Flying to Stockholm and getting a first impression of Sweden! Meeting up with Jeanette and going for a walk downtown.
I was off to a new country today and quite excited as I had only been to one of the Scandinavian countries before, Denmark, and that’s probably the least geographically Scandinavian. With only two nights and one full day, I had some serious speed tourism ahead of me.
I had booked a cheap flight from Gatwick to Stockholm with Ryanair and of course as with many Ryanair flights, I found the airport I landed in to be in a totally different area altogether.
So I was over an hour by bus to the central station of Stockholm. But the ride is rather painless. On the way I read the leaflets of things to do from the airport.
My good friend Jeanette was graciously hosting me and picked me up from the station. We took the subway to her neighborhood, where we stopped to pick up some dinner.
Dinner was takeaway from a local Swedish pizzeria. We brought it up to her apartment and quickly settled in before having dinner. The “Swedish pizza” was good, though I still don’t find it any different from other pizzas. We also had some cold locals beers to wash it down.
Then Jeanette took me for a night tour of the hotspots. As it was a Tuesday night, it was quite calm, but still plenty of people out.
We headed back after a quick tour, because tomorrow was going to be a crazy speed-tourism of Stockholm in a day.
My first impression of Sweden, from what I experienced in Stockholm, is that it is clean, costly, orderly, has an impossible language to understand, small (community), and quite convenient! I’m sure I’ll know the city better after tomorrow.