The Centre of the Periphery


Stockholm is fantastic!

When I lived in Stockholm's centre in the 90's and missing the countryside a lot I used to joke and say that you should live in a little cottage in the countryside within walking distance to the subway.

Now I just about do - it has manifested! We live 160 meters from a Nature Reserve and 500 meters from a subway station. I took this picture some minutes ago. It is not a poster from the subway station. It's the real thing from the other side, the Nature Reserve of Lake Flaten.

Not a human being, house or car in sight, 17 minutes of subway travel from the Stockholm city centre and a beautiful short walk out into the stillness.

Of course the picture, beautiful as it is, catches but a tiny bit of the magic. Add the haunting, haunting tune of the Arctic Loon and the eau de cologne of the lilies of the valley (sorry no link...) and the spirits of the old ruins and you get a bit closer.

A bit closer to your own centre found in the stillness of the periphery.

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