After bumming around Scandinavia for a week, René and I made it to Stockholm, the self-proclaimed “Capital of Scandinavia.” The biggest of the cities we will visit on this trip, Stockholm is full of foreigners, both tourists and immigrants. What comes about is a city that is Scandinavian, European, and global.
Stockholm is situated on an archipelago with hundreds, if not thousands of islands in its bay. René and I started our visit by walking from the island we were staying on to Gamla Stan, the tiny, central island home to the oldest part of Stockholm. The winding and narrow cobblestone streets brought us back in time, as we stopped by the original Royal Palace of Sweden and the Nobel Prize Museum (side note: yes, this is the second Nobel museum we visited. Due to the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, and the other five prizes are awarded in Stockholm, there are two museums, one in each city). To finish off our first day, we went to the Friends Arena (next to the Mall of Scandinavia) to watch Sweden play Italy in the EuroCup. Sadly, Sweden lost, but René and I were happy to don knock off Sweden gear and cheer them on at home.
The next day was rainy, so we decided to take it easy in the morning (we also walked over 10 miles the day before). After some much needed rest, we visited Stockholm City Hall, where allow Stockholms political affairs are conducted. It is also where the Nobel banquet is held, among other huge banquets (fun fact: the 200 waiters serve over 1000 guests at the Nobel banquet in 8, yes 8, minutes). The beautiful building was a pinnacle of Swedish architecture, and we were happy to see it!
And… In case you were wondering, there are Swedish Fish in Sweden (disclaimer: I know nothing about the history or origins of Swedish Fish, but was somewhat excited to find them in a shop in Sweden).