Stockholm, Sweden
Stefania, 45
Hotel Manager
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a bit about Stefania

What do you do and why do you do it?

Challenges are my fuel. I am an academic, tending to overstudy theory for understanding that it could never become practice :) It is how I became an hotel manager. If you love people and are comfortable with numbers how could you keep them together? Work with people and put numbers inside squares. It's all about it! I am a real foodie, from street food to fine dining I try everything: food for me is much more than getting stuffed. And I have a big passion for wine! After my graduation at the University and a couple of year in the public sector I changed my plans and chose to become a sommelier. Best choice in my life!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

When I was finished at my university I tried to work for a while in my family's company. I worked mostly with administrative tasks. It was already tough to sit behind a desk just trying to get rid of nonsense paper but I think the worst part was having to deal all the time with my entire family. It didn't feel right. Do I have to specify why? Mom is always mom but please not at work!

Were you born and raised in Stockholm? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Stockholm?

I was born and raised in central Italy from a whole Italian family. During a study exchange in Austria I met Mattias, a Swede from the very north part of Sweden. I fell in love at once: with everything, the man and the country! When I was finished at University there was nothing that could me keep away from my love. So I moved to Sweden with Mattias and we got 10 magical years together. With small children we moved then all together to Italy so they could get their Italian roots as well. Now as Emilia and Filip are growing up we want them to experience the Swedish way of life. And it became Stockholm for us: what else?

What’s your current hood in Stockholm and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Södermalm, and it feels so natural to be here for me and my family. It is a part of Stockhokm where workers and sailors used to live in the past. Now the atmosphere is completely different and Södermalm is the beating heart of Stockholm with plenty of restaurants, cafes, small shops and clubs. But the best part it is the mix of everything you find here: people, sounds, smells, colors. Coming south you will feel the city become more alive and less stiff. I don't know how to explain it: just come and experience it! Worst thing about Södermalm? Are you kidding?

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I recently got a crush on Regina Spektor and I cannot stop listening to her songs! I like indie pop music and love female singers from Alanis Morrisette to Amy Winehouse. But I couldn't live without my Classics from the 90´s: Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, INXS. If we take a step back I would say Beatles and Abba make me very happy. I usually listen to all kind of music but I often can't understand the top ten Spotify list. It's not really my style!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Definitely Eros Ramazzotti´s love songs would take place here. And I would put The Cure on loop all night long!

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

The Simpsons: they are more real than the real world! Happy Days as Mrs. Cunningham was my idol. Friends as I grew up with Rachel and Ross. But my favorite of all time is Swedish "Solsidan"

Name some spots in Stockholm that are good for a Tinder date.

I will suggest to take a drink in one of the panoramic terraces in Stockholm, choose between the more relaxed Söder or more upscaled Östermalm depending on who you are dating :)

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Donald Trump but he already gets roasted every day... Just to be as fair as I can I take our King Carl Gustav: he knows how to defend himself so the country can stay safe!

Who’s your hero and where in Stockholm would you take them out for a serious hang?

If everything was possible I would take with me Audrey Hepburn. She would love Stockholm: we would eat breakfast at Grand Hotel and then we would shop at NK

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

What fabulous clothes? Surely not in a mall! I like to choose less commercial brands, in Stockholm you will find a lot of them. I buy usually artisanal shoes when I am in Italy on vacation, I come from the most renowned area for shoe-making.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I will stay away from the most commercial streets in central Stockholm. Gamla Stan is so nice that even if it is full of tourists you'll love it anyway.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I would like to take excursions in the archipelago once in a while, but its not often I succeed to arrange one

Where do you go in Stockholm for a casual night out?

I would go to Riche. There you always feel welcome every day of the week. And you know you always will meet people, all ages are welcome!

Where would you go in Stockholm to celebrate some freaking good news?

I will go to Operakällaren, the luxurious classic restaurant at the Royal Opera House. Better to have everything in house even the night club Café Opera: you never know if the night would be longer than expected!

What’s your choice of transportation in Stockholm and why?

I ride my bike if weather allows. Otherwise I take the tube T-bana. Easy and quick take you (almost) everywhere. Safe & sound.

What are the Stockholm spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

I will suggest to start from Gamla Stan, take a walk around the castle and then walk through Kungsträdgården to the central Östermalm, Nybroplan and Strandvägen

What are the Stockholm spots tourists should run from screaming?

I would say there are no spots in central Stockholm that can be scary for tourists. Maybe Gröna Lund: there you will scream a lot but it's just for the exciting attractions :)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Stockholm. How do you spend it?

I will take a day off in a genuine Swedish oasis inside the city: the green island of Långholmen. It used to be a prison just 40 years ago but now the prison has been converted to a nice hotel and hostel (you sleep inside a museum!) and the rest of the island is untouched. Just some artists live here, there is a beach, some cafes and a lot of paths in the nature.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York. There you can really get big city vibes. It is always ahead of everything, dense with trends and overloaded of humanity and emotions. If you had asked me a country I would have answered Italy, of course.

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