it’s that anniversary again…

Another year’s gone by, and today it’s been 10 years since my first trip to Canada.

December 13 is Saint Lucia-Day in Sweden, but that I had not thought about as this was a day of excitement. I hadn’t travelled for a long time, so even the actual flight felt a bit exciting. The whole day is etched in my memory … I remember all the little details!

As this was 2003, we hadn’t come all that far with all the tablets and smartphones. I did have a cellphone, but didn’t think of using it when I was sitting in Arlanda International Airport. They had a huge Internet café there, and I was probably chatting with Gerry, when all the lights were dimmed and I heard the Lucia song … and I remembered that it was actually Lucia Day.

In a place like that — an international airport — most people were foreigners, as could be expected, and I could see their awe and amazement when the Lucia procession appeared.

I found a little video on YouTube now, but it doesn’t convey the atmosphere at all … at least not as I felt it that time.

The first leg of my journey was Stockholm – Newark.

You know how all the people onboard just can’t wait to get off the aircraft, so they stand up [me included] in the aisle, long before you’re able to get out?! This of course, happened, on this Scandinavian flight I was one. Some smart-ass next to me, pointed out, as we were standing there; «are you aware of that you’re not in New York now … you’re in New Jersey?!» [SAS had just changed from JFK to Newark] I was standing next to him, so I said; ‘Yes, I’m aware and I hope Tony Soprano will be here to pick me up!’ The whole bunch burst out laughing! Sopranos was a very popular show in Sweden too. Some people are just too full of themselves, and feel the urge to shove their knowledge down everybody’s throat, making them feel like damned fools in the process…

It was late at night when we finally landed at the airport in Quebec City, and my darling was there to meet me! It was very cold and blowing snow … I remember trying to read the road-signs  during the ride from the airport to his home in Lac-Beauport … I didn’t understand a thing, but I remember a recurring word «prochaine» … had no idea that it just meant «next»! 🙂

So … today, I’m once again reminded of ‘how time flies‘! Ten years!!! It’s hard to fathom that it’s been that long! I’ve seen and learnt so much during this time — no regrets whatsoever!

15 Replies to “it’s that anniversary again…”

  1. It is wonderful that you got a life over there- a life you are happy about and with the man in your life.
    I think Lucia processions are something only in Sweden and Denmark ( I dont know about Norway or Finland).
    Prochaine- I read it as Procaine (medical stuff)- but well, its French so—-

    1. Yeah, Procaine LOL didn’t think of that … anestethic, if my memory serves me right…
      My life here turned out very good, and I’m so thankful … that I got to widen my views, so to speak.

      Don’t think Lucia made it to Iceland either… Sweden’s big on Lucia, and it’s kind of cool when they go and wake up the Nobel Prize winners in Grand Hôtel 🙂

  2. 10 years?! Wow, that’s a big one! Happy Anniversary and Happy St. Lucia Day too: )

    1. Thank you, Deb 🙂 That wasn’t the real move … that took place 4th of May the following year, but this visit, I stayed seven weeks, and during this time we decided about the move.

      1. Ah well, one foot out the door then, as the saying goes, eh?; )
        Still, glad you made it – the decision AND the move: )

  3. Happy 10th Anniversary Rebby & your sweet G. too!!!
    Dec. 9th was my 18 year anniversary of being back here in quirky Owen Sound, my childhood town. Time sure does fly…at least we are happy where we are in Lives…we are truly blessed!!!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

    1. Thank you! 🙂
      Yes … it certainly feels as if times goes faster when you’re happy and content… There’s also something about age, that makes it ‘go faster’… And yes, we are!

      1. Time does feel like it goes faster when we are happy & content; maybe because we are ‘invested’ in Life…busy actually living & not running away from it. As for age and time; my Nanna was right…it does seem to go faster…i keep wondering where are the brakes?? LOL….
        Sherri-Ellen xo

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