After Denmark, our next and last stop during this trip was Sweden. We’ve visited three different cities there: Malmö, Jönköping and Stockholm. Since we wanted to chill some more before going back to “normal” life we were mostly walking around without any specific plan and laying in parks. That’s why we’ll write one post about the whole Sweden.
Our first stop was Malmö. It is the third biggest cities in Sweden when it comes to population and yet it felt so small and cozy. It is very easy to walk around and explore. We didn’t have any plans for this city so we just wandered around and we recommend it! It is a very charming place.
Once we arrived, we spent the whole evening in the park. We were invited by our hosts as one of them had birthday and made a little picnic with friends. It was so nice of them to invite strangers for a birthday party! We had so much fun, played board games, learned how to juggle and talked a lot. Our hosts happened to be amazing people and because of that, we even spent one more night than we wanted to!
After Malmö, we decided not to zip right past the half of Sweden and we splited our road to Stockholm in half and stayed two nights in Jönköping. We’ve heard that there’s not much to do there and that it’s a very religious city but we didn’t even notice and we really liked it! The best thing to see there is Vattern – Sweden’s second biggest lake. The city is on the end of this oblong lake and it looks massive! You can’t see the end and you feel so small when you’re looking at it. We are happy that we’ve been there just to experience this feeling!
The lake is also visible during a long way on the road to Stockholm. It is a very magical experience. We were driving in a van, sitting in the back and just looking outside the window at this stunning view!
When we arrived in Stockholm we didn’t have a host for our few nights – it is very difficult to find one in a Sweden’s capital! We arranged a meeting with one person found through a group on Facebook but she couldn’t really host us. She decided to invite us to a party with her friends and maybe one of them will be willing to host us. So we went there, after a long day of hitchhiking, very tired and sleepy (Aleks also had a massive headache and stomach ache) not knowing where we’ll spend the night. We had to be kind and look happy in order to make friends and make others trust us. That was a difficult task back then when we were so tired that being on a party sound awful.
Then, a funny situation happened. We sit there, more and more people are coming and suddenly we see a familiar face. We look closer and we found out that it was Arvina – our host from Berlin, the very first city that we’ve visited on this eurotrip! We met on the first and the last stop. She happened to visit her previous Couchsurfing guest at the same time as we went there and that person happened to be a friend of our new friend. That was such a coincidence but it was nice to see a friendly face! At the end, we went for the night to the person that invited us for the party.
Stockholm happened to be an amazing city and we loved every part of it that we’ve seen! We mainly walked around and busked as it is a very good city for earning money on the street.
Stockholm also happened to be the very first city on our road with free art museums! That’s why, as we finally were able to, we’ve spent so much time in them admiring art! We really like art and it was sad that we weren’t able to see ant exhibitions on our road before. At the time we were in Stockholm, there were a temporary exhibition in Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) of Dominika’s favourite artists – Yayoi Kusama.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist that worked with various media: painting, drawing, sculpture, performance art, installations and many more. She is the precursor of pop art, minimalism and feminists movement. She is mostly known for her polka dot art and incredible installations such as Infinity Rooms or Obliteration art.
We also went to the Östasiatiska museet (Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities) which is a quite small museum that was launched in 1926 and contains many exhibitions and collections of Asian archeology, classical art, culture, etc. It is a great place for any Asian art lover! The Moderna Museet was, however, our favorite as we prefer modern art!
Stockholm was the last stop on our way and since we had an early plane from the Skvasta airport we decided to sleep the last night there. It wasn’t the worst night possible – we found a cosy and quite place, put some silicon puzzles (?) underneath and had a nice night. With that experience, our trip had ended. We flew back to Poland and ate amdelicious pizza as the reward for the whole trip.