I had some free SPG hotel points from work, so my friend J and I took the chance of the long Jubilee weekend (instead of celebrating the Queen like a devoted Brit should) and went to Stockholm for a few days.
It’s the first time my friend had been to Sweden, and I had told her wondrous things of the glorious Scandinavian summer, so she arrived with a suitcase full of T-shirts to… rain and 8 degrees. (I think my credibility has suffered a tiny bit… )
When we got to the hotel, there was an insane amount of police vans, police, roadblocks and helicopters. Turns out that Hillary Clinton was staying at the same hotel! For some reason the police presence didn’t really make me feel that much safer, it felt more like as if our hotel had a little target painted on it. But we did get the chance to see Hillary Clinton walk to an elevator! (To be precise: we saw the back of her head because she came in a different entrance to the one that the whole hotel lobby was watching intently).
Anyway, our weekend can be summed up with food, beer, and walks around town. The sun only made fairly sporadic appearances (and we got completely and utterly soaked a couple of times), but we really had a nice time. The last time I’d been to Stockholm was about four years ago, and I had forgotten how beautiful the city is!
On the second day we did a little boat trip to Vaxholm – we actually wanted to go to an island a little further out, but got up too late to catch the boat 🙂 Given the weather, Vaxholm was a good choice though as it had enough cafés to hide from the rain in.
Next time I’m on a plane it will be to move to Sweden. Still doesn’t feel completely real…