Last week we took a break from the packing-cleaning-packing cycle that has become our lives in advance of our move and we travelled to Stockholm, Sweden so I could attend my first TBEX Conference.
Although my time to explore the Swedish capital will be limited thanks to all the learnin’ I’m going to be doing at the Conference, I still plan to get out and see as much as possible. Some of the things on my bucket list are holdovers from last time and some are brand new. Either way, I know they will be amazing, because, well. Stockholm.
Top Ten Things I’m Excited to See, Do and Eat:
Stockholm Subway Art
Stockholm’s metro system is considered to be the world’s longest art gallery. Of the 100 stations scattered throughout the city, some 90 of them have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists (source).
We’ll be taking the subway in and out of the city, so I hope to see a few of these awesome stations during our journey, including the above, which will be our “home” station during our stay.
Eat Herring Burgers
We seem to have developed a taste for herring (having eaten it in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and a few other places) so it only makes sense to continue our herring tour of Europe by sampling the Swedish offerings.
Experience the Archipelago by Boat
Although I took the ferry from Sweden to FInland during my last trip, I would love to take the opportunity to experience the archipelago a little more up-close-and-personal this time, and the ferry seems like the perfect way to do so.
Get Lost in Gamla Stan
Because no trip to Stockholm is complete without a trip to Gamla Sta to explore the narrow streets and cobblestone alleyways.
ABBA: The Museum
I’m nerdy, I love ABBA (it’s my cleaning jams), so clearly this has to happen.
In addition to our hearing tour of Europe, over the past few months we’ve been on a bit of a market hall tour of Europe, so we might as well continue by visiting the Saluhallen in Östermalms.
Bird’s Eye View of the City
One of my favourite ways to experience a city is by climbing to a terrifying (for me) height and taking in the bird’s eye view. I wasn’t able to do so on my last visit, so I can’t let the chance slip away this time. Hopefully I’ll have enough time to climb the tower at city hall; if not, Dave might just have to take pictures for me.
Indulge in Gravlax
Relax in Haga PArk
We’ll be staying out in the Solna neighbourhood of Stockholm right near the beautiful Hagaparken, so it seems like a wasted opportunity not to explore this massive green space (which is also home to Haga Palace, the official residence of Crown Princess Victoria).
I will be at the conference, but nothing will stop me from indulging in my favourite Swedish tradition: Fika Friday! As per Wikipedia: “Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches.” Since I like both coffee and pastries, I figured I should definitely take part while in Stockholm.
Have I missed anything? What would you recommend I add to my list?
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