During one of my husband’s work related trips I decided that my friend B (who’s husband was on the same trip) and I shouldn’t waste a perfectly good long weekend just because our husbands were gone. I started looking at flights and found a good deal to Stockholm, and so it was done. We quickly arranged the short getaway and were excited about venturing into a new city!
On our way to the airport, I got a phone call from my friend K. Her husband had offered to take care of Ellie while I was gone so when she put a man on the phone I thought it was him. I started telling him how I left the key for him and hoped I hadn’t forgotten anything when he said, “no it’s me, I’m home early.” Then I freaked out. Hubby wasn’t supposed to be home just yet, and when I realized he was at our house and I had already left, I did what I do in any type of emotional situation-I cried. He explained to me that he had come home early and he was trying to surprise me and see me at home before I left for the airport. The timing didn’t work out and we missed each other. I couldn’t get over that after several of these trips I had always secretly hoped he was going to come home early and surprise me, then he did and I was gone! Ugh, the frustration!
Once I got over the initial shock and disappointment that I missed him, I was just relieved to know he was back and would be waiting for me when I got home. So B and I made it to the airport and through security, but then we were stopped by the luggage police. They made us weigh our bags and shove them into the little bag box. This cost me 50 Euro…
Not a great way to start out. Thanks Ryanair. Why they don’t have you do this at the check-in desk is beyond me. Anyway, we had a nice easy flight and made it to Stockholm without any real issues. We had to take a bus from the airport into the city because we flew into Skvasta which is almost an hour and a half away. Luckily for us our hotel was across the street from where the bus dropped off at the train station, so we didn’t have far to go once we got there. It was a late night arrival for us, and of course by the time we got there, I was starving and had to buy a Snickers bar and bag of chips from the front desk…pregnant lady problems.
The next morning we got up and just started wandering around the city. We stumbled upon a Hofbrau Haus, some tiny parks, and a couple bridges. Somewhere in there we found a lovely breakfast buffet at a hotel and sat ourselves down for some Swedish pancakes-delish!
We wandered on and found lots of cute shops, a flower and produce market, 50 H&M’s, and the Stockholm International Film Festival-complete with paparazzi! Eventually we found old town and even more interesting places to shop.
|Gate to Old Town.|
|Obviously I had to try on the Viking hat!|
Once we had exhausted our shopping capacities we started to make our way back to the hotel to drop off the goods before our walking tour that night. We had done so well throughout the day without using a map or cell phone, but on our way back we got a bit turned around and ended up walking in the wrong direction for a while. But we did make it back, and had just enough time to rest our feet a little before hitting the pavement again.
We grabbed a quick bite and then met up with our free walking tour. We took a tour of the Old Town area and it was great because our guide took us to places we had missed during the day and gave us a lot of information we would’ve never known otherwise. And it was free!
The next morning we were leaving but we woke up early to try to get some better pictures from the day before. We didn’t make it to all the photo ops we wanted but we were able to squeeze in a few before jumping on the bus back to the airport.
|The Royal Palace.|
It was a quick, but enjoyable weekend in Stockholm. I loved getting away with my friend and wandering a new place. We barely had time to scratch the surface though, so of course I’m hoping to do a return trip at some point!