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  • Day19

    Juletid på Lillehammer

    December 9, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌙 -6 °C

    Ok... just look how cute Lillehammer is on a December night! My heart is melting, unlike the snow, which is here for the long-run. Lillehammer really knows how to winter, with countless Christmas lights and cosy stores selling candles, jumpers and blankets. 🕯⭐ Can I stay? Or maybe just bring this culture back to UK and NL? I LOVE IT!Read more

  • Day19

    Resa till Norge

    December 9, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ❄️ 0 °C

    After a stroll through a park with some penguins (very Mary Poppins), it was time to say hejdå to Göteborg and Sweden, as I boarded my train to The North - the destination was Lillehammer.

    I ended my Swedish sojourn with a flurry of Avicii and swapped it for Kygo and a flurry of snow after crossing the border.

    At my train changeover I got a sneak peak of Oslo (more of that in a week) and a sudden introduction to Norwegian prices. Eugh, how will I afford to eat?
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  • Day18

    Highs and Lows

    December 8, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Not every day of a month-long trip can be amazing. Just like Liseberg's incredible Valkyria rollercoaster, which I rode 4 times today, a trip will always have its highs and lows.

    Day 2 in Göteborg began with a low, as my walking tour guide failed to show. Strolling around a city alone, in the wind and rain, not knowing which landmarks to spot, isn't quite so fun.

    I then returned to Liseberg to ride its fantastic coasters and wheels. Valkyria was one of the best I've ever ridden. The view from the Lisebergshjulet wheel was also top-notch and A Christmas Carol on Ice was a joy to behold.

    But, as a solo traveller surrounded by Christmas lights, couples, friends and families, I felt a tinge lonely, especially as I'd been with Sandra just 24 hours earlier. Hopefully the lows of today will only heighten the highs still to come, as I head north to Norway.
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  • Day17

    A Swedish Christmas Reunion

    December 7, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    2 footprints in 1 day! What is this?? Well, this evening was a special Winter's Tale. I reunited for one night only with Sandra, my Copenhagen roomie, as our paths crossed once again in Göteborg!

    We spent the last night of her trip at the magical Liseberg amusement park, wandering beneath the ginormous Christmas tree in awestruck wonder. ✨ Sandra had her first ever fish 'n' chips, then we went for her first ice skate! Just before closing, we had the rink to ourselves and managed to buy the last hot chocolates of the day. ☕❤Read more

  • Day17

    Göteborg Archipelago

    December 7, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ 🌬 6 °C

    In just 2 hours this morning I sped north from Skåne to Sweden's second city - Göteborg. But after exactly 30 minutes of waddling and squeezing through Haga Nygata Christmas market, I decided it was time to leave again! 😂

    Happily, Göteborg has an archipelago full of islands, reachable by a ferry which is covered by the city travelcard. So I sailed across to the car (and people)-free island of Styrsö for an afternoon of solitary nature bathing.

    Walking by the sea, getting blasted by wind on a plateau and eating on a rock overlooking the sunset, was blissful and rejuvenating. Now, bring on Liseberg!
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  • Day16

    One Short Day in Malmö City

    December 6, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    After my minibreak, I headed back down south to Skåne, Joanna and The Grey. We spent one short day in Malmö, seeing the sights - including many naked, and presumably cold, statues - and learning the history at the museum in Malmö Castle.

    The moment of the day came at the end of my night-time explore around the Turning Torso and Västra Hamnem waterfront... In the cold, lonely darkness I found singing hills! You better believe it!
    (Credit to Spotted by Locals for the travel tip 😃).
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  • Day15

    IKEA Museum

    December 5, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    I've already had The Most Swedish of Days. But there was one thing lacking. Something so important that it's deserving of a whole day and special stop.

    It is of course IKEA, the greatest of all Swedish things!

    The first IKEA store opened in 1958 in the unassuming town of Älmhult, Småland, giving birth to an international phenomena. Now this maiden store houses the one and only IKEA Museum. It is a shrine to everything IKEA from blue bags to meatballs and Billy bookcases to Allen keys, complete with a fully-stocked IKEA Restaurant.

    Upon completion of the museum you can even become a cover boy, girl or non-binary pal on the coveted IKEA catalogue!
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  • Day14

    Golden Hour

    December 4, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Today's Golden Hour lasted a little longer than an hour, for most of the short time that the sun was in the sky.

    It began with a final, beautiful morning in Stockholm, in which I visited the Rådhuset (City Hall). The sun shining on its tower's 3 gold crowns matched the glorious gold mosaics of the Gold Room.

    I then chased the sun to snowy Uppsala for the afternoon, where it backlit the cathedral (Scandinavia's biggest) and shone upon the ice-lined River Fyris!

    Scandinavia may have its grey days, but it shines brightly in the sun! 💛
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  • Day13

    The Art of the Underground

    December 3, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ❄️ 2 °C

    Forget the Sound of the Underground. In Stockholm it's all about the Art.

    Almost every station of the tunnelbana is decorated by an artist, making it the world's longest art gallery and a veritable feast for the eyes. Visiting the highlights was a perfect activity to brighten a cold, dark Stockholm evening. 🚇🌈Read more

  • Day12

    The Most Swedish of Days

    December 2, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☀️ -3 °C

    At least one day in the Swedish capital must be spent doing the quintessential Swedish things. Today was that day. 🇸🇪

    Beginning in the open-air museum of Skansen, we saw wooden Swedish houses, ate smorgåsar and learnt what moose look like... not this 👉🦌

    After the 3pm sunset, we took a chance on ABBA: The Museum. We dreamed of the heat of our last summer at the Mamma Mia exhibit and joined in as the band's 5th dancing queen member. 🕺

    Our evening meal was (naturligtvis) classic Swedish meatballs with cider. Meatballs for the People served the best I've ever had. I'll leave it up to you to guess what my meatballs were made of... 😏
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