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500 days of Sweden

It has been a little more than 500 days since I landed in Stockholm. 500 days of joy, missing home, exploring a new country, missing some old friends, meeting new people, learning a new language. More importantly, it has been 500 days of immense learnings. Not just learning from the university, but also from people and situations around me. In this blog post, I write about the three things I am grateful for in the past 500 days.


KTH Innovation has supported me and hundreds of student’s dreams of taking the first steps in starting a company. Like I always say, I have learnt more through the experiences at KTH Innovation than I could ever learn within the four walls of the classroom. In the coworking space, I was able to meet other emerging entrepreneurs and be inspired by the hustle.

The community at KTH Innovation


I have a theory that real friendships either develops when we are young (probably when we are 8 or 10 years) or when we move out of the hometown and stay in an unfamiliar foreign city. Stockholm has made me meet amazing people from around the globe. If you are staying in a student corridor room like Lappis, you are bound to make some amazing friends and memorable memories.

A regular Friday night at Lappis


The most memorable moment in the 500 days in Sweden was climbing the highest mountain in Sweden – Kebanikaise, on the same day, a year later that I landed in Sweden. Sweden and Swedes are known for having an adventurous soul. And I have been hiking, climbing continuously since the time I have lived in Sweden. The city is surrounded by green covers which is attractive to have a refreshing evening run.

On top of Sweden’s highest peak – Kebanikaise

It has been an adventurous rollercoaster ride of 500 days and I can only look back and cherish the grateful moments, while I look forward to the upcoming adventures.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

One thought on “500 days of Sweden”

  1. Hello from across the world, Vivek! I have a question only you can answer!
    This is Jeremy, an engineer in Silicon Valley. 21 years ago I spent the summer at Lappis and doing research for Prof. Pär Jönsson at KTH. I remember so many things about that summer, but one thing that I absolutely can’t remember is in the Lappis laundry room. There was a large laundry centrifuge . . . it could spin much after washing laundry and get it very dry, so that drying time and energy usage was much reduced. I never got a picture or wrote the name of that laundry centrifuge, but I’ve been searching for 21 years since then and have never found anything like it anywhere in the world except Lappis. Does Lappis still have that laundry centrifuge and could you post a picture or make/model? I would be eternally grateful, thanks!

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