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About me & this blog

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, IRISH DRAMATIST

Hello there, I’m Susanne.

I’m 40+ and Swedish, but I live in the wonderful area of West Cork in the south of Ireland. This is my personal blog where I write about a variety of topics that I’m interested in.

What to expect on this blog

  • Information about different aspects of West Cork and why this is the best place to go to when you visit Ireland.
  • It’s possible I’ll also give you some good ideas of what you should see in Dublin, Ennistymon or other interesting places in Ireland too.
  • Information about Abruzzo in Italy and why it is fabulous
  • I hope to inspire you to pick up your camera (the other camera, not your phone) and use it, although you consider yourself a beginner.
  • I hope to share how I try to create an insect-friendly garden and promote biodiversity in this little spot that I have control over.
  • Music-related content may appear.
  • There will be loads of photos.

I started this blog with the goal to share my thoughts and experiences of moving abroad, but soon realised that it was rather over-ambitious trying to run a decent blog while studying at the university. After my exams I’ve been struggling to revive this blog, but now I’m here and I’m going to write.

What I love to do

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery from behind our house with my husband. His barbeque cooking and a good Montepulciano d’Abruzzo doesn’t hurt either.
  • Create photos, especially if there are spiders involved.
  • Learn new tunes and skills on the concertina.
  • Play music with friends in pubs.
  • Hang out in the garden, seeing my new plants come alive.
  • Enjoy a good quality Irish whiskey and learn more about flavours, wood and other aspects of whiskey making.
  • Write and learn about writing.
  • Speak Italian.

Myself and languages

I left my nursing career in Sweden to create a more flexible lifestyle in Ireland, while enjoying the milder climate and the social life in West Cork. After some struggle to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I finally decided to go back to what has always brought me joy: languages.

I’ve always had a great interest in languages, grammar and the written word. I have an enormous fascination for grammar – it’s like detective work to me, understanding how a language is built. I’ve only managed to keep very few of my studied languages alive, but I’m proud to be decent in Italian and almost fluent in English.

Learning foreign languages has always been a source of self-confidence that nobody could take away from me. During 2019 I went back to the university to study Italian again, with the goal to start working on becoming as fluent in it as possible.

I first started out blogging in 2008 but didn’t do it consistently and I didn’t have a plan for what I wanted to say. I wrote some articles I wish I had saved, but in general, my content was quite bad. After a while, I realised that there was no point in blogging if I didn’t create something I could be proud of. I ran a photography blog for a while, but after some technical problems I shut it down.

But blogging had something that appealed to me and I knew I wanted to do it, but to do it better. In recent years I’ve felt I wanted to come back to writing more and to get better at it. With the rise of social media, the trend seems to be short and easy to swallow articles. I miss good storytelling, and I’m sure there are other people out there who would agree.

While working on this page, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and most of the world is in lockdown. Although the times are scary and strange, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on improving different skills. I’m indulging in photography projects and I’ve enrolled in a few writing courses as well as writing challenges. I’m determined to write more regularly again, and hope to share some good things here.

Do you have questions, or want to contact me? Feel free to send e-mail!