Border Blues

Our luggage can’t get here until Wednesday- something to do with borders between Germany, Denmark and Sweden. So we bought a few more things at the Mall and washed more clothes. But I’m missing home.

Bryant’s “work-from-home” office was going to be the giant walk-in closet, and we didn’t realize until his first meeting that the light is tied into the door so when closed, the light is off and can only be turned on by opening the door, very clever, but not what we need at the moment! No windows, and no lamps that aren’t wired into the wall so the door has to stay open.

Lily made brunch of smoked salmon and eggs with dilled creme sauce and roe, thankfully, because there are no salt and pepper shakers in the apartment so the roe added some saltiness. The place is not really set up like an airbnb, just very basic furnishings. But so far so good!

Malmö apartment

Jen-Jill found a cozy place to hang out in Lily’s room.

We are managing pretty well without our checked bags. After a nap, Bryant and I headed to the mall, only a block away, to get some necessities. The apartment has a nice washer and dryer and two showers but no soaps, cleaning or paper products. The girls get to have their own rooms, and the courtyard with bike parking and green roof is also pretty cool!

Meet Jen-Jill…

Sophia’s doll, Jen-Jill, is ready for an adventure. Drum roll, please… she and her dog are joining us on our move to Sweden! Watch for her travel updates. Tomorrow is the big day- St Paul to DC to Frankfurt to Copenhagen, and finally, across the Oresund bridge to Malmö. 🇸🇪🥂

Shipping Day!

The crate for Sweden is on its way! We’re confident it’s under the weight limit of 900 lbs. And, yes, we brought a few bags of rocks from the north shore and many books! It should arrive at the house we’re renting in Lund in 3-4 weeks, where it will be waiting for us until the house is available August 1.

Temporary housing

Bryant’s move-in date is set for March 10. We have a great location not far from the train station, with lots of essentials and interesting places near by. It should be a very easy commute to IKEA in Malmö. Plus we have an address in Lund to satisfy school requirements!

International School of Lund

After our visit in November, the girls agreed that ISLK was the best choice for them. Today we submitted applications to this public school in Lund, Sweden that offers instruction in English, using the International Baccalaureate curriculum. They will also take Swedish classes. It seems like a great fit. Lily is looking forward to the Common Room and other Hogwartian aspects of the 1871 building, while Hilary anticipates enjoying the modern updates and nearby botanic gardens!