What was Sweden to me?


Chilly winds, frozen lakes,

Warm coffee and Christmas cakes,

Snow boots, Warm jackets,

Mandarins and Swedish candy packets,

Lazy, late mornings, lacking starkness,

8 hours of sunlight and pitch black darkness.


Snowmobiling, dogsledding in groups,

Sourdough bread and moose soups,

Reindeers, Alaskan Huskies,

Frozen hands and playing with husky puppies,

Oversized snowsuits, hats and beanies,

Glorious sunsets, calming sunrises and beautiful sceneries.


Snow angels, Snow castles, snow fights,

Constellations, planets, and northern lights,

Ice fishing, skiing,

Late night hikes and early-morning sightseeing’s,

Ice skating, snowshoeing,

Bonfire music, dance and cooking.


Todo’s, submissions and deadline fears,

Readings of a 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared,

Late-night studying and coffee,

Nobel debates and learning calligraphy,

Vasa museum, innovation and design,

Fashion shows and TGS Nobel nights.


Sushi rolls, soups,

Herbal teas and loganberry juice,

Quinoa salad, falafel wraps,

Viking dinner and fruity frappes,

French Pancakes, Thai curries,

Goat cheese sandwiches and mango smoothies.


Apple pies, chocolate balls,

Christmas cakes and Glögg,

Wreaths, garlands and bright lights,

Santa Claus and Christmas delights,

Gifts, celebrations and sweets-filled baskets,

Shopping spree in Christmas markets.


Goodbyes, take care’s,

Hugs and sad farewells,

Suitcases, Bags,

Airport and baggage tags,

Stockholm, memories,

I’ll be remembering you from home while sitting under the Christmas tree,

Snowfall, takeoff, I’m leaving,

Until next time Sweden, Vi ses snart, I’ll be waiting.


Authors note:

Hello, again readers! This is, in 7 verses what Sweden was for me. Of course, I couldn’t write everything down but I definitely wrote the small and the big highlights of my stay in Sweden. I’m sorry that it’s not consistent but honestly, that’s what Sweden was. I’m not talking about one adventure here, it’s all of them put into one poem, so apologies for the inconsistency and confusion, but I hope you can live all the little details of my experience in Sweden through this poem.

Sweden was anything and everything; all the adventures combined together, it was an experience of a lifetime. I really miss Stockholm. The quiet streets, the privacy, the kind smiles and the abundance of sweets were perfect for me and I can’t wait to go back. Until then, please enjoy reading this and feedback and comments are always welcome.

Yours in writing and traveling,

Utkarsha (UV) 🙂



Published by: Utkarsha

‘I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.’ Thank you J.K. Rowling for this beautiful quote. Nothing could describe me better. I, Utkarsha Vyas, am a student at the THINK global school, the world’s first travelling high school. I am originally from India and I live with my parents and my sister. My life was completely changed when I stepped into the world of travelling, exploring, experimenting and of course, changing. You constantly develop as a person here in TGS. When you see the world firsthand, your brain is clouded with questions like “Why is this the way it is?” “Why are things different back home?”. I experienced it myself. I won’t describe it as a culture shock, but I’d rather say that it was a surprise to see how drastically different two places could be. I have realized that when I see and hear the same thing in 100 different ways it would be difficult to form an opinion. But once I form an opinion, it’s going to be a strong one, because now I have an idea about what the world thinks, and I am ready to think with all these ‘thinkings’ combined. In other words, I’ll form a new opinion on the basis of all the other viewpoints. I won’t say I am a complex person but it takes some decent amount of time to know and understand me. Just to introduce my likes I’d say I love travelling, books, music, and languages. Although I am trilingual at the moment, I am excited to learn more languages. As I carry on my journey through this mystical world, who knows how many languages I’ll learn along the way. This was just a short introduction. As I keep updating with new posts and pictures from my travelling experiences, I’d love if you all would ask me questions or just comment! It’ll be great knowing you all! I’ll also keep you updated with my interests, book recommendations, music recommendations, and of course food recommendations, as I taste the amazing food in different parts of the world. I hope you’d like reading my blogs! See you all soon, Regards, Utkarsha (UV) :)

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