A Day Trip To Uppsala

Uppsala is the historic and spiritual heart of Sweden.

Famous as a medieval university city, Uppsala was once the political and religious centre of Viking-era Sweden. Today, it is Sweden’s fourth largest city and one of the country’s most dynamic thanks to its bustling university population.

Located just 40 minutes north of Sweden’s capital city, Uppsala is the perfect option if you’re looking for a quick and interesting day trip from Stockholm.  Continue reading “A Day Trip To Uppsala”

Feeling Festive: My 2017 Holiday Bucket List

It’s that time of year! The lights have been strung, the trees are up, Mariah Carey is playing on repeat, and the smell of gingerbread is in the air. It’s official: the holidays are here!

The holidays have completely snuck up on me this year. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were turning the clocks back and now, here we are with just a few weeks to go.

There’s a lot to see, do, eat and experience at this time of year in Stockholm. With just three weeks left, here’s how I plan to make the most of this magical season.  Continue reading “Feeling Festive: My 2017 Holiday Bucket List”

What To Wear In Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of style and simplicity.

Spend any time walking around and you’ll notice that not only is everyone gorgeous, but they are all incredibly fashionable and impeccably dressed.

Since moving to Stockholm I’ve spent a fair bit of time studying the style of people around me. Whether sitting on the metro or walking around town, I’m always taking mental notes on just how I can achieve that effortless Stockholm style.

Today, I’m sharing with you the fruits of my labours: Here are the top five things you should add to your closet to get that effortlessly chic Stockholm look. Continue reading “What To Wear In Stockholm”

Five Ways To Survive Winter in Sweden

When I first moved to Sweden, one of the most common questions I was asked was if I’d ever experienced one of Stockholm’s infamous winters.

I’d been lucky enough to visit the city twice before, but both of those visits came in the summer. When I’d shake my head no, I would immediately be warned of the horrors of the cold, the rain, the darkness, and the suboptimal conditions that I would have to live with over the next few weeks and months.

But I took it all with a grain of salt.

Before we moved abroad, I’d spent four years (and another four while in University) living in Ottawa, Canada, a region that routinely saw temperatures plummeting to -35C in winter. So, I wasn’t exactly a stranger to lands of ice and snow.

I figured if I could survive a winter in Ottawa, I could survive a winter anywhere.

The first few weeks that I lived in Stockholm the weather was akin to Ottawa in fall (or Vancouver in fall, winter, spring…) – grey and rainy under full cloud cover. I thought, if the weather stays like this, I’ll have no problems. Even as the temperatures started inching their way towards zero, I remained smug, I got this.

Then Daylight Saving Time hit.

And the sun started to set at 3:15 PM.

In early-November.

That’s when it hit me: Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, winterwise.

Winters in Stockholm don’t typically see the extreme temperatures that I’ve experienced in other parts of the world, but they are extreme in their own right. The Darkness, as they refer to it, is very much real and it’s easy to see how experiencing only a few hours of sunlight each day could drive anyone insane.

Thankfully, I’ve found a few key ways to not only survive but to thrive this winter in Sweden.

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