So this country is marvellous. I loved Denmark, and I love Sweden. So far my romantic ideals of visiting Scandinavia haven’t fallen short at all. It helps I’ve had immaculate weather, and met some amazing people in Denmark. Not so much here in Sweden. The hostel is very anti-social (no common room etc) and thus it’s hard to get that foot in the door socially. The Swedish people seem to have absolutely no interest in meeting new people, which is keeping to what I was forewarned by everyone, and I guess I can respect that. In fact I overheard a conversation from a Finnish woman about how closed off Finns and Swedes are; the simple phrase “Hey, how are you?” leads to a 45 minute conversation because it implies you actually want to know how they are… In Australia it’s a common greeting (Said “ow are ya?”)… very different worlds.
Regardless of how isolated I am here I love this city. The people while not open are quite polite and it kind of reminds me of Japan in that regard, minus the Japanese passive aggressive hostility.
The food is good, the place is walkable with enough water and it has some truly stunning things to investigate. My only negative is the cost. It’s the same as Australia, and it hurts.
My first day was spent finding forests that overlooked the city. Little (literally) beaches. An amphitheatre in the woods. A social hangout I would later fall in love with (read till the end to find out more).
My second day was spent investigating Old Town. Watching the royal guards change. Snooping on a military graduation ceremony with some very prominent Swedish dignitaries in attendance at the old Kastellet.
Day three was spent investigating Djurgarden and the beautiful woods.
I love this city.
Anyway, without further ado… Sweden.
There we have my collection so far. I really find Stockholm to be stunning.
Having said that without a doubt my favourite place in Stockholm is Skinnarviksberget. I’m not sure if it goes by another name to the locals, but it’s incredible. Here’s something I wrote over time while basking in the sunlight up there.
Without a doubt my favourite place in Stockholm is the magical place called Skinnarviksberget. I spent all three of my afternoons in Stockholm up there and it never failed to deliver. I first stumbled upon it on the first afternoon’s exploration I set out on. Expecting a few bench chairs and a few couples kissing over the skyline i was very surprised at the reality. It’s a rocky mountain/hilltop with a radio signal tower at the peak. It’s a wide area that offers 360 degree views of Stockholm with a particularly beautiful 180 degree view of the main harbour. My first arrival introduced me to maybe 5 or 6 people sitting there… upon my return that night i discovered around 100. Turns out this is the place to be to drink and eat your dinner. I don’t blame them. It caters to any and all in it’s beauty. The only requirement is you can physically get there as it’s decently steep. The first night i retired cold. The wind was crisp up there and i had no jacket. My second night i had a jacket but no sunblock and could feel my skin losing the battle. There’s something so wonderfully social and yet isolated about this place. I’m by myself and thoroughly enjoying the moment. There are couples having romantic dinners, small groups discussing the world over cheap wine, and huge groups of 20+ partying… everyone is welcome. [ ] On my third visit I outdid myself. Not only did I purchase another bottle of sparkling water.. but in my haste to get to the hill i purchased a bottle of non alcoholic beer. What a bloody waste. Especially considering the trouble i went to to transfer that money.
Alcohol, food, kids with maccas, music from phones, picnic blankets, beggars with bags for recycling, seagulls, pigeons, cigarettes, takeaway pizza, sunbaking, hiding under blankets, quiet conversation, loud discussions, sunshine, families, friends, solo, the harbour, smashed bottles, and the ever existent cheers upon cracking the first drink.
This place is pure magic. I will be back here again one day. Ideally with someone to share it with.
Here is my favourite place in Stockholm:
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
I cannot wait for Finland !!!