Plus, my bank card works again. Woo - beer money!!!
12.04.2012 - 12.07.2012 -10 °C
After spending a couple of days in Malmo, I've come up to Stockholm.
Malmo is just across the straight from Copenhagen, so a $16 and 30 minute train-ride later - I'm in Sweden! Malmo is the third largest city, and since the bridge was built a few years ago it has been exploding. Lots of construction cranes, and lots of people staying longer term in the hostel as it's very tough to find a place to live (seems to be a common theme around here). Spent a day out wandering around in the wind and snow - yes, I've finally run into winter! It's a nice place that's easy to get around. I got some good pictures of the area and the nasty looking grey sea. Wednesday night I decided to go check out the local hockey team - The Malmo Redhawks. They were founded in 1972 and played in the Swedish Elite League for a while, but are in the next division down now - you can be relegated out of the SEL so they are trying to work their way back in. Ticket was $22 for a seat in the home team end - complete with drums, chanting, songs, etc. It's like being at an European football game, just smaller. Really nice area that is apparently one of the newest/biggest in Scandinavia, but I would guess there were only about 5,000 fans at the game. Unfortunately the home team lost 5-1, but it was still a ton of fun.
Thursday I headed over to the train station where I ended up spending most of the afternoon as my train to Stockholm was delayed. About two hours late we finally got moving, so I didn't get to see much at all before it got dark. Very cool tilting train that apparently gets up to 200 km/h in certain places - journey was still about 5 hours so I got into Stockholm at about 11pm. They've just had their first big snowfall of the year and the city looked amazing as I was headed to the hostel - you know that fresh, clean snowfall look when it's all new and everything is quiet? Very good first impression of the city for sure:
Spent most of Friday and Saturday walking around and my initial impressions are pretty correct - this is an amazing city! The old part of town (situated on an island just south of where I'm staying) is full of old, winding, cobblestone streets. Stockholm Palace and a couple of very old churches are also located there. I took a free walking tour this morning to see some things I probably wouldn't on my own, and then spent the afternoon at the museum to warm up - it's about -15 here! Not anywhere near as bad as Edmonton at the moment, but it is very humid and I haven't really felt winter yet!
Wandered along one of the major streets in the old city this afternoon and headed into a cool looking pub for a drink. Tiny little place but the seating areas in the cellar go down for about 3 levels below ground and are this crazy warren of old stone rooms. I got down to the deepest, most out of the way corner in the place to discover two very drunk Scotsman who immediately invited me to sit down and ordered me a beer. Hung out for a few pints (and a few pulls of whiskey from their flasks) and then wandered back. Looking into a ferry to Helsinki and probably going to head out in a bit to see what Saturday in Stockholm is like. I'll let you know how it goes. :-)