5.10.17 – Train ride to Sweden and Walking Tour

Today we had to get up early to catch our train for Sweden.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of Copenhagen so much, so I woke up a little earlier for a quick 3 mile run at 6:30 AM to really enjoy my last morning in the city. There’s something about the people there that I connect with. Riding bikes everywhere, their sense of style, staying active, trusting and helping each other, and so on resonate with me so much. In 2016, it was voted the happiest country in the world, and I can really see why. Let me move hereeeeee.  

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At the train station about to leave Denmark for Sweden

It was little stressful and disorganized getting from our hostel through the metro and to the train, but once we got on, it was a nice, smooth ride, and I caught up on some much-needed sleep.

We are staying at the Generator Stockholm, and OMG IT IS SO NICE! Like the lounge-bar area is so hipster with swinging cage chairs, unique light bulb hanging fixtures, jail bars, and graffiti wall decor. I was told that it is fairly new, which is why it is so nice.

When went on a 2-hour walking tour of Stockholm and learned about old town Stockholm. It has this small town- wannabe city vibe. Dr. Reed and Michael bought us yummy cookies randomly, which was so thoughtful. On the tour, our lovely guide told us about interesting stories that had to do with Swedish history and places we passed.  Some highlights…

bridge

On Riksbron (“The National Bridge”)

Outside of the Rosenbad (Prime Minister’s Office and the Government Chancellery in Sweden), there was a little homeless fox (pictured below) that we were told is a constant reminder that there are still improvements to make in the Swedish welfare society.

We walked down the narrowest street in Stockholm called Mårten Trotzigs gränd. I’m not sure why a narrow street is a tourist attraction, but when someone tells you this alleyway is the narrowest, you’re like yasssss.

We learned about the Stockholm Bloodbath that has Game of Thrones Red Wedding vibes all over it. The Danish king Christian II organized a large banquet inviting many important Swedish dignitaries. At the end of the festivities, he had eighty-two of the guests, who had opposed his rule arrested and then beheaded in Stortorget the following day.

 

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Stortorget – Stockholm’s oldest square surrounded by colorful buildings

 

The Swedes have this term fika for when they take a coffee break. I don’t drink coffee, but I’ll make sure to stop somewhere later for a hot chocolate to get the vibes.

After the tour, a group of us dined at Polpette to fill our tummies and escape the grueling cold before retiring for the night.

Tomorrow, we’re visiting my company ABB, so that should be interesting!

Sarah xx

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