Go slow, feel the vibrations, breathe the smells, listen to the sounds. Each place has it’s own. Savour it. Remember it.
We’re in Stockholm for a few days – a few days in March 2018.
It’s a beautiful sunny day as we arrive. I watch through the porthole window as the plane rushes forward, eager to find solid ground. Over the clumps of green trees. Over the dried grass. Over the waters and islands that make up the City of Stockholm.
We touch down. A quick exit into one of those snake-like buses, ready to take humanity to its destination. The usual. Immigration. Passports checked. Waiting around the conveyor belt. There’s our bags … scurry to grab them lest they disappear around the merry-go-round.
Arlander Airport, for an international airport, is small. It takes no more than 30 minutes to exit, having made a visit to the toilet … very clean … collect our bags and find our way to the bus stop.
This trip is not one as tourists. We’re visiting our daughter who lives and works in Stockholm. We miss her. It’s a new adventure for her. Learning a new language. Culture. Workplace.
She’s moving to a new apartment. And we decided to hop over on the 2-hour flight to see which island she was moving to. It’s also a break for us. A few days away.
We bought our Flybusse (click here for detals) tickets online before leaving home. The bus stops are outside the airport building. The buses are prompt, on time. The tickets are 99 Swedish Krona (SEK) single and 198 SEK return. There are 3 destinations from the airport – Stockholm City, Lileholjm and Kista/Sundbyberg/Bromma. We caught the bus to Hornstull, which is on the Lileholjm route, about a 45 minute ride. The taxis rank is opposite the bus stops … fixed price … always ask what the charge is. We like the bus … there’s a route map on each bus and you get to know the different places. The buses are convenient, as is the metro system. Travel is not expensive, especially compared with travel in London, UK.
You can also get the Arlanda express return from the airport at 540 SEK. For us, it was convenient to get the bus which stopped close to our daughter’s place – the one she was moving from.
Sunny when we arrived, temperature to 14 degrees. We were there for 4 nights. We had rain every day. The type of rain that you can walk in and not get soaked. The type of rain where the sun comes out intermittently, where the sky is not dark and dismal all the time.
I am not complaining. No, I’m not. I may live in England, and have done so for more than 35 years, but I’m not complaining about the weather. I am simply stating facts.
When in Stockholm we walk a lot. It’s good for the body and soul, of course, isn’t it. On this trip we have travelled to many of the islands with our daughter. Getting to know a bit more of the city of Stockholm. It is pretty. It’s quite clean. It’s very eco-friendly. People do a lot of recycling.
We don’t feel like tourists. So hope this blog will give you a little insight into travelling around Stockholm – not as a tourist.
The public transport is awesome. From the airport we caught a bus that stops on the island close to where our daughter lives. The buses as are as regular as they say! There are no ‘3 coming at the same time then nothing at all for the next half hour”. We bought our tickets online. It’s 98 kr for a single which is just under £10.
Below is The Globe. It’s on the Metroline. There is a theatre, cinema and a huge shopping mall, places to eat, and more in this area. The Globe is outside of the main part of the city but is still within easy travelling time.
On a clear evening we took a brisk walk along the lakeside. Well signposted, We sayed in Hornstull so you can see we were not very far from where we needed to be – 1.9 miles. Stockholm is geared to bike riders. Families, singles, pairs all make the most of the outdoors. Bikers are to be seen all over and you can easily rent a street bike. It was a beautiful evening.
We could see a bonfire in the City.
That’s a whistle stop tour of a little bit of Stockholm. There is a lot more to see. There is a lot more to write about. But, tomorrow is another day.
So from me … God natt. Hej då. Haj.
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