Uppsala you beauty, I will miss you so much! Thank you for all the fantastic memories you gave me, introducing me to some crazy wonderful people, and reminding me again of how brilliant it is to live in Sweden. Uppsala if you haven't heard of it already, is a tiny little city near Stockholm where I spent last year doing my masters. It's technically a city but really is a small university town with a big heart, its atmosphere dominated by a visible youthful exuberance.
For me, places are extremely important. Everywhere I have ever lived is profoundly imprinted in my mind with a deep sentimental significance, whether I like it or not. The saying 'the people make the place' is often true, but the place itself will always have a unique atmosphere that is hard to replicate elsewhere. Uppsala possesses one that I will always treasure.
I was briefly there to hand in my thesis last week and now I'm back in London, unsure of the next time i'll be back to visit. This is actually the very first September I will not be returning to education and it's certainly a bittersweet feeling. I found myself surrounded by initiation ceremonies, study-groups, new students excitedly chatting about their first weeks. It's a wonderful time of year and I was definitely sad not to be part of it this time round. I'll miss the coffeehouses, the tiny streets, the swedish berries, the long, deep winter and the short, but exciting spring. I'll miss the dinner parties with mismatched plates and looking out at the snow falling, but most of all, i'll miss my dear friends who are still amidst the magic of it all. Below are some autumnal moments from my stay..
Dimi rests by the river, stylish as ever in his trademark checkered shirt.
Making soft and spicy kanelbullar at Lena's apartment
A view down the Fyrisån river in Uppsala, a favourite spot of ours to spend lazy afternoons
Picking out my breakfast berries at a street stall
An evening walk on my favourite bridge, looking at recent love locks..
I happened upon a trail of painted tin flower-pots that led down the street.
Two cheerful sunflowers face the morning sun in the botanical gardens
As I headed out for a late afternoon walk, I spotted a romantic scene, a couple gazing into eachothers eyes, rowing down the river.
Christa looking fabulous as usual, cracking jokes and telling stories over dinner
The front of the highly symmetrical and picturesque main University building
Walaa glowing in the evening light as our friends joked around in the playground
Laura giggling during the aftermath of one of our dinner parties, a classic rough and tumble with the gang.
Ozge waiting on a train at midnight, happy as can be
Gorgeous afternoon light illuminating the plants in the botanical gardens.