As I mentioned in my 10 Reasons I Love Stockholm post, I hadn’t been home in 3 years before going this summer, so I saw the city with “semi-new” eyes, which is always fun. Things you take for granted when living there suddenly stand out, and what struck me (us) this year was:
1. The number of restaurants. There are so many restaurants, cafes and bars in Stockholm, there must be one for every 10 people who live there.
2. The number of hairdressers. It seems that every block has at least one hairdresser – how do they all survive?!? The building we stayed in had a restaurant with a hairdresser on each side as neighbors, further down the block was another hairdresser and two restaurants and across the street were two restaurants and the peculiarly named Hair & Education.
3. Clogs. I was thrilled to see that clogs are still hugely popular. As I wrote in an earlier post about Swedish clogs, I grew up wearing them all the time (sometimes year round), even when they went out of fashion for a decade or so, but in the past 5-6years, they have made a big comeback. The last time I was home I bought two pairs of Calou clogs (designed by A. Nordin), and even though they are still in great shape, I couldn’t help myself – I bought another pair. But they’re so different from the other ones that it doesn’t matter. A little dressier with a bit of a heel, and super comfortable. I love that the soles are all wood and not that squishy material. Hopefully the trend continues and I can keep adding to my collection every time I go home.
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Also see my post about Christmas clogs