Letter to Hyde Park

December 13, 2018


Dear Hyde Park,

I know, it’s been awhile.

It has been a few months now since we haven’t seen each other. I’ve been missing you. Seeing you every week was for me a formidable escape, a way to get away from all my worries. You allowed me to relax, to think and let my imagination run free during these long walks.

Over time I’ve started to learn your ways by heart, all your twists and turns. The frozen lake in winter, the flowering bushes in spring, I’ve had the chance to observe you grow, evolve and change over time. I’ve watched the workings of your ecosystems, linked elements, dependent on each other. I’ve seen how you are not a homogeneous monolith but a complex being made of many wonderful things.

You were there when I needed to get away from daily life, when I needed a breath of fresh air or a moment of silence. You were also there when I simply needed to pass the time because I didn’t want to go home just yet. You were there when I first laid eyes on the city from the plane window, a pocket of greenery unapologetically spreading through the city. You were also there when I said goodbye to my friends before leaving.

I haven’t been able to find anything quite like you in Stockholm. I’ll keep looking but I’m not sure I’ll ever find the same connection I had with you.

I hope I’ll be seeing you again soon.




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