Got the job at Stockholm City Council!

General, Photos, Stockholm, Work

At the beginning of June I flew to Stockholm to do an interview at the Stockholm City Council. When the first interview was done they told me that I would have another one in just 10 minutes that was to test my work skills, which I had no idea of. They said that usually they would have the next interview a week afterwards but as I flew from Glasgow just for this they made an exception. I got to take a walk around the building for some air before continuing. So after two hours of intense interviews with different people, the last guy I talked with said that they wanted to go ahead and hire me. I was so worked up and happy about the whole thing when everything was done, you could not shut me up. But as people started to go on vacation I had to wait until today to get my contract. From 14th of September I’ll be working as a City Planner for Stockholm City Council, moving back into my little apartment in Sundbyberg. I’m so excited!

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A walk down memory lane

Eskilstuna, Festive, General, Glasgow, KTH, Mat, Meeting people, Natur, Photos, Stockholm, Summer, Work

Six days ago WordPress told me that I’ve had my blog for four years. But my first blog post was 24 August 2010 with photos taken by a crappy phone camera. It was my first day living on my own in a town where I knew no one, 510 km away from my parents. It was the best decision I’ve made, and thinking back to that day, I realise how far I’ve come and how different I am today. Studying directly after I finished high school was a given for me, I didn’t want to work but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be either. I envied those that already had a plan, knew who they were and where they wanted to be. It was one week before application deadline and I still wasn’t sure which programme I wanted to go to the most, that I found Spatial Planning. I had been thinking of becoming an architect and I was interested in sustainability, but also as a person I’m structured (or at least I want to think of myself such as). A perfect match. The geology programmes had to move down, because Spatial Planning in a little town on the coast suddenly seemed to be the only good choice.

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Several months later I got accepted to the programme, I got a newly built apartment 5 minutes from school and the 23 August I put all my stuff in a trailer and left Stockholm behind me for something new and unknown. The day after when I was in my apartment all alone, I realised how hard it is to assemble the new IKEA furniture all by my self. I also realised that the next step was to get new friends, something I was nervous about as I wasn’t comfortable in that kind of situation. I delayed my going to the fresher’s event a few days but finally got the courage to go.

More than four years younger!
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Agnes adopted me from the get go. And soon Sofia, Jonatan, Emelié, Amanda, Sandra, Johan, Anna, Jonas, Carl, David, Magda and more joined in. We had all these adventures where we were happy, in love, angry and sad together. We sat on the cliffs by the water at summer, had wild parties with different themes, took the bike everywhere as it was a part of you, swore at the town’s bad snow plowing budget, visited the outer islands in the archipelago, danced all night and went home at sun rise, played Ticket to Ride a countless number of times and had countless cups of tea, made a lot of veggie dinners, were excited by the first dip in the ocean for the season, went on the best study trip to Istanbul and a lot of other things.

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Leaned backwards to get everyone in the photo, my hair caught fire from the candles behind me. Can you see them smiling..?
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Party with the theme “My hoods”.
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In one day we saw the ghettos outside Istanbul and a gated community. Such contrasts.
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Examination day.
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At my place before the examination party.
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At the examination day it was time to say goodbye as the school messed everything up by changing the masters programme. The planned five years together became three and we all got split up. Many went back to their hometowns to work or study.

The autumn 2013 was a lonely one in Stockholm, the spontaneous way of meeting friends disappeared and most of my friends was living in Gothenburg. It’s not easy to get accustomed to not be able to just show up if you wanted company. More planning is acquired when living in a large city. I studied three architecture courses that autumn and were up to a lot of mischief with Nico, Niko, Alex and Joel. I photoed many of Nico’s projects, shows and coordinated her latex fashion show. Beside that we were running around at cheap bars with bad music and danced the night away at clubs.

Dressed for the coordinator role. And all the latex girls.
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This is drunken “ass patching”.
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In spring I started working at the local city council in Eskilstuna, to where I commuted three hours per day over six months. I got to know Karolina, Gustaf, Josefina and Hanna who’s the best working buddies ever. I learned how it is to actually work with city planning, that it is a lot more to it than you learn at school. Other than working from 8-17, we ate a lot of ice-cream, indian food and had a lot of coffee breaks. We celebrated Josefina with huge balloons at her 30th birthday and went swimming at the beach as our allotted recreation hour.

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It was that spring I suddenly was in possession of the apartment I thought I would only be able to stay in for a year. I actually own my own place, so weird. That spring I also applied to the University of Strathclyde, the only place abroad I applied to, not thinking I would get in, that I was to late. A few weeks later I got in, so it was only to take the English test, IELTS, and start make preparations to move abroad. My plan had been to do my master in Gothenburg at Chalmers University of Technology where I would study Sustainable Urban Design. In the middle of September Agnes and I flew to Scotland, found an apartment in West End after four days and moved in soon after.

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9 bilder och 2 veckor

Architecture, Culture, Eskilstuna, General, Mat, Meeting people, Photos, Stockholm, Summer, Work

Efter hot och påtryckningar från en smått jobbig och hysterisk självutnämnd bloggmanager Karolina, så kommer ett inlägg vars format hon hatar, nämligen: Det här har hänt sen sist, i bilder.

Tidningen Arkitekten satte fingret på min största ångest det här året.
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Hanna och Johan på park pysslar i korridoren.
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Hejdå-tårta från Johan som praktiserat på parkavdelningen under sommaren.
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Man-tager-vad-man-haver-middag. Åkte i en burk smetana och sista krafset från en burk tacosås också.
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Karolina fick storbuketten av Josefina för två år på Eskilstuna kommun.
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Det firades att planen Nätet som innehåller 1000 nya bostäder blivit antagen.
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Vi friskvårdade med en promenad till stadsmuseet, kollade museishoppen, pallade äpplen, kollade konsthallens shop och köpte med oss fika från Printz.
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En lördag spenderades med min mor på Liljevalchs, där vi kollade på utställningen Attention: Craft. Vi hade väntat oss mer hantverk än vad det var, mycket kändes som något jag kunnat göra lika bra själv.
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Måndag och ett litet studiebesök på Wild Western Burgers, vi ska nämligen ha fest på jobbet med vilda västern-tema.
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2 platsbesök

Architecture, Eskilstuna, General, Photos, Summer, Work

Nu när Sheraz har varit tf så har han ordnat så vi fick ett par projekt i Eskilstuna visade för oss.

Som den nya volleybollplanen vid ån som det berättades om i duggregn.
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Och spelades en runda med en alltför hård boll. Jag höll ställningarna vid sidan om och höll min fot borta från dumheter.
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Ett annat projekt var en samspelsplats (även kallat shared space) strax under järnvägsbron, som syns längst bort i bilden.
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Här samlades vi och lyssnade på Johan och Karin när de pratade om sitt projekt.
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Så här ser det ut just nu, det har blivit en del förseningar men de hoppas på att bli klara den här hösten. Efteråt fikade vi och kände oss nöjda. Bra grej!
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