Just arrived to Estonia that I got a good plan from a former Erasmus friend: to go to Sweden for less than ten euros with strangers. I couldn’t resist and said yes.
On boat for nine hours
When I got a message that I could go to Stockholm for three days (actually one in the city, two on the boat) I became super happy! I have always been to this country with friends for the ESN Sea Battle event, and someone asked me to join for a private trip, for sure it will be a different experience for me.
I knew only one person, a German friend. He submit his offer to all Erasmus students of this semester but somehow only one girl replied with a positive answer. The last person was another of his friend, from Estonia. Us four met in the city two hours before the departure to get to know each other. The group was very friendly and I expected a good travel despite of my cold.
On boat we had good time, having discussion and lunch on the boat terrace, small pre-party in our cabin and attending live show at the main disco room.
Stockholm historical center
Arriving to the city we decided to go by walk to the center from the harbour. Metro cost five euros and the weather was still warm… it took nearly forty minutes to reach the opera building. I have seen there a little different architecture than in the old town. Buildings are higher and street very large with bunch of trees.
In the old town, and on the centre island we went straight to the Royal Palace, firstly behind where is a nice courtyard and a royal crown, and then inside to see the royal chapel. Comparing to my previous visit we haven’t spent a lot of time there, rapidly crossed the island and went to eat in the Södermalm island in the south for after rejoined the Riddarholmen island on the west. There are a beautiful church, a nice square and a terrace (from where the city hall is visible) on the sea where stand Evert Taube statue. I met Spanish tourists who talked to me in Spanish asking for some direction, unprepared and little bit stressed by this language I haven’t practice for years, I answer them correctly in a kind of Hispano-Franco-English. Not sure if they understood me and ended in Siberia now.
The down-town and places I would have never been alone
The second half of our visit we have done some shopping in the new centre of Stockholm, girls have left us and my friend and I visited the Saint Klara’s church. We had a meeting point at the central train station and from there had a long walk to the harbour.
We passed Kungsgatan street with all its flags on the sides! to see the Royal library, a large building surrounded by a park, and the Valhalla avenue to the Tessin park.
End of that superb weekend
After a long day in the Swedish capital we repeat the previous night, hang out on the terrace, watching the sunset while the boat was leaving the city. A very beautiful sky appeared and the view of all the island made it to be like a living dream.
I maybe didn’t recover from my cold there and I have missed my first class but it was worth to do. I don’t feel the need to go to the next Sea Battle, I have seen Stockholm in summer, I can be happy 🙂