When I was 19 I moved to England to study Journalism and German at the University of Sheffield. Little did I know then that I would end up staying in the UK until I was thirty, nor did I suspect that I would go on to meet the love of my life. 19-year-old me might also have been surprised to find out that person would be a woman, but that’s another story.
The eleven and a half years that followed, full of adventure, friendship, learning and love, flew by. (One day I’ll write a book about some of them – I imagine it’ll be something of a Swedish bisexual Bridget Jones, but set in Sheffield and Berlin, with added heavy metal.)
Over a decade has passed and I am feeling that mixture of excitement and nerves again – because I have made the decision to move back to Stockholm. That’s right; I’m going home!
Some of you may know that already last year I moved away from Cyd to London to join the Guardian. I have spent the past year working behind the scenes there, and it’s been great, but the time has come for change. I have been living apart from my family for a long time and Cyd and I have thought about moving to Sweden for years. Now that she has finished her PhD, the timing is finally right.
In January I begin my new job at national radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio – a place I have dreamed of working at ever since I was child. I remember asking about work placement there when I was at school, and now I will be joining the digital team to help them develop their social media. I am so very excited!
Whilst I am beyond thrilled about this fantastic opportunity, I am also very sad to leave friends and family behind in the UK. But, I know I will keep seeing them. The world is very different now to when I first moved over – Whatsapp and social media have replaced email, Skype and dedicated travel blogs, making communication instant. We’ll keep lolling, albeit via text, and I am thankful to have their support as I start this new chapter of my life.
I am moving to Stockholm at the beginning of January and I feel incredibly lucky today that Cyd (and our cat Nova!) will be joining me in February. We’ll have our very own Stockholm flat and I can’t wait to live together as a little family again.
I have so many thoughts on this big move and the country that I have made my home (love you, UK!) but the overwhelming one is that I feel very happy that I decided to apply for that uni course when I was 18. I have grown so much as a person, I have met some amazing people, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world.
The move to Sweden means not only that I will leave the Guardian but that I will step down as Travel Editor at DIVA. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but I am grateful for the years I spent with Jane, Carrie, Louise, Roxy, Fernando and the rest of the team, working to produce the best lesbian and bi magazine in the world. I will also be leaving E.D.E.N Film Productions, a social enterprise I am very proud to say that I have been involved with and who I am sure will continue to produce great courses and content in future.
Once in Sweden I am hoping to have a bit more time for blogging and vlogging, and I know Cyd wants to take it up too, so let us know what you’d like to read and see from us!
For now, I am just hoping Nova will like the snow…
See you in Stockholm!