5 Things I Love About Stockholm

Stockholm is the first European city that I visited.  In fact, I got my first passport, 15 years ago, in order to take that trip.  I love this city.  It’s one of my favorite European capitals.  There are quite a few reasons why I love Stockholm, and why I keep wanting to come back.  I’ve decided to share  just a few of them.  In no particular order is a list of 5 of my favorite things that I love about Stockholm.   It’s no wonder the reason that brought me to Sweden in the first place, makes my top 5 list of things I love about Stockholm.

The men are mostly cute and in good physical shape.  This is NOT a criterion for me to love a city.  I’m a married woman. LOL But, not a dead one, so, having good eye candy to look at while spending time on the Tunnelbana (Metro), grabbing some coffee or while out having drinks is an added bonus.  The men also seem to have a greater sense of fashion than the women.  It’s almost as if they’re peacocks showing their feathers.  What else can explain the red pants? (BTW:  These guys didn’t know each other)  :)

Guys in Red Pants

They speak English.  This is huge.  Don’t underestimate its ability to ease you into a place.  Some will say that you should always know a few phrases in the local language.  And, I agree.  However, Stockholm is one of those cities in which I find I get better reception and service when I speak “American” right off the bat.  When I do this, I find all my transactions go smoothly.  It’s almost as if I’m forgiven for being a foreigner.  So, if you want to appear courteous you could ask in English, “Do you speak English?” and you will get the standard reply, “Of Course.”

*  The Public Transportation System.   Sweden’s transportation system really cannot be beat.  This system winds its way up and down into the most obscure of locations throughout out Sweden, and conveniently connect to T-Centralen (the main subway/train station in Stockholm).  You’re almost always no more than a 5 minute walk from a metro station when in the city center.  Your pass for the Tunnelbana works for the buses as well.  Unless you’re going into the outlying areas, you will probably never need to get on the bus, and will use the Tunnelbana exclusively.

Fridhemsplan – People Walking with Train

* Simply Put: It’s Beautiful.  Stockholm is set on a series of 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges.  A third of its land is dedicated to green spaces and parks. Its proximity to water, beautiful buildings and lots of green space makes Stockholm one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.  The architecture is  a mix of 19th century elegance with simple forms, and 20th century functionalism, and it all works together.  The colors of the buildings are vibrant and pleasing; such as in this photo of Jakobs Kyrka  in Kungsträgården.

Jakobs Kyrka in Kungsträgården

Sveriges Riksdag (Swedish Parliament Building)

* The Candy Stores There I’ve said it.  I love the GodisCenters, and my favorite candy store is in Hötorget  Metro station.   All over Stockholm there are candy stores.  And they all serve candy packaged and in bulk.  You walk through the door, grab a big plastic spoon and a bag.  I don’t know what it is.  I’ve been in similar “candy” stores in other cities, but the ones in Sweden are the best.  My favs are the chewy caramel Rollo’s in the red and gold wrapping, the sweet and sour pacifiers, the chocolate covered raisins, and the chocolate covered marshmallows.  I usually team these up with some, “I wonder how these taste?” samples.

 

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Terri Lundberg About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 26 countries, and counting.

Comments

  1. Katherine says:

    Fun finding you enroute to Stockholm. Great blog. Bravo you! I love people with adventurous lives.

  2. Black chick to Black chick. Happened across your Saudi Arabia videos today on Youtube. Wow, you may be bored, but what an opportunity. Would love to visit Saudi Arabia. But, as a middle-aged African-American Episcopalian-Christian who like to travel alone, don’t know if that is feasible. Please keep the videos coming. Hoping by now you have met some Islamic Saudis born and bred and can remark on their lives and thoughts of the States.

    • Hello Barbara, Thanks for stopping by my site. Stockholm (the city this post is on), is a much nicer place to visit. You should check it out. Have a Great Day!!

  3. LOL @ the red pants. I enjoyed reading this post! I’ve heard mixed reviews on Stockholm and the people that live there, so i’m glad you’ve have such positive experiences there :)

    p.s. I just found your blog via twitter and i’m loving it!!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

      LOL. When I saw these guys in red pants I asked one, “what’s up with the red pants?” And, his response was “why not.” So, I had to get a photo.

      Stockholm as a city is nice. The Swedish people are not friendly, unless they know you. Which is kinda weird since, how do you get to know people if you’re not friendly. When I visit Stockholm I’m fortunate enough to have a network of friends there because my husband is from Stockholm. However, even with their unfriendliness (not rude, just unfriendly) I highly recommend Stockholm. It’s a lovely city.

  4. I have some friends in/from Stockholm. I’ve wanted to visit them for awhile, and now I want to visit them even more after your post!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!

  5. That’s so cool that you got your passport at 15 to visit Sweden. I just move to Sweden about 3 weeks ago and today is my first time in Stockholm. When searching the Internet for info on Stockholm quite naturally your blog post came up. I’m originally from Chicago with not many contacts here. I’ll get out today and explore, Hopefully I’ll enjoy the city as much as you, if not more ;)

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