What I learned in 40 hours in Stockholm, Sweden
I went to Sweden for the first time on September 1st and stayed for a mere 40 hours (why so short? that’s another story). I feel love in though: the people, the country, the city, the progressive ideals, and the T-banan (a functioning metro system) made me feel “home.” Well, everything except feminism gone insane part.
But I did make some interesting observations while in Stockholm:
- Clocks are everywhere
- They are punctual…hence the clocks
- Men push baby strollers on the streets
- Women have umbrellas for the rain, men don’t
- It is fashionable to tuck pants/jeans into boots (for women). I would presume with the downpours it makes sense to keep the bottom of the pants dry and therefore tuck them in.
- Everyone on the T-bana is on the cell phone. And they like to speak loudly (compared to the French at least)
- It is fashionable to wear tight leggings and short/half jackets
- No one jaywalks unless they are a tourist
- Both women and men love scarves
- Couples do not make out in public. For that matter, I didn’t see many hold hands.
- When the rain comes down hard, somehow magically, everyone disappears
- They use radiator heating and it works!
- There are no bathtubs…what a bummer for wanting a warm, romantic bubble bath
- Tabacs are present at every street corner (as in France). Grocery stores? Impossible to find
- The gutters on buildings function properly, for the most part
- The weather does change every five minutes (as in Iceland). “It’s not the weather that is bad, it is the clothes you are wearing”
- The metro is spotless
- Trains arrive every couple minutes. And yes, the Swedes will freak out if it is late by one minute
- In the winter, they “build things” instead of…
- People may look reserved but are very friendly. A stranger saw me struggling to open a water bottle, he came up, opened it, and thanked me.
- The Swedes thank you for anything they do
- Not all Swedes have blond hair
- For that matter, not all Swedes have blue eyes
- Every other Swede is an engineer of some sort. Worst case, a programmer.
- And yes, the men are beautiful, but so are the women. Damn that competition.
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