I was really excited to go to Sweden with my college friend and I really needed a break. We both always wanted to go to Scandinavia, so we were excited to cross this trip off our bucket list. But, I also was a little nervous because I had no idea what to expect.
Where did we go?
We started in Stockholm. What a lovely and beautiful city! I thought it was going to be very Scandinavian ‘clean’ design, but it turned out the city has beautiful old buildings and is very colorful and charming. And I loved the fact that the city also offers a lot of green like many parks and trees. There’s also a lot of water, which makes the city very diverse and charming. You can take many different boat trips to see the city.
After we were in Stockholm for five days, we went to Norrköpping, which is a little town a couple hours south. We arrived while it was Midsummer weekend. Well, let’s say Midsummer is not really what you would expect. Midsummer is a national celebration. They celebrate the longest day of the year, so we thought there were going to be some festivities and party’s. That’s not the case at all. NOTHING is happening during this weekend. The shops are closed, people are gone and there’s nothing to do. So when we arrived in Norrköpping on Saturday, it was pretty dead. Nobody was on the streets while it was beautiful sunny weather. BUT, Norrköpping is a very cute and charming little city with a fun shopping area and some parks where you can chill. We were there for three days, which was a little long. You can do with two days.
Then we went up north to Uppsala, which is less than an hour away from Stockholm. Again, the weather was lovely, and so is the city! It’s a little bigger than Norrköpping and is also very charming with a great shopping area. Uppsala also has many restaurants and parks where you can hang out. We were here also for three days, which was relaxed, but also: two days would have been enough.
For our last day, we spend another night in Stockholm to close our trip.
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Forget a car, we went by train. We did the same while we were in California and it’s just a really fun experience. You also don’t need a car while being in the city. Even though Sweden is very innovative when it comes to environmental choices and their functional architecture, the train was pretty old school. The train looked like it came from the 20th century, but that also made it very charming.
Public transportation is pretty expensive though. A trip by train started at twenty euros and the bus and metro aren’t very cheap as well. But, it is still cheaper than a taxi and renting a car.
It’s well known that Scandinavia isn’t very cheap when it comes to alcohol. A tap beer starts at five or six euros and is sometimes even eight euros, for one beer and the food is very expensive as well. We were forced to eat at pubs and café’s because we couldn’t afford diner at ‘normal’ restaurants. A meal with meat starts at thirty euros, so it was too expensive for us to do that for two weeks. However, you can make it as expensive as you want. We ate at pubs which were great meals as well, for less than fifteen euros. Also Italian restaurants are a little cheaper. For lunch, you can choose Starbucks, Espresso House or a bakery to get a sandwich.
I had no idea what to expect from the people, but what I didn’t expect was that they were not nice at all. Actually, they were very rude and anti-social. Nobody would talk to us or even look at us. Also in eatery’s, shops and hotels, people wouldn’t even acknowledge us. They basically ignore each other like you don’t even exist. Like you are a ghost. They didn’t really made us feel welcome. In shops, they wouldn’t say hi or help us out. Same story for restaurants and hotels. Some people in shops said hi to us, but eighty percent pretends that you’re not even there. So I was a little disappointed in that.
So what was my impression?
Long story short: we had a blast. I had a lovely vacation and we were very lucky with the weather. We thought it was going to be a little bit diverse, with mostly clouded and rainy weather. Turned out we had lovely summery weather with a lot of sunshine and great temperature. Stockholm is a lovely city that you have to visit. Norrköpping and Uppsala were also very charming and we could relax there a bit. The people weren’t so nice, but oh well, that didn’t crush our mood. We had a great vacation and I would definitely recommend going to Sweden!
Take a look at the video below for an impression of Sweden 😉