I have to admit, the city is cozier than I first thought.
I have a bit over two weeks left in Jönköping before moving to Helsinki for a while.
I thought it would be nice to look back at my time in here (although I’m graduating next spring and I’m probably going to spend at least a part of my spring in here doing seminars and stuff).
I’m not sure how my friends and family remember the times when I’ve moved abroad, but to me, those times in my life have always been chaotic (to say the least). When I came to Jönköping for the first time I went straight to VOX Hotel and stayed there a couple of days. Then I went back to Finland for a week because all the student life was so unappealing to me.
I’ve been trying to focus on my studies and working while I’ve been here. I think I’ve done a decent job.
There are a couple of things I really REALLY like about Jönköping.
1. Connectedness to nature. After I’ve spent most of my day at the library, I really don’t need that much hassle around me. I can take a walk around the lake after the day, or go running in the forest the first thing in the morning.
2. Small town vibe. Everything is so chilled. People don’t seem to stress that much about anything. Something I should try to accommodate to my life a bit more.
3. The university campus area is in the middle of the city. This is quite self-explanatory.
4. Sunsets. Ok, this seems a bit off from the list, but those of you who have been to Jönköping know that the sun sets beautifully in here.
5. Restaurants. I’ve found my fave brunch place (Bryggan), lunch place (Hälsokällan), and a sushi place (Tokyo 18). Bars and clubs? Well, I haven’t really visited those so can’t recommend any, sorry!
I intentionally excluded all the sightseeings in Jönköping (has anyone actually visited the matchstick museum?) and concentrated on the things that have made me feel a bit more like home. You know, the ordinary things in life.
Is there something else that you would like to know about Jönköping, Sweden, or my studies here at JIBS?