Doing all of this traveling elsewhere in Europe got me thinking – I haven’t really taken the time to just explore Stockholm, where I live! There are areas of Paris I now know better than here. And that definitely needs to change. Otherwise, how can I justify that I actually lived in Stockholm?
Now that the weather is nice, I’ve set out to change that. Every weekend I’m going to pick an area of the city, and just explore. Forget museums and touristy things – this is how I like to get to know a city. So, I started central, with the more touristy areas.
There’s a restaurant up there (Gondolen) which I’ve heard has the best views of the city. I don’t think the food is anything fantastic, but I would go there for the views alone.
I’ve already been around Slussen quite a bit, so I headed north to the next island, Gamla Stan (Old Town).
I walked up and down lots of little side streets. The feel of Gamla Stan is much like any old European city, with gorgeous old buildings and winding cobblestone streets. I didn’t take a ton of pictures, as I’ve said before, it’s nice to just enjoy the moment.
And of course, in typical Rachel fashion, I had to hunt down some sort of foodie destination. I had wandered past Naturbageriet Sattva before, but only at night, when it wasn’t open. An organic bakery? With gourmet vegan goodies? I’m so there.
In an effort to cut down on the sugary treats (I was really proud of myself for this one) I settle on a vegan spinach and tofu perog. And not to mention it was less expensive than its sweeter counterparts. But, while I was in there, I did get a delicious sample of raw carob cake, and almond-apple tart.
This is not Gamla Stan anymore – it’s home! The sun was beginning to set, and the colors were gorgeous.
Yesterday – despite the clocks being set forward (which I totally did not know about! no wonder 9am felt early…) I fueled up with small carb-y pre run breakfast. Iced coffee with soy milk, seeded spelt toast with tahini and banana, and a small blood orange. Unfortunately this one wasn’t ripe and ‘bloody’ quite yet. Perfect fuel, sat really well for my ‘long’ run. Of 4 miles.
Yes, I’m slow – oh well, I like running anyway. I pushed hard on this run. Not because I felt I had to, I was just enjoying the scenery and exploring the new areas! This was an out and back run – on the way there was head winds and uphill (of course), going home was tail winds and downhill. That was super exciting.
The best way to refuel – green smoothies! Feeling even more energized.
Big salad for lunch about 40 minutes later, then heading out to do more exploring! This time, in Solna, considered a suburb, but there are areas in Stockholm City that are much farther from the city center than Solna.
Hagaparken (read more)
This park is huge, and apparently is one of Sweden’s most visited areas for recreation. I’ll definitely be coming here for longer runs. Given that I can get up and down all the hills without falling over and dying!
It’s so beautiful there – and actually reminded me a bit of Central Park, except that this is all natural!
Can’t wait to run here.
And even just the nature in the city is beautiful – this was approaching one of the main roads, after leaving the park.
“Need food now” snack from 7-eleven. Not bad for convenience store food!
And of course, the day ended with a delicious dinner. Whole wheat spaghetti with roasted brussels sprouts, tomato sauce, and a perfectly poached egg. Who said eggs were only for breakfast?
How could I forget – yesterday was Våffeldagen! Or national waffle day in Sweden. Of course I had to celebrate. I topped my waffle with re-heated frozen berries and raspberry salted licorice ice cream. There are some things I will seriously miss about Scandinavia. Call me crazy (many do) but salted licorice is certainly one of them.
How well do you know your city? Do you ever just go out exploring?
What’s your favorite place (anywhere in the world) to just walk around?