Stockholm’s Gamla Stan // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I didn’t love my ancestors’ country when I visited it 4 years ago. I wanted so much to throw my arms up and shout out my love for Sweden, but Stockholm didn’t wow me as I’d hoped. I think it had a lot to do with 50 degree, dreary weather in September, and I’m sure that recovering from a sleepless red-eye flight didn’t help either.

Whatever it was, I wasn’t feeling Stockholm or its $6 coffee. I’ll stick to my aunt’s homemade Swedish meatballs back home in the US, thank you very much!

stockholm gamla stan 

Despite being underwhelmed, I did appreciate Stockholm’s architecture: specifically in the Old Town, or Gamla Stan. My favorite might have been this elegant building – beautiful, right?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She’s a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond.

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  • That is a nice building. I keep hearing mixed reviews on Stockholm and I am curious to travel there and see how I feel about it.

    • lindsaypunk

      Do you really? It’s funny, I’ve heard mostly positive things and so I think my expectations were high. The obscene prices and gloomy weather really tainted it for me!

  • I’d love to go to Stockholm as I’ve met some incredibly nice Swedes on my travels. Is it as expensive as they say it is?

    • lindsaypunk

      YES!! It is hideously expensive! Unless you’re from Denmark or Switzerland, you’ll want to cry when viewing your bank account balance after visiting Sweden. BUT I do think Sweden is worth a visit, particularly the countryside.

  • I’m sorry you didn’t have the best experience. Did you get to meet he Swedish chef? I heard he has the best meatballs.

    • lindsaypunk

      HAHAHA damn, I DO love me some Swedish meatballs. Maybe that’s where I went wrong!