My Swedish husband was keen to move back to Sweden after eight years abroad, and I was interested in experiencing Scandinavian living. We then moved to England with his job, which was nice but not actually home to either of us.
After five years in Northampton, we were ready for a change and maternity leave seemed like as good a time as any to make the move. Our daughter was two months old when we moved to Stockholm and she will graduate from high school this June.
Shovelling snow and getting a car up a steep icy hill have also become part of my Swedish-skill set. An appreciation of four distinct seasons Coming from a country where you often have four seasons in one day and where snow is rare, proper winters and distinct seasons were both a novelty and a challenge.
It is hard to beat the simple thrill of walking across frozen water or tobogganing or skiing down a hill at speed for the first time.
I still feel compelled to offer to buy a round of drinks if out with a group, even though the culture here is that everyone pays for themselves.