The imminent thing to do while you are in Stockholm, is to experience the Stockholm Syndrome. Metaphorically speaking. My boyfriend and I were for two days the hostages of this city and we tried to live like a Stockholmer – we didn’t look too different either.
We went to Sweden partially for business, partially for leisure. We traveled separately, my boyfriend landed in Goteborg, I landed in Stockholm and then we reunited for a way-to-short city break in both these amazing cities. (see the album below)
In Stockholm we stayed at Nordic C, a right-in-the-center design hotel, hosting the freezing yummy Ice Bar. In this year’s ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm it was all about a journey across Sweden. The design, inspired by the novel ”The wonderful adventures of Nils” by Selma Lagerlöf, triggers your imagination as you explore the Swedish provinces in a new, exiting and freezing way. Storytelling and a playful approach are combined with delicate graphic patterns and sculptural expressions, a delightful Northbound Adventure!
We’ve enjoyed walking on the streets of this green, active city, searching for bits of culture and architecture wonders. We wandered to the sunk Vasa (musem), the most visited non-art Scandinavian museum. Then we immersed in Stockholm’s sun, for a happy hour of drinks on a boat. The alcohol is quite expensive in Sweden, compared to the Netherlands, so happy hour there means a bit overpriced drinks in Netherlands. A wine can be around 100 SEK (Swedish Krona) aka around 10 euro and a 500 ml beer can get around 90 SEK which means almost 9 euro.
For my little enlightenment, we went to Fotografiska, a center for contemporary photography located in Stockholm, where I could drool for a few hours at amazing pictures.
The funniest part was not the Ice Bar, nor the Mud race from the center of Stockholm, but Skansen, the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden, located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.
We spent there almost half a day, eating Swedish delights, talking with Swedish people, running, kissing and taking photos. Ooh, the careless days of almost-Midsommar, reminded me of the summer we visited another open air museum, that time the one from my origin’s country (Romania), called Astra Museum.