Day 1 in Stockholm began with breakfast at Espresso House, basically Starbucks only 10x better. They are all over the city, so it became our little tradition to go there every morning for breakfast.
After bagels and fresh juice for breakfast, we decided to wander around the city. We walked along the harbor admiring all the sailboats and buildings.
Our wanderings took us all the way to a different island of Stockholm.
On this island was the Vasa Museum. This is a museum dedicated to the Vasa, a Swedish ship from the 17th century. I'm not kidding when I say this ship looks straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean! It sank in the harbor during its maiden voyage in 1628. In 1950, it was finally located and restored. Now, the Vasa museum houses this beautiful ship that is 95% original. It was hard to get a good picture because of how massive the ship is, but it was incredible to see and learn about its history.
|Replica of the Vasa before it sank|
Day 2 in Stockholm was cold and rainy...That didn't stop us from exploring the city though. We went to Sweden's largest steel bridge where they had incredible panoramic views of Stockholm. It was so windy and rainy that I had a difficult time getting good pictures, but it was still really fun and we had a good laugh walking along trying not to blow away.
|Lock on the bridge|
Since we had been walking around all day, we desperately searched for a place to eat in the Old Town. The moment we landed in Sweden I was determined to have Swedish meatballs. This was a difficult feat simply because of how expensive Sweden is, every place charged at least $18 for a dish. We ended up finding a small cafe that had our sought after meatballs and they were delicious- way better than IKEA's.
Overall, Stockholm is a great city. The only complaint I have is how expensive everything is there...When I'm not on a college student's budget, I would love to go back (I say that about every place I visit, I know). Now I'm just enjoying the rest of my time in St. Petersburg before I leave. The trees are starting to bloom here, so it is finally beginning to feel like spring! Thanks for reading, more posts about my final weeks abroad will be coming soon!
|Breakfast with our 2 new friends from Austria & Paris|