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#MySweden: ‘Everything I want is at my fingertips here’

How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing?

I am 33, and my weekdays are commuting to work, shopping, grabbing a late night movie, or an AW with friends! I work as the Brand Manager for Truecaller, which is a tech company located in the heart of Stockholm. My weekends are full of exploring and taking photos of the forest, managing my travel blog, playing video games, or doing some art project.

Where in Sweden do you live?

I live in Barkarby, a suburb in Järfälla in the outskirts of Stockholm.

Into the woods. That is what my life has been up to this point. The forest is dark, unpredictable and to some…frightening to go in without a flashlight. Life bursts on the ground you walk, the cool droplets of rain that fall from the leaves, the trees creak in the silence, and every now and then you see a deer or fox to give you comfort. ↟ When you make the choice to move somewhere far and foreign, like I did to Stockholm, it is like that forest without a flashlight. Its unknown what is around the trail bend and if you will survive it all or just run back to where you came from – afraid of whats ahead. But if you follow the trail, what will you learn about yourself? About life? ↟ For me, I chose to go into the dark of the forest, and to all those curious about moving abroad, are you coming in with me? 📸 @seattlelovely #MySweden #Stockholm #Sweden #travel #moveabroad #forestphotography #moodygrams #exploremore #womenwhowander

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When and why did you move to your city/neighbourhood?

My sambo and I had lived in various places around the northern suburbs of Stockholm since moving to Sweden in 2012, and like any newcomer to Stockholm, we were only finding second-hand contracts that were six-months or one-year non-extendable. After a couple years of playing apartment roulette, we found ourselves at the top of a first-hand contract apartment queue for a new development in Barkarby. Getting a first-hand is so difficult, so we jumped at the chance no matter where it took us. There were barely any apartments built in the area, and ours wasn't even finished when we checked out the area! We moved to Barkarby in 2016 and have been there ever since.

What do you love the most about your city/neighbourhood?

I love that my apartment is in the middle of a concrete jungle meets forest. Meaning, I can walk a couple minutes west and visit the Stockholm Quality Outlet mall, Ica Maxi and Ikea, and if I walk east I will find myself in the middle of a vast forest, trails, lakes and animal pastures where I can spend hours getting lost in nature. I have the best of both worlds and it doesn't hurt they are building a tunnelbana (subway) in 2020 just outside my apartment building! Everything I want is at my fingertips here.

What annoys you the most about your city/neighbourhood?

Mostly transportation things! I am thankful that the pendeltåg (commuter train) is about a 10-minute walk (or four-minute bus ride) and a tunnelbana is coming in 2020, but since my apartment is surrounded by all the big outlet stores, sometimes when going to meet my friends in downtown Stockholm, the buses are packed tight on weekends which means I have to wait for the next bus if they are all full (or walk to Barkarby station, which isn't bad).

Another thing that is a bit harder is the fact that the pendeltåg stops around 11.40pm on weekdays, and 1.40am on weekends – which means late nights with friends or events can be cut short or you pay 500 kronor for a taxi ride.

How should I spend a day in your city/neighbourhood?

Obviously you have to visit the outlet mall for the deals! I would suggest taking a walk to Säbysjön and visit the horses and Highland Cow herds. You can get lost in the trails of the forests, discover small lakes and picnic benches nestled among the trees. The fields of purple and gold wildflowers lining typical Swedish red barns in the summer are endless and you can forget you're within walking distance to Ikea. There is a famous bird watching station through a trail in the woods and you can see different types of birds nesting during the spring. Sunsets are quite beautiful listening to the crickets chirp while the sun is going down.

What's a fun fact not everyone knows about your city/neighbourhood?

There are big herds of Highland Cows (and baby cows in the spring!) roaming around freely. It also is not that far away from t-central. Just a four-stop pendeltåg ride and you're here!

Why do you think people prefer to live in the city rather than suburbs?

I understand if some people just love being in the city with the views. But I think people believe that in order to be 'in the scene' means you need to live in the city centre. Coming from the US, being from the suburbs around a city is more ideal as people get older. I think that has always rubbed off on me being abroad even if the locals don't see it that way. I can tell you, in my seven years of living outside the city centre, I have never missed one night out with friends in the city, events, or work opportunities. I pay cheaper rent, have a bigger and newer apartment, and access to amazing air quality in the Swedish countryside. Plus, give me 40 minutes' notice, and I can be walking the streets of Stockholm alongside my city-dwelling buddies. The best of both worlds is ideal!

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