Studying abroad, one thing I have been looking forward to is traveling around Europe. Now that I have somewhat settled into life in Stockholm, I felt that I was ready to explore someplace else over the weekend. I have family living in Sweden, and this weekend, they asked me if I would be interested in visiting their house in the city of Helsingborg. I agreed, of course!
Helsingborg is a town about six hours south of Stockholm. It is nestled in the countryside, but it is the seventh most populated town in Sweden. Apparently, you can always tell when someone is from this southern area because their Swedish has a very distinct tone, almost Danish-sounding. This would make sense; Helsingborg is right on the ocean, and after a twenty-minute ferry ride you can arrive in Denmark. Denmark is even visible across the water, so it’s almost like I visited two countries in one! Almost.
Helsingborg has a very different feel from Stockholm. It is a lot smaller and cozier, just like more suburban and rural areas in America. I was curious to see if the kind of attire would be different here in comparison to Stockholm. For one thing, the weather is a little bit drearier, with more wind and rain. My aunt told me that a raincoat is an essential item here. The temperature in the winter is about the same as Stockholm, or maybe a bit warmer, but the difference there is not too noticeable. However, I did notice that Helsingborg was not as fashion-forward and modern as the kinds of clothing I see in Stockholm. I barely saw any sleek wool coats. The clothing was more reminiscent of what I would see in America, with bigger jackets. Also, the people there seemed to be a lot more into fitness than Stockholm’s city-goers. I saw tons of athletic wear, and athletic people. No H&M or Zara here! I went for a quick walk in the woods in the morning, and even though the weather was pretty disgusting, there were plenty of people going out for a run and biking. I would describe the style here as a lot more practical and everyday than what I have been seeing in Stockholm. My cousin, who was visiting from Stockholm, definitely stuck out with her high fashion. Overall, it was really nice to see a more quaint side of Sweden, and I would love to spend more time in Helsingborg.