Sweden is no doubt one the most beautiful cities in the world. Although I’ve only been there for a week, I can give you a hundred reasons why I’m in love with this charming city. The peacefulness. The silence in Stockholm really hits you when you first arrive, it’s crazy. The city is slow-paced yet quick to charm. The buildings. You can’t deny that almost all the buildings in Stockholm are beautiful. There’s admirable architecture everywhere you turn. The people. There’s something about Sweden and Swedes that makes me feel like an inferior human being. They’re all smart, beautiful and ridiculously stylish. Haha! Men and women in their 50s or 60s would dress as cool as a 22-year old would, without it looking tacky and age-inappropirate. The lifestyle. You can walk and ride your bike pretty much everywhere in Stockholm. Swedes are very easy going and pretty laid back. People work hard, but they also take a lot of coffee breaks, lunches away from their desks and chat with their co-workers a lot (at least that’s what I learned when I toured the H&M headquarters). I love how they take their time to enjoy life. I can go on and on but let me stop here. It’s making me miss it even more as I type this! Haha!
The H&M Sweden team didn’t let us fly back home without experiencing a true Swedish tradition–a crayfish party. Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, or mudbugs, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related. To throw a successful crayfish party, all you need is a heap of freshly boiled crayfish (you eat them cold and it’s customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it), some beer, wine, schnapps and a selection of silly drunken Swedish songs you can’t understand. Customary party accessories are comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. Needless to say I have never eaten so much crayfish in my life. It was absolutely amazing. After dinner we headed to a bunch of clubs in Stockholm, just to experience how their nightlife is!
And just like that, we’ve come to my last post from my Sweden trip. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. There’s still so much more to explore in this beautiful city! I hope I get to come back someday. Again, thank you so much H&M for this opportunity!