The past few days in Stockholm have been nothing short of incredible! One of the reasons being that I will be living in a Folkhögskola this semester! The Folkhögskola is located in an island called Bosön where I live with other DIS students and local Swedish students studying at the Sportcampus Bosön. In my apartment style housing, there are two bedrooms, a kitchen, and bathroom. I live in a single room, while the other room is occupied by another DIS student. Here in the Folkhögskola, it is fully furnished and we are given a lot of kitchen and cleaning appliances needed (everything is also from IKEA)! Although, we do not have a laundry machine in our apartment, there is a building, two minutes away from us walking distance where we can go and sign up for a time slot in order to do our laundry (NOTE: if you are not there in the beginning of your time slot, you forfeit your time). The best part about Bosön is that it is a forest and there’s so much nature that surround us. It is an extremely peaceful and safe area with tons of hiking trails that lead you by the water! Being that I lived in the city all my life, it’s amazing to get the chance to live somewhere rural and quiet for a change. Although, it’s in a remote area the market is a 7 minute walk away, the transportation is completely accessible, the gym is right next to our housing, and it takes around only 30-40 minutes to get to DIS.
DIS hosted an arrival orientation for the students at the Royal College Of Music where DIS is located on the 4th and 5th floor! Students were able to listen to performances (Fun fact: I found out ABBA is apparently a Swedish band and yes we did have to sing along and dance to Dancing Queen), learn about the transportation system, pick up their books, learn about managing finances, and so much more.
Throughout the orientation days, we got the opportunity during out free time to go explore the city on our own as well. Along with students from my housing, we explored Stockholm! On day 1, we went to Joe & the Juice where I got a Green Haven smoothie which was spinach, pineapple, and apple! It was 100% delicious and definitely made me feel a little healthier since it was green. A thing to note about paying in Sweden is that most places only accept card and don’t accept cash, so if you ever plan on visiting make sure you check with your bank for foreign transaction fees!
On Day 2, we visited the Migration center where we took photos for our residence permit. During our free time, we got off the stop at T-Centralen (the main hub of where the train lines meet) and explored Sergels Torg! Sergels Torg is the public square in Stockholm and there were so many cute shops around. The most surprising thing was seeing just how many H&Ms there were there and that they have H&M Home in Sweden. We also came across Östermalms Korvspecialist which was a little food truck that sold sausages. I ended up getting a spicy chorizo stuffed in a crispy and fluffy baguette. Afterwards, we also had a housing session at DIS where we interacted with other students from different housings, as well!
Although, I still haven’t fully haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that I am in Sweden, these last couple days have already set me off to a positive start. Thanks for reading! See you guys next blog.