One thing that’s nice about Stockholm is that when you lose something, about 95% of the people will put it somewhere in the hopes that you will find it. (Not like in Texas where someone sees a hat and goes, “Now it’s MY hat!”)
During the fall and winter, you can find many gloves hanging from tree limbs. When people find lost ones on the ground, they hang it on something eye level so that the person who lost it will hopefully see it when they walk that way again. In fact, I left a helmet outside in the park recently and forgot all about it until I needed it 6 days later. I walked over to the park and there it was, hanging eye level on a fence!
I’ve seen scarves, stuffed animals and even shoes on tree limbs or fences, though you think one would notice a shoe missing immediately. But last week I saw the best one ever. A dinosaur on the fence outside my work. Because even dinosaurs can get lost and need to get back to their homes… or caves…. or time machine.
I went back to work last week. I’d been gone over Christmas holidays. Apparently, 2 weeks is enough for me to forget where work is, because I got very lost and ended up in front of the Latvian Embassy.
I can never figure out this area that my job is in. Stockholm isn’t that big of a city, but I’ve just never explored this particular area. While I walked 20 minutes to find my work in this neighborhood, I tried to think why I never get to this part of town in my free time. Then I looked around at the stores – chandelier store, violin store and French tile store. Mystery solved.