Stockholm: Taking Time to Unplug
by Ari Takata-Vasquez
I just returned from 7 days in Stockholm, Sweden and am feeling refreshed. In the words of Barack Obama, I'm fired up, ready to go! This is my first real vacation in two years and I had a great time! Stockholm is an amazing city; it's super walkable, everything is well designed, and best of all EVERYONE WEARS GREYSCALE! I couldn't believe it, it was like Viscera- the City. During this trip, I gave myself permission to be fully off. I put on my email out of office, didn't check email (okay, I checked it once or twice), and relaxed. I came back from my vacation with a notebook full of inspiration and ideas and a new found appreciation for Oakland.
First of all, Stockholm design is amazing. Even little things in this city seem to be so deliberate. They love indoor plants and being that the winter is pretty intense (we lucked out and enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather, a cozy 28 degrees), so I can see why. I was amazed at the number of storefronts dedicated to design studios, they take it pretty seriously.
- Everyone has babies! I swear, there were a million strollers, and they all had cute little burrito style pouches to keep the kiddos warm.
- People really keep to themselves. This isn't to say they're unfriendly because they aren't but they take a while to warm up. It reminded me how much I love people in Oakland for their outgoing nature.
- Graffiti was also different there. It existed on the sides of construction sites or blank facades. The style was also pretty different from what we see here.
- The sense of humor here is a little different. I really enjoyed this sushi restaurant's signs. There were also a number of amazing puns on menus.