Time has flown by and suddenly my first school year has officially ended. It’s a bit weird to think that almost half of my Sweden adventure has already happened. I figured it would be a great time to take a look at my Stockholm Bucket List and see how far I’ve come in the past ten months.
1. SING ALONG TO MAMMA MIA AT THE ABBA MUSEUM
Done. Multiple times. Yes, it’s a touristy thing to do. But singing your heart out in one of the recording booths is just too much fun. Pretty good chance I’ll be back again.
5. GO TO A CONCERT
Also done. Three times, and the fourth is already scheduled. The first concert, JP Cooper’s, you might have read about here. The second one was Macklemore, in Gröna Lund. My third concert was that of Freya Ridings. It was a last-minute decions to go, like 45 minutes before the doors would open. But it was a really good one. It was a really small and intimate concert, the music was incredible and afterwards we even got the chance to talk to her and take a picture.
9. FIND MY FAVOURITE LUNCH SPOT
It is absolutely impossible to pick one spot. I simply can’t. One of the reasons I think Stockholm is such an incredible city is the fact that it is filled with amazing restaurants. Café Pascal has delicious salads, and so does Kaferang. I love Gast for its coffee and brunch at Greasy Spoon is so good. Not to mention Prinsen, Pane Vino and Pelikan. As I said, it’s impossible to pick just one.
10. TAKE THE LOCAL FERRY
The easiest way to get to the ABBA museum, and some other museums, is taking the ferry. You can just use your regular public transport card. I love taking the ferry, even when I don’t necessarily need to go anywhere specific. I love the view from the water, it makes the city looks little different.
11. STUDY IN THE SSE LIBRARY
I’ve only studied here once or twice. I prefer some background noises and movement around me when I’m working. But I simply couldn’t pass on the opportunity to sit here for a few hours, simply because it’s such a pretty library. Straight from a Harry Potter book.
12. DRINK COFFEE AT DROP COFFEE ROASTERS
The reason I wanted to go to this café specifically is because they’ve won international awards for their coffee. So, it’s fair to say I had quite high expectations. And the coffee lived up to them. I actually went here with my mentor to discuss my resume and cover letter. The documents that I would later submit to H&M and helped me with getting accepted into the internship programme. Good memories!
13. VISIT THE MODERNA MUSEET
Done! It’s not my favourite museum, but definitely worth a visit.
16. DISCOVER THE SUBWAY ART
I’ve used the metro pretty much every day since I’ve arrived in Stockholm, so I’ve seen my fair share of subway art by now. My favourites are Huvudsta (my home station), T-Centralen, and Rådhuset.
18. SPOT A SWEDISH CELEBRITY
Okay, so, to be completely honest, I had some help here. This is almost an impossible task to accomplish, given that I don’t know any Swedish celebrity. But. I was sitting on a terrace with one of my Swedish friends, who then pointed out a famous Swedish musician/comedian Sean Banan. Still don’t really know who he is, but I saw him. So, thank you Sara for helping me ticking this one off the list.
19. GO ON A TRIP OUTSIDE OF STOCKHOLM
I’ve been lucky enough to go on a few trips. First I went to Umeå, then Kiruna, Åre and Uppsala. Some were ‘work’ related trips, others were just for fun. I feel so lucky to have seen more of Sweden than just Stockholm. You can’t really say you’ve seen Sweden when you’ve only been in Stockholm. And during these trips, I’ve made some of the best memories I have of the past months. Seeing the Northern lights in Kiruna was absolutely incredible and in Åre I was finally able to snowboard again. Hoping I’ll be able to go one one or two more trips when I get back in Sweden.
20. FIND THE PERFECT SPOT TO STUDY
I have found a few actually. Number one is a bit of a boring one, but it’s the balcony in the university’s atrium. I love to study here because I love the people who study here. Studying here means plenty of coffee breaks and conversations. Might seem like a bad place to study, but in between those breaks I’m surprisingly productive. Other places I love to go to to get some work done are the lobby of Hotel With and Fotografiska’s café.
21. GO TO THE FOTOGRAFISKA MUSEUM
I’ve become a bit of a regular of this place. As mentioned before, their cafe is amazing. The view is incredible and I love to just sit there and get some work done. But the café definitely isn’t the main reason you should go to this museum. It’s the exhibitions that make this place special. I could spent hours here, just looking at all the pictures that are on display. I’ve been lucky enough to get a membership to this place for my birthday, so I can go as often as I want. So, I’m trying to make the most of it before I leave Stockholm. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this right now from their café.
26. FINISH MY FIRST YEAR AT SSE
DONE! It is absolutely mind-blowing to think that the first year is over. Time has flown by and I can’t believe how much I’ve experienced in those ten months. Assignments, group work, a trip to Riga and Uganda, exams, presentations. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent over half of my time here inside the Stockholm School of Economics building. And the thing is, I’m completely fine with that.
28. WONDER THROUGH THE CITY WITHOUT GETTING LOST
I accomplished this up to a certain extent. But, given my non-existent sense of direction, I have to say that I’m doing quite well.
29. GO FOR A PICNIC IN TANTOLUNDEN PARK
This turned out to be one of my favourite parks in Stockholm. Especially now that the weather is absolutely incredible, it’s a great place to be. We had a picnic here when mum, Corina, Tessa and Birgit came over to visit. A lot is happing in this park, so you can just sit down and look around you for hours.
30. FEEL AT HOME IN STOCKHOLM
Check. I feel so at home in this city that I’m already sad about the fact that I’ll be leaving in a few weeks. It’s the place where I realised that taking the risk to move away from everything you know is worth it, the place where friends turned into family. I already can’t wait to return.
Turns out I made quite some progress since the last bucket list update! Only 7,5 items to go. Those last ones are gonna have to wait though. My H&M internship is starting in a few days, and in six weeks I’ll be moving to Helsinki and then Vienna. Lots of adventures ahead.