I basically had only 1 day and a half to see Stockholm, kase transit lang naman siya. But given more time, I would have stayed longer, as the city is really charming and clean, not to mention numerous posh and smartly interiored cafes, and lots of well dressed goodlooking people walking around. =) Anyways, here are some snippets, ganaps and things that I did on my short trip to Stockholm.
Stockholm is one destination na I felt super foreign. Wala akong na meet na Pinoy. Wala rin masyadong backpackers dun. Actually nga, sobrang limited ng number of hostels dun. This was attested also by the staff of Crafoord’s Place, where I stayed. Even my room mate was a Swedish lady from a nearby town. Unlike Oslo or Amsterdam, mejo conservative ang mood and vibe ng Stockholm City Center. Tahimik. Hindi matao. Very walkable.
If you have some spare time, its also nice to visit Stockholm’s public library. This is one thing you can do in this city for free.
Active ang Free walking tour culture sa Stockholm. This 1-2 hours tour is arranged by locals, free of charge. You can just donate any amount you prefer. I was able to join one that was referred to me by Crafoord’s Place. No more online registration, I just went straight to Gamla Stan Metro Station at 1 PM, and met fellow travellers there. Gamla Stan by the way is the old quarter of Stockholm. Fun thing about joining such hippie tours is that aside sa touches on history, madami sila naseshare na urban legends, and even royal family intrigues. Their current princess daw is married to her gym trainor, and the prince naman married a reality star na may mga scandal. How showbiz. lol. Anyways, here are some snippets of Gamla Stan, which is very photogenic by the way. And madami cafes and restaurants around. I spent 3 hours here. Kain, kape and just lounge around. Swedish pastries are amazing by the way.
After the tour around Gamla, I head to the opposite bank in the Sodermalm district, for a place called “Mariaberget”, kasi sabi dun mo daw makikita ang best view of Stockholm from a higher elevation. See the cliffy place with trees in the right side of the picture below? Yan na yun.
Indeed, the view from there is stunning. Post Card Levels.
Sa mga fans ng Ikea, there’s a free bus ride from the city center to the huge main outlet, that is around 40 minutes away. Super free ung bus back and forth. Sadly, I was not able to do it since I lacked time. But for those visitng soon, bus leaves every hour near outside Central Station. (Malapit sa Max’s Burger)
Food. Observation ko lang ha, among the Scandinavian cities I’ve visited, food prices are almost the same. However in Sweden, mas madami lang choices on the cheap and budget. Pastries there usually packaged at 3 for 20 SEK (100 Pesos) lang. And I swear, sobrang sarap ng mga puffs and tarts nila dun.
Patok din sa kanila ang DIY Salad foodang. relatively cheap. Sa Sweden lang din ako naka hanap ng super cheap na sandwich set in Scandinavia. This set of ham and cheese pancake with brewed coffee is only 20 SEK (100 Pesos). Walang ganito sa Oslo.
Sa mga ma-alak people, may Ice Bar dun sa Central Station banda, near Max’s Burger din. around 900 Pesos entrance fee.
Absolut Vodka, by the way, is from Sweden. =)
Accommodation. I stayed at Crafoord’s Place, which is fairly walkable naman from the Central Station. The place is actually a penthouse on the 8th floor of Stockholms College of Information Technology. OK na to at around 1,350.00 Pesos per night. And like most other Scandinavian hostels, towel rental and linens are an add on cost. However, they provide comforter naman and a pillow, as seen on the picture below. Maganda ang view from Crafoord’s , I swear.
Airport Transfer . Flying to Stockholm from Asia, you will most likely land at Arlanda Airport, that is around 45 minutes away by bus. Arlanda Airport is super convenient, meron na Metro train from there to Stockholm and other parts of Sweden. However, it is really cheaper if you go by bus, with Flybussarna. In addition, buying tickets online via Flybussarna app gives you more savings pa (as of the year 2016 ha), like 99 SEK per way nalang from 119 SEK when you buy at the airport kiosk. No worries, may wifi ung airport nila, I basically downloaded the app there na.
More things to follow. GTG muna akey =)