I feel as though I can safely say that I’m beginning to settle in here. With that being said, I’m not quite sure how to measure how ‘settled’ I am or what it will look like when I truly believe that I am…for now I’m focusing on finding spaces that feel good and trying to integrate myself into them—these being coffee shops, stores, restaurants, the beach (not comparable to Maui beaches in the slightest but there’s sand and water with a clear lacking of vitamin D)…the spaces I spend my time have always been incredibly important to me and I’m actively working on seeking out new ones here.
Something that seems to be an ongoing trend is when I begin to settle in or get comfortable I move, I switch schools, I move to New York, I move to Sweden…I’m taking that into a far less drastic place this time I hope. As I settle here I’m going to start taking weekend trips away, my schedule only allows me a few days over the weekends but I figure, I’m here, I’ve got to take advantage of being close to everything, like so close. Every major Euro city is a train or plane ride away, something I’m sure I’ll use to justify my flying to Rome for three days or something along those lines.
First up on the list is Copenhagen, only a 4.5 hour train ride away and I’m trying to get myself there next weekend (*hint, hint, if you’ve been to Copenhagen hmu with suggestions pls + thx*) I’m especially stoked on the design coming out of Copenhagen, it’s seemingly the hipper than Stockholm mecca for the aesthetic that I oh so longingly wish to achieve by age 30. That being said, Stockholm was ‘hip’ in the generic use of the word. It is beautiful and innovative and packed with young people dressed from head to toe in black…but it was uber sophisticated with little diversity (from my perspective of only spending several days there) and I’m sure that there are little pockets of the cool and grunge scene I was hoping for, but I’m turning to Copenhagen to throw me into a pool of cool.
Since my last post I have found an apartment. I’ve been living in student housing and by some miracle have my own space, kitchen and bathroom. It’s fine and feels incredibly temporary which I suppose is the overall feeling of dorms in general but I couldn’t see myself actually living in a dorm for a third year of my ‘adult’ life. By some miracle (and I don’t use miracle lightly—there is literally a housing crisis here because the school admits more students than the city can house and people have literally had to live in hotels while the school scrambles to find them something) through connections of a friend of a friend I was able to find an apartment (thanks dad) that is 3x the size of my current place and about 15 minutes closer to the university and the best/wildest/most confusing part? It’s the same price. The apartment pricing here makes no sense to me and I’m not really planning on trying to figure it out…all I know is I’m moving to a much better place, much closer to the city and I could never find an apartment this cheap in the Twin Cities or Tivoli. Again, just not going to question it.