With the clocks going back an hour getting up to leave at 4.30am was a little less painful!
I drove through the dark to Gatwick, and caught the plane after a fairly clear journey, taking off early at 8am. Checking your bag in now is all automated which was new to me, but once I’d sorted that, I’d got on the place and sat back for the flight. By the window I could see below and with the clouds and the angle of the sun I saw a complete rainbow effect which was cool.
Once I landed at Arlanda, Stockholm I was under the cloud again and it was snowing! With a bit of wind making it a blizzard! Its how I always imagined it, but thankfully it didn’t last more than an hour, or settle, although apparently it was the first snow of the season!
I met a friend at the airport, and traveled back to his place to dump bags and since I would need a pillow for my spare bed so had to visit Ikea, since in Sweden so got the pillow and couldn’t miss out on the famous Ikea meatballs and gravy!!
We had a beer in a pub away from the store, and noticed several things, firstly, it got dark at about 3.30pm which totally threw out my body clock, it felt more like 10pm when later it was only 6pm, the temperature was obviously colder than the uk at just 2 degrees (I left home at about 10 degrees) and some of the names I found funny such as a chocolate bar called ‘Plopp’ that you can buy from Willy’s – you can enter or leave car parks following signs for enfart or utfart !!, and the end station at the end of a train line is ‘Slutstation’.
So we planned some cultural things to see over the next week, and get an idea of what Stockholm has to offer, and there is a lot! A lot of history, and things of interest…