New experience, old feelings

New experience, old feelings

After months of excitement, struggle, thrill and joy, I finally made it to Stockholm and to Konstfack – an Art, Design and Craft Academy, for those of you who don’t know. One week has passed now since the school started, and I must say I’ve already gone through a series of mood swings that could do for an entire lifetime: I genuinely though my exchange year in Norway at the age of 17 had prepared me for everything, but apparently the nervousness of moving to a new country and lifestyle never fades away.

View of the Stockholm archipelago

View of the Stockholm archipelago

First things first, though.

Sweden, and Stockholm in particular, is beautiful, literally breath-taking, I thought I would never see such clean water in an island-based capital, whereas it looks like it’s the norm here. Oh, and don’t get me started about the amazing nature which surrounds the whole city – truly unbelievable. I didn’t get the chance to do much sightseeing, although I did go on a boat trip around the city’s archipelago on Saturday – a MUST for anyone visiting Stockholm – but the little I saw was enough to make me fall in love with it.

As per the university experience, well, first of all I must say I was lucky enough to get a spot at the university dorms, which are just 1 minute walking away from the school – and yes, that came in handy already as I’m NOT in anyway a morning person. The university itself is unique in its own way, and truly amazed me for the freedom it leaves to its students, although probably it being essentially an art school may play a big role in this.

You are now probably wondering “How come you say to have had mood swings, since you’re now speaking so beautifully of everything?” and you’re right, I’m wondering the same, too. The thing is, even though everything is incredibly beautiful, there are just so many little things you have to adapt to in a short amount of time – new people from different backgrounds, new schedule, new flat/room, new language (more or less, in my case), etc. – that it all seems at times too complicated to manage on your own. But you will, eventually.

Better be going to sleep now, as the new week is approaching – and I’d really love to avoid having to use the dry shampoo again tomorrow morning – but I’ll keep you updated about the perks of living in the beautiful Stockholm. Hej då!