I would like to introduce myself to begin with, and say how my life looks here in Stockholm right now. My name is Kaja and I am a 27-year-old girl from Poland who one day decided to move to Sweden. I came to Sweden in April 2014 with the idea of finding new and better life opportunities together with a little bit of fun and adventure. My first idea right after moving here was just to find a job in Stockholm and start saving for my future, but during this 3 years living here a lot of things had happened and now my vision about a future in Sweden has changed.
I got a degree in Tourism, Recreation, and Hospitality back in Poland, and I recently completed a six-month course within tourism to further expand my knowledge in the area. Currently, I am a full-time student enrolled in two language courses: Swedish and English, but I am also a part-time employee at the Airport Coaches in Stockholm as a customer service at the ticket office. My intention is to continue my education this year through Yrkehögskola (College education level) to obtain a deeper knowledge within tourism to increase my future job opportunities.
After coming here and starting to work in Sweden, I realized that one of the most important things that could help me integrate better with the society, making friends, and feeling more like home would be to learn the Swedish language. All the details on how to get started with Swedish, where to ask for help and how to find a school is a topic I will cover soon in another post, in which I will be focusing more on how and where to learn the language.
Let’s go back to my story and how my life looks here in Stockholm. I consider Stockholm one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Everyone can find something interesting to do in Stockholm, from a simple walk in the park to a colorful nightlife. As the capital of Sweden, Stockholm is a multicultural city with plenty of events, restaurants, museums and so much more, when you can enjoy your free time and meet new people with similar interests such as music, art, technology, etc. A small sample of the type of events you can find throughout the city can be found on the official Stockholm website (http://www.visitstockholm.com/) or even on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There is an app called Meetup which I usually check every time I would like to do something new or different on my free time.
As a person who is working and studying at the same time, I don’t have as much free time as I would like to enjoy Stockholm every day, but every time I have a chance I try to explore and visit new places, both in Stockholm and its surroundings. Beyond that I am a person who cannot sit in one place all the time. I love to travel and to take part in outdoor activities every time I can. Let me show you an example of a lovely day in Stockholm when it is beautiful outside, although sometimes the weather could be quite unpredictable in Sweden.
One of my favorite ways of spending a beautiful sunny day in Stockholm is just a simple walk around Gamla Stan (Old Town) with my boyfriend, and having a nice coffee break (“fika” in Swedish) with a good cup of coffee and cinnamon rolls, also known as “kannelbullar” in Swedish.