During my meeting with the Bird Man this morning, I received a text message. I tried to read it quickly, as I was engaged in a conversation with a man holding over 40 birds in his hand, and did not want to be rude. I read it once. Then twice. Then I read it again. Then I screamed and leapt into the air, giving Mr. Bird Man a start and sending the 40+ birds scattering in all directions, including into the faces of passerby tourists. “Are you Ok?” Steve the Bird Man asked me.
“YES! YES! YES!” I exclaimed. “I just got approved for my visa! I’m moving to Sweden!” I jumped up and down for a few minutes, ensuring that every last bird had flown a safe distance, and hugged my new Danish friend who had joined me for the sunrise. I thanked Steve for being so wonderful, and made my way back to the hostel- my place of residence during the past 6 months.
I very literally ran through the hostel shouting with happiness. “I got it! I was approved!” I showed my sister the text message from my boyfriend Jens in Sweden “Good news! Your visa was approved!” I didn’t know how on earth he knew before I did, but I didn’t question it. I was just beside myself with excitement. I could finally start feeling comfortable with moving forward.
Truth be told, I was a little worried I would not be approved. I thought they would find some reason to deny my visa, and I would be stuck in the US without a way to live with my love. I just continued to move forward, making plans to visit my home in Vermont to bid farewell to my family and friends, hoping I would hear from the Embassy sometime before July, when I was hoping to move to Sweden.
We didn’t even expect to hear them until the end of May, at the earliest. Even then we expected at least a formal interview process before we would be approved. Nope. Not at all. I finally signed on to Skype and got the full news from Jens: He received a letter stating that the Embassy of Sweden was granting me a two year visa to live and work in Sweden. Under the rules of the visa, I must live with Jens (no problem) and we must remain in a relationship (yes please!) for my visa to be valid. In just under two years, I will have to renew my visa.
So it looks like I will be officially moving to Sweden in two and half months! SO SOON! I have a lot to do in the meantime. Many things to pack, people to visit, and farewell hugs to give. I am sad to say goodbye to my friends and family, but also excited to start my new life in Sweden with Jens.