know many of you have been wondering about this, and I’ve gotten several worried emails from readers.

For those of you who were worried, rest assured that everything is fine. Actually, much more than fine. I am enjoying motherhood immensely, and I’m probably happier now than I’ve ever been. Johannes is almost seven months now, and he is still a perfectly healthy and really happy boy.

Of course, motherhood does take up a lot of time. As I’m sure you understand, this is the reason why I haven’t written anything here for such a long time.
I’ll explain what my life is like these days in more detail in an upcoming post.

I was genuinely nervous about checking the site’s visitor-counter. However, it turns out that there are still as many daily readers as ever (interestingly, the post about dating in Sweden attracts new readers to the site daily!), which made me so glad and made me feel really excited about starting running Swedish Love Affair properly again.

Which I will. There might not be several posts a day, but I will really try to share something each and every day. Also, check out my Instagram account @SwedishLoveAffair. Even if you’re not an Instagram user, you can still see all my photos by following this link.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for your patience and for staying with me!

Yours,
Antonia

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