My last blog (which can be read here) was posted 5 months ago. I remember that I wrote at the end of my blog that I would write the second part the week after. That didn't happen until now. I'm sorry. I will probably never gonna promise anything like that again xD
So back to the story, I finished my first blog that all packing was done and I was ready to go. It was my first time in Scandinavia. I actually wanted to travel there many years ago and it finally happened. I flew directly to Copenhagen, Denmark with SAS. The weather was a bit cold for me. It was spring at that time I think. I really enjoyed the fresh air I breathed. I spent first 4 days walking around CPH and catching up with old friends. At first, I only planned to go to visit some friends in Oslo, Norway for a few days. I didn't plan to visit Stockholm, Sweden as I didn't have much time but I made it at the end of my trip and stayed there for 72 hours. Thanks to Niels for getting me a plane ticket from Oslo to Stockholm as my birthday gift.
All packed and ready to go!
This is me at Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark
Me at Vigelandsparken in Oslo, Norway
I met up with some friends in Stockholm, Sweden. I love this photo of us! ♥
What I didn't know was that this trip would change my life forever. I didn't even plan to meet and fall in love with someone but I did. I've known and talked this person online. We've talked for months. I planned my trip even before I met him but it turned out I'd be meeting him when I came to Oslo. He was a nice gentlemen who took care of me for the whole trip I was in Oslo. I couldn't imagine how difference it would be if i had met him in Bangkok when he was there as a tourist.
After I came back to Bangkok, we were still keeping in touch and talking to each other. I know it would be hard to have a long distance relationship. So all we did was having a faith in each other. We have still talked to each other everyday from the first day we started talking. Then, one day he asked, 'why shouldn't we try to live together and see how it goes'. It was definitely something like that. My heart raised so fast with a big smile on my face. Without hesitation, I said, 'Sure, why not', even though I didn't know whether it would work out for us or not. I just thought, 'What the hell, life is about taking risk to get what you want, and if you really want it, you go and get it no matter what. At the end of the day, you will always learn something from your decision'.
During that time, I had done a lot of thinking, 'What would I be doing there? How am I gonna live without work for a few months?' etc. I mean this is huge for me. I'm gonna be moving to see if the love is real. I couldn't help being worried too but with his fully support, I felt so calm enough to believe that we would make it through. Without any knownledge of Norwegian language and culture, I was still in hope that there would be something for me, if I kept trying.
This time, I asked for a visiting 3 months schengen visa. Little did I know, I should've tried to apply for a work permit or other type of permit instead of this one so I could stay longer. I thought that I could extend my visa or apply for other type of visa while I was there. I was wrong. I had to fly back to Thailand after my visa expiration to apply for another type of visa. This is actually what they write on UDI website. I heard that some people could apply for another type of visa and not leave the country but still, it was not so legit. I didn't wanna break any rule before I actually moved there.
The reason why I mentioned about the visa is because our relationship had been blossomed beautifully. We'd been so in love and wanted to live together. However, there are so many rules concerning about the visas. I've never known that people have been going through a lot of process and waiting time until they can move to another country. We decided to apply for a fiance visa at the end of January and we finally got a 6-month temporary resident permit granted in March 2012. I have been living in Oslo, Norway for almost 4 months as we're speaking now. This is a story of how I made my decision to move from Thailand to another side of the world in Europe -- or the country we all know where the cold comes from ;)
Thanks again for reading until the end, I wish you another lovely wonderful summer!
ps. I'll try to post some photos from my trips but there are so many. I hope I could find some time to write more also! xD