How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?
I just turned 30 and moved to Stockholm in May to live with my boyfriend. My days typically begin with yoga and/or meditation followed by breakfast. As a freelance writer, I spend quite a few hours during the day writing for clients from either home, a café, or the library. I'll often wander around town a bit while I'm out, too. Evenings are usually pretty quiet for us, consisting of a good meal and great conversation.
Hej! My name is Gillian and I’ll be here at #TheLocalSweden for the next week. Canadian born, I moved to Sweden in May of this year to be with my Swedish boyfriend. We met in Guatemala in Jan 2018 and after some back and forths and a short time spent housesitting in Greece, we’ve finally settled into our home in Bandhagen. I’m a freelance writer and yoga & meditation teacher, though I haven’t been teaching any classes since I’ve arrived. I spend my days in cafés, at the big beautiful library, and poking around town. I’ll highlight some of my favourite spots over the coming week. I also love nature, so you’ll very likely see some greenery within these posts ? Looking forward to sharing #MySweden with you! #Stockholm #Sweden #introductions #goodmorning
When and why did you move to your neighbourhood?
We moved to Bandhagen in September. Jakob had previously lived in Uppsala, but we thought being close to Stockholm would be a better fit for us for now.
Cinnamon rolls! Or perhaps I should say kanelbullar. This classic Swedish treat is something I can’t often enjoy as I eat a dairy-free diet. Luckily, however, I’ve found a couple of spots in town where I can indulge in a classic (vegan) fika. This bakery is in Gamla Stan and has both vegan and non-vegan goodies. #mysweden #thelocalsweden #stockholm #plantbased #vegantreats #naturbageriet
What do you love the most about your neighbourhood?
Bandhagen is quiet and close to many small forests and trails. I love being able to walk through the forest whenever I feel called to. At the same time, getting into the city is incredibly quick and easy.
Another Monday, which means it’s time to get back to work on my writing assignments for clients. During the week, my ‘office’ rotates between home, cafés, and stadsbiblioteket – this beautiful, tranquil home of books. This library is always busy enough to feel warm and lively while also quiet enough to encourage focus and productivity. What is your Monday bringing? Is today a work day or a rest-and-relax day for you? #mysweden #thelocalsweden #stadsbiblioteket #stockholm #freelancewriter #mondaymorning
What annoys you the most about your neighbourhood?
While I do love how quiet it is here, it's a catch-22 because I would also love if there were more cafés, shops, and services in the neighbourhood. I travel into the city most days as Bandhagen is just a bit limited.
I was pleased to step out today to see that shadows exist once again! I’m grateful for the sun for shining through today. It also inspired me to write a very simple, very short (two-line) poem (swipe to see). Though simple and all-too-obvious on its surface, there are more subtle levels of reality I think this applies to. On my way to my most favourite café/shop in town! Stay tuned. #mysweden #theswedenlocal #poem #shadows #gillianflorence #reflection @gillianflorence
How should I spend a day in your city?
A great day in Bandhagen and Stockholm would consist of taking a walk along some of the nearby forest trails, followed by a short train/subway ride into town. I'd then suggest grabbing a light lunch somewhere before visiting Fotografiska, a fantastic photography museum on the water. Walking through Gamla Stan would be my next suggested stop, and maybe sitting down somewhere cozy for fika.
One of the hardest parts about settling into Sweden for me was establishing a sense of community and creating new friendships. As someone who does well in silence and is quite happy in my own company, I wasn’t expecting the discomfort of not knowing anyone here. A few weeks after arriving, I stumbled upon the Instagram account for @atbodhish and felt intuitively drawn to the offerings and energy that the café presented. A few days later, I stopped in to check out the space in person. It turned out my intuition was on point as I was so warmly welcomed by both owner, Sanna, and Erika @frontraw I come here to do work/chat weekly – and to enjoy delicious cacao elixirs and savoury foods. These are shots from today. When I first found out I’d be doing a takeover, I knew I’d share my love for this place. Meeting Erika and Sanna (and the other lovely people I spoke with at a workshop held here) has been such a blessing. It has helped me to know in my bones the importance of community. #mysweden #thelocalsweden #bodhish #sodermalm #stockholm #writer #gillianflorence
What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your neighbourhood?
Not quite a fun fact, but it feels like Bandhagen is really a hidden gem. When searching for a home through Stockholm's queue system, we were pleasantly surprised to find that a place in Bandhagen was much easier to land than some of the other suburbs. So I guess not everyone knows that it's as quaint and cozy as it is!
How do you spend these cool, damp November days? We went for a run/walk around Magelungen this morning and are spending a quiet afternoon indoors now. That’s one thing I love about Stockholm. Nature is never too far away when you need a little breath of fresh air. #mysweden #thelocalsweden #stockholm #november #magelungen #nature