My adventure, entitled «Volunteering in Sweden» started just two weeks ago, so I can not say yet that I have already formed a holistic view of Swedish culture and lifestyle. But I have already collected a small list of the most vivid impressions of life in Stockholm.
Here are my short notes:
- Multiculturalism. When you first come to Sweden, the first thing that catches your eye is the diversity of nationalities that surround you. I don’t know how the situation is in other regions, but speaking about Stockholm: it is sometimes more difficult to meet Swede, than to meet an immigrant on the street. You can hear snatches of phrases in Arabic, Hindi and Russian from everywhere. And English, sure!
- Tunnelbana! It’s Swedish metro and it’s just awesome! Well, sometimes it’s hard to find the right destination (especially on T-Centralen, which is the central station), but the stations’ design is really impressive! Some of them look like museums, and others — like futuristic art creatures.
- IKEA. If you didn’t see the world’s biggest IKEA — than you didn’t see it at all! Its’ size is really monumental and it looks (and feels) like a labyrinth inside.
There is everything you need (or don’t know that you need). Just literally E V E R Y T H I N G. And it turns into a dramatic adventure when you finally decide to find the exit. It’s not so easy, believe me! But, before escaping from this furniture town, don’t forget to try IKEA famous meatballs cause they are soooo delicious!
- Beauty. Despite the fact that the weather is often quite windy and the locals complain about the lack of sun, the landscapes and architecture are so marvelous. Even to enjoy them in cold weather. Just admire!