On the wall of the breakfast area in our hotel.
Today is our first full day here in Stockholm Sweden. The weather is cloudy, and forecasted a high temperature of -6C/+22F with a chance of light snow.
We woke up just before 9:00am, so we only had an hour to get ready and downstairs before they stopped serving breakfast, which is included in the price of our room. It gets light around 8:00am here this time of year, so it didn’t seem that late when we first woke up. Once downstairs, we found a very nice breakfast buffet with plenty of different things to choose from. There were a lot of people there eating for being so late in the morning, but we managed to get a table and enjoy our breakfast.
After our fill, we went back to our room and prepared for a day of walking and exploring the city.
We had no real destination planed, except for visiting the Army Museum, and getting a couple things from the souvenir shop. We did have plans to meet one of Lena’s school friends, Camilla, but that wasn’t until 5:00pm tonight, so we have the whole day to ourselves.
My first plate of breatfast.
While wandering around, we found many food venders set up all over, and even though I just ate, I could have eaten more seeing all this! Every thing looked and smelled so good!! Next, we found an ice rink set up in the area known as Kungsträdgården, and they rented ice skates! Now I haven’t ice skated since I was a teenager, but I wanted to try it! Lena wasn’t to sure and it took a lot of convincing for her to do this with me. She hasn’t skated in a very long time either, so she was convinced she was going to spend more time on her butt than on her feet! We were both a bit shaky at first, but it wasn’t too long before I could let go of the railing and start skating along with the rest of the skaters.
Lena on the other hand took a little longer to let go of the railing, and she never did get comfortable, but we laughed and had a great time pretending we knew what we were doing! The snow started falling lightly while we were skating, so this made it even more special!
One of the many food venders set up in the city.
After our little skating adventure, we walked over to the Army Museum and spent a few hours looking at all the displays and artifacts pertaining to the history of the Swedish military. The displays were set in chronological order starting with the Vikings all the way through modern time. I found this very interesting, especially when I would compare where Sweden was at a certain place in time compared to where the United States was at the same time…or wasn’t.
After spending a few hours in the museum, we made our way over to Östermalmstorg Saluhall, a large indoor market where you can buy many different food items like cheeses, breads, meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, pastries and even chocolates.
Some of the vendors had seating areas so you could sit and order your meal to eat in. Other vendors you just bought from them and took it with you. We made a walk around the inside, then decided to be seated and get some lunch. Actually, Lena was still trying to decide where she wanted to eat, but we were kind of standing in a short line to be seated when the person seating people looked at me and asked how many (in Swedish of course). I responded back in Swedish, two, and he motioned for us to come right up. Lena was confused for a minute, not sure what just happened since she was not paying attention to what he had said to me. We were seated at a table for six where two other couples were already seated and enjoying their meal.
We placed an order for drinks, a Nils Oscar, a God Lager which is a Swedish beer for both of us. I was shocked at first because Lena doesn’t like beer at all, but I guess she was feeling adventurous.
Then we each ordered our lunch, Rimmad Lax with dillstuvad potatis for me, which is salt cured salmon and creamy dill potatoes; and Rökt Lax with Skogsvampstuvning for Lena, which is smoked salmon with wild mushroom sauce-gravy. Both dishes are very typical Swedish meals and were very good!!!
The Army Museum
After our fill of yummy food, it was now 3:00pm, and now dark outside, so we made or way back to the hotel before going out with Lena’s friend Camilla. She was meeting us at our hotel around 5:00pm, so this gave us time to relax, check on the US hockey scores, and for me to make a few entries on my TB blog! It’s still snowing lightly, but it has been accumulating throughout the day. The temperature has also dropped to around -12C, so it is cold, but we are ready for it! :)
Camilla was running a few minutes late, but met us in our hotel lobby around 5:15pm, and then we were off to an Irish bar called Limericks for a few beers and maybe a bite to eat.
After a few beers and some light appetizers, we took the subway back to our hotel where the girls exchanged Christmas gifts to each other and we sat and chatted a bit more before calling it a night.
Camilla & Lena at Limericks
Tomorrow night we will be meeting Camilla again to go to an 80’s rock club, but first we will be meeting with one of Lena’s old work friends Catharina to spend the day at the Christmas market in Skansen.
Tomorrow, more snow and cold!