My mom and I went to Stockholm for a three days vacation. We took the train from Gothenburg central, it is a four hour journey and it was one of the worst train journeys in my life.
First we missed our original train due to a car accident so we had to get tickets to the next train, which ended up being a half hour late. The café on the train couldn’t accept card payment, luckily we had cash with us. Halfway thru the journey, the police showed up and arrested some man who was causing disturbances. He wasn’t in our cart, mum and I hadn’t noticed anything so it was quite a shock when four police officers hurried down the aisle. By then we thought that no more bad things could happen, but then the train driver said that they couldn’t drive all the way to the city. Mum and I was just laughing, it was disastrous. We had to switch to commute train in one of the burroughs to Stockholm.
The worst train journey in my life also took place in Stockholm, that time we were stuck there for 12 hours on our way home from Östersund. The food ran out and the toilets overflowed and it was boring as hell to just sit still. These horror stories should not stop you from taking the train, it’s generally an easy and environmentally friendly way to travel.
When we finally had arrived, things tournd better. We started with walking around the city, shopping. By chance we ended up close to an Emmaus second hand shop and I could not pass up one shot to look around there. I got quite lucky and ended up buying a black dress, a red skirt and a grey shirt. When I was paying, the cashier recommended we should go to their shop next door where they sold vintage and more high end stuff. I found a pair of good looking black Levis 501 that wasn’t too expensive and a dress from Kenzo’s collaboration with H&M. That dress was a bit more expensive, around 400 kr, which honestly isn’t too bad, but it did make me hesitate. In the end my love for the dress won over my thriftiness. After that, mum and I walked along Hornsgatan, a lovely place where we located some other thrift stores to check out at a later date.
On the second day we went to Hallwylska Palatset (The Hallwylska Palace). It’s a five floor house built for a rich married couple, the von Hallwyl, at the end of the 19 century. The architect didn’t have to care about a budget, and it definitely shows as the place is full of, for that time, extravagant stuff. We went on a guided tour and the guide was amazing, I would definitely recommend it. After the tour we walk around in the city.
On our last day we started with visiting Nationalmuseet, they had a temporary exhibition about a furniture designer named Finn Juhl which my mum wanted to see. It wasn’t really anything I was interested in, so I had a quick look around it and then I continued around in the rest of the museum. We only covered one floor, because that place is giant, and we were hungry, but they have a really impressive amount of art. Sadly we spent most time by the art my mom likes, which is more modern, opposed to the older art that I prefer.
After eating fish and chips at an outdoors diner for the second time in two days we went back to Hornsgatan. We went in to every secondhand along the road, but we only shopped in the first one.
After the last shopping it was back to Gothenburg, lucky that train ride went better than the first. And that concludes my trip to the capital.