Four years ago I moved to Sweden; a country often associated with long, cold, snowy winters. But, little did I know that after the harsh winter Swedes are rewarded with beautiful summers where the sun shines all day long. In the height of summer the sky barely darkens in Stockholm – my home for the last two years. Whilst I am very excited about my new adventures in Mumbai, I am saddened to leave Sweden (although I know I will return) and these are the things I will miss the most.
Water, Water, Everywhere
I already know that when the winter comes, and my Swedish friends are posting pictures of the white stuff that I will be jealous. There is nothing more beautifully bleak than landscapes like this.
Of course, I am going to see stunning sunsets in India, but I have never seen such vibrant sunsets as those I have seen in Sweden. I don’t know whether it is because scandinavian air is so clear that they are more vibrant, or because they are not as commonly seen, but they are truly spectacular.
Greenery: Trees & Parks
When I lived in Tokyo and Saigon I missed trees and parks. They existed in those places, but they are not the same as European trees and parks. City vegetation in Asia is not lush, green and inviting like it is in Sweden.
I’m a history geek who has always been fascinated by the Vikings. They are the original travellers and expats, after all. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I am drawn to them. I have loved living in a country strewn with relics from the Viking era.
So long, Sweden. I’m going to miss you!
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