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Plans and Screwed up plans
No matter how well you plan a trip, there are two things you can’t fight, bad weather and bad health. When it came to this trip, both these things were against me.
What I planned: I booked tickets to travel to Prague on my birthday and thought on to go further to Vienna from there before returning to Stockholm 4 days later.
What actually happened: I got sick just a day before I was supposed to go, and the flu was at its peak just the night before I had to go there, so I had to skip that flight and stay in Stockholm. Continue reading “A mucked up trip to Prague”→
Being close to the arctic circle, Sweden is one of the best places to get visuals of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). But as Stockholm is not in the very much northern part of Sweden, it’s kind of difficult to catch a sight of Northern Lights; within past two months, I missed more than 5 chances to see the northern lights because of the cloudy sky.
March is said to be one of the best months to sight Northern Lights, as, after April, there won’t be many dark hours. However, I had my first visuals of the green skies back in October, and luckily I had enough time to find a place to set up my camera before the visuals occurred again.
One of the biggest perks of living on the edge of Baltic Ocean is the ease with which one can reach any country across the sea on an overnight cruise trip. After watching pictures of one of my friends, Jannis who went to Tallin, I got intrigued to see the unique architecture of this Eastern-European country. It’s funny how buildings at a place speak nearly everything about the history. Continue reading “The Estonian Travel Diary”→
One of the most intriguing thoughts that comes in a photographer’s mind while strolling through streets of any beautiful place is “how would this place look from the top”. The same thing happened to me when I started exploring Stockholm. The hilly terrain of Stockholm definitely gives chances to quench that yearning to observe the cityscape from above.
Sigtuna is Sweden’s first town, founded in the 10th century. It’s a small-scale and pedestrian-friendly place, with charming wooden buildings by Lake Mälaren. This place has a good selection of stores, cafés, restaurants, and hotels, plus an interesting museum. To the fascination of history buffs, the district is rich in rune stones. Sigtuna can be reached by train, bus, or boat from the center of Stockholm and is merely an hour outside of Stockholm. The best part is if you have an SL-Card (Stockholm’s Travel Card), you can reach there without paying anything extra.
Sigtuna can be reached by train, bus, or boat from the center of Stockholm and is merely an hour outside of Stockholm. The best part is if you have an SL-Card (Stockholm’s Travel Card), you can reach there without paying anything extra. It is one of the most picturesque places to be and you can spend hours taking pictures and relaxing by the lake. Continue reading “Sigtuna: Exploring the Swedish Roots”→
A couple of months ago, just before exams of P1, when we were grappling with VHDL codes late night in Electrum, my friend Abu started reminiscing how he spent his last 6 months in India roaming around streets of Delhi late night, and now we’re all buried under books. And it just came to us, let’s see how is Stockholm past midnight.
As we traveled towards T-Centralen, nearly all the metro stations and streets were empty. And this ticked a thought in my mind. From the day I had landed in Stockholm, I’ve been craving to do a photo project on Stockholm tunnelbana, but getting a speckless picture was quite difficult because most of the beautiful stations are the busiest ones as well. So finally, I found this window of opportunity. So, from past two months, on Friday or Saturday, the two days when metro runs all night, we decide a random metro station and then explore the nearby areas as well. Continue reading “Midnight Wanderers: Night outs in Stockholm”→
I have an old habit of wandering off as soon as my exams are over. This time, that habit took me on a trip to Paris.
It’s not easy to explore a place like Paris in a single day, especially when you’re visiting the place the first time. Luckily, One of my friend who lives in Paris had promised to show me the city, she saved me all the trouble of looking for places in maps and wasting time in getting lost.
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.