4-day Stockholm experience

 

Pentru ca urma sa avem parte de 2 zile libere consecutive, urmate si de weekend, am inceput sa caut de zor destinatii, sau mai degraba, bilete de avion la preturi convenabile. Am gasit cateva variante, dar am ales Stockholm-ul din doua motive: nu il vizitasem inca (motiv deja foarte puternic) si tot drumul costa vreo 45 de euro (cu tot cu drumul cu masina pana la Budapesta).

Cu o usoara teama de frig, dar si cu atractia fata de tarile nordice, am luat biletele rapid, si am asteptat sa inceapa aventura. Cum asteptarea a fost cam lunga, am avut timp sa ma documentez bine-bine, si sa imi dau seama ca ceea ce vreau sa vad mai mult din oras, nu era orasul propriu-zis. Va spun mai jos de ce!

 

EN:Because we knew we were going to have 2 days off, followed by the weekend, I started looking for travel ideas, or, to say it better, for cheap flights. I found some options, but I chose Stockholm for two reasons: we hadn’t visited it before (fair enough) and also the journey costs were about 45 euros (with the car trip to Budapest included).

Being a bit afraid of the cold weather, but attracted by the Nordic countries, we bought the tickets right away, and we waited for all of it to start. The waiting was quite long, so I had enough time to properly post it up and to find out that what I wanted to see wasn’t really the city itself. I’ll tell you why!

 

 

Stockholm-ul se intinde pe 14 insule, dar acestea fac parte dintr-un intreg arhipelag care cuprinde vreo 25 000 de insule. Lucru care m-a facut curioasa: ce se intampla pe toate insulele astea, cum arata, cum ajungi acolo?

Am ales, asadar, cateva dintre ele: Grinda, Sandhamn, Vaxholm, Finnhamn (erau mai multe pe lista initial dar am zabovit mai mult pe primele, si nu am mai avut timp de restul), si nu am regretat deloc ca am „renuntat” la doua zile de oras pentru a le vedea. Relieful este foarte special, vegetatia pe masura, si peisajele – de vis. Va las mai jos cateva fotografii, pentru a intelege de ce spun asta.

Sunt mai multe variante de a ajunge la ele (tururi ghidate, croaziere, excursii de o zi), insa cel mai convenabil pentru noi a fost transportul public. Cu un 5-day pass care costa 45 de euro am avut intrare libera pe orice ambarcatiune care circula printre insule, si apartine de compania de transport public.

Gasiti aici site-ul companiei de transport in comun.

Si aici alte link-uri utile, despre activitati in arhipelag: hiking, island hopping.

 

EN: Stockholm lays on 14 islands, but they all belong to a 25 000-island archipelago. This made me wonder: what’s happening on all these islands, what do they look like and how do you get there?

We then chose some islands we wanted to see: Grinda, Sandhamn, Vaxholm, Finnhamn (we had a longer list, but spending too much time on these ones made us remove the others), and we didn’t regret a bit „dropping out” 2 days in the city. The relief is truly special, flora is a bliss and  the landscapes – a dream come true. You’ll see why in the photos below.

There are more options for getting to the islands (guided tours, cruises or 1-day trips), but we chose the public transportation. With a 5-day pass that cost 45 euros we’ve been able to use any boat that was in the public transportation fleet.

Here you can find the public transportation company.

And here you can find useful information about other archipelago activities: hiking, island hopping.

 

 

 

Pentru celelalte doua zile ramase, am inchiriat biciclete – am vrut sa ajungem cat mai repede in multe parti ale orasului, dar si sa experimentam, foarte sumar, viata de localnic.

Am cumparat un card Citybikes valabil 3 zile (se pot cumpara si activa pe loc de la orice magazin 7-eleven), si ne-am plimbat cu bicicletele in continuu :D. Regula este ca dupa ce iti iei bicicleta de la o statie (vezi harta aici), sa o pui inapoi (la orice alta statie) in termen de 3 ore. Sistemul functioneaza de la 7 dimineata la 1 noaptea, cu posibilitatea de a lua ultima data bicicleta la 10 seara.

 

EN: For the remaining 2 days we rent bikes – we wanted to quickly arrive to different parts of the city, but also to live the real local experience.

We bought a 3-day Citybikes card (which you can buy and activate at any 7-eleven store), and we basically rode those bikes forever :D. The rule is once you took a bike from the station, be sure you return it (to any other station) within 3 hours. The system works from 7am to 1am, and you can take the last bike at 10pm.

 

 

Pentru ultima zi, am ales sa mergem la parcul de distractii Grona Lund (normal!).

Experienta de a fi intr-un carusel pe malul apei, sa te ridici deasupra orasului si sa vezi toate miile de insule de care ziceam mai sus (ma rog, nu chiar toate, dar multe!) este ceea ce face vizita la parcul acesta sa merite!

Biletul intreg costa vreo 40 de euro, dar noi ne-am luat doar intrare cu 6 euro, plus 2 carusele, 6 euro fiecare.

 

EN: For the last day we decided to go to the Grona Lund amusement park (obviously!).

Being in a roller coaster on the seaside and being above all those thousands of islands I already told you about (well, not all of them, but most of them!) is something worth doing when visiting Stockholm!

The full ticket costs around 40 euros, but we bought only the entrance for 6 euros and 2 roller coaster tickets for 6 euros each.

 

 

Alte lucruri bine de stiut cand mergi in Stockholm:

  • incearca Fika: o gustare formata dintr-o cafea traditionala si ceva dulce si bun (cateva locuri consacrate: Rosendals, Drop Coffee sau Snickarbacken)
  • exista tururi ghidate gratuite, de care poti beneficia daca te inscrii dinainte
  • un restaurant vegetarian cu priveliste spre mare, unde am mancat si ne-a placut tare mult: Hermans (studentii au reducere de pret, asa ca asigura-te ca ai la tine cardul sau legitimatia de student!)
  • viziteaza cea mai lunga galerie de arta din lume – liniile de metrou
  • viziteaza Cimitirul national, care se afla in Patrimoniul mondial Unesco

EN: Some other useful stuff:

  • try Fika: a traditional coffee which comes with some sweet deliglt (some nice fika places: (Rosendals, Drop Coffee sau Snickarbacken)
  • there are some free guided tours you can take advantage of if you book in advance
  • a nice vegetarian restaurant we tried and liked: Hermans (students pay only half the price, so make sure you have the student card on you!)
  • visit the longest art gallery in the world – the subway
  • visit the National Cemetery, which is a Unesco Heritage site.

 

 

 

 


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