This past weekend, I made a short trip over to Stockholm, Sweden to visit my Midd friend Nitika. I left on Friday and arrived in another Scandinavian country in time for lunch so we ate at Pontus where I got a delicious roast beef with potato gratin, a side salad, and some sort of dessert for only 89 Swedish Kroner (SEK) which is about $13.75–great by Scandinavian standards.
We spent the rest of the day visiting her school, touring her apartment, relaxing, and making stir-fry for dinner. At night, I met a bunch of her friends and we all ventured over to the Icebar where we were given cloaks and a drink in the sub-zero temperature.
It was so cool. (Haha get it? Sorry)
The next day, we acted like the tourists that we (well more I) are. Our first stop was at a restaurant called Hermans Trädgardscafé which served a organic, locally grown, vegetarian buffet–absolutely delicious. (Which is saying a lot since I love red meat and only eat vegetables because it’s necessary.)
The restaurant is also known for it’s great view of Stockholm, which looked even more beautiful with the changing leaves.
After, we visited the Spirit Museum (ironic because I may or may not have still been slightly hungover),
which looked at how some modern art is influenced by alcohol products and gave a lot of interesting little tidbits on the creation of vodka, its production, and its history in the form of poems.
The museum had four different exhibits:
Rude Girls, which looked at feminist art by Béatrice Cussol.
Her water color paintings, at first glance looked almost childish and simple but upon closer inspection, actually showed some pretty graphic and unsettling images (which for obvious reasons will not be shown in this blog), but below is an example (with more in the gallery at the bottom).
There was also an Absolut Art Collection based on the Absolut vodka brand.
This print was done by Andy Warhol and was used as one of Absolut’s advertisements. It was one of the first bridges between pop art and the Absolut brand. Among other famous modern art artists, Keith Haring also did an Absolut advertisement.
The Spirit Museum also had a temporary exhibit based off of clubs and Swedish nightlife,
which was an interesting exhibit that recreated a club atmosphere. It even included some bathroom stalls,
and a large disco ball.
The final and most informative exhibit was Sweden: Spirits of a Nation.
where there were interactive movies, quizzes, and objects
including a section where you can smell all of the different spices that go into the process of distilling vodka.
I definitely recommend visiting this museum as all of its exhibitions were done remarkably well and in very creative manners. It took the perfect amount of time and was interesting as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Following this museum, we headed over to T-Centralen, one of the central train stations, and happened upon a snowboarding competition in the middle of the square.
After gawking for a bit, we went to Gamla Stan, the Old Town, where we tried some warm Glogg, a Christmas drink made of a mixture of different juices and spices,
found the narrowest ally in the town,
stopped by a café for some fruit tart,
and chatted over some hot chocolate.
Once all of the shops closed and we realized it was dinner time, we headed back to make some tacos and got ready for another night out. Five of us went to a bar called Wok House, which had a very packed, club-like atmosphere and talked to a few Swedes who later invited us to a club, Nype. Since one of the guys knew the bouncer, we didn’t have to pay the 150 SEK cover charge, which made my wallet very happy, and spent the rest of the night dancing and having a good time.
Overall, I had an amazing time in Stockholm and can’t wait to eventually go back there. Food, nightlife, and most importantly, the people made my weekend one of the best here. Thanks so much Nitika!