2005 - 2006
On the 27th of Mai 2005 we start life in Sweden. It is the beginning of a period of hard work. There is a lot of overdue maintenance on the property and we have to go back to school. Learning the Swedish language is our biggest priority because it won't be possible to create a future if we can not communicate. Prior to our emigration to Sweden we have no knowledge whatsoever of the Swedish language. In between we get a lot of pleasure out of exploring our new world and discovering lots of beautiful places. And all of them far from overcrowded (except for the black flies and mosquitoes). We start blogging on a nearly daily basis (in Dutch) and we start a consulting business in order to make a living. Last, but not least, we experience a lot of hilarious things and have exciting adventures - some of them not without danger. Luckily all of them end well for us.
2007 - 2008
We know our way around, have adapted to the Swedish way of life and made new friends and acquaintances- due to the fact that we now master the Swedish language. Then a borrowed book brings us into contact with Anders Olsson. This Swedish celebrity is a person with an unequalled story. A series of unfortunate events in the hospital system render him paralysed from the waist down, bed-ridden for five years and addicted to morphine. But he comes back, and how. Without help and on pure will power he gets rid of his addiction and becomes a Paralympic gold medallist (2004 & 2008) and world champion in handicapped swimming. Our acquaintance with Anders and his story is one of the reasons that our view of life continues to change. At the same time our consulting business generates so much work that we start to wonder whether we are on the right path. Wasn't one of our goals to change the balance between work and our private life? During this period we write three books: 'Naar de Noorderzon, emigrating to Sweden' (June 2007), 'Er is geen grens' - There is no limit / the story about Anders Olsson / translation from Swedish to Dutch - (May 2008) and 'In het Hoge Noorden, living in Sweden' (September 2008). And although it will take a few years until we write the sequels to these books, it slowly becomes clear to us that our future lies in writing.