Sunday, January 31, 2010

No need to panic...

With only three months until our landlady returns and a serious housing shortage in Uppsala we had a bit of a panic this week. The custom here is to give notice three months in advance and we thought that now is a critical time to get one of these apartments that will open in three months. An additional worry is that all interested individuals (including us) register on a queuing list to obtain an apartment BUT the average waiting time is 7 years. The situation is however not that bad and we were able to find a new apartment, after one day's search, in Gottsunda (a suburb in Uppsala, 7km from the city center) through a private renting agency called Graflunds. We will move in the begining of May and Carina will have two kilometers more to travel to work while I still only have three. If we are approved (the renting agency need to check our credit and working status), we will have an 82 square meter, two bedroom, completely unfurnished apartment. Anyone is therefore welcome to come and visit us, just bring your own bed. Thus, we went to IKEA to look at furniture. There are many nice pieces (all requiring some assembly) that we are interested in but today we only invested in a "starter box" for the kitchen that include pots, pans and other kitchen utensils.

Allthough browsing through IKEA is a very Swedish thing to do it is completely different from another Swedish weekend activity that we grown to enjoy. Here are a few pictures of last weekends ice skating adventure were we skated 15 km.

Crossroads on the ice, with the necessary signpost.

An outing for the whole family.

Note the icepicks around Carina's neck, needed for if she falls through the ice (does the required safety equipment raise some questions about the previous picture...).

Our current focus now is on doing enough work before our trip to Africa, but more on this later.


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