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Our final day in Stockholm we took a boat tour of the Stockholm archipelago. We wanted to get a better look at the approximately 24,000 islands!
After the boat tour, Hannah and I visited the Nordiska musuem. We raced through as many displays as we could before the museum closed. We both wished we had arrived earlier, or visited on a different day. It was interesting to see scenes of Swedish life such as: table settings, clothing, holiday decorations, etc.
Following the museum it was time for ice cream. (Anytime is ice cream time for Hannah!)
photo by Hannah
Two days left!
The next morning we headed back into town for some more exploration. On the way to the National Historical Musuem, we stopped in at this pretty church. Service had just ended, but we didn’t stay for the coffee and cookies.
The history museum was interesting, especially the Viking exhibit. Unfortunately, it was colder inside the museum than out!
Next, we rode a quick little ferry out to Djurgarden. The ferry was loaded with families, their small children, and their children’s balloons. Sebbe explained that the families were coming back from “the soo.” It took Hannah and I several minutes to realize he meant, “the zoo.”
We walked around the island for a bit and admired the park and buildings.
Sebbe was feeling a bit tired.
Here’s the house we stayed in.
There was a super awesome neighbor cat with unique markings… but I was told he had to stay outside. Bum out.
Complete with Swedish guides.
The next day Hannah and I arrived back in Sweden. We met up with her friend, Sebbe, who lives just outside of Stockholm. After depositing our luggage and a train ride back into town, we met up with a few more of Hannah’s friends.
We spent the afternoon and into the evening strolling around Stockholm with our Swedish guides.
Apparently guard duty isn’t as prestigious as it may look. The Swedish boys told us that it’s more of a punishment than an honor when you’re serving military duty. On top of that, the only thing they are really guarding is their own weapon. They’re not allowed to make contact with visitors.
I guess they aren’t as disciplined as the Buckingham guards because Sebbe launched into conversation with them at every opportunity.
We headed over to Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm. It has the cobblestone charm, plus all the tourist shops.
We took a long, chilly trek out to a vegetarian restaurant. The place looked amazing but turned out to be a bit too expensive for us. Plus, the prayer circle happening in the adjacent room was a little unusual… I thought their message board that said, “Lettuce pray.” was just a joke. At least we were afforded a beautiful after dusk view of the city.
What little there was.
The next morning we were ready to explore Helsinki. My grandmother’s family on my mother’s side immigrated from Finland. Naturally, it’s always held a special interest to me. Unfortunately, a good majority of the items on our adventure list required sunny warm weather. The day was gray, chilly, and a bit wet.
Instead of taking a ferry out to summery islands, we visited the city’s museum and a local church.
Look who was in town… the United Buddy Bears!
Hehe… bear buns / bare buns.
The views about town were a bit… bland? The gray weather was not doing the city any favors.
Having done a little research beforehand, we found two delicious vegetarian restaurants. Two of the best meals of my trip. True vegetarian food… not just substituting cheese or tofu for the meat dish. I felt a bit jealous of the locals who can visit every day.
Then we popped off to Marimekko… oh my! We spotted the signature textiles the minute our plane landed.
I think I caught Helsinki a bit too late in the season. I would love to give it a second chance earlier in the summer. I think a sunny day and warmer weather would help Helsinki present her best self.
So good to meet you.
Hannah and I were up the next day ready for some more traveling. We had a midday flight to Stockholm, then another flight to Helsinki. We rounded up Hannah’s monster luggage and said our goodbyes.
One friend followed us up to the bus stop to allow for a few street style shots.
He loved it.
Both flights were pretty quick. I hope you know what I was listening to…
The Helsinki airport is a bit outside the city. After the bus ride into town, and the tram to our hostel, it was getting late in the day.
We quickly dropped off our luggage and went out in search of… mashed potatoes. Random craving, but we both had it.
Our hostel directed us towards a traditional Finnish restaurant. Unfortunately, the menu featured reindeer and trout. Not so tasty. Not to mention, after 8pm the restaurant becomes a nightclub. We were told we had to pay to check our jackets before being seated. No thanks. Who wants to dine at a night club with a giant tractor in the middle of the room?
Too bad we didn’t have a Hump Day dinner party to attend!
After walking several chilly blocks, our search brought us to a supermarket. We giggled as we decided to make instant mashed potatoes instead. A nice grocery attendant explained the directions on the back for us.
We headed back to the hostel and cooked them up. A strangely satisfying meal.
Look at the fridge. There were baby lockers inside. We found this hilarious.
And here’s Hannah with her impossible to open jar of salsa.
She just had to use gramma’s spoon strategy!