You never know what you’ll see on Södermalm, the island in Stockholm where I live. It’s such a mix of old and new, fun and funky. On Sunday, I saw two small ponies in the little park on my street. They were giving children rides for a birthday party. Today, I saw an older couple dressed in the traditional woolen costumes of days gone by. And yesterday, I saw a naked neighbor sunning and stretching herself on her balcony. I’ve seen people walking their cats, parrots and pot-bellied pigs, and an old man cycling with his German shepherd in a huge basket on the front. It’s just this sort of unique diversity that I love about Söder.
Historically speaking, Söder was s rural, agricultural area until the 17th century. Then it became the home for the working class. Now it’s known as the red wine drinking, alternative culture, bohemian center of Stockholm. Whatever the label, I like the vibe.