Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

Right now I'm packing up my life to move halfway across the world to Sydney, Australia. No big deal, right?

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20 things about me

Seeing as I’m still fairly new around here, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you get to know me a bit better.

Without further ado, here are 20 Facts About Me:

1. I’m tall. Better get this out of the way first, as it’s often one of the first things people say to me when they meet me. “Ooh, you’re tall!”. Yes, I had noticed.

2. I don’t own a TV. I’ve never regretted getting rid of it, not even once.

3. I’m one of the scattiest people I know. I’m always forgetting or losing things and it drives me mad.

4. I’m 27 but regularly get ID’d for alcohol, and even painkillers. I have such a babyface it’s unreal.

5. I hate the dust at the bottom of cereal packets. It’s such an extreme dislike that I have been known to sieve my cereal – yes, really.

6. My favourite author when I was a child was Gerald Durrell, and if I’m honest, he still is now.

7. I have always been a bit of a grammar pedant, but since I married a trained copy editor, it’s become much, much worse.

8. Invite me to the cinema, buy me popcorn, and I’m your best friend for life.

9. When I get cold, I get grumpy.

10. My spiritual home is Sydney, Australia and I go as often as budget and work permit.

11. I have been a diagnosed coeliac/celiac for 6 years.

12. I work full time in an industry broadly similar to financial services consulting (read: lots of excel, very stuffy, a fair bit of travel).

13. My favourite colour is green.

14. I like to think I’m quite an intuitive person, and I enjoy working people out. I’m not sure how good I really am though, because I always look for the best in people and this can lead to catastrophic errors.

15. My favourite band changes all the time as I get sick of music quite quickly, but I always seem to come back to the Chili Peppers. The John Frusciante years, obvs.

16. I’ve been married for just over 3 years.

17. I don’t really like talking to people on the phone; I much prefer a conversation face to face.

18. I really love pick n mix.

19. I am definitely a dog person. I do not trust cats.

20. I’m an introvert, and I like to spend a fair amount of time by myself.

Welp… That’s quite enough self reflection for one night. Happy hump day everyone, and enjoy the rest of your weeks.

– Rachel

Surviving in Sweden

Hej fellow nomads,

Notice that little bit of Swedish I snuck in there? Well it’s about all I know. I’ve been working on a project in Sweden for the past couple of weeks and I’ve had a blast. It’s so, so beautiful and everyone has been very friendly.

In case any of you should find yourselves stationed in Sweden any time in the future, here are a few things I think you should know.

  • Hej (pronounced “hey”) is both hello and goodbye. This can sometimes prove confusing.
  • Instead of fish on a Friday or a Sunday roast, their traditional dish is yellow pea soup and pancakes on a Thursday. To make it a little weirder, the pancakes are served with sweet cream and jam – and yes, you eat it all together with the soup.
  • Toothbrushes are expensive.
  • Actually, most things are expensive.
  • Any temperature above 0 is classified as “warm”.
  • They have excellent pick n mix selections in their supermarkets, and it’s not just for children. Adults happily fill up a bag with no shame. My kind of place!
  • Some Swedish people speaking English sound a little bit like they are making fun of very strong Welsh accents. This is very funny at the most inappropriate moments.
  • The trains have tiny rubbish bag dispensers by each seat. This pleases my inner anti-litterbug greatly.
  • Did I mention it gets quite cold?
  • There is plenty of gluten free food available, both in restaurants and supermarkets, and restaurant staff will carefully explain menu choices to you without sighing, rolling their eyes or tsking. Or saying, “Gloo-tin? What’s that? Oh you mean you can’t have potatoes.” (Argh).
  • Hotels tend to have this weird two-single-duvets-on-a-double-bed thing going on, which takes a bit of getting used to and can result in some chilly awakenings.
  • There is a brand of chocolate bar called Plopp. Do try not to laugh.
  • The airport shopping is nothing to write home about. Which is lucky, as there aren’t any post boxes either.
  • It’s generally a very pedestrian and cyclist friendly place.
  • Everything is so freaking Christmassy!

Have a festive week everyone,
– Rachel