Welcome to Stockholm! – City Hall Reception

“The City of Stockholm is pleased to invite international students to a reception at the City Hall in the afternoon on Sunday 5 October 2014 to greet you welcome to Stockholm, your new academic city.”

This is how our wonderful afternoon started. After wondering if we should attend it or not, in the end a couple of friends and I decided to finally go. And it was the best possible plan for a Sunday afternoon!

The Stockholm City Hall (Stockholms stadshus in Swedish) is a common tourism spot you can’t miss if you come to this wonderful capital. Designed by Ragnar Östberg during 1911-1923 is a beautiful and fascinating place where a lot of magic takes place.

Our evening started at around 15:00, when all the international students started to get to our seats (all trying to get the best spot to take the best picture!). The first part of the evening took place in the Blue Hall (if you can’t find any blue rooms in the pictures, look for the history on google or go visit the City Hall, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you!). Once there, we had several talks about general information of Stockholm, the importance that this city gives to the education and how this is a capital of creativity and brilliant minds. In this context, they highlighted the importance we, as international students, play in this development. Stockholm is a mixture of cultures, ideas and passions. During this event, they showed us a really nice video that represented how original Stockholm can be (if you think it is not that good, I challenge you to find a better video that represents your city!).

After this, we were invited to a marvelous “supper” (I put it in quotes because I am not used to having supper at 15:30 yet!). For this, all students could eat enjoying the wonderful Golden Hall, where the walls are real gold mosaics. In relation to KI, the Blue Hall is where the banquet after the Nobel Prize award ceremony takes place, so they suggested us to try and understand how it could feel someday to walk down the same stairs those outsanding people do. So, because a picture sometimes is worth a thousand words, I finish by adding some pictures of this fun evening (if you click on them you can see them bigger). If you have the chance to join next year, don’t miss it!

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