It snowed again. & a lot!

Didn’t they say it was time for spring? I guess they changes their minds, ’cause it snowed again in Stockholm this week. & a lot! Although it’s been quite cold these days, this white wonderland is a much more welcome view than the dreary grey days between winter and spring. No complaints here ūü§ó

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Anniversary Teppanyaki

Two words, but quite a mouthful, right?! See how punny I am ūüėČ So tried out the new teppanyaki restaurant in town, Budda Khan at the Mall of Scandinavia, Stockholm. Mr.A had had teppanyaki before when he was in the U.S. & he was so eager for me to try it. Lucky for us, the joint opened its teppanyaki section just in time for our¬†anniversary, our 6th year as a wedded couple, yes, time flies!¬†As is common at this kind of grill, we shared the table with two other couples. They were such happy souls, the best strangers I could have asked to share our evening with. We ordered king prawns, scallops and rib eye, all prepared with flourish right before us. Seeped in garlicky goodness with flavours of soya, vinegar and some special sauces, each dish was a pleasant surprise. The dinner¬†was accompanied by a fresh mango-rucola salad, some mixed fried rice and a velvety green tea ice-cream served on a bed of fried plantain. The food was absolutely delicious, but of course, half the fun was also watching the ‘show’ being presented by our¬†super friendly Chinese chef. If you haven’t tried it yet, I do recommend going to a teppanyaki restaurant, where dining is supposed to¬†be a complete experience.¬†

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P.S. This post shares my own opinion of the restaurant and is not an advertisement.

Durga Puja in Stockholm

It’s that time of the year! The all mighty ten-armed Goddess, Durga is revered and rejoiced in all her strength & glory. ¬†Celebrated throughout India by different names, Dussehra, Navratri, Sharadiya, Durga Puja… all these festivals stand for the one thing, victory of goodness & righteousness over evil.

For me personally, this is the time when I am most homesick. Being away from home for nearly half my life, I am supposed to be used to this, right? Nope. I learnt it doesn’t work that way. I think of those years when the most awaited trip of the year was when we drove to my father’s family home in the village and spent the next week flying through festivities, meeting family, conspiring with cousins, dressing up for the day and altogether having the best time ever!

Time flies but I live in the now. So I¬†am happy that Mr.A and I could be part of some celebrations, here in Stockholm. We seized the rare chance to dress up in traditional Indian attire. There was worshiping of the Goddess, songs and dances by talented performers and good old Indian food to seal the deal. The perfect festival weekend ūüôā

 

Kulturnatten / Stockholm Culture Night

Last Saturday¬†Stockholm celebrated Kulturnatten, the¬†annual Culture Night, when several cultural venues, events and activities are opened up to the public from 18:00 to 24:00. The program boasts of dance workshops, film viewings, photo ¬†& art exhibitions, theatre & opera visits, ¬†among others. And the best part? All¬†free of charge! Mr.A and I went on a spree, enjoying our¬†evening to the fullest. Here’s where we went…

Pitstop #1: Tessinska Palatset & Barouque Gardens. We started at Gamla Stan where the residence of the Governor of Stockholm County invited visitors to view its beautiful rooms and barouque gardens. We returned later again to this place as there was a guided tour of the rooms scheduled for 22:30 in the night.

 

Pitstop #2: Storkyrka or the Great Cathedral in Gamla Stan has been around since 1264. We were lucky to catch a harmonious piano recital, perfectly befitting the serene atmosphere of the church.

Pitstop #3: Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities showcases two sculpture galleries at the Royal Palace. It is one of the oldest museums in Europe, ¬†opened since 1794. These stone¬†figures are displayed today exactly as they were back in the day. The galleries themselves are quite charming, complete with Romanesque pillars, arched roofs and checkered floors.

Pitstop #4: For our next stop we moved to the island of Djurgarden, to the Spritmuseum and the Absolut Art Collection. The museum is housed in an old wooden building by the pier and a drink by the water quite a welcoming option. The art collection was intriguing in itself, each being  collaboration with some artist famous in their own right, ranging from Andy Warhol to Keith Haring to Kenny Scharf.

Pitstop #5: Biologiska Museet was next on the list. This, too, is housed in an ancient looking wooden building. The intricately carved door has always fascinated me, and the interiors impressed me too. The two-storeyed montage of taxidermied animals against a Scandinavian landscape is a great scene for children to learn from. A century-old family of grizzlies is a cool sight too!

Pitstop #6:¬†The Royal Opera building in itself is so amazing. And if you get to not only walk around its gilded halls but also see a show in the main hall for free, that’s what I call a real treat! Perfect ending to our fun night in the city ūüôā

Solo birthday

I was home alone on my birthday this year, but instead of being sad and lonely, I decided to be happy and entertained! My formula for a happy solo birthday?

  1. Start the day with a good cup of tea. Good tea in a gorgeous cup ūüôā
  2. Dress up. Got something new in the wardrobe? This is the day to pull it out. This deep blue tunic, a fusion between an Indian style Kurta & a western shirt quite suits me, I think. Plus those pretty trinkets – gifts from my little sis ‚̧ You look good, you feel good!¬†
  3. It really helps if the sun is out smiling for you, that’s a bonus!¬†¬†
  4. A hearty lunch is serious business. Good sushi always wins ūüĎ欆¬†
  5. Make time for yourself. If you’re on your own, it’s very important to do something that you really enjoy. So I left office a bit earlier than usual and visited the √Ėstasiatiskt (East Asian) museum. Yes, I’m into museums ūüė鬆¬†¬†¬†
  6. Take some pictures of the sights along the way… Stockholm never ceases to dazzle.
  7. If you have teammates as nice as mine, you might get a cute surprise cake, too!
  8. End the day with dinner with your best friends. Plus Spanish tapas make me so happy. Feel the love!   

I missed you a lot, Mr.A, but I still managed to make¬†myself a very happy birthday! I got my gift early, though. After all, our Berlin trip was my birthday celebration ūüėä