It took me until December 2016 to get to Sweden, 14 months late from when I was supposed to go. I spent 3 days in Stockholm doing all the touristy things you do in Stockholm. But some of my high lights were
Visiting the Abba Museum
Paying my respects at the graves of Greta Garbo, Pelle Lindeburgh, Quorthon and Olof Palme
Making snow angels in Haga Park
Dancing across the bridge from the Lindigo island
Going into the royal palace
After 3 days in Stockholm, I had to push onto Malmo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Dunkirk and London. I was sad that I couldn't live in Stockholm.
For the next 18 months, it was my dream to see if I can live in Sweden. I took short trips to Olso and Iceland. This is so the magic of Scandinavia could surround me again.
After a year in London, I just grew tired of living the hostel life and not working in them. I had planned a huge overland trip in June 2018 where I would polish off my map of Yugoslavia, get to Albania, Greece and Moldova before flying back to London from Kiev.
I did that overland trip, but instead of flying back to London, I spent £25 and flew one way from Skopje to Stockholm.
I have been saying for most of 2018 that I would hang up my backpack after my 100th nation and move to Sweden. Well being on country #71 means that I got 29 more nations to go. I have nearly run out of Europe and without any new countries in Europe, this would only lead to me returning to Africa, Asia or do I dare say NORTH AMERICA.
"Once I get to 100 nations, go from Cairo to Cape Town, visit South America. I will retire from travel and spend the rest of my days in Sweden" Martin Anthony January 2018
I did not want to wait until I retired from travelling, I wanted to experience a month in Sweden.
Now I have applied for jobs, I have applied for that stupid personal number. But there so much obstacles to jump through
First of all, THEY ONLY GIVE OUT THESE PERSONAL NUMBER if you have a 1-year job contract, meaning you will be living in Sweden
2) without a Personal Number you can open a Swedish Bank account, apply for phone contracts,
3) There is a requirement to know Swedish and English in WAITER type of jobs
4) I see NOBODY advertising KITCHEN PORTER jobs online. Nor can the translation from ENGLISH to SWEDISH of the words KITCHEN PORTER find me anything to do with jobs on a google search
I did have a job interview via SKYPE for CHEF positions in the very north of Sweden. But the Truth is I am not a fucking chef at all. You either consider me to be a Kitchen Porter or a Waiter. I don't cook meals or make meals from scratch.
So, I am going to head back to London next month to stay there for some time (6-12 months). If I was to be offered a job in Scandinavia, while I am living in the UK, I'd rush over and take it.
But when you are an EU citizen and you're renting a room in Scandinavia via AIRBNB for a month, you just kinda wish you could get a job so you could get those stupid numbers and extend your rental stay.
I have looked into a job in Scandinavia where you live near the hotel. You work in the hotel and you pay a small amount of dough to rent nearby. That's what I got when I moved to St.Mawes in 2018. But those small towns lack anything, you're only there for a few months and while you're in this small ass town, you forget how trendy it is to live in a fucking city!
If I had stayed in St.Mawes and dealt with that narcissist prick called Peter on the job. I would have never moved to London or got to see bands like JoanovArc, Voivod, Lee Aaron, Toxik, St.Vitus or even meet Stockard Channing. Nobody awesome like Lee Aaron would ever do a gig in CORNWALL
This month stay in Stockholm has helped me catch up on vlogs, its made me sit down in front of a camera to talk, Its helped me recover after 12 months in dorm room, its give me a better location without so much bullshit London has, I haven't paid for any sex while I'm here and I'm not angry anymore like how fucking furious I was in early June.
I'll go back to London in August, but I'll be renting out another home for a month, I'll be back working, I'll finish off my map of Europe and I'll turn 33 in Africa!
I strive to live the rest of my life in Sweden. You all know I hate Australia more than I hate the UK. But I love Sweden more than I like the UK. It's not just Sweden that is awesome, its Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland that also magical!