Stock·holm syndrome or capture-bonding (noun) \ˈstäk-ˌhō(l)m-\
A psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy, bond with, identify with and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.
Well, I quite clearly have this syndrome and now that I am based a mere 35 minutes from Stockholm, I jump at every opportunity I get to visit the Swedish capital. True to the symptoms I find myself bonding with, identifying with and having positive feelings towards Stockholm each time we meet – yes, it has taken me hostage.
Today I expressed empathy for Stockholm and all of its beautiful architecture with a stroll through the city.
I then bonded with the city by enjoying a morning fika session of coffee and baked delicacies.
I then identified with my captor by visiting Moderna Museet – up there with MoMa and Musee d’Orsay in terms of my favourite art museums.
And my positive feelings were only further confirmed by an afternoon of shopping and sushi.
I love you, Stockholm.
It’s a simple equation:
A group of friends + a flight to Croatia + a rental house in Tisno + a ticket to Soundwave – a pocketful of Kunas ÷ 5 days = some of the happiest 5 days of your life.
Because Soundwave is a small boutique festival you can always find your friends, you quickly get to know the entire crowd, you never queue for food and drinks and you can readily chat to all the acts who are casually strolling around each day.
As if that isn’t enticing enough then Barbarella’s, an after party who has taken on a whole personality of its own, awaits you at the end of each night. Here the music plays on until the sun rises and then busses simply take you back to the beautiful little town of Tisno.
So if you find yourself headed for a European summer, be sure to dedicate 5 days to Soundwave festival.