A wintry Sunday walk took me up to one of Stockholm’s most popular view points. Standing over the water, looking across the harbour to the Old Town and the islands of Skeppsholmen and Djurgården, I noticed the place name – ‘Per Anders Fogelströms Terrace’.
Per Anders Fogelström was one of Sweden’s most popular authors. His most famous work was a series of books which followed the fate of successive generations of Stockholmers from 1860 to 1968. I’ve actually only read the first book – ‘City of my Dreams’ – which describes the harrowing and tough existence of a group of working-class people in the impoverished neighborhood of Södermalm at the end of the 1800’s.
As I stood on the terrace high up on Södermalm and looked down towards the town, I felt the breeze of history’s wings on my face. And I realized, after more than 20 years here, this is also the place where many of my dreams have come true.