Sweden in September

In September I spent a wonderful weekend away to visit friends at their home in Stockholm. My experience of Sweden so far has been only Stockholm and what a beautiful city this is! I felt so welcomed into a new culture and even under the September clouds it was so nice to walk around outside and explore the architecture, streets and overall mood of a new city.

For the last few weeks I had really been trying not to be too much of a tourist for the worry of feeling isolated or turning everything into a “temporary” experience. It was so nice to simply arrive in a new place for a finite time and just explore however the days suited me to do so before meeting friends in the evening.

It was a wonderful few days to spend away and back into my exploring / nomadic frame of mind. I feel so much more free now that I am returning to my home in Copenhagen after travelling somewhere else. This sense of calm is transitioning from my way of thinking and into the work I am producing in a really positive way. Moments like this really make me realise how important it is to always find a sense of freedom in some way during our daily lives… for it is in our daily lives that the most extraordinary things can happen if we allow them to.

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Each building has its own beautiful and unique detailing
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Exploring Stockholm

Despite the rain, there was so much to see and do in this wonderful city and culturally there is such a difference between all of the Scandinavian cities. Having spent only about 6 weeks in Copenhagen, it was really lovely to step away for a weekend and gain a perspective on one of the other major cities, its people, culture and rhythm of life. Everything is a little different in some way while also maintaining this general essence of Scandinavia. It is unlike any of the cultures I have yet to explore and one that I feel very at home in.

To see Stockholm under the light of mid-autumn was really special. The city felt cosy from the cooler days / evenings and welcoming from the recent months of warmth and movement. These few days were a really nice introduction to a new city and culture. When the rain became too much – we went inside to have fika (the ritual of sharing cake) and share wonderful ideas, perspective, and conversation.

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One of the many islands that makes up the city of Stockholm
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Beautiful colours under the clouds
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Lakes near the botanical gardens
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Despite the September clouds, the gardens sang in bloom
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Always time for fika
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Celebrating birthdays and new cities
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Evening lights over Stockholm

Stockholm; September 2017

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