Uprooting, moving country and changing home bring on many contemplative thoughts. Hence a blog post after such a long break.
We have lived in Oslo pretty much exactly three years by now. It took me a while to fall in love with Oslo, about two years, but when I fell, I really fell. Something clicked inside and I suddenly felt love for a place that had previously felt too cold and too foreign.
It's a unique city in its access to nature, to beautiful places and wilderness - all of which I couldn't really enjoy that first winter as my pregnancy with Ella limited me a lot. When those limitations lifted I started to be able to enjoy this place to a much fuller extent.
By now Ella has just turned two and Iluka five years old. They adore one another and are such a great little pair! Certainly a handful.
At yet another juncture of my life I am encouraged to sit back and think about where I am compared to three years ago. And I am in such a happy spot. Really.
I worry a little bit about what Spain will bring, how life will change. Iluka will start the French school and Ella will go into Spanish daycare. I will focus on becoming fluent in Spanish - the sooner the better! And I would like to get myself a job, this freelance translating thing won't suit me in the long run. I am getting tired of sitting at home in my wee home office. I need to get out, see people, do something. So it'll be exciting to see what will happen.
Cross country skiing with a sleeping Ella (Same lake as the picture above actually).
I have high hopes for Madrid, and I am pretty certain we will have a good time there. Iluka is looking so much forward to the heat and the sun. Ella is just constantly reassuring herself that we will remember to take her along :)
So... new adventures ahead, new climate, new language, new food, new people, new job. I think Seb is happy to get new challenges as well!
And I will and I already have cried a little bit, happy tears, for my time in Oslo. As well as some sad tears for leaving it behind and the people I would have liked to get to know better, see more and shared more with. Come and visit us in Spain! That also goes for our other friends. I certainly hope that it will be easier to encourage friends and family to visit us in Madrid than it has been in Oslo... :)
Over and out. Much love. Lots of kisses.