buss, n.

Seen: On signs for bus stops, on the busses themselves, in the (greatly helpful) SL app — everywhere.

Today was Day 1 of a sort of “Welcome Week” at DIS — we met at KMH, chatted a bit together, and had a lovely introductory program before splitting into groups to tour the facilities and gather our books for classes. After a bit of free time and some lunch at KMH, we split into groups and had a scavenger hunt throughout the city, which was my first time ever seeing downtown Stockholm. It was breathtaking — narrow, colorful cobblestone streets lined with cafés and restaurants; beautiful buildings and landmarks every couple blocks; gorgeous views of the water — I took a bit of a walk after the meetings had ended for the day, and despite the pain from my horribly blistered feet, it was a relaxing moment alone after a long day of socializing.

Stockholm is easy to navigate, thankfully — the bus was as straightforward as can be, the subway trains run identically if not more punctually then the trains in Boston. Despite the language difference and particularly-Swedish commuter behavior, the half-hour commute from home to school was nothing but easy.

At this moment, the taking the bus means a bit more to me than just having a convenient route to school. It was my first independent action to acclimate to life in Stockholm, the beginnings of my exploration of the city and the first moment that I realized, Hey, this isn’t so bad — I know now that I can do things on my own here, and that each day Stockholm will feel a bit more comfortable until it feels no different than home.

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