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Nina Åkestam is an adwoman and a writer. She blogs for Resumé.se and on the weekdays she’s a creator at Wieden+ Kennedy in New York. Here Berns is interviewing Nina about Stockholm and some of her favourite places.
What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you?
When I was in second grade, my family went to Florida. In the hotel restaurant there was one of these soft ice cream machines that you could pull yourself. You could choose between vanilla, chocolate or mixed. It was completely insane for a Swedish seven-year-old!
What would you recommend to someone who never has had their foot in Stockholm?
Come during the summer or early autumn. It’s not only much more beautiful and simpler to be here then, but people are also like a completely different species: relaxed, spontaneous and upbeat. I love Stockholmers in summer more than I like summer inStockholm.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An old lady who has a home filled with interesting stuff and lots of stories to tell.
What are you drinking and where is it served the best?
Regular simple beer. Served in the afternoon, somewhere on the pier.
Who would you like to be for one day and why?
Barack Obama. Because I might manage to close down Guantanamo if I really hurried.
Which café would you go to with an extra flirtatious date?
Oh, I haven’t been on a date inStockholmsince about 2001, so have absolutely no experience. Back then I would have said Café String, and it probably still works. If you’re 17, that is.
You’re a superhero, what’s your name and what’s your power?
I would be called Vakaren (Snappy) and be alert all the time without ever having to sleep. Imagine how much extra time I would have to do stuff?!
What is the thing to do or se in Stockholm this year?
Hang with me! I’m moving back to Stockholmin August after two years inNew York.
What is you strongest childhood memory?
My little brother’s christening, in the summer of 1986. I was two years old and had received little purple sandals for the occasion. It was my first fashion moment. I couldn’t stop looking at them during the whole ceremony and can’t remember anything else, just the shoes. It was then that I thought; okay, this is what you can have. And I have had an unhealthy relationship with clothes ever since.