A Weekend in Stockholm
Stockholm is not a hard place to love; I learned that almost instantly on my quick, long weekend in the Swedish capital. It was the finishing touch on a 40th birthday jaunt around Northern Europe, and I was not so secretly excited for my first time wandering the streets of the Swedish capital. I pinned all of my hopes on Stockholm, and within hours of being there, I knew that I had made the right choice. But I also made an overwhelming choice. Unlike nearby Helsinki or Oslo, there were simply too many choices: too much to see and do, and definitely too much to eat. By the end of the weekend though, I had sussed out the best way for any first-timer to truly experience Stockholm, in the most comfortable and enjoyable way possible.
For the uninitiated, fika is frankly the last thing I expected to find in this incredibly productive and driven society, and yet it is actually at the heart of their success. Simply put, fika is that special time in the afternoon when you join a friend or two at a local coffee shop to reenergize and enjoy some cakes or pastries. It is a wonderful way to relax for several moments in the middle of the workday, and refocus before tackling what lies ahead. It is fun, progressive, and it is undeniably Swedish.
The food tour was not my only sampling of delicious food; I also had some of the best bites of the trip at the place where I least
expected to find it, my hotel.
Photo: Henrik Trygg / mediabank.visitstockholm.com © Can Stock Photo Inc. / phiilpkinsey