First full day in Stockholm. Had an amazing buffet lunch then got a private tour of the city. Then visited Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm. What a kind family. Then I fell asleep at around 8 or 9 or so on the couch upstairs. I was exhausted. Then woke up at 2 a.m. in the morning. Natalia chatted me saying that I should watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia so I watched the pilot and it was all right. I’m just worried that I might not be awake enough for tomorrow. I really should try to get more sleep. It’s 4:12 a.m. right now.
But the food here thus far has been amazing. My friend made me home-cooked swedish dinner on my first night and on the second day, for lunch, we went to this buffet with traditional celebratory food that included herring dishes, salmon dishes, meat, potatoes…just an overall unique dining experience.
Stockholm is an archipelago, so as my friend’s family drove me around the city, we crossed a lot of bridges to get to different parts of town. The drive included a lot of historical landmarks, so I got a glimpse at a lot of things in one day. It’s really a beautiful city to experience from the insider’s perspective. I wouldn’t say it’s the most touristy place in terms of things to tour and experience, but it has the home vibe to it, making it comfortable and scenic for everyone. Plus, while I’m here right now, in middle of Stockholm’s winter, the streets aren’t strewn with tourists, so I guess I’m having a much different experience than most people, but I like it that way. It’s quite unique. Tomorrow, while my friend goes to classes, I guess I’ll do more touristy stuff.
For now, some pictures:
As I said, Stockholm is an archipelago, so throughout the city, we saw a lot of bridges. The water made the weather colder, but the scene was worth it. In the background, you can also see a small tower. Not sure, but I think that’s where they have the Nobel prize ceremony.
Gamla Stan: Well-preserved part of town. Full of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. There’s an old cathedral that’s been there…forever. We also visited the Royal Palace, where there are strict guards, and the church where the prince got married to the to-be queen of Sweden. Sad he’ll never become a king, though.
An alleyway of Gamla Stan. Beautifully preserved from the good old days when people were a bit shorter and had stronger ankles. Rock stairs and all— people still live here, actually. Even saw a school in one of the streets. Only one or two streets are full of shops. Other than that, it’s just like anywhere else.
A view from Sodermalm, the village of alternate lifestyles. Lots of hip people. From the edge of town, you can get a great view of Stockholm from across the water.
A view of Stockholm during dawn from Sodermalm. Notice how it’s a great combination of historical and modern architecture. Two types of buildings (in general) here in Stockholm: square buildings and more elegant ones.
Random building…or not. I forgot. But I loved the architecture, so I took a picture of it from my seat in the car while we drove around the city.
Lots of boats here. Even steamboats. There are even cruise ships that I might want to take that take you all the way to Finland or Russia. How awesome would that be?! My friend’s family told me that during the summer, there are a lot more ships around the area. People are even allowed to fish here for free.
View of Stockholm. Reminded me a lot of Quebec, especially the water and the weather. But a totally different milieu. What a city.
I guess that’s it for now. I need to try to get some more sleep. A lot of things to do tomorrow.
Good night and thanks for following,
Victor T. Paulsen