Do Not Underestimate Stockholm’s Weather!

Hello!

Sweden is known for its winter, snow and the cold, but know what, Sweden can be hot as well. Sweden, of course, is a country that has long coastlines since the geography extends quite a much latitude wise, which is why the country has a different climate in different parts- the southern cities are warmer and humid than the northern ones. But, this year, Sweden has broken several records. When Gothenburg hit 31.1C, it was the hottest May since 1911! Many cities like Vinga(26.7C) and Karlshamn(27C) saw the hottest days in 150 years! And, the temperatures across Sweden has been 10C hotter than it would normally be! Matter of serious concern!

Extreme Risk Of Forest Fires!

Several forest fires have already broken out in some parts of Sweden like Västmanland and Uppsala due to the dry weather. They have been controlled now. Many places like Stockholm, Gotland, and  Gothenburg have bans on lighting fires even for barbecues unless done at specially designated spots. It has to rain now! I am so badly looking forward to some showers from the sky. I don’t understand why some people hate rain! We need rain now…

Temperature in Stockholm

Here is a Screenshot from the Weather app on my phone. Yes, it’s 28C!

As someone coming from the Southern part of India, we might assume that this is not hot. This is perhaps like our winter days. No! It’s not! It is quite embarrassing to even exclaim-” OMG it’s burning today”. We are sometimes expected to feel this is pretty normal. But, that not the case. The sun here is kinda different. It is brighter, drier, and that makes it like an oven! You don’t sweat and so your body cannot cool itself. It is just HOT!

 Underestimating!

One of the silliest things I did was choosing to pack thicker clothes while packing my luggage for Sweden during last August – “Sweden is pretty cold, I need to pack warmer clothes”. How so wrong!

It was all quite fast. Once, the snow melted away, the spring was here and before I could even anticipate more heat, it was 25+ already and I was constantly baking in my warm clothes that I had to shell out some bucks at H&M to buy some summer wear. So, if you’re someone who is gonna be arriving at Stockholm this August, make sure to pack a few summer clothes or be ready to head to some summer shopping when the mercury peaks. I wonder what I would have done without this guy up there. This pretty fan was my lucky find at a free store in Lappis, last August. I am so glad I adopted him and he is keeping me so comfortable during these hot summer days. Trust me, I have awesome sleep these days! You should perhaps invest in a fan if you haven’t already and is not enjoying the heat like me. I never liked the Sun. This would sound so weird to the Swedes, they love it! Coming from a sun-blessed country, I haven’t hated anything more than the sun!

Maintaining My Cool

I am so glad to have a pace at Lappis. There is an awesome beach at a stone’s throw and the woods are right behind. A stroll in the woods or a dip in the cold waters is all you need to enjoy the summer. Of course, let’s not forget the barbecues and the never-ending summer parties. Btw, the sun will set at 10PM today and will be up by 4AM already. The 6 hours in between will not be pitch dark, btw! The sky will be kinda bit bright till  00.15AM and already bright by 2.30AM! How so contrasting from the winter days! Wow!

This picture was taken around 10.30PM last week. I was sitting by the beach and was trying to study. Beautiful, isn’t it? The golden sunset hour usually lasts for 1 or 2 hours in Stockholm during the summer. Perfect for photography!

So, keep yourself hydrated this summer. Enjoy the holidays and take care of the planet!

See ya!

~Sindhu

Is life a constant pursuit?

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the purpose of my life. Looking back over the past 24 years, or well, let’s just ignore the childhood and perhaps keep it 10 years; that makes more sense to talk about. So, reflecting on the path I have traveled, it kinda feels like a constant chase- a chase for knowledge, better grades, a good high school, a better college, a good job, later scholarship for Masters. But now, I am beginning to think beyond.

I quite remember the day I won the scholarship, of course, how could I forget! It was indeed the happiest day of my life. I had worked hard for it and I have lived the moment I was waiting to live. But, when that moment had passed, I felt empty. There was a sense of voidness. A lack of pursuit. Sure, I was excited about Sweden, KTH, Masters, and all the opportunities. But ever since, there is something missing- a higher purpose.

This is quite bothering me recently- what is true happiness? Is it a satisfying job, the place you live, a loving partner, a nice cozy apartment, traveling the world,  kids or pets? or all of the above? So, once someone has it all, is it all about living through everyday errands and enjoying the life and the beauty while it lasts? I mean, does one feel really happy and satisfied at this point? Well, probably I am digressing. I need to strike a harmony here. So is it the purpose of life that is bothering me or is it about being happy? Why do I tend to think that a genuine and determined pursuit is what happiness and life itself are about?

Is it maturity that comes with age that has seeded in my head this awe, well I wonder. The renowned psychologist Martin Seligman said, “Meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you”. This indeed calls for some profound thinking and reflection on a very deeper level, doesn’t it? One would say that a sense of belonging would be to belong to a family, a relationship but I think it is when you let yourself, your life and your happiness belong to you. In a world so abstruse, the transience of things and its oddity perhaps necessitates the pivot of one’s life to be at the core of oneself as it rotates about its people, relations, and whatever the quest be.

What is very interesting here and something that makes much more sense to me is – “Serving something beyond yourself”. Maybe the meaning of life and true happiness is not about a satisfying job, loving family or all of that, perhaps its something beyond yourself – A higher purpose.  Perhaps, the purpose of your life is about something that is so much more than just you; it could be anything from being able to give back to the society, a contribution to your field, something that helps humankind, perhaps the planet. I think the purpose of one’s life is to make a difference in someone else’s life, probably a million people’s lives, or maybe ten or one, it doesn’t matter- it’s about something that is beyond yourself.

At this moment, I am so reminded of one of my favorite songs – “I Was Here by Beyonce

I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, meant something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget

I wanna say I lived each day, until I die
And know that I meant something in somebody’s life
The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference, and this world will see

I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probably this is the purpose of life- The pursuit! The pursuit to make a difference and to do that, one, of course, has to keep making himself/herself better, thereby bringing out the best within oneself in the process. So, this is perhaps is true happiness when you know the purpose of your life and you’re in its pursuit.

So to end this post,

I hope you liked this post. This one is a true reflection of someone who is growing in her head or probably is a random flood of thoughts on one fine day as some might dismiss- well, perhaps! Different people will have a different purpose in life, I think life would be far more streamlined if one only figured it out while still being alive.

Have a lovely evening!

Be kind to people, animals, plants and the planet!

See ya!

Say hello to my new roommates

Hi There!

With flowers blooming everywhere, Sweet floral scents have filled up the air, the birds are singing and bees are dancing; spring in Sweden is just getting beautiful every day and I decided to make my apartment feel the season as well.

I bought a couple of flowering plants and also planted some seeds myself. So In today’s blog, I thought I would share with you about my lovely plants. I have named each one of them and I will tell you all about it in detail! 😀

Freya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I named this lovely, beautiful red flowering plant after the goddess Freya. Freya is the Goddess of love in Norse mythology, but she is also associated with beauty and magic. She is believed to be breathtakingly beautiful and she also regarded as the goddess of fire. I think my red flowering plant represents all that Freya represent and there cannot be a more suitable name for her than Freya. She is stunningly beautiful herself!

Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora is the Latin word for dawn and Aurora is also the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology. It is said that Aurora renews herself every morning and flies across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. My darling flowers also do something similar, they curl up and close their petals when the sun goes down and open up in the morning, announcing the arrival of the day just like the goddess Aurora! Also, Aurora, the name has Indo-European roots. And, the northern lights are referred to as Aurora as well. Isn’t Aurora the perfect name now?

Aurora all curled up during an evening

Sakura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pink beauties so remind me of the cherry blossoms. They are so closely the same color. The cherry blossoms are called Sakura in Japanese. Cherry blossoms are believed to symbolize the clouds, representing the ephemeral nature of life. The transience of the blossoms, the exquisite beauty, and volatility, has often been associated with mortality and gracefulness. Sakura has another significance to me as well, The ritual of Sakura by Rituals is my ultimate favorite body mist recently, it smells and feels simply amazing! Just the perfect name for my plant!

Elena

 

Elena is the name of my baby plant, these are Dahlia baby plants. The name Elena comes from Eleanor, which has a Greek origin and it means Bright light. I named this one after the Disney Princess Elena. Elena has the heart and mind of a true leader. She has a powerful magical Scepter of Light. Elena is a very strong, young, beautiful and magical girl with a great heart. I think it is the best name I can give to my Dahlia flowers.

Ægir

Ægir is the name I have given to my Aloe vera pot. Ægir is the Lord of Oceans in the Norse mythology. He has great magical powers and his daughters are the spirits of the waves. I might have mentioned this a lot many times on the blog than I have a special connection with water, rain, ocean, and anything to do with water. My name Sindhuja, in fact, means, “one who is born out of the ocean”. So this name Ægir really represents a lot to me. And, also, the name is pre-Norse and is derived from an ancient Indo-European root. See some connection there? Also, Ægir is portrayed as a man with long beard. I mean look at the picture, I can see my aloe vera in there. This is the name. Ægir!

Watatsumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have named my spiral bamboo plant as Watatsumi. He was given to me by a very dear friend. Watatsumi is actually the name of the Japanese Dragon and is also believed to be the great deity of the sea by the Japanese. He has extraordinary magical powers. My spiral bamboo is hydrophilic, he lives in a vase of water. He just looks like Watatsumi, doesn’t he? He cannot have any other name than Watatsumi. I am sure he loves it.

So, yeah, Ægir, Freya, Elena, Sakura, Aurora, and Watatsumi are my new roommates. They sit by the window sill giving me great company and making my home more beautiful. These plants feel very close to me and they have very fitting names. And every one of them represents something really special. I have given a lot of thinking before naming them and I really hope that my plants like their name and what I attribute them with. I hope even you like them. Let me know what you think in the comment section 😀

See ya See ya!

PS: I am sorry if I bored you with too much Mythology  🙂

Sweden, Love Life and Long Distance

Hej Hej!

Today, am quite in the mood to write about something more than I usually do. Let’s talk relationships!

There are a ton of internationals studying here in Sweden and most of them come here for their master’s which is definitely when they are 20 years or older, which also means that they mostly like have/had a girlfriend or boyfriend in their home country. So what happens next?! Life can kinda become difficult at a point.

Relationships are an intense topic to discuss. Not just your love relationship, but also the relationship with your parents and family too. If there is one thing I screwed up big time then I guess it is this aspect of my life. It could be the haunting darkness or the December depression that can worsen things, or just the academic pressure and yes blame the time zone too!

Long Distance Relationship

Challenging! If there is one word to describe long distance then I would choose this. It is quite a tough decision to study abroad, isn’t it? Leaving behind your friends, family and your love. But whats ahead is your dream, career, a new life, and experiences to make many things better. Well, you have chosen this, and you have justified yourself for doing so. So let’s face it like grown-ups. Long distance is very hard for various reasons as I pointed out earlier. But, it is not impossible. I know people who are doing very well and people who have completely ruined it. It’s all about how you handle things, how you manage time, not just you but your partner as well. Only with mutual effort can someone work this out, else it’s very hard. Mutual Effort!

Things can become much harder if you’re someone like me, who has lived with parents all their life and have been heavily pampered every moment. The initial excitement can fade away after a couple of months, and it is so easier to miss that pampering from parents or your lover when December approaches. The key is to have lots of friends around you or at least a few besties to spend your time with. Keeping one busy, productive and doing fun things can help tackle it. But sometimes one cannot help it. For example, I couldn’t, and I realize that my parents have pampered me with way too much love.  😅😅

We know its tough, how to manage it?

  • MUTUAL EFFORT
  • Communicate!
  • Healthy calls every now and then
  • Being expressive. Expressing over a phone call or text is very different from expressing in person. Not something everyone can do, but practice gets you there.
  • Getting your partner to come here for MS. People do it! I have seen!
  • Visiting each other a couple of times in a year. It demands time and more importantly money. International trips are expensive. Tickets, Visa, tell me about it!
  • Sharing pictures, some text updates, just about making the other person feel that he/she is living with you, your life, in spite of the distance and time zone. It is so easy to overdo it and make the other one feel awful. So take care.

Alright, I screwed it! help me!

I know it is so difficult to be alone or to go through such mental trauma when you’re living in a new place. Especially in a place like Europe, where you see people being very expressive in public. it is so easy that it reminds you of your good old days and pushes you into a big hole called depression. And, very often we tend to ignore the existence of depression. It is important to realize what you need to help yourself. Because, you are here to study, for a brighter future and you are not gonna let anything come in the way of it. So, you need to help yourself.

  • Be with people, or your best buds
  • Keep yourself busy
  • Do fun things. It’s Stockholm, there is too much to see and do!
  • Go travel! It is so easy to travel in Europe and not expensive too
  • Be productive. A good friend reminded me- Nothing feeds like success.
  • Hit the gym! The gym can help your body release the good hormones, and working on the way you look will make you feel way better. Trust me!
  • Talk about it. Just vent it out. Locking your feelings will damage you internally. Get professional emotional support if needed. As KTH students, you have that for free. Use it!
  • Or just use meet new people and go tinder, c’mon loosen it up! Take care of course!

I’m Single

Ah! you single birds! how free are you?! Enjoy the freedom. It’s Europe! Have good fun and focus on being productive at school. Did you read what’s above? Do you want it?  😛 Well, I know that my single friends are having amazing fun traveling around, meeting new people, going on many casual dates and rocking their academics. Pure Awesomeness! Of course, my friends in a relationship are rocking it too. Such talents!

Btw are you one those who are married? In a relationship here? Wow! Congrats! Have fun!

As for me, perhaps I might just write about the European dating style soon. Just kidding, or maybe not! 😉

 

See ya See ya!

PS: Did you like reading this? I don’t usually write personal stuff. Just gave it a try though. What do you think? I would love to hear your opinion on the topic 🙂

The Spring is here!

Hello!

The spring is here in Sweden and everything is just so beautiful around. The cold and the snow are finally gone and its often raining these days. The Swedes seem to hate the rain. Ah! who would like it when it gets colder, cloudy and rainy, well, I do! I love rain, I always have loved rain. Anway, the spring is sure precious. There are flowers blooming all around and the ground is getting greener and greener with every passing day. I have sowed some flowering seeds at home, can’t wait for them to start blooming. So, I have been spending some time with myself while socking in the beauty of Stockholm in springtime. Here are few pictures.

This is my favorite spot in “Albano”, there is a running track here but I often go sit there for an hour or two starring at the blue canopy, listening to the lullabies of the birds as I drift to a state of stance enjoying the scenery around me. These places are best enjoyed alone, or maybe your date, but make sure to stay calm and to breathe in the peace.

The best part of this time of the year is perhaps the cherry blossoms. Oh my god! they are so beautiful. Last weekend, I went to the Japanese International Festival. The music and the flowers with so many people around was simply an amazing vibe. This is truly a piece of heaven on earth, such a lovely place!

 

Isn’t it just amazing to see elderly people dancing and having fun? I loved this! Sweden is definitely a must-visit place during every season!

Happy Spring!

Bye-bye!