Thursday 23 April 2009


There is a certain charm in entering an empty, newly built apartment in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm. At this special day I tiptoed into my still empty residence at 8.00 in the morning, waiting for the seller of my new bookshelf to deliver the goods and build the shelf. It was a beautiful spring morning and a pleasure to behold the living room, looking very large and inviting in all its splendour.

I had to wait a long time for this sunny morning pleasure. The contract for the apartment had to be signed already in Summer 2006, but the building was not finished until March 2009, when I visited the apartment for the first time (on a bleak winter morning) together with the building inspectors, and received the keys.

I am very glad that I brought my camera from Brussels on this short visit in April. Soon, the apartment would be filled with furniture and looking a lot smaller, albeit more cosy. So this picture will have to do as memorial until the next buyer will arrive, many years from now, I hope.

One day after this picture, the beds were already in place and I could start living in the apartment, still only sparsely furnished. On the morning of 25 April, I woke early and sneaked out to the balcony at 5.00. The clear morning sun greeted me with its warmth and seduced me to try a panorama picture of the view from my balcony. The picture below shows part of that panorama.

If you are interested in getting a full 180 Degree view, you are invited to admire this outlook by clicking on the video frame provided as follows.

I admit that I have started this blog sometime after the fact. The first postings will deal with pictures taken already some time ago. So, if you see comments with a date widely different from that of the post in question, like the comments below, this is because I transferred those comments from the answers to an e-mail with the pictures and text sent at the date in question. Soon, we will have run through the inventory of pictures already taken and continue the posting with fresh pictures, taken the same day or day before they are put on the blog.