O.k., so there’s a long and sorted history about moving to Sweden that I don’t really want to go into in this post. All I can say is that I was hired back in March and the visa application still hasn’t been submitted, as of yet. Le sigh…
Anyways, I decided to take a trip to visit the team I’m joining and see my would-be home in person during it’s summer months – having recently been there during winter.
Linköping, itself, reminds me a lot of the biggest town in the area that I grew up in, with it’s parallelism in university and night-life. Norrköping reminds me of the smaller town in the area that I grew up in, as well. They’re nowhere near the same, don’t get me wrong, but there’s semblances that are familiar and – in that effect – like being home, to some degree.
First things, first, though: On the way to Linköping, I discovered that Amsterdam has a take a book, leave a book library within it. Can I just say that I ♥ that Amsterdam does this?
In Linköping, the hotel I stayed at, Park Hotel i Fawlty Towers, was amazeballs. Amaze. Balls. I liken it to Michabelle Inn (also in the area that I grew up in) but Park Hotel is so much “better” for a variety of reasons, the staff and the location being the principal reasons. The Park Hotel is in a building constructed in the 1880’s and is across the street from Linköping’s Resecentrum and Central Station.
Yes, I did try to play the piano a few times but, sadly, it was out of tune – not that it was an inherently bad thing. I think the only “negative” aspect of staying at the Park Hotel, if I had to name but one, was that the old-timey phone didn’t work. If it did, I’d have been in heaven.
Also, shout-out to the fabulously awesome Hannele for being… …well, so fabulously awesome!
Now, it’s important to note that the day that I landed, almost everything was empty and/or closed. Why is that you might ask? Was everyone off on their summer holidays, already? Nope. I straight-up landed on a football (soccer, for my American friends) play-off day for the World Cup (VM-finalen) and Sweden had just won against Switzerland.
The first thing to do, the next day, was to go off to the future work site and see everyone. I can’t show you any photos of the work site, itself, but I can show you some photos from within the building.
The first weekend, I decided I needed to properly check out Norrköping. So, it was off to the train I went and about a twenty minute ride later, I was I at my destination. It has to be said that the countryside in Östergötland is absolutely beautiful.
The next weekend, I walked around Linköping for quite a long time (over 16k steps, if I recall correctly). One of the first stops was Trädgårdsförenningen, which is a public park/garden that is absolutely brilliant and worth the walk around, if you ever get the chance.
Also, whilst traipsing around the city, I found the local library. As far as town libraries go, it’s pretty impressive.
Even though I’m the furtherest from religious as one could possibly get, I have to check out churches in the areas I visit, namely for the appreciation of the sheer age of some of them and the items that they contain. And, so, Linköping Cathedral was naturally my next stop.
And, of course, I had to visit the Art of the Brick exhibit. 🙂
Oh, you wanted MOAR miscellaneous photos that I took while I was there? Well, why didn’t you say so!
O.k., I think I’ve pictured you out, maybe? The sadder part is there’s a lot of photos that failed to upload; so, there’s a lot that didn’t make it to this post. Very much sad face with the internets that are not currently agreeing with the uploading and what-nots.
All of that aside, I really love the Östergötland area and will – hopefully – be able to move there sometime soon. I’m still teetering as to whether Linköping or Norrköping would be more worthwhile to move to but I think someone *cough* Hannele *cough* may have ultimately influenced my decision. Time’s still ticking away, though, so there’s no emphatic need to make a decision as to which to move to, just yet. What I can tell you is that I’ve definitively ruled-out Linghem as one of the options, fairly easily. 🙂
Until next time… …whenever that may be.