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Sep 20, 2015

Södermalm

What a brilliant and beautiful Sunday! The sun has been shining non stop and it was too warm to wear a jacket...talk about a complete turnaround from yesterday. My original plans for the day consisted of studying but it is now 4 pm and not a page has been read...so no success in that regard. However, who can stay inside and try to understand economics when it's such a stunning day outside?
 I could not. 
I laced up my sneakers and headed out to explore Södermalm, where I live. Let's see what I found: 




The view from my window this morning was inviting me out. 



I walked past Mariatorget, which is a square surrounded by cafés and bakeries. The light was absolutely dreamy. 






I headed towards Skinnarviksberget and passed by these adorable houses...I want to live here. 



This area of Stockholm feels like its something out of a story. 


Even if it was difficult to find signs of autumn on a day like this, there were still a few hints here and there. 



I. cannot.with.this.light. 


Eventually the bushes gave way to a grand view of the entire city and I had to duck past tourists who were also trying to commemorate it. 


This here is the waterfront of the Old Town. That huge building behind the church tower is the palace. 



As you may or may not know, the city of Stockholm is built on many different islands which means that pretty much anywhere you go, you're never far away from the water. This is one of my favourite things about our capital, it calms down the hustle of a big city. 

After soaking up some more sun, I decided to be productive and head into the grocery store and that's when the blog-worthy events ended...
So happy to have spent some time with the camera this weekend. I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to capture some really good shots.

XXX
Alice





Sep 19, 2015

A Saturday of Exploring

 As I mentioned in my previous post, I had plans to do some exploring, camera in hand, this Saturday. When I woke up this morning to grey skies, it was very tempting to stay indoors but after a hearty breakfast and no signs of raindrops, I decided that I needed a day of simply walking around everywhere and breathing in some brisk September air. The island of Djurgården was my planned destination as it not only houses a handful of museums, a theme park and waterfront views, but also a generous amount of forest. Let's start from the beginning: 



I hopped of the metro at Karlaplan, an area of Stockholm that's just next to the busy shopping streets but is remarkably quiet and filled with old people and strollers.


The buildings around Karlaplan are beautiful (and also some of the most expensive in the city given it's convenient location.)


After following one of the main streets for a few minutes, I ended up at Strandvägen, Stockholm most exclusive waterfront adress, where the bridge to Djurgården is located. 



Right across the bridge lies The Nordic Museum, housed in a very grand building. Stockholm, please offer free student tickets so I can go explore all your museums please?


You can see how the Virginia Creeper is turning red...autumn is so pretty. 


I walked past the museum and these chestnut trees, opting for a route that kept me walking close to the water.


                         Converse might not be the best walking-all-day shoes, but oh well. 



The chosen path took me past Rosendal Castle which is adorably pink. It looks like a dollhouse castle to me. 


Rosendal is perhaps best known for its gardens. Lots of people gather here to eat lunch, walk around in the botanical gardens and perhaps buy some freshly baked bread from the bakery/shop. 

Ooh! Ah! Flowers!


There is also an apple and pear orchard where the fruit currently hangs red and ripe in the trees. 


Instead of staying in the gardens for a coffee, I headed on in search of some forest. Which didn't take me long to find...

At this point I was very content. I love forests, especially during autumn. 



Then, I headed off in an unknown direction and eventually ended up on the road back to the city and somehow forgot to take my camera out again...oops.  My legs were quite tired after quite a few hours walking (and all the stair-sprints I did yesterday) so I headed back to Södermalm (the island of Stockholm that I live on) and tried to get to know more of what my local area has to offer (I'll have to do a post about that another day) before going home. 

The best thing about moving to a new city is that there are so many chances for exploration. In fact, I think exploring is essential when new to a place...how else are you going to get to know it? 

Hope you had a good Saturday as well!

XXX
Alic


Sep 18, 2015

Unlocated



List of current events and thoughts: 

1. I've resolved to spend tomorrow with my camera. There is so much distance between my usual creative habits and myself at the moment that it's driving me nuts. 
2.  I ran for the first time since moving to Stockholm today and I'm once again reminded by how good it makes me feel. Let's keep at it!
3. It feels like autumn outside but this city is so pretty that I'm (almost) not too bummed out by it. 

4. I've had a lot of moments this week where I've missed Glasgow, which surprised me. I left that city feeling so deflated but looking back on last autumn, there were some really good times. 
5. Making friends in a new city is hard. 
6. I went out of my way to go find this café that supposedly has the best vegan chocolate cake ever (hello friday treat!) and they were out... *sadface*
7. I am the worst grocery shopper in the world. I legit spent over an hour buying five things today. I  have to stroll around the store at least three times before committing to anything. 
8. The metro stopped in the middle of one of the tunnels today and it lowkey freaked.me.out. 
9. Eating tofu ice cream and trying to pick out a book to read is just about how exciting my friday evening has been and now I'm turning in...

... Good night.

Alice

Sep 9, 2015

STOCKHOLM








September evening in Stockholm's Old Town

It's Wednesday afternoon and I'm already halfway through my third week of living in Stockholm. I've moved up here to attend university and so far, things have been running smoothly. Introduction weeks are always hectic, especially for someone like me, who is easily overwhelmed by meeting too many new people at once. Luckily, things have finally landed a bit and I can establish some form of routine here.

Last year in Glasgow, the homesickness hit the moment I left for the airport but this time around I have yet to feel anything of the sort. I suppose I'm more routined now when it comes to living on my own but I also suspect that Stockholm is a better fit for me (although, I have had a moment or two of missing Glasgow too).

I took a walk through the old town a couple evenings ago and let's just say that I am so excited about being so close to such beautiful areas.

Okay, writing is so hard when out of practice....I've tried several times with this post but I can't achieve anything so I'm just going to leave it at this:
Hey, I  live in Stockholm now and I'm very ecstatic about beginning a new phase in my life here. Lets see what happens... 

bye?