Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One Month Down, Nine to Go!

Exactly one month ago today, I met Sweden for the first time.

How has it only been a month?! Being here feels so natural that it's easy to forget I haven't been here my entire life. I can now navigate Stockholms Centralstation with ease whereas a month ago, I didn't know the difference between the pendeltåg and the tunnelbana (one is the commuter train and the other is the subway, for those interested). I don't even remember meeting some of my friends here; they seemingly just showed up and we got along so they stuck around. I feel like I've known them for years, but it's only been a few weeks. How is this possible?!

What do you mean we haven't known
each other since childhood?!
I'll admit that spending pretty much every day with the same people has sort of forced us all to become close. A number of exchange students have classes together (unfortunately, I don't because I'm taking a class in English but made for Swedish students), and if we're not having dinner together, we meet up after dinner to play cards and share stories and create inside jokes and memories. I usually don't get home until two or three in the morning, and immediately after I get home, I begin looking forward to seeing everyone again the next day.

Corny? Yes. But true? Absolutely.

I also think that plenty of people find it easy to feel at home in Stockholm. Despite boasting around 20% of Sweden's population, you don't feel like you're in a crowded place. You feel like you're in a quaint village strolling around for the day, even if you're just running errands. I don't know how to explain it. You can't explain what it feels like to be at home; it's something you have to experience on your own, and here in Stockholm, you can definitely experience that feeling.

I'm going to stop before I start sounding too much like a travel brochure.

Here's to another nine fun and unforgettable months in Stockholm!


- Lee

(Here some pictures from some of my favourite momens there so far, because pictures make blog posts way more fun!)

Sometimes I feel like all I do anymore
is pose for selfies.

2015 Eurovision Winner: Måns Zelmerlöw!
Free concert & he put on a great show!

Uppsala is only an hour or so away from
Stockholm, so it makes for a perfect day trip
We had a barbecue. No one really knew
what was going on.