How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
I am 29, and during the week I am usually bouncing between being hyper-focused on work and then winding down in the evening with some video games. I work as a usability specialist at KRY, which is a very fast-growing startup, so the pace is a little bit crazy. I wouldn't have it any other way, though! We are working on some very important stuff in the healthcare sector.
I am the “living for the weekend” type of a person, which means I work as hard as I can during the week and then try to spend my time on the weekends doing fun stuff like visiting museums and art galleries, or going for a walk in the woods. Whatever I feel like will help me reset my brain for the week ahead.
Wow, what a lovely job the previous curator did! Good job @eringfears! Hi everyone, my name is Ines (@i_anic) and I will be your buddy for the week. I am a 29 years old Croatian expat living in #Stockholm. Like many expats, I moved to Sweden a year ago to follow my heart, and I started reading #TheLocalSweden a few months before my move, as I desperately needed information about the country I was moving to. If you are following this account you might be in the same situation I was, and if so please feel free to ask any questions – I will definitely do my best to answer all of them. A little about me: I am kind of an indoorsy type of a person that is slowly becoming more outdoorsy – all thanks to living in such a beautiful country. My intro photo is from my first #Midsummer party here in #Sweden. I love many things about living in Sweden, and nature is definitely near the very top of the list. When I am not shyly venturing outside I like to stay inside and play video games. During my takeover I will take you on walks, show you my favorite Swedish pastries and try to make you fall in love with this beautiful city! If you are curious to know more about me, simply follow along as I go about my week. #Expat #ExpatLife #VisitSweden #MySweden
When and why did you move to your city?
I moved to Stockholm and to my neighborhood, Liljeholmen, almost exactly a year ago! April 28th, 2018.
Like many expats I have met so far, I moved here to follow my heart. My sambo and I met a few years back, playing video games, of course. A very modern love story I guess!
I visited him a couple of times here in Stockholm and once the relationship became more serious, we decided it was time to live together. That was last year and I am so happy we have made that decision!
Welcome to my neighborhood! The best neighborhood in town. ? #Liljeholmen used to be an industrial area back in the day, but today it is just a cosy little neighborhood that homes mostly young families with kids. Aaand… that's why I love it! It is quiet, pretty, and not much happens around here. Just the way I like it. ? #TheLocalSweden #VisitSweden #Spring #River #Bridge #Sweden #Stockholm
What do you love the most about your city?
Stockholm is a gorgeous city. One of the things I love about it is the architecture style of Gamla Stan, which so strongly reminds me of the Old Town in Zagreb, where I am from. For me, Stockholm just feels like home.
But I guess the thing I love the most about Stockholm, and my neighbourhood, is how green it is! I mean, sure, every city in the world has parks. Some more beautiful than others. But in Stockholm, it feels like wherever you are, you are never more than 15 minutes away from a park so big it will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of the woods somewhere.
I love this about Stockholm, and I value it so much.
I can exit my apartment, walk for barely 10 minutes and be in the middle of the woods, surrounded only by the sounds of birds in the trees and a lost deer crossing my path. No traffic noise, nothing.
I love hiking! Do you love hiking? Do you believe I am out hiking? Hah! I fooled you! ?? Here is one of my favorite things about Stockholm: wherever you are in town, you are likely less than 15 minutes away from sights like these. Sure, every city has parks, but Stockholm is the only city I have ever been to that makes you feel like you are in the middle of the woods while still being in the middle of the town. All these photos are taken in Liljeholmen, about 10 minutes of slow walking from my apartment. For me that's wonderful and so precious to have! #TheLocalSweden #Sweden #Liljeholmen #ExpatLife #Stockholm #VisitStockholm #Nature #Hiking #Spring #Green #Ducks #Moss #MySweden #NatureLovers
What annoys you the most about your city?
It's going to be a tired old response, but the housing market here in Stockholm is such a nightmare!
Finding an affordable place to live really shouldn't be so complicated. I know the city is working hard on building a lot of new homes, but it feels like despite all of that the prices of apartments are still stagnating.
This is a very stressful state of affairs for everyone, but maybe especially so for expats and us who are new to Sweden, as we do not know how things work here, and very often we do not have a support network in place to help us navigate the housing market hell.
These are not photos from a museum. These are photos from three different subway stations in Stockholm! The Stockholm Metro is, technically, the largest art gallery in the world. Out of 110 stations, 90 are used to showcase art by various painters, artists and sculptors. Total of 150 artists have participated in making the subway stations feel like visiting an art show. I love discovering new ones as I go about my day in town. It always feels like a nice little visual candy when I get off on a station I have never seen before! It also helps a newbie navigate the subway system. It is very hard to miss your station when you know it is painted in rainbows. ? During the summer you can go on a guided tour in English and you get to learn more about this public art project and the artists who participated in it. The tour is free – other than the fact you have to buy a subway ticket to get to it. ? #TheLocalSweden #StockholmTour #Stockholm #VisitStockholm #MySweden #Sweden #Subway #Art #ArtGallery #PublicArt #StockholmMetro
How should I spend a day in your neighbourhood?
You need to start off with a fika at Brot! It's a small neighbourhood pastry shop with amazing coffee, delicious pastries (there's still time to have a semla!) and a very cozy interior. I like to sit upstairs and work on days when I am working from “home”.
Next, you will want to take a nice long walk by the water, and before you know it you will be up on the hill, in the middle of the “woods”. You can feed ducks here, or hit the outdoor gym. Or, you can sit on one of the benches and enjoy a view. You might get lucky and see a deer or a hare scampering about.
When you have had enough of that I recommend you catch some sun on one of the sun jetties down by the Liljeholmskajen.
After that, be sure to visit Chong Qing, the best Chinese restaurant in town, hands down.
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city?
It feels like I have just scratched the surface of this city. I will have to get back to you on that one!