How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
I am 29 years old, and Sara is 31 years old. We both work in Stockholm, so unfortunately work takes up most of our week, although we of course take advantage of the generous work-life balance. Sara works in creative services for [Nordic travel agency] Ving, travelling, exploring, and filming Europe and afar. I work for Zurich Insurance doing financial strategy.
In our free time, our activities depend on the season. In the summer we like to be out and about in nature, swimming, fishing, kayaking. In the winter we have dinner parties, go to SFI [Swedish for Immigrants] class, get the flat nice and warm and read a book, or head out to Hammarbybacken for some skiing! Stockholm is great in both the summer and the winter.
Slowly getting ready to sign off from our Insta-takeover. We really enjoyed giving you a sneak peek into our everyday life here and showing you our favorite spots in this incredible city! For more of our Swedish adventures, feel free to follow us on our own insta-profiles. Or even better, come join us one one of our Stockholm Dinner Meetup nights https://bit.ly/2GuZeHi ? @in_sta_sara @tomogorman3 #overandout #mysweden #thelocalsweden #stockholm
When and why did you move to your city/neighbourhood?
To understand why we moved to our area of the city, you have to understand how difficult it is to rent in Stockholm. We have both been here for just over two years, and we have both moved four times in that period. Our latest flat, fortunately, is a second hand rental contract through someone that Sara worked with who no longer needed the apartment. We have this place for one year, having moved in in January. We didn’t specifically chose to live in Kristineberg, on the island of Kungsholmen. It was a case of “find a flat first, and if it’s in a nice area then great!”.
We both moved to Stockholm in 2017 for our work. We moved separately and then met here. Sara is from Greece but moved from London, and I’m from Liverpool, England but I moved here from Southampton, England.
Hej allihopa! Sara and Tom here. We have the pleasure of taking over the Local Sweden insta account this week to show you our Stockholm and our Sweden! We moved here (seperately) two years ago from the UK for work and met in a pub on Söder! Since then we’ve been hanging outdoors, trying to learn swedish, exploring the Stockholm food scene, and busy navigating the Stockholm rental market. Hope to hear from you this week! . #mysweden #thelocalsweden #sweden #stockholm #takeover #instatakeoverA post shared by The Local Sweden (@thelocalsweden) on Jul 19, 2019 at 4:12am PDT
What do you love the most about your city/neighbourhood?
The best thing about Kristineberg is the proximity to the water. We usually go for a lake-swim after work (something we could never do in London). Sometimes we bring food as well and then we’ll be there the whole evening. I bought a SUP board last year from Blocket so we occasionally try that. And then I will fish whilst Sara reads her book before we both watch the sunset. Stockholm, and Kristineberg, is all about the water for us!
We took this baby for a spin this morning before work. Such a great start to the day especially as the city is still half asleep! We jumped onto the water with our mate @viola_nadine who has been voluntarily running this #kayaking meet up for 2 years now. The meetups take place 1-2 times a week but you need to book early as the places fill up quickly! Search Stockholm Kayaking on the Meet up app for more details! Ha en bra dag everyone! ?♂️ #mysweden #thelocalsweden #citykayaking #sthlm
What annoys you the most about your city/neighbourhood?
I think the thing that disappoints both Sara and I about the smaller residential areas in Stockholm is the lack of restaurants/pubs/shops. To really get those, you have to travel into the city centre. Whereas in London, and many other cities in the world, an area like Kristineberg would have lots of cool restaurants, bars, and a couple of shops. And then you would identify yourself more with living in Kristineberg and less with generally living in Stockholm.
This has become really apparent to us now we’re searching for somewhere to buy a flat. In a lot of the areas on the tunnelbana/pendeltåg line there are just residential areas with not much in the way of restaurants etc.
As a pastry aficionado, I have searched long and hard for the best pastry in Stockholm. This place, without a doubt, does the best Pain Au Chocolat in Stockholm. Check it out …. Brioche in Alvik. Unfortunately, having just been to the gym it would be counterproductive to go and get one! Maybe next time #briochealvik ! #mysweden #thelocalsweden
How should I spend a day in your city/neighbourhood?
Start your day with a dip in the water at Kristinebergs Strand. The water here is perfect… what a beautiful start to the day. Bring a picnic as well so you can have lunch by the water in the sun.
Then go for a walk along the cost between Kristinebergs Strand and Fredhäll. Stop off for a drink at Solstugan… great views! If you keep walking around to Rålambshovsparken you can rent kayaks which are a great way to see the city. Then finish your day with a barbecue in the park after dropping off the kayaks.
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city/neighbourhood?
Fredhällsparken at weekends plays host to LARP (live action role play) and historical re-enactment events where you can frequently see people dressed in historical clothing acting out fighting scenes. It’s very interesting to watch. Also, for the naturists among you, Fredhälls Badklubb is one of the few badklubbs in the city where it’s acceptable to go for a dip without swimming clothes on!