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I'll be driving over to Sweden and working there for three months. Previously my travels have been by train, in one month chunks, and purely for leisure, so this is new for me. I've never been to Scandinavia and quite fancy it - geographically its distinct from the rest of Europe, and I hear that culturally it rocks. Sweden looks good - its a big country with lots of outdoors, the days will be long, sunny and mild (fingers crossed) and I'll get to eat many types of fish - and meatballs. There may be vikings and trolls (there will at least be me). Plus, I'll be going the furthest North I've ever been, and plan to visit Denmark, Finland, Norway and Estonia while I'm there. So it looks like being a good Summer.

At the moment I'm just sorting out paperwork - liasing between work and university, sorting out funding, finding accomodation and booking the ferry. So far I have achieved one of these aims, of which I am rightly proud. I'm sure the rest will be fine. Planned the route - ferry to Amsterdam, drive up through Germany, Denmark and into Sweden, then return via Norway. Have not as yet started gathering goods to take, but there's plenty of time. It doesn't need much more planning to get there... I hope

Had the first major setback already: my car insurance only covers me for 90 days abroad, and I will be there 95 days. I have found a website that offers cover by the day, so I'm going to top up my insurance with them in late June. I hope they can be trusted.

I will make no further entries until I arrive on the continent.


Posted by urchinjoe 15:07 Archived in England Tagged preparation

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