Monday, June 09, 2014

05 Leaving Stockholm



So at last we are back home in Switzerland.  We had just over 4 days in Stockholm Sweden on our marathon mini break weekend.

There was the usual scramble to turn off the security and alarm systems and then we could take a bit of a rest.


Leaving was difficult
After leaving our fantastic apartment in Stockholm for the last time we had to find a place for the recycling!



Our morning plan to visit the armoury at the Royal Palace was cancelled because on arrival there it was packed with /other/ tourists.  Really!


In such a circumstance we headed to Church ...




 We visited Clara church








We had a nice time admiring the sights.

The church was actually very noisy inside, a combination of the faithful and also a large number of homeless people seeking attention and assistance.




Finally we boarded the non stop bus to Arlanda Airport. Stockholm we miss you!


Quick Notes on Sweden


  • We did not show our passports once leaving or entering Switzerland or Sweden.   Not at all sure why!
  • Fast trains or coaches link Arlanda airport to Stockholm centre
  • Swedish people speak excellent English, much more comprehensively than in Switzerland
  • The Stockholm marathon course is quite hilly.  There are over 15000 runners.  That is a huge number
  • Sweden is as expensive as Switzerland, and Switzerland is most expensive.  We can only think of Norway as a more expensive country in Europe.
  • There are lots of normal European shops. We did not detect any suspicious business/ retail  cartels, so for example the Food sector is competitive.
  • Stockholm has a City bike scheme and comprehensive  cycle paths throughout
  • The weather we experienced at end May/June was about 20 degrees C and mostly dry 
  • Alcohol to take home is only available from Government shops with limited opening hours


Trip Efficiency Rating

+++ Apartment was fantastic
+     Marathon results OK
++   No injuries
+     Did not buy any clothes or stuff!
+     Stockholm is very walk-able city
+     Old Samsung Camera worked a treat
+     We used the Swiss Cantonal holiday to make best use of our time



-     Marcus took too many clothes
-     Did not use the City bicycles
-     No time for swimming
-     We forgot to start the dishwasher
---   4 days was too short.  1 week would have been much better.

We had a wonderful and safe time in Stockholm and would recommend it to you.



Links
00 Journey to Sweden
01 First Day in Stockholm
02 Marathon Day
03 Walking Stockholm
04 Stockholm Museums