Stockholm: First Impressions

KORT TÅG – Well this was the first Swedish phrase I learnt, when I ran with all my luggage to hop onto the “Short Train” to Kista. Once I boarded that train, since then another Swedish word has been reverberating in my head – VÄLKOMMEN!!

Yes! As you arrive here, you can actually feel that the city welcomes you and from day one just embraces you as another brick in the wall of this cosmopolitan megacity.

Since I arrived here, I am still in the awe of the fact that how can a place be so beautiful. The scenic imagery is so captivating, it leaves you awestruck. In an otherwise chaotic world, here is a hassle free city oddly enchanting its spell on anyone who comes here. It is almost like sifting through a book that is so vividly simple and elegant and never loses value. How an old city could be so well managed, how the capital city be so close to the nature, and how everything works in such a hassle free manner in this place.

Being a photography enthusiast, sitting at home was never an option for me, the best option was to explore and find out what sets this city apart, group all the regular activities with exploring Stockholm and that led me to cover a major part of this place in two weeks.

I spent my initial time socialising with my KTH batch mates, meeting the old KTH students and exploring places as far as Sigtuna with them, going on photo walks with the local photography groups and even exploring the thrift stores to get prepared for the winters. Though it’s a short time but the list could go on.

The classes have been an entirely new experience as well as its different and quite practical way of creating a learning environment here. For a place that has already left me spellbound, I am sure this journey is going to be one beautiful ride and this is just the beginning. I have a strong intuition that next two years (hopefully even more) are going to be really inspiring, and inspiration is the fuel for a writer, so I look forward to write and share my experiences for other people on this blog.

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