One of the things I love so much about life is all the people you meet, the things you learn from them and the new experiences you’d otherwise never have had. I think this is why although London is a big, crowded city with no room to breathe, it’s so addictive! I’ve never had more fun in life because London is a place where you can’t avoid meeting people every day from all over the world.
A few months ago I had a rather random meeting with someone who turned out to be quite special. I don’t generally mention this because I’ve had a huge change in my feelings toward blogging, social media and privacy. While I still love social media, I no longer want my entire life online. So, that’s why I haven’t been blogging as much! I still want to blog, but I want to really limit what I share about myself and my relationship and friendships. I used to take pictures of every meal I ate out, and often I’d bring my big DSLR. But now, if I’m out to dinner with my boyfriend/friends I don’t even want to take a picture of the meal because I don’t want to share that experience with anyone else! More importantly, I don’t want anything getting in the way of that experience.
With that being said, I’m still going to blog but it might not be as frequently or have as many personal stories! I am going to try to create more recipes and will still share stories about my travels, which is what today is about! I just got back from a trip to Stockholm – my first time in Sweden.
As you can see, we spent a bit of time on the water!
City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is hosted. You can go inside it, but we didn’t have time!
One of the tours we took was “Under the Bridges of Stockholm,” which is a two hour boat ride around the city where you can actually learn. I generally don’t like tours because I can NEVER understand what they are saying over the crappy speakers. It’s always like Charlie Brown:
This was totally different, though, because each person has a set of headphones and you can choose which language you’d like to hear. It was perfect! I’d definitely recommend this tour, but then again, (at the risk of sounding like Donnie Baker) there aren’t many boats I wouldn’t recommend.
Apparently the water surrounding Stockholm is so clean that people fish out of it. In fact, the whole city was clean. I can’t think of a cleaner city I’ve visited!
Like normal, I couldn’t go two hours without food so I picked up a Japp bar. Tasted like Three Musketeers mixed with a Mars bar!
We also took a boat trip to Drottningholm Palace, the permanent residence of Sweden’s royal family. I’ve always thought Buckingham Palace is SO BORING. St. James’ park, the surrounding areas, and London in general are all gorgeous. But Buckingham Palace? Snoozer. Drottningholm was beautiful, far more peaceful, cleaner, and pretty much in every way better than Queen E’s crib.
My boyfriend studied abroad in college, so we stayed in his host family’s house rather than a hotel. They were out of town the first part of the trip, but they left us food in the fridge for breakfast. It was so good that we ate everything they left us and later realized the food was meant to last three days, not one, so we all had a big laugh at what pigs we are.
The apartment was in a tall building with a balcony, so I got some great shots of the city! One night we had champagne and olives, and this is where I learned “Skål,” which means “cheers” in Swedish. It’s pronounced like the name of the chewing tobacco, Skoal. I just looked this up on Wikipedia: “Skoal” is an Anglicisation of skål, a term used in some Scandinavian regions to announce a toast of friendship, with connotations of well-wishing.
During dinner one night I was telling them about a new job, and I learned this (unfortunately this is a picture I recreated just now at my desk!):
They held up their fists with their thumbs tucked in, and said in Sweden that’s they’re version of “fingers crossed!” It seems like a small thing, but these little things you learn from random people you meet on travels are my favorite things!
Back to food:
On the first day I was presented with a giant ball of chocolate with white specks and I wasn’t very excited. I get kind of sick of desserts being everywhere, but oh boy. When I was on my own later I ran into the kitchen and ate some more of the ball. Then I couldn’t stop eating so I brought it into bed and put my face into the packaging like an animal. Here are some smaller ones, which I recommend you try if you’re ever in Sweden:
As I said, I’m pretty against photographing meals while in the company of others. BUT I HAD TO PHOTOGRAPH THIS. I was sneaky and took a picture when no one was looking because it was too good to not share with the world. Our amazing host made us Swedish meatballs!
We ate at home for every meal because they so kindly cooked for us or bought us food, but the two times we did eat out we ate French hot dogs. There was a stand on every block!
Since it’s in a baguette of sorts, there are always little condiment teats hanging from the stand that you use to fill your bun. It’s hilarious.
For a place that’s supposedly cold most of the year, there is ice cream, “glass,” everywhere!
And finally, perhaps my favorite part of the city was the Old Town because it looked so typically European and romantic.
The entire three days in Stockholm I was feeling incredibly lucky and happy to be there, so I was sad to come home even though I love it here, too!