I Wake Up in Gothenburg

26 August, 2017

This was my first morning in Gothenburg. I wake up on the third floor of this very old brick house, originally built in 1881. I was not quite awake, but in a state of half consciousness that usually precedes the full awareness of one’s surroundings when you wake up in a new place. I looked around my bedroom and noticed the quaint architecture — its uneven walls and wooden beams in the ceiling. It was all so quiet outside, with no traffic or street sounds. Then, drifting in from the kitchen, comes the sound of a familiar song. It was Meesha Shafi singing:

وے میں چوری چوری تیرے نال لا لیاں اکھاں

Welcome to a Pakistani home in Gothenburg, Sweden!

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