An Unconventional Stockholm City Break
If I want to, I can just go again and visit the spots I missed (though it didn’t feel like I “missed” anything). I had such a nice autumnal city break. After arriving at Skavsta airport (because WizzAir), and an amazingly scenic ride on Flygbussarna (it took about an hour and a half but the land looked so gorgeous, I was almost sad when we reached the city), I was in Stockholm just in time for the sunset. Since the weather was nice(ish), I walked all the way from Cityterminal to my hotel in Södermalm (it only took about half an hour). The next day(Sunday), I was up bright and early… nah, actually I slept in a bit and only left my cosy room (also probably the smallest room I have ever stayed, but Stockholm is a bit pricey and it had everything I needed – bathroom, tv, hairdryer, electric kettle, heating, etc. and it was quiet – so no complaints) at Stockholm Classic Budget Hotell after some breakfast (I knew there would be a little fridge in the room, so I stocked up on some yummies from the supermarket on the corner before checking in) at around 10.
Then I went, got a metro ticket (through the app) and toured the… subway. Because you see, the subway, or the Tunnelbana, in Stockholm is decorated with some amazing art. The rainbow station (Stadion station) was -obviously-my favorite, but altogether I’ve sent almost two hours down there exploring (might have to put together a photo blog on my favorite stations/art) and probably would have stayed even longer if it wasn’t that cold. I’m used to the metro being kinda warm, but in Stockholm it felt like descending from one cold cave to another pretty but even more colder pit. (a warm scarf and even a hat are most recommended)
Next, I actually checked out one of the touristy places, Gamla stan, the Old Town. So pretty (and totally free to wander around), also packed with places to shop/eat. On a bookish note, the science fiction bookstore is a must check out for book lovers. I didn’t get anything, but their english collection is huge. (as I was having a sort of a sci-fi day, this was like a build up for me. more on that later)
All in all, I only ended up buying a cool looking (purple) wooden Dala horse fridge magnet (one of Sweden’s national symbols as I read) from a really cute (so of course pricier) shop and a pair of touchscreen gloves. (these turned out to be super useful).
Then – fika time! I managed to stumble into one of those tourist trap places (the no prices should have been a sign), Cafe Gramunken if you are curious, lol. I usually carefully google everything before venturing in, but this one time, I don’t know, I was cold and the place looked inviting enough. Actually my coffee and white chocolate cake were both (surprisingly?) really good, so you know what – no regrets. You live/eat and learn.
After a bit more walking around, I decided to head back to the hotel for some snacking/napping. Usually I try to do everything (and end up super tired at the end of my “vacation” and in need of another break…) but this time around, I decided to just chill for once. (felt so damn good)
On the way “home”, I walked by a second hand store (they are apparently really big in Stockholm) so I had to have a peek around. They really have everything. I walked out as the new owner of a super cute and cheap (cheap and Stockholm in one sentence, hear that?) top. Score. (checked out another proper vintage clothes shop as well, but as expected the prices were super high)
This is not the end though. Because I was having a sci-fi day, so around half past eight I went out again, this time to the cinema. I bought a ticket to see Blade Runner 2049 while at that overpriced cafe through this site (btw, the whole time I was in Sweden I did not need to exchange any money, kinda wonder how their money looks like though…, they really are pretty much cashless, one could buy anything with their card or online).
I know zero Swedish, but luckily the movies are being screened in their original language in Stockholm (another point for Sweden). Inside the cinema was (again) cold, but I prepared and brought not just my coat and scarf but also a heat pack. (you gotta do what you gotta do to survive… the sci-fi… movie) The movie itself was superb, btw. And my new gloves proved to be useful during the walk back (I could play pokemon go without freezing my fingers off).
That was it. After another leisurely morning, a metro and a bus ride, it was time to board the plane and say goodbye to my first Scandinavian country (I think I’ll be back for more).