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Swedish Adventures: Bye Bye Stockholm!!!

 

The last day I spent some time with my brother and mom…we walked around the city a bit and did a little sight seeing. Then after that we had coffee at a really nice café in the bohemian part of town. There were lots of pictures of actors on the walls. I didn’t recognize any of them, but it was still cool nonetheless.

After our coffee break, we went to Pub (pronounced poop!) and amongst Pub were so many amazing designer stores like Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Michael Kors, and so many more. Pub is like a more awesome version of Neimans or Saks. It was so nice and elegant in there. I think I was so impressed because there were brands that I had never heard of. It made me feel like I had so much more to discover in the fashion world. I came across a very nice gentleman named Patrick who surprisingly knew all about the Houston Rockets! It felt like I had a little bit of home talking to him because he was so knowledgeable about the Houston Rockets. Although I no longer live there, I still consider H-town my home. What initially caught my attention was his sense of style and perfectly tailored suit right down to his polished shoes. I asked if he was wearing head to to Hugo Boss and he said, “Everything except my shirt. My shirt is a Dutch brand.”. I had to take a picture so I can share what I thought a very well dressed man and he posed very nicely (see below).

I loved the beauty section because there were some brands that I had never heard of. I came across this amazing floral smelling lotion by Crabtree & Evelyn that I literally could not pass up. It’s the Summer Hill scent and I told my mom to try it out and she too fell in love with it. So I ended up buying 2!

That evening we had dinner with my brother, sister in law and baby Ella for the last meal before we headed back to the states. The trip back felt so much longer than on the way there. That was probably largely due to the fact that we woke up at 3 am in hopes to catch the 6:30am flight but they said we weren’t able to switch seats without paying an outrageous amount. By the time we got back to the states we had been awake for about 24 hours (because it’s impossible for me to sleep on planes even with sleeping pills I still don’t sleep.). My luggage ended up staying in Germany where our connection was, so I didn’t have access to my awesome souvenirs for about 3 days. Ugh! What a nightmare that was. Thankfully I got it back and I cannot wait to show you all what goodies I ended up with! Enjoy some pictures I captured of my adventure down below.

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Swedish Adventures: Stockholm Day 4 & 5

Day 4 we went to a place called Skanssen. It is sort of a theme park/zoo. They had animals like seals, reindeer, bears, birds and rabbits. I had an ok time…it rained to whole time and it was an outdoor event so I would have rather been in the hotel snuggled in a blanket watching America’s Next Top Model (which they played re-runs the entire time we were there).

Day 5 was my favorite day (besides seeing my niece for the first time lol)! We went SHOPPING!!!! Yay! I went to some of my favorite stores that I don’t have access to in the states and I also experienced some new places as well. My favorite was Vero Moda. I was surprised at how much I loved their selection. And of course Top Shop was awesome. It was my first time there so I was really excited to experience that. I can’t wait to show you guys what I picked out. I also went to a store called Kicks, which is our equivalent to Sephora.  I got some awesome fall nail polishes from there. Stay tuned for a Stockholm Haul!!!!

One thing I do want to point out is their mall food. They have nothing but healthy food everywhere you go. Nothing fried or high in fat. For lunch I had a panini with minimal cheese and meat and it came with a large salad. It was the best mall food ever!

Swedish Adventures: Stockholm Day 3

 

On Tuesday, October 2, we finally went to the National Museum where we learned a little about the history of Stockholm and Sweden. Their culture really is a combination of influences from Asia, India and Africa. Some of the art, tapestries and furniture were imported from foreign artists.

After the National Museum we went to the Nobel Museum where they display and talk about past Nobel Prize Winners and how they are selected and the history of Nobel. It was one of my favorite things we did.

After the museums we went to dinner at a steak house and it was amazing. You could only order the steak well, medium, or rare. There was no medium-rare or medium-well. I ordered mine Medium. I had it with mixed veggies and fries. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. That was the celebration of my niece’s first week on this Earth. She slept through her entire party lol!

 

Swedish Adventures: Stockholm Day 2

The next day in Stockholm we tried to get in to the National Museum, but it was closed! So then we tried to go into the Nobel Museum (where the Nobel prize winners are selected) and that too was closed! I was surprised because I thought everyone worked on Mondays. I guess not in Sweden. So we walked around the palace a bit and notice that people were all crowding around the entrance. Guards began to line up. I thought “oh my goodness the king and queen are about to show up and walk right in front of us!”. We all stood in front of the roped off area as the guards controlled the crowd. The men in uniform began to chant, and make formations and twirl around their guns. They marched in opposite directions (one group heading south and the other heading north). They switched guards and then the ceremony was over. To my disappointment, it was just the changing of the guards. It was cool to see and experience, but I guess I expected to see something more “grand”.

After the changing of the guards’ ceremony I was starving and so was everyone else. We found this little dungeon looking restaurant that was an underground cafe. It seemed kind of spooky from the medieval times with its barely-there lighting with just candles and a few lamps lit, and all of the furniture was old and miss-match. They had a lunch menu and all they offered were pizzas or baked potatoes. So my cousin and aunt ordered a Hawaiian pizza and my mom and I had a Kebab pizza (with beef, peppers, onion, cheese).  The food was pretty good and it came with a side salad that included peas and corn (which I can’t stand the taste of either).

Now that we were re-fueled we went to the Cathedral of Stockholm. I believe it’s a Protestant Cathedral. I noticed that there was no holy water when you first walk in, which is indicative of a Catholic Cathedral, and Sweden is predominately Protestant, so that’s the reason for the guess. The Cathedral was gorgeous. I noticed that there wasn’t much color, in comparison to the cathedrals I have been to in Mexico, Spain and Italy. There was however lots of Gold and Ivory. It was very ornate.

 

After the visit to the Cathedral we headed back to the hotel and closed out our day. Stay tuned for Day 3 in my Stockholm adventure!

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Swedish Adventures: Stockholm Day 1

We arrived in Stockholm really early in the morning. Our hotel wasn’t ready yet so we began with breakfast and I read a little of my Vogue magazine.

We then met up with my aunt, uncle and little cousin.

Off we went to see my new baby niece! I was so excited but still in a daze from my travels as I hadn’t had any sleep (not even on the plane) in about 22 hours.

We finally arrive at my brother’s apartment and I saw baby Ella for the first time. She is literally the most adorable baby ever! She looks a lot like my sister or me when we were infants. She is so calm and peaceful most of the time. The only time she is upset is when she’s hungry and I don’t mind that because I get the same way when I’m hungry. So in that sense I see a lot of me in Ella, haha! When I’m ready to eat, I’m READY to eat!

After we visited my new baby niece we went to Vapiano’s to have some lunch. I had amazing pasta called “pollo picante”. It had chicken, pasta, cilantro, and many peppers. It was so good!

After lunch we went for some coffee and to chat a little. On the way to coffee we went for a walk around the palace and parliament area. It was actually a very nice sunny day as the forecast said it was supposed to be cloudy, rainy and cold. It was still cold but the skies were pretty clear. We finally arrived at Wayne’s Coffee, which is a popular coffee house (comparable to Starbucks) and we get to chat about our day so far. We mainly talked about Ella! How strong she is to be just one week old, how beautiful she is, how calm she is, etc. Day 1 was a success and my mom and I were so exhausted from our travels. By the time we got back to the hotel around 5:30pm local time, we laid down for a nap and we were supposed to meet up around 7:00pm for dinner with my aunt, uncle and cousin. When they called us to meet up we were so tired, we slept through dinner.

Below are some photos from day 1. There aren’t very many as I was exhausted from my travels. Stay tuned for Day 2 of Stockholm and you’ll get to see much more!

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