It feels SO good to be waking up refreshed and revitalised after a full 12 hour, horizontal sleep! Yesterday was a truly incredible day.
It actually began in Malmö, Sweden where I waited an extra 80 minutea for my bus to arrive. Once on the bus I immediately fell asleep for about an hour. The next 7 hours were spent tossing and turning, trying to find a reasonably comfortable position. I also got chatting with the boy who sat beside me. Maes was a boy from a beach town in Denmark who was off to Stockholm to meet a friend of his.
Although I wasn't able to see or experience much of Copenhagen, he gave me a ton of information on Denmark as a country so I was feeling very lucky to have sat beside him.
When we finally arrived in Stockholm, I asked him what a good swedish meal was. He recommended we go to a fast food place (as boys do) called Max. It is just like any other fast food joint but I figured I'd give it a try. We had breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, ham, and cucumber. Eating something freshly prepared was so nice, even if it was from a fast food restaurant.
Maes then left to neet his friend and I was off to Gamla Stan or the Old Town in Stockholm. Honestly - this whole city is stunning. Stockholm is known as the Venice of the North and rightly so. There is water everywhere! It weaves through beautiful palaces, the city hall, the majn parliament buildings, and many other buildings - old and new.
Keeping it in the realm of fitness and health - I walked around and saw just about everything you could see in Stockholm. It was over 20km's of walking and over 35,000 steps. I stopped along the way to get a salad and deli meat, which I ate down by the water watching people get picked up and dropped off by the hop on-hop off hoat tours. It was VERY hot so I did some searching and found an ice cream place tucked away in one of the alley's in the old town. Swedish ice cream is advertised everywhere and I am not sure what makes it special BUT it was amazing. So refreshing on a hot day like yesterday.
It was around 1pm at this time so I went back to my hostel, properly checked in and took a quick 1.5hr nap. I woke up feeling much better and continued on my tour of the city.
I ventured over to the shopping area of the city past the Riksdagshuset or the Federal Government Offices of Sweden. I wandered around and found myself at the Hötorget or the Haymarket where there was a flea market arranged in the square. I almost bought some fresh jordegubbe or strawberries but I was feeling something a little more Sweden-specific.
I have a friend who had mentioned that swedish kebab was something I had to try while I was here so I found a place called Mega kebab and asked for the full kebab experience. Oh my goodness was it ever good!!
I spent the rest of my day window shopping and taking in as much of this city as possible. It is beautiful and I wish I had more time to see more of the city.
Here's just a few shots from yesterday
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Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.