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First Swedish cultural shock


2007 August, a little boy flew almost the entire globe to meet all his unknown expectations. Filled with innocent thoughts, caring unrealistic hopes to see the world just as home. Until then, I was living with my family.

Anyone who saw me that day at Arlanda airport could come to a very obvious conclusion, first time in Europe!. I was fully packed with as much as warm cloths as I could put on myself. Fundamental outcome of learning about Sweden through the internet. Took the airport bus known as flygbussarna to come to the city center. Overwhelmed by breathing such fresh air, packed with enthusiasm;; went to a beautiful blond lady to ask, could you please tell me the way to go to Husby?. The immediate responses of that woman lead me to my first cultural shock in Stockholm.

The response of my gentle request was an animated known sound. One possible way to express that sound would be loudly inhale some wind (Uuussssh) with a synchronized jester of hand while lean backwards a little. Back at home, such a response would realize to a sign of scared or surprised with a bit of fear. Certainly that made me a bit nervous. Later, I learnt that its is a common Swedish way of telling affirmative!! I must say, the lady was helpful enough not just telling the way but also showing the way to the metro in person. Some memoirs are unforgettable, remains in our sub conscious mind. First cultural shock is perhaps one of those moments.

As it is told, morning shows the day! my day yet to go a long way. My cousin brother’s friends were supposed to host me. My first Swedish phone call using tele2 comvic brought thunder strike upon me. My hosts will not be able to provide me accommodation since adding me in their apartment would make their living crowded. Sweet, couldn’t know it earlier. Luckily, I meet a guy in front of Bangladeshi embassy in Dhaka who had couple of friends living in Stockholm. After some eventful phone calls and intense moments, finally I managed to arrange a seat for me at kista alléväg to stay few nights. I must admit, my cousin’s friends were polite enough to bring me to kista, I just needed to wait 6-7 hours.

kista alléväg student dorms, first thing that came in my mind was a great collection of shoe boxes yet couldn’t be more grateful to find a place to sleep. It was a small 26-27 KVM studio with open kitchen and already three were living. Felt the warmth of unconditional help from my fellow country man. Made me proud to be a Bengal; at the same time sad to see the misery of Bangladeshi students in abroad.

Not more than 2 days had passed, cruel reality hit me once again. Returning home sometime can be surprising. Specially if someone sees a big lock in front of the door and realizes he don’t have the keys. Calling my hosts (all 3) reviled two are not going to return at night and the other will return in 1.5 hours. It was already about 10:30 pm, so decided to go to Tcentralen, walk around the city a bit and then come home together. After walking about an hour started to freeze. Called my host again and was disappointing to hear that he will be about 1.5 hour more late. Confused as much as I could be, fall asleep on the bench at the station while waiting. Woke by a humble push of a security guard around 3:00 am, saying I am not allowed to sleep. They will seal the station for cleaning. Instant thoughts gave me an idea of taking a bus journey till morning. Had good fun, bus driver gave me quit some ride! a little high-speed 🙂

In a nutshell, thoughtful realizations hovered in my head; this city would have a lot to offer to me. Standing at where I am today, could it be wrong.

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Tåg mot Akalla, a way to come to Kista


Every weekday morning; breakfast or not, it is Tåg mot Akalla for me. Mot Akalla is one of the destination of Stockholm metro, blue line. All Ericsson employees who work at Kista, Stockholm would know. Stockholm subway system is also known as Tunel banan.

Wake up and get out of my bed in the morning is the hardest challenge of the day for me. Somehow, completing this challenge often leads to a compromising choice. An epic battle starts between shaving, getting ready or making breakfast. You who see me in the morning should know the winner of that war :). Below is a picture of my office building.

Outside of my office.

Outside of my office.

Talking about Kista and not mentioning Kista Galleria is like eating ice cream without sugar. It is one of the biggest centrum of Stockholm containing all major shopping brands, a large food court, bars, bakery and sports bar, O´Learys. Where one can go for Bowling, Go Cart and off-course watch a championship with a beer and great friends. In other words it’s a death trap, once you are in you will never need to go anywhere else!

Kista Galleria/Centrum

Kista Galleria/Centrum

Undeniably Kista is the silicon valley of Stockholm thus lunch restaurants are very popular yet one good place I would like to mention is the latest skyscraper Victoria Tower. You can go for lunch as well as dinner. The restaurant can be considered a little expensive and portions are not that big (for me) but hey isn’t that a good restaurant’s definition. If you are visiting Victoria Tower, it worth to go to the sky bar. with a view towards Sollentuna, a recommended place for after work.

Victoria Tower, Kista

Victoria Tower, Kista

Ironic point is, I live near Solna centrum which is also a blue line stop of Stockholm subway system. A good place to live. practically, in the middle of Kista and old town. Will write about Solna in some other post. Below is a small section of Solna Tbana.

Solna Tunel Bana

Solna Tunel Bana

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Tale of Nordic SAGA – Explained and Expectations


Tale of Nordic SAGA is a collaborative and collective set of our experiences in these frozen land. Unlike a usual blog, Tale of Nordic SAGA is aimed to be built upon told stories from people all around the world thus encourages and welcome to write our stories and share easily with friends, family and around the globe. One common phobia lies within ourselves; we are not writers thus never write anything!. My point of view is, as long as someone can express thoughts into words is indeed a writer. Remember those emails, we wrote to tell our friends, how was the experiences? Still would not agree that a writer is within you. Often the stories are lost, write it here share it with all, in time its TALE.

Hypothetically, everyone who has visited these lands are entitled to be a part of our evolved SAGA. It’s a collaboration which is above any race, gender, religion, believe, background. Live, Work, Visit someone, Traveler, anyone who you are, tell your unique story and you will be added in the Author list

Potentially Nordic Locals are a big, essential and important part of our evolved tale. The stories of our grandparents are tales to us and it’s not even 50 years. Globalization enforces rapid changes it terms of culture, society, economy. Tell us your stories today and in no time we would be enlightened with local knowledge. A great path towards social integration.

Cultural_night_PhotoScapeWhat to write? use imagination. My imagination is to tell about Stay or Visit, Explore and Experience, Exotic places, Travel & Trips, Cultural shock, Nature, Meeting people, Friendship, Love, Hate, Grow Independent & Complete. Please add your imagination and write as you wish. Simplicity is class.

Redundancy towards enrichment. Same topic from different point of view leads unrevealed treasure of experiences. Diverse background enforces to see the same differently. Imagine learning and picturing a very known place (i.e. old town) from hundreds of others eyes, beauty of diversity; embrace the opportunity.

Last but not the least, Tale of Nordic SAGA is not about my stories. It’s about our stories, diverse imaginations, collective thoughts and collaborative stories.

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Drottningholm palace


The queen’s palace as the name refers. its open for guided tour. the palace has a Chinese pavilion. the beautiful garden and fountains are great places to take pictures. lake, duck and swans are always there to entertain you.

ADtrottningholm palace must see if you are in Stockholm.

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