This is quite a self explanatory post all about my favourite and least favourite things in and around Stockholm! I have created this post through my Vlogs at separate times.
I must admit I have many things which I just love about Stockholm and must say that to think of the least favourite things I could not think of much. I believe that is testament to the city and I have found it so easy to live in and integrate into as a person, perhaps because of the friends I met immediately who were all in the same position as me and so that allowed me time to concentrate on the actual city experience and the pros and cons of daily life here.
Ultimately for me, Stockholm is one of those cities which while big and vast can feel homely and warm, maybe fika has something to do with it as well as the harsh winters but it has been an easy journey to fit into the city, which is not always so easy, at least from my experiences in other cities I have lived in. So here are my Vlogs, I hope these are helpful to understand more of Stockholm Life!
How do you get around Stockholm? How is it coming and going from the airport? These questions are answered in Vlogs on the prospective student at KI youtube page.
I have found the metro, train, bus and boat system in Stockholm to be one of the best of all the places I have lived, particularly for traveling such long distances and it is very punctual and clean. I have not experienced it yet however, but I have heard of the nightmare which occurs during winter whereby everything stands still due to snow and ice, this experience I will hopefully not need to blog about but this winter has yet to arrive!
Our route from Umeå to Luleå, Luleå gammalstad, Boden Tree Hotel, Kiruna, Abisko National Park and the fantastic scenery along the E10, Narvik, the very different scenery along the E6, Hamarøy and Hamsunsenteret, Bodø, Røkland, Svartisen, through Tärnaby and Hemavan to Vilhelmina and back to Umeå.
Well. Just over a month ago, at the beginning of June and the end of term, my family and I set out on a loop from Umeå that crossed the Arctic Circle, continued north into the topmost regions of Norway, followed fjords south to the – relative – darkness of Sweden’s subarctic interior, across the country and back to Umeå. In eight days we covered over two thousand kilometres and spent more than twenty four hours in the car but were richly rewarded for our efforts.
The Vlogs are continuing and are so much fun I am enjoying getting creative each day and with each Vlog. Recently I had some lunch with the Swedish Institute (thank you- was delicious!) and met fellow blogger Qianyun Ye for the first time. I thought it would be good to get her perspective as a Non-EU citizen on Stockholm and Sweden, quite briefly I must say as she was in a rush for work! I have uploaded this to my Vlogs I have mentioned in my previous post!
I have added much more included FAQ such as living costs, learning swedish and the Greek perspective of studying in Sweden, feel free to have a look around and let me know if you have any questions etc!
I have included a picture from Tyresta National Park which I must admit I have become obsessed with. It is a huge protected area of forest and lakes and is so peaceful and relaxing. It is simply so beautiful and I had the most enchanting experience, I decided to venture a little off the beaten track and ended up pretty much in the middle of the forest (probably not advisable) but I came upon a wild elk! It was so close and I was so lucky that it stayed for 5 minutes directly in-front of me, with nothing but the sound of the birds in the trees it was a beautiful experience and one I shall not forget. However I knew what I was doing and made no sudden movements and just sat by and watched, thus I could not get a picture but strangely I feel it is better that I didn’t. I have also uploaded a short Vlog on Tyresta! I hope everyone shall enjoy the Vlog continuation. Stay tuned!
…is from a small town in the American Midwest. He studies Sound & Vibration at Chalmers in Gothenburg, and these are his candid impressions of everyday life in Sweden.
Following undergraduate studies in Australia, Jonathan relocated to take his Master of Architecture in Umeå. When he’s not gently sobbing over impending deadlines he can be found drinking tea, reading pretentious novels and otherwise inventively avoiding using his twelve month gym membership.
From Ireland, Andrew came to Stockholm after 15 months travelling. He’s studying his Masters at Karolinska Institutet in Bioentrepreneurship. Each blog is an insight into his life in beautiful Stockholm.
…is from the ancient city Nanjing, in the southeast part of China. Qianyun is following a master’s programme in Wireless Systems at KTH in Stockholm.