Hej hej! Welcome to Sweden!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in blog, travel | No Comments

A series of travel posts documenting my experiences in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden from October 25-November 3, 2014. It has been broken up by the various and interesting aspects of the trip to provide inspiration and ideas for anybody that wants to visit one day.

View from Himlen

View from Himlen Restaurang

In this edition: Why Stockholm?

Ever since returning from a short vacation to Stockholm this week, I’ve been asked the same question by many friends: “Why Sweden?” Oddly, I had the same question myself when the opportunity presented itself since it’s a place that doesn’t normally find itself on most peoples’ dockets. It’s not what I call a popular “Facebook vacation”.

Ironically enough, it was a Facebook friend that alerted me to a killer deal for sub-$500 round trip tickets on Norwegian Airlines to Scandinavia. Like any good deal hunter, I found it really difficult to pass up an opportunity that normally costs 3 times as much. There were a limited number of travel dates, but my girlfriend Deb was turning 30 so we decided to pack our bags and try something new for her birthday. Sweden, here we come!

Top of Gondolen

Spoiler alert: Stockholm is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

As an Asian-American, the only Swedish images that came to mind were of Scandinavian design (think IKEA) and incredibly beautiful women. While both of those continue to hold true, I’m so happy I had the chance to add incredible architecture and history, the Nobel Prize, a booming tech scene, the love of coffee, the world’s most beautiful and efficient subway systems, and (oddly enough) the crazy popularity of buffets to my Swedish vocabulary. Plus, H&M is kind of a big deal too.

Stockholm rates amongst the most expensive places in the world to visit (placing 4th on the Big Mac index), but with some creative money management, Deb and I were able to enjoy the city for a song (sort of).

Come along for a bit to learn about Swedish food, museums, technology scene, budget tips and deals, our costs, and more. I’m excited to share our experiences with you!

IKEA meatballs

IKEA meatballs remind me of home.

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