A couple of weeks ago, my roommates and I were trying to decide where we wanted to travel for the weekend. My friend Iva said Let’s take a Chance on Stockholm, and I replied okay, Chiquitita–let’s do it. One of Us booked the tickets, and we were on our way.
When we arrived in Stockholm, the weather was noticeably chillier than Prague. Megan, Iva, and I are all from the Midwest, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. Another main difference from the Czech Republic is that Sweden uses the Swedish Krona. The money, money, money was slipping through our fingers because Scandinavian cities tend to be a little more expensive.
Over the weekend, we went on two cities tours of Stockholm: one historical and one modern. It was a great way to explore the city and understand the nation’s history.
Since I was younger, I had a Dream to be in the movie Mamma Mia, so the next stop on the trip was to go to the ABBA Museum and fulfill my destiny.
To get there, we road a ferry boat to the museum island. It was awesome to see Stockholm from the water.
And then it finally happened: we went to the museum. My initial thoughts while entering were I’ve been waiting for you.
We learned all about Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid. In addition, we were able to belt out the band’s songs in our own sound booth.
I could go On and on and on about the ABBA Museum, but we saw other cool attractions as well.
For example, the Vasa Museum holds an almost completely in-tact 17th century Swedish ship.
This massive vessel was four stories high and sank in the 1600s twenty minutes after it set sail. After it was discovered in the 1950s, scientists began the preservation process. 97% of the ship is original.
The rest of our time in Sweden was spent trying new food (like reindeer meat), exploring the city, and learning about Stockholm Syndrome.
It was fun to be the visitors, but come Sunday, we had to say so long to Scandinavia because that’s just the name of the game.
When all is said and done, it was a great opportunity to experience a new culture up north.