Leaving Australia

Tonight I leave Australia bound for Sweden. It’s a long flight – about 19 hours with a short stop over in Dubai. It’s been a busy week of saying goodbye to mates, family and colleagues. The bags are packed and bursting at the seams!

There is some sadness that I’m leaving home and family, missing some birthdays and important events this year, but the overwhelming feeling is sheer excitement for what is an amazing opportunity at Stockholm University with student exchange. I can’t wait to explore the city of Stockholm and more of Sweden, undertake a crash course for Swedish at SU, meet other students that are staying at Lappis (student accommodation) and get some powder time! It’s extremely rare for it to snow anywhere in Western Australia (the state of Australia I’m from), so years can go by before I’m overseas and snowboarding again.

My first week in Sweden sees me exploring Stockholm for a few days then taking off to Abisko to catch the northern lights and some dog sledding, so the DSR camera is stashed in my carry on ready to get some snaps of this.