So far, the city of Stockholm is absolutely charming. I must have taken a million pictures as we walked around the water; Stockholm is actually called “the Venice of the North” because there is so much water surrounding patches of land. The architecture here closely resembles that of Copenhagen, because of the vibrant colored buildings near the water. The Swedes seem to be very friendly, and the weather has been gorgeous and sunny for the last two days.
Immediately after we arrived in Sweden, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and went to the Abba Museum. It. Was. So. Cool. For those of you that do not know who Abba are (you’re crazy by the way) they were a 4 member band from Sweden that gained popularity worldwide in the 60s and 70s. My mom loves Abba, so I have watched documentaries and listened to their music for a long time. I always thought it was so cool that the 4 members started out single, but each couple ended up getting married.
“Dancing Queen” was playing as we entered the strobe lights of neon pink, purple, yellow and blue. They had many interactive elements where you could sing and dance with the band, and have it recorded and then sent to your email (as I am a horrific singer, I did not participate). The costumes were so bright and flashy, that I travelled into a time-warp into the 1960s and 70s.
We also went to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a ship built in 1628 and sunk 20 minutes right after leaving the harbor. 333 long years later, it was salvaged and is the only 17th century ship that is preserved in the entire world. When you walk into the humongous museum, the ship fills almost the entire building. It was so large and detailed that it could not even fit into one picture.
The food here in Stockholm is also very tasty! We then went to the cutest restaurant for lunch called Wardhusset Ulla Winbladh. I ordered the traditional Swedish Meatballs (I guess they’re just called meatballs here) and they were almost too delicious to describe. The meatballs were tender and juicy, and are much better than the ones I have tried in the United States. It came with a side of the creamiest buttery whipped potatoes, and tart lingonberries. Ahh, it was so yummy!
I am having such a fun time here! We sadly only have 2 more days left on our Scandinavian journey, so I hope I can experience much more of Sweden. I am looking forward to so much, that it is hard to accept the fact that we are leaving soon. We have many adventures planned tomorrrow…so until then adjö!