Hej hej! It’s time to talk about one of my favorite cities: Stockholm, Sweden. It’s a fantastic city full of so many things to do! I had a quick trip to Stockholm (I was on a whirlwind Scandinavian tour), but it sticks out in my mind when I think back to the places I’ve been, and I wanted to share with you some of what I did during my time there!
One of the first things that my friend and I did when we arrived (after checking in to our hostel) was go on a hunt for a great view! We had done some research and found that there was a small path near the harbor so we immediately headed there.
My friend and I had arrived in Stockholm in the afternoon and were pretty hungry after walking along the harbor and wandering through the old town (called Gamla Stan), so we decided it was time for a traditional Swedish meal: meatballs! We stepped in to the first cutesy place we saw, called Slingerbulten. I’m currently vegetarian, but I still fondly remember this meal. It was cold and rainy outside, and we stepped into a small restaurant in the old town and warmed up with a hot meal of meatballs in a creamy sauce, mashed potatoes, lingonberries, and pickles. Our friend who is half Swedish told us the best way to experience it is to put a little bit of everything into one bite, and let me tell you, that was great advice!!
After our tasty dinner, we wandered some more through the old town. As it started to get later in the evening, the temperature dropped more and we sporadically decided (mostly for warmth) to visit the Nobel Museum where we learned about the incredible people throughout history who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. I know it sounds horrible that our main decision to visit this museum was to get warm, but I’m glad we ended up going in! It’s inspiring to see the great work that people do!
Then, we were inspired to hit the pub and grab a pint to wind down our busy day.
The next day was our museum day. We decided to hit up the Vasamuseet and Skansen. I never thought I’d love a boat museum so much, but the Vasa Museum was amazing! The building that the boat sits in was built around it, and you get to walk from one end of the ship all the way to the other. We got a guided tour, and learned about the history of the ship. It’s a 17th century ship was built to show off the wealth of the country, but was built too narrow and too tall. The dimensions of the ship were, unfortunately, not quite right for sailing. The ship sank in the harbor almost immediately after setting sail. A goofy history, I guess, but an impressive ship nonetheless. You can see all of the details still carved into the wood! If you’re interested in learning more, visit the museum’s official website: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en.
After the Vasa, we meandered over to Skansen, which is an outdoor museum of sorts. This trip was in October and it was already chilly, so Skansen was pretty deserted. That didn’t bother me one bit though, because that means we had the whole place to ourselves for the most part! The downside is that all of the food vendors were closed for the season. There was, however, a nice cafeteria where we went to devour more Swedish meatballs.
The main attraction of Skansen is the zoo, where they house animals native to the area like elk, bear, and seals. We had the absolute joy of watching the seals’ feeding time. They were so excited as the caretaker tossed them their fish! It was super cute. Now please enjoy my many animal pictures. =P
Although my trip to Stockholm was a quick one, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It gave me a glimpse into the world of Sweden and has left me wanting more! As far as future trips go, Sweden is high on my list! I hope that if you ever make the journey there, you enjoy it as much as I did. =)
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