Karlstad to Stockholm, Sweden Train Day 102

I didn’t really get much of a chance to see Karlstad, but it was really just  stop over on my way to Stockholm. I stayed in the hostel here and had my own room. After 5 hostel experiences, I can now officially say that I will never book in a hostel again. I simply prefer hotels. The wifi has sucked at each and every place. They are usually noisy. Some were not as clean as I would have liked, and 3 had bunk beds. Considering I’m paying more anyways for my own room, I’d much rather just pay the extra 10 euro and stay in a hotel. I got into Karlstad at 6:55 and it was raining. I was going to try and walk to the hostel, but I was tired and had no idea how to get there so I just hopped in a cab instead. Thank god I did, because little did I know that the hostel office closed at 7:00 and I was just lucky the guy was still there! Isn’t that a bit early to be closed? I thought it was strange.

Karlstad!

I got into Stockholm at about 3:30, the sun was shining but there was a little breeze. My favourite kind of weather! I walked to my hotel and settled in. It’s strange… I’ve gone from not being able to sleep because it stayed light so late to feeling like I’m living in a bat cave. The hotel I’m staying in has no windows… seriously! They have an “upper” hotel, then the below ground” hotel where I’m staying. I simply couldn’t afford a windowed room. The windowless room is approx. $70 CDN just to give you an idea, and in Stockholm, that is cheap! I went for a little walk around the neighbourhood to find some dinner and do a little exploring.

My hotel is a block away from a busy pedestrian street called Drottinggatan. It has lots of restaurants and shops and loads of people.

 

I love Scandinavian design, whether it’s clothing, furniture, architecture or cars. These ceramic tiles were covering a pillar outside of a clothing store. I just thought it was quite beautiful!

Owls seem to be a popular Scandinavian motif.

Eva Solo. One of my favourite Scandinavian products. The designers are actually Danish, but that’s OK… they seem to be be everywhere here in Stockholm, I saw them in 3 different shop windows.

I got some dinner at the grocery store and decided to bring it back to the park across the street from my hotel. It was lovely. There were groups of friends and families having picnics, and people walking their dogs. It was making me *just* a little home sick actually! But from what I understand Vancouver hasn’t really had much of a summer yet…. I chose a good year to escape I guess!

I was VERY excited to find this chocolate bar in the store, as I haven’t seen it since I left Canada. One might think salty chocolate wouldn’t be good, but believe me… this is just perfection. Try it and see for yourself!

I was VERY excited to find this chocolate bar in the store, as I haven’t seen it since I left Canada. One might think salty chocolate wouldn’t be good, but believe me… this is just perfection. Try it and see for yourself!

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2 Responses to Karlstad to Stockholm, Sweden Train Day 102

  1. Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Oh my God, salty Lindt chocolate – my favorite. Isn’t globalization the best?
    LOve Mom

  2. Andrea July 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I haven’t been able to find it since then! ):

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