Travel on the Mind + More Sweden (Stockholm & Uppsala)
funny how trips work.
day of return from trip: BOY I’M SO GLAD TO BE HOME! NOW I CAN DO ALL MY “HOME” THINGS AND BE COMFY AND COOK MEALS! I’VE MISSED YOU, BED!
day after return: oh, it’s kinda nice to sit and read and have a cup of tea, isn’t it. but hm, i wonder what is the best way to get to south-eastern germany from here.
two days after return: OH LIFE IS SO DULL, the weather’s such crap, when is the next trip?!
okay, the last one might have been slightly exaggerated (only slightly though) but there’s no doubt that already the gears up there are turning about where would be a cool place to visit during that three day weekend in late october. especially since alex is gone for his teacher training in prague and all i’m thinking about is being back in berlin and strolling the lovely streets.
and before that, there was returning back from sweden just over a week ago! there are still many lovely sweden memories and photos to share.,,,
just hanging out at strandvägen, smellin’ the good ocean smells
in gamla stan
oh, you know just a passing viking ship.
laying in the grass at kungstradgarden
sipping tea at gilda’s on skanegatan, loverly summer evening
view from djurgarden
perfect afternoon! on djurgarden island
vauxholm fortress, as seen from ferry to the islands
we witnessed an EPIC hail/thunderstorm about twenty minutes after we returned from kayaking (totally timed that right!) and about two minutes after we checked out of the hotel. so we just stood under the umbrella on the deck and watched the waiters and employees scramble to save their outdoor lunch service and make sure their awnings didn’t break or collapse. it was nuts! but island weather is so unpredictable. hot and sunny one minute, hail storm the next.
uppsala day! took a big walk to gamla uppsala– north of modern day uppsala city to visit the three royal viking burial mounds and the site of the sacred gatherings that vikings made every nine years.
down home swedish cookin’ “like mom used to make”, at odinsborg restaurant
uppsala is incredibly compact, well put-together, livable, and flat… perfect for cycling. we deemed it the ĉeske budějovice of sweden.
for our final night, we stayed on a boooooat. it was a good decision– quite a bit more character than your average modern, cookie-cutter hostel.
views of gamla stan on our final night, as seen from the hill near mariatorget.
to any budget travelers thinking about visiting sweden, i’d honestly just say: “don’t”. there is nothing budget about this country. but if you have the means and the curiosity, go! this trip was such an amazing one and i’m really thankful to have gone. i may have another story to share sometime in the near future.
now it’s back to some semblance of normalcy. the weather has taken a severe dip and we’ve been “enjoying” cool temps and rain the past few days. one more week of “not a whole lot” before our classes begin next week. and how about that n’sync at the vma’s, huh?