Helen Jones lives in Uppsala

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Helen Jones lives in Uppsala
Hi! I'm Helen. I started this blog in October 2014 after moving from London to Uppsala in Sweden. I wanted to have a place to share my news, moments from my day, and my experience of starting fresh in a foreign country.
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  • 16 for 2016: the resolution 1 year ago At the start of this year, in lieu of a new year’s resolution, I made a list of 16 things to do in 2016. Having written about them here,  I figure it’s time for an update as the year draws to a close. Strictly speaking, I achieved 11 out of 16 things – not an amazing […]
  • Should you move to Sweden? 1 year ago The week of the Brexit referendum result, everyone in the UK was googling their way into a new life abroad. You can fact check this on Google Trends, which shows significant traffic spikes for terms like “move to Germany“, “move to Australia“, “move to Spain“, “move to Canada“. And,...
  • Things I can't talk about in Swedish 1 year ago As I near the two-year anniversary of moving to Uppsala I’ve started to reflect a little. After a tumultuous first year as an immigrant in Sweden it feels like I’ve moved into a period of consolidation and stabilisation. There is still progress and change happening, but at a much slower pace,...
  • To the Brexit "I don't know"s 2 years ago I’ve been pretty restrained this campaign season, but the referendum is in two days and there’s someone I need to talk to. It’s not the voter who’s already decided to vote Leave. I respect your decision and, let’s face it, if every expert economist and notable world leader combined...
  • Don't call me an ex pat. 2 years ago I’ve had three different social media adverts targeted to me as an “ex pat” today and I’m ready to break things — Helen E Jones (@helen_e_jones) May 11, 2016 I first saw the word “ex pat” applied to people like me when I started researching moving to Sweden. I never liked it, but I...

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