My lack of posts lately has been for a good reason. I have begun working here in Sweden at the International School of Helsingborg (ISH). It's an excellent place for me to have found work given that everything is taught in English. Substitute work mostly, as well as after school activities, which they call Fritids. Having very little experience with children, its been a HUGE learning curve. It is nearly 100% different than all other jobs that I've ever had. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... lets just say I now have a better respect for teachers and wish I could apologize to and thank all of my previous teachers. So if any of my teachers follow my blog, Thank you and I'm sorry for any excessive trouble I may have caused.
Saturday we traveled to Copenhagen, which is just over an hour away from Helsingborg. There are several Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, this one is in Tivoli Gardens and is a wonderful Christmas tradition amongst the locals, as well as visitors like us. There is tons of food and hot drinks including a Scandinavian tradition called Glögg. It is essentially hot spiced wine and has a different flavor each year. The word is pronounced just like the English word glug which is used to describe the sound of liquid pouring from a bottle so I think it is quite fitting. As an American it took a try before understanding it and it is not half bad. The Tivoli Gardens are usually just an amusement park but is transformed into a winter wonderland from November 15th to the 31st of December. We arrived just at sun set to witness the transformation from natural light, to the numerous Christmas lights they have throughout the entire park. I am very happy to have gotten to experience this Christmas tradition.
I will have many more blog posts coming up within the next few weeks. M and I are leaving for Stockholm to spent Christmas with her family on the 23rd, so stay tuned for more.