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Bye, Sweden!

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Well, I’ve made a huge decision over the last few weeks.  I’ve decided to leave the KTH program and head back home to the United States to continue working on my design firm, Alive Lighting, and to keep writing JimOnLight.com full time.  It has been a great two months, and I have made so many great new friends that I will have forever – the relationships I made here in Sweden have enriched my life so much, and I will miss these people very much.

I’ve decided to leave the program at KTH because I don’t believe I’m being challenged.  Unfortunately, I don’t feel the education is advancing my academic and professional goals.  I’m not happy with that and, since this was a huge expense and commitment, I had to decide if staying for another eight months would pay off for me.  I’m very glad that I checked it out and am grateful for the opportunity to have done so.

I am so grateful for meeting the professors, seeing the beautiful Haninge KTH campus (which I’ll be posting some pictures of in coming weeks), and Stockholm is stunning.  I have new friends.  It’s been a great journey.  I can’t thank my lovely wife enough for her support, and all of the JimOnLight readers and Tweeters for their daily interaction.  It’s made me feel like home!

As of Thursday, I will be available for lighting design and consulting, and continuing to write JimOnLight every day.

What An Awesome Day – Stockholm ROCKS!

On Thursday afternoon I went to a Stockholm walking tour/city rally thing with some international students.  In addition to getting to see a whole bunch of Stockholm, I met several new friends – Ahmed from Egypt, Mohammad from Iran, Kate from Austria, Jamie from Boston, Fernando from Brazil, Andreas from Sweden, and Reza from Iran.  We seemed to be the spry bunch, and after about 3/4 the way through the city walk, we decided to get lunch and a beer (which was nine bucks, by the way – damn):

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Hands down, it was an amazing day.  At some point, I am going to get out at night and take some long exposure shots of Stockholm – that will be amazing!  Check out some photos from my day, if you’re interested – just a few, I took hundreds:

Where I’m living this year:

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Stockholm Central train station:

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KTH Main Campus library:

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Walking in Stockholm:

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The Royal Theatre:

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Walking along the water:

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Fountain above the train station – you walk underneath this thing!

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