SWEDEN PART 2

Our second destination in Sweden was Falun, that we reached by train. By the way we got to sit in the quiet zone, which is awesome if you want to read, sleep or do whatever without being disturbed. It is a pretty small town, with slightly over 36000 inhabitants. This place is where my sister studied for a couple of months on an Erasmus program, at the Dalarna University. Since she was going to spend an extended period of time there we had a room in a student accommodation. It was actually a studio: bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom. It all sounds pretty comfortable so far. Well, we got in the room and…surprise-surprise…no bed!!! What a pleasant discovery! At that point it was too late to go to IKEA (how Swedish is that?😄), which is in a different town, so we arranged our stuff so that we could sleep on the floor. Let me tell you, it was the end of August-start of September, but it gets pretty cold in Sweden at night. I woke up at 4am shivering, so I started doing some squats, lounges etc. to warm myself up but it didn’t quite work. I decided to take a warm shower instead. To be fair the absence of a bed was specified in the contract, my sister didn’t read it carefully enough.

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Camping in great style on the floor

Needless to say that the morning after we ran to the closest IKEA, in Borlänge, where we also got a great buffet brunch for a really low price.

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Drinking an unknown beverage pretending it’s wine

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Becoming friends with the Swedish wildlife

We bought all of the kitchen utensils, a bedding set and a mattress. Spoiler alert: No bed frame for us #studentsonabudgetevenikeaistoomuch.

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A bed and a dining set!!!

Honestly though it was awesome! I didn’t mean to complain since this is not that bad of a situation at all. But these are definitely memories and moments I will remember forever, I guess that’s the silver lining of the story. Let’s talk about things to do in Falun:

-VISIT THE DALARNAS MUSEUM where you can learn more about the culture and heritage of the whole County/Region.

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A cute map

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Yep, you can do this there too! Neo+Madonna

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Pure LOVE❤️

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What you see on the wall are actual scribbles on paper

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Yep, told ya!

-WALK AROUND IN THE GREEN SPACES: Falun has quite a few walking trails in a breathtaking scenery so take advantage of that!

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-MAGASINET: there are always events and exhibitions hosted in this location. We saw a Photo exhibition dedicated to the refugees.

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-LUGNET is a sport complex where people can swim, dance, play tennis, football, practice athletics, ski and ski jump. They often host famous competitions as well.

So this is pretty much what I did in Falun! This is a video that sums up my time in Finland and Sweden. I might edit a longer version but I’m not sure yet. My voice is kind of weird in the video, I don’t know why…😂

I hope you enjoyed this post and video! See ya later! X

SWEDEN PART 1

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This post is linked to Finland Part 1 & 2, since I visited both countries during the same holiday. As I said in the previous article my sister and I left Turku on a ship to go to Stockholm. We managed to book our own cabin for a really cheap price. It had two foldable beds, a small restroom with a shower and a vanity. We stayed in there for a while, just to relax. For the rest of the time we explored the ship, I think the whole journey took more than 10 hours, but they literally flew by. The ship offered many services (restaurants, big screens to watch sports, smoking room, arcade machines etc.). The funniest thing about it was observing a drunk woman, who was watching the Olympic Games. She was absolutely hilarious. One thing to remember is that Finland and  Sweden are in different time zones, which we forgot and so we got ready to disembark an hour earlier, typical. The skyline of Stockholm that we saw once we arrived was breathtaking!20160815_191851

We were very close to this vegetarian restaurant we wanted to try. Well they weren’t too happy to see two tourists, let’s put it this way. Anyways below you can find some recommendations on where to sleep, eat and what to see:

GENERATOR HOSTEL: cozy, affordable, clean and with everything you might need. The rooms are actually quite spacious. We were in a mixed room of six.

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The only photo I have from the Generator

CAFè SCHWEIZER: you can even leave a message on the walls of this adorable cafè, we went in to drink a chai latte and, holy guacamole, they had David Rio’s Chai!!! It’s my favorite brand and I had it for the first time when I was in Budapest. It’s delicious! Mango is my favorite flavor.

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David Rio’s Mango Chai and a kanelbullar

SöDERMALM AREA: this area is very artsy, ideal for young hipsters😎 with plenty of second hand shops with the cutest clothes!

TANTOLUNDEN: this is a great park, I love open spaces and being outdoor and this was definitely one of my favorite spots.

GAMLA STAN (the OLD TOWN): there are plenty of museums, shops, restaurants.

The next article will be the last one dedicated to this adventure, it will cover my time in Falun.

See ya later!x