We’re finally in Ireland

After one year and a half of planning, months of preparations, house renovations, packing, more packing, stress, the frustration of not having a home and of living in boxes, we’re finally here.

We lived in West Cork, Ireland, 10 years ago, and came back to Sweden after a bit over a year, mainly for work related reasons. But West Cork has continued to be like home, and this feeling has increased in recent years, for a variety or reasons.
Many things have changed since we left Ireland, and in August 2017 we decided to try to work towards going back to Ireland and making it our home again.

So we’ve sold our house and some belongings, ordered a moving company to bring the rest to Ireland, took our cat with us, and left Sweden in the beginning of February 2019. We now live near the sea in the south end of West Cork, where we rent a house until summer, while we look at houses to buy. Another important reason why we didn’t stay in Ireland the last time was that we rented a house that was quite rough – cold, damp and slightly overfurnished, and since it wasn’t our house we couldn’t do anything about it. This time we have decided from the start that we will buy a house, so that we can renovate and adjust things to our liking.

On this blog I want to share about our adventures in Ireland, about our life here, the lovely places we visit, about living abroad, and I also hope to write about our attempts to simplify life, downsize our home, and to create a better, healthier, and more enjoyable lifestyle.

Welcome, and please say hello if you visit!


  • Kirsten
    18th March 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Susanne! I am so glad you are back blogging again. I missed you and your blog! Congrats on the move to Ireland. I am so happy you were able to move back. I know you have been talking about it since you left Ireland. I can’t wait to read about your adventures in Ireland and your life there!

    I so badly want to visit Ireland. County Cork is where my family on my mom’s side emigrated to Canada and the US from. Maybe one day soon we will save up enough money to visit Ireland! We also made a move. Not as far. About 2 1/2 hours outside Halifax, NS near Digby, NS in an attempt to do the same thing. Simplify and downsize and live a better, healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle also.

    We plan to take up geocaching here and hiking, beach combing, walking, and tons of outdoor activities.

    Anyways welcome back to blogging and keep in touch!

    • Susanne
      19th March 2019 at 10:08 am

      Hello Kirsten and thanks for coming by! Your plans for the spring certainly sound lovely, and I hope you’ll be able to get to do all those outdoor things. It sounds great that you also made a move towards a better lifestyle. I’m still struggling with it! But I will get there… at least I’ve come to know myself a lot during the past year so I can recognise when I get into bad habits and bad thinking. But we’re enjoying ourselves to the fullest here..
      I’m looking forward to seeing all your photos from your hikes and stuff! Canada seems to be such a beautiful part of the world.

  • Kristina
    19th March 2019 at 5:38 am

    Yay!! I’ve been checking repeatedly to see when you would be back up and running and finally got surprised to see your blog back up and running! YAY!!!!

    I’m super excited to see/read about your adventures in Ireland <3 and continue to be envious of the spring weather your already getting!

    • Susanne
      19th March 2019 at 10:10 am

      And it’s lovely, loyal readers/friends like Kirsten and yourself that inspire me to keep on blogging! Thanks for you patience and interest! I really hope spring will begin to show up where you are too.


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