lushes trees, old towns, and a whole lot of water.
25.06.2011 - 29.06.2011 24 °C
As I have been here in Germany I have accumulated a few good friends, and in turn have increased my knowledge of certain places in the world and definitely opened up a lot more doors for travel. In that category is my dear swedish friend whom I met through another english speaking au-pair here in Deutschland. We became good friends quite quickly but it semed so quickly that she was packing up and returning to Sweden. So we made an arrangement for me (and my friend who came to visit me from Canada at the time) to go and stay with her for a few days.
We were lucky in having some-what of a "tour guide" and got to see and visit alot of places the normal traveller wouldn't have. We arrived in the afternoon on a Saturday to Skavsta Airport, and were immediately driven into Eskilstuna where our accomodations were. Eskilstuna is a wonderful town, which I would reccomend visiting if you have a few days to spare after or before visiting Stockholm. There is alot of history there (as there is almost everywhere in Sweden, and most places in Europe), and many things to enjoy doing and seeing. We went first to a shopping centre in the centre of the town, which was right by the river. As saunas are a very large tradition over there (they were invented in Finland if my knowledge is correct), alot of houses have them. We enjoyed a nice swim and sauna at her brothers house. The next day we were off to Stockholm by train (there is a train that runs every hour from the train station in Eskilstuna straight to Stockholm, which takes about an hour to an hour and a half). We walked through the shopping streets first as those are a must see, filled with people of every ethnicity, shopping in different stores for every age. We then went down to Gamla Stan (first checking out the parliament building and castle) which is also absolutely spectacular! The buildings are all old and arranged in a flat order. You can see many cool shops down the roads and alleyways. We then headed to the sea to sit for a while and enjoy the scenery. We headed home later in the evening filld with astonishment and excitement over what we had just seen, and honestly for anyone travelling in Europe and thinking Sweden isn't anything important to see, you're sorely mistaken. The next day we spent on her brothers boat, travelling through an island spotted lake. We visited a small town on the other end which I am sorry to say I have forgotten the name of. However, beautiful it was.
All in all, the trip was wonderful and I am so happy to say I have been there, and seen Stockholm land of the vikings and Ikea. Hopefully I can go there again one day, and visit some new untouched corners.