I’m Moving to Stockholm, Sweden

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I’ve been keeping this secret for quite some time now, but I’m so excited to share with you that I am finally moving to Stockholm!

I went to Stockholm back in November 2017 and posted some photos, but I didn’t really tell people why I went there. You know, just in case it didn’t go well!

Life Update - Moving to Stockholm

So, the main reason why I traveled to Stockholm was that I went for an interview in a company.

The last quarter of 2017 was definitely full of surprises.

On September 14, I was already contemplating if I should resign or not. That same night, I got an email from a company in Stockholm that I passed the first step, and they would like to proceed with the interview process.

Without expecting anything, I still submitted my resignation letter and decided to take a break from work for a month.

One month later, I got invited for an onsite interview and went to Stockholm for 3 days.

Stockholm Weekend Trip

I went to Stockholm in November. As someone living in the Philippines, experiencing autumn is very new to me. When I went to Stockholm, it was freezing cold! I had to wear a coat, gloves, beanie, scarf, and boots.

The weather isn’t good as well; it was dark and gloomy. I got a few good photos though!

Stockholm Central Station

During the onsite interview, I also had a conversation about the process of relocating to Stockholm, Sweden. I still cannot believe it. I am soon living abroad! Though during this time, I still didn’t know if I will get a job abroad.

Luckily, there was a sunny day during my visit to Stockholm.

Autumn in Sweden - Trees
Autumn in Sweden

The onsite interview went well, and I got to meet a few of my future coworkers.

The same week when I came back to Manila, I received a call and the company offered me a job abroad! I couldn’t believe that I made it! I’m moving to Sweden! I’m moving abroad!

Now I understood why things didn’t go the way I wanted to last year. Because something way better is coming!

After a few months, I’m moving to Stockholm

The original plan was I will be moving to Stockholm in January 2018. Unfortunately, I live in the Philippines and in order for me to leave the country for a job abroad, I needed to secure an exit clearance. It took me four months to process everything before moving to Stockholm.

Related: How To Move To Sweden

When Miguel and I had a conversation about moving out of the country, I told him I initially wanted to live in Australia, New Zealand or Canada. He then told me he’s not planning to move; but, the one country that he is really interested in SWEDEN.

Living in Sweden never really crossed my mind. I want to get to know Miguel more, I thought. I read more about Sweden and wondered what made him like the country. Little did I know I’m falling in love with Sweden.

I remember I posted it on Facebook in 2016 until a year later, I have a flight to Sweden, and Facebook notified me about its memories. What a coincidence? A year later and I’m on my way to Sweden for a final interview in a company.

As you read this, I am probably about to board the plane or on my way to Sweden. I’ll miss home but I’m looking forward to this new chapter in life. Goodbye for now, Manila! ❤


Follow my Instagram to have a peek at what it’s like to live abroad. In the meantime, here are my updates after moving to Stockholm:

12 comments
  1. Whether you’re still in Manila or Sweden now, I’m wishing you all the best, Karen! I’m so happy that you have finally attained this dream of yours. You are inspiring. After being an exchange student, I kind of feel like I’m not meant to settle in the Philippines as well, but for now, we’ll see. Enjoy Sweden for me, will you?
    xx Myrra, http://www.myrrazenkate.com

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