Snippet from Sweden

Thought I would share an email we received for New Year from former Adelaide celeb, Heather Caddick, now living in Sweden.  She had a travel article on her first Swedish Christmas published in The Australian last weekend, and she is happy for me to share her wonderful email.

“Dear Nadine and Oliver,

Sending you best wishes for the New Year and beyond from wintry Sweden, and with 2011 now behind you…there must be only blue skies and sunny days ahead for you both.

We have been living in Sweden now for over a year, and really love the life here, and having family 5 minutes walk away, down the river trail.

Christmas was at the ‘summer’ house, that sits alone on a lake at the edge of a forest..We had 15 family present, including son number two, who came here for Christmas, and wore the Santa suit….

I have been attending Swedish Language school, and in my class of 15, we have Kabul, Somalia, Palestine, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Germany et moi..represented! It is an absolute privilege to be getting to know this United Nations…as we struggle with learning to speak Swedish. There is huge humour and fun.Fatima from Palestine speaks no English…we have become great friends and manage to communicate in slow Swedish..and the 2 girls from Kabul are inspirational….wicked sense of fun. In Sweden refugees must learn the language and culture before they are allowed to work here. This is all funded, and may take years, but is a clever way to bring multi cultures together.

We shall be visiting France in February (skiing )..wonderful to be close to everything, after years of ‘long haul’!

XXX Heather.”

(PS) Heather was the first female stockbroker in South Australia (a few years back down the track) and more recently before migrating to Sweden was former chair of the Adelaide Zoo. She and husband Alf sponsored the Boma, the mating enclosure at Monarto Zoo for the rhinosoruses.

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