When you go to bed at night you expect it to be dark. When you wake up at 10am in the morning however you would be fairly comfortable in assuming there would be light around. Yet when I woke from my slumber my first morning in Stockholm it was pitch black. Why you ask? Well I failed to notice that my dorm room had no windows the previous day. I think it was for this reason that I managed to sleep so late for a change.
Still it was my first full day in Stockholm, and with the sun shining bright I was keen as mustard to get out there and explore. My first task was to navigate the long road of shops and people that lead me down to the Stockholm Palace.
Wandering over the bridge and through the great archways I made my way to watch the Swedish Royal Guards perform their changing of the guard show, and what a show it was. With a marching band and lots of really weird walking around the entire event went on for a good 45 minutes or more.
From here it was time to explore Stockholm Palace, which is one of the largest still used for its original purpose. For a fee you can wander around the Treasury (don’t bother its tiny), the Armoury and inside part of the Palace of course. It’s a shame that most places like this do not allow pictures as there really are some amazing rooms to explore. I also got lucky by making the free tour of the inside of the palace. It really does make for a better experience as you learn about what the rooms have been used.
After getting my fill on all things royal I made my way to old town in search of some food and a place to get out of the heat. Luckily after finding millions of antique shops (some great some really bad) hidden down little alleyways I stumbled upon a feed and a nice cold drink.
I then spent the rest of the day wandering back to the hostel via the shopping area. It was rather chill to wander the shops just like back home, some things are just the same no matter where you are. Along the way I even picked up a bargain new t-shirt from H&M and scored my souvenir bottle opener for Stockholm.
Last on the list of things to do was visit the supermarket to stock up on food for the few days I was planning to send here in Stockholm. I was doing well too; had some nice rolls, a bit of meat and cheese and even a couple of beers to relax the night away.
Then I got to the checkout and was confronted with a self-service checkout…. in swedish. After some rather obvious dumb looks at the screen a lovely older lady came over and helped me find my food on the checkout screen and tell me everything else I had to do. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t understand her and she couldn’t understand me, we both understood what was going on.
It’s funny how such random moments stick out so much. I’d visited the Palace and old town all day yet that brief moment in the supermarket really made my day. Just re-enforces the fact that when your travelling EVERYTHING is an experience.