A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to it's old dimensions

Last weekend I visited Stockholm in Sweden. I made a commitment to myself that I would visit new places as often as I could over the year, even if only for a few days. Sweden seemed a good place for a short trip, close by, relatively cheap to fly to and I’d always wanted to visit Scandinavia.

When I visit somewhere new I tend to have preconceived ideas of the place and people. I guess I went expecting everything to run smoothly, the Swedish have a reputation for being very efficient and that’s what I had anticipated.

Once a Year Go Someplace You’ve Never Been Before – The Dalai Lama

Freezing Obviously

Freezing Obviously

I’ve been to a few places in the last year or so, some new and some not so new. I find traveling exciting, even if just for a few days. I learn something new each time I go away, there is nothing more educating than seeing new places. It opens your eyes and opens your mind.

Of course my preconceived ideas were proved wrong, not everything went smoothly and guess what the Swedish make mistakes too. Things don’t run perfectly in Sweden, just like everywhere else in the world.

The more I see of the world, the more I see how small it really is

And I guess this is the most important lesson I learn from traveling. I see just how we are all the same, we may differ in how we look or how we dress, what we eat and other characteristics. But ultimately we are all the same.

And looking out of the window onto this amazing world we live in, makes me realise just how small it really is. Flying also makes me work on trusting the process and understanding that in life we have no control. In an airplane you are trusting your life to so much more than you could ever control and such is life.

Sweden from the plane

The one thing everyone in the world is searching for – to be happy.

Wherever you go, into the deepest jungles in the Amazon, all people really want is to be happy. How we measure happiness or define it maybe different but in the end we are united by our desire to be happy.

Oh and a little bit about Stockholm:

DSC_2067Overall I loved the place, the people are lovely, maybe it helps that they speak such good English. Bad on my part to even expect that.

Stockholm is built on lot’s of small islands all connected by bridges, very interesting. They are very good at investing in improving the environment, like cleaning their waterways.

It was extremely cold, even though it was supposed to be mild. If I go back it will definitely be in Spring or Summer.

Another new experience. Now I know a little about life in Sweden.

Eyes and mind wide open.