Hello, Stockholm.

I have had my sights set on you for a while now. You were supposed to be my new home but now things have changed a little so I am not ready to make that commitment yet. The last time I saw you was a few years ago and only got to spend a day and a night with you so I was thrilled to get the chance again.

 

You are beautiful…absolutely stunning. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you are one of the loveliest cities in the world. The perfect weather and incredibly blue skies you had the whole time I was around really made it hard for me to not fall in love.

 

You may be the capital of Scandinavia (Copenhagen and Oslo might disagree), but you have something different than the other capitals I have seen. None of them have been as clean, calm or elegant as you which is refreshing; however, all of this does come at a hefty price. You are probably the most expensive city I have ever visited. London, Tokyo, Moscow and New York are all pricey places I have spent time in, but at least there are bargains to be found. I can buy a Ryanair flight back to London (which I would never do) for the same amount that I spent on your public transportation in one day. No wonder everyone sneaks through the subway turnstiles or rides their bike.

You are cosmopolitan and have some of the most beautiful people in the world living there, but please don’t let it go to your head. You are not that big, in fact you are quite small with only 1.5 million people so you should lose the Stockholm attitude that I have heard so much about. On my nights out I met some really cool locals who were so fun and down to earth, but it is the Sturebrats that really put me off to your party scene. You are not LA and you are not St. Tropez, so I think a reality check is in order for these “brats”. They can take their Lamborghinis and fake tans elsewhere because they look silly.. Next time I will hang out in the less trendy neighborhoods because spending $18 a drink in Stureplan (yes, a well vodka soda…not even made with Absolut!) is not my idea of a good time.

All in all, you are an amazing city and I see a lot of potential between us. There are more work opportunities and so much is happening on any given day which I like and need at this point. Of course I have to spend more time, learn all the ins and outs (like how to ride the subway for free) and then you just might become my home, sweet Stockhome.

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