Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stockholm trip!

Hey, I'm finally back! Well, I have been for a couple of days now but my time has been spent unpacking (funfact: I HATE unpacking, it took me 4 months to unpack everything from my trip to Thailand in December, but when I finally did, I discovered that I had some bahts left in my purse which meant more money to spend shopping on this trip, hurray!). The trip went really well and I had so much fun with my gals, but boy were we tired when we came back home. I think I slept about 12 hours in total last weekend! I have lots to tell you so this will probably be a pretty long post :)

We left on Thursday night with Viking Grace and I was already pretty pumped about the ride to Stockholm, mostly because the last time I was on a cruise ship was more than two years ago and I had heard that Grace was very nice, since it is the newest ship. Due to the fact that we got our tickets so last minute, the only cabin left was the inva-cabin, which was seriously twice the size of a regular cabin which we were more than thrilled about. Our plan was to just grab a bite and head out for a couple of drinks, but we actually ended up meeting some people we sorta knew on the boat so our couple of drinks turned into a couple of more drinks, and we didn't make it to our mega-sized cabin until 5.30 in the morning, with one hour left to sleep. That's what you get when your motto for the night is "whatever, I can sleep when I'm dead" as Emppu so elegantly put it. When we woke up they announced on the radio that the ship was behind in schedule due to a rescuing operation, so we got an extra hour to sleep which made us very happy. It wasn't until later when we had wi-fi that we found out that somebody had actually jumped from the ship, and they couldn't find him, which made us feel a bit guilty for being so happy about the delay :(

Our mega-party-cabin!

Once we arrived to Stockholm we just had to locate our hotel (which I was in charged of, and I must say I was a pretty great navigator, although I am not known for having great coordination skills!) where we left our bags since our check-in wasn't until 2 o'clock. Next we went hunting for a place to have breakfast and stumbled across a cute little cafe called Bolingo. There was a text on the wall explaining that bolingo means love in Lingala, a language spoken in Congo and Angola. The cafe was really cute, the staff was very friendly and the breakfast was good! We were really exhausted but with nothing else to do, we walked to Drottningsgatan which is the shopping street. After a couple of hours walking around, doing some shopping and lunch at an over-crowded Waynes Coffee we were finally able to check in at our hotel. 

The hotel we stayed at is called Wasa Park Hotel and we got it because it was the best deal we could get at such a short notice; it was 1,6 km from the city center, right next to a metro station and only 120 euros for a room for 3 people for 1 night. We knew from the reviews we read that it was small and quite quaint, and some of the rooms, including ours, would have no bathroom of their own. But we were pleasantly surprised when we got there, we actually got a room with a bath of its own and the room was very big, plus the wifi worked! Sure, the decor was kinda grandma-ish, but I thought it was very cute, plus the area around the hotel was beautiful, so I would gladly stay there again!

The entrance to the hotel had a beautiful view

After a couple hour nap, we got ready for dinner. After some googling and yelping (still haven't gotten the Yelp-app? It is a life-safer during trips!) we decided on Oljebaren which was close to our hotel and was known for its burgers. When we got there we noticed it was pretty small, but we still managed to get a table. And it was definitey the right choice! The place was super cozy, relaxed and the burgers were heavenly. 

We got back to the hotel and had a couple of drinks and called a taxi to get to the city center. Since none of us had gone out in Stockholm before we asked friends and the internet for their wise instructions and ended up choosing Soap Bar, mostly because it didn't have an entrance fee which at most places was between 10-20 euros. The place was actually for 24-year-olds and older, but we still got in. But it was definitely clear that you had to be dressed appropriately to get in. This place was also very small but that didn't stop people from dancing; everybody was basically dancing all around the bar, and by midnight the whole place was cramped! The drinks were pretty expensive but very strong, the music was probably the best part and we also chatted with some locals, so all in all we had a great night! At 2 we had had enough and decided to drag our sleep-deprived asses back to the hotel. 
I didn't take any pictures myself but here's one I found online:

As you can see, it got pretty crowded!

The day before heading home with the boat consisted of shopping, shopping, a stroll to the old town and some more shopping. The last store we found was River Island and oh man, I could've bought everything. I also made the poor choice of wearing heeled shoes so my feet were basically destroyed after three hours or so, but luckily we found a cute cafe in the old town so I got to rest them as well. The plan was to check out the nightclub o Amorella on the way home, but after dinner and tax free we got to the cabin and were so exhausted we just went to bed instead. In conclusion: lots of fun, good food, great company, shopping - a great weekend trip!

See why my blog is called "my name is not yasmine"? Somehow people always misspell my name/The famous cherry trees at Kungsträdgården were no longer in bloom and we were sad about that. 
The cafe in the old town had been around since 1700 - cool!

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