I have been giving some thought about what I will miss the most about Stockholm once I leave and move to Switzerland. I remember thinking about this a few times as we were about to leave Alabama. Wondering what I would miss the most from there. I knew I would miss the climate and the weather A LOT and that was true. But I also missed a lot of other things, a lot more than I expected that I would miss. Besides friends I miss our fire place in the house, the gym at UAB, some of my favorite shops, celebrating halloween, and fourth of July, the many road trips we made both short and longer ones, being an expat and being allowed to be kind of different and many other small things.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of Stockholm that I took the weeke before I left for Switzerland. Love the special light at dusk.
So now I am wondering what I will miss the most about Stockholm besides friends and family. Stockholm is a beautiful city and I love that it is surrounded by water the way it is. Therefore I am very glad that there is the Rhein river that flows through Basel. I missed some kind of big body of water when we lived in Birmingham, Alabama a lot. I love that Stockholm is such a walk and bike friendly city. There are so many ways to get around and that really adds to the sense of freedom. In that aspect Basel will be similar as it is small enough to walk through, there are plenty of people biking and it is easy to take both the buses and trams.
I love Stockholm because it has an easy access to nature. There are many parks and in no time at all you can get out into the country side. I hope to find that in a smaller city like Basel as well.
I will miss having coffee at my favorite coffee shop (V-Steet Coffee).
I will miss my favorite stores here.
I will miss places like Ulriksdahl and Rosendahl
I will miss my job because it is actually the first job that I have really liked.
I will miss the friendship relationship that you can make with co-workers here. some of my co-workers I consider equally being my friends.
I will miss the archipelago outside of Stockholm.
It is always hard to really know exactly what you will miss before you leave. When you no longer have it that is when you realize what it really meant to you. In that sense it also helps you to appreciate places and things more. Moving to the US made me see Stockholm with different eyes. Many things that I had previously taken for granted I suddenly appreciated a lot more. Just as moving both to and from Alabama made me realize many other things. There will always be things you love about a place and things that you don't like. The perfect garden spot on earth you find partially everywhere and at the same time nowhere.
Most of all I am very grateful for getting the chance to embark upon another adventure and get to know Europe in a way I would never have gotten to if we had not moved to Switzerland. Stockholm will always be my home and it will always have a special place in my heart. I will be able to return and visit much more frequently compared to when we lived in the US.