Day 1 in Stockholm went by incredibly fast even though it was incredibly long. We Arrived at Stockholm’s central station at 7:05am… Right smack in the middle of rush hour. We figured out the train (I always considered myself real good with trains, but Noe I’m reeeeal good with trains) and got to our hotel.
We were staying at the Hilton in Stockholm. Our lodging situation had been steadily increasing as the trip went on and this would represent the culmination of accomodations. Thank you Erin’s Diamond status.
Unfortunately they didn’t have a room ready for us yet because it was so early. We decided to go explore the Galma Stan, one of the major islands that Stockholm is built on and home of the old town. Galma Stan included the Kings palace and tons of tiny little winding side streets, some of which are no wider than 8 or 9 feet.
We stopped at a café on one of these side streets for coffee and then made it back to the hotel around 11 to check in and shower, etc.
We spent the rest of the day exploring the Södermalm, the southern most island of Stockholm, and specifically a street called Götgaten. Södermalm is this little Boheimian area that we would find ourselves returning to over the course of the entire stay.
We eventually bounced into a bar called Oliver Twist in Södermalm and had a .5L of Bedaro Bitter, a Swedish beer that was at least half better than okay.
It was at this point that the 6 hours of sleep from the night before, coupled with the general exhaustion of the previous 4-ish days caught up to us and we decided to turn in early. We slept like logs.