I had mixed emotions as we sat on the plane in Heathrow, waiting for the final leg of our journey that would take us to Stockholm. It was the first city I travelled to on my own; a city that had won my heart just four short years ago. And now, here I was on my way back. Would it still live up to the dream? Would my expectations hold true for the Swedish capital?
Long story short: Yes.
When we touched down at Arlanda International Airport I felt like I was coming home. As I sat on the airport coach that would take us to Solna (a suburb of Stockholm where our hotel was) I was flooded with memories from that same trip I took four years ago and I couldn’t help but think of how far I’ve come in life and travel since that trip. I spent the whole ride with a smile on my face, excited for everything the week would bring.
Most of my time in Stockholm was spent at TBEX, meeting other bloggers and learning about new tools and techniques to hopefully help take this blog to the next level. And although I enjoyed each session, taking more notes that I ever expected, I couldn’t help but count down the minutes until I could get out, into the sunshine and wander the streets, walk along the water and take it all in.
Each afternoon, Dave would meet me outside of the conference centre and we would spend the next few hours exploring: wandering Gamla Stan, taking boat tours of the harbour and sampling herring in Sodermalm. I was so eager to show Dave my favourite places and spaces throughout the city, but to also experience the things I had missed on my last visit and to enjoy what was new to the city.
It was perfect.
It can be daunting to revisit a city that once stole your heart. But I’m thankful to say that Stockholm lived up to every expectation and to all of my dreams. I couldn’t have believed it was possible, but I think by the end of our stay I was even more in love with the Swedish capital.
Until next time, Stockholm.
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