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Stockholm Metro System.

When I first flew off from my parent’s nest, I was 18 years old, and city as a living environment was completely new to me. I had grown up in the middle of the typical Southern Finnish countryside – fields on one side and forests on the other side of our old country house.

After successfully finishing high school I threw myself into the biggest town in Finland (which nowadays honestly doesn’t even feel that big to me). It was what I truly wanted – though I had no idea how to work anything! Back in the days I didn’t even have a smart phone nor internet connection to help me step by step how to navigate around.

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Metro was the first form of public transportation I learned to use in order to get around. It’s probably the reason why I still absolutely love the metro system in any given city as the primary mean of travelling.

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That’s also why I wanted to shed some light into the metro system of Stockholm for those out there that are still too shy to use the public transportation and will rather save up enough money for taxis. Seriously, there is no need – especially in an expensive country such as Sweden where even a single ticket costs almost four and a half euros… Jeez! The full day ticket cost something around 12,50 euros when I bought it beforehand from the info desk of the boat. Okay, it’s not from the cheapest end but at least it is convenient and fast!

The closest metro station to the main port of Stockholm, Värtahamnen, is called “Gärdet”. You may very easily recognize the Swedish metro from the blue T-sign (standing for “tunnelbana”) anywhere where the metro line is going, of course!

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The “T-Center” (T-Centralen in Swedish) is the largest connecting station where you may easily switch from one line to another. Trust me, the distances between the stations are nothing compared with the Russian ones…

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The different lines are colour-coded (just like in any other big city metro) and basically run only two ways that are named by the final stop. So unless there is a major construction taking place, you simply cannot get super lost (at least if you pay any attention to your whereabouts).

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Other cruise travellers waiting for the next one to arrive!

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Above some cool metro tunnel art! And below a quick pic of the insides of the vagon.

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This was it for this time! Have nice travels – wherever they may be taking place! I’d love to hear your questions and comments below… Stay tuned for the next post on the ‘cruise series’ since after this we move on to talk about Tallinn! (I wonder if I am able to finish these posts before the end of this month…)

Yours,

Miah

alternative, architecture, traveling, veganism

Vegan in Stockholm Old Town.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time left in the Stockholm Old Town after getting a bit lost in Södermalm. Despite of the dysfunctional schedules, I managed to document at least a few places serving vegan/vegetarian options! Next time some taste tests will be provided, I promise…

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The first thing you will bump into after exiting the ‘Gamla Stan’ (meaning the Old Town in Swedish) metro tunnel is this small market place filled with fresh produce. Seriously, who could resist a piece of watermelon or a box of strawberries on a hot summer day?

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Half of the trendy superfood menu of Mitt Cafe (‘My Cafe’ in Swedish) is actually vegan. Extra points for the inspiring animal-themed murals!

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The “ecological bakery” called Sattva has at least a couple of gluten-free and vegan options.

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Another possibility is to have lunch or early dinner at this colourful vegetarian restaurant called Hermitage, located in the same street than Sattva. See the possibilities here…?

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I bet that pretty much all of the cafes had even one vegetarian option in their lists. For example Matgatan 22 (“Food street 22” in Swedish) serves a separate vegetarian and vegan menu.

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And last but not least: this time the most charming window award goes to Cafe Schweizer that has been running since the year 1920! Nothing can beat that good old vintage vibe and the ghosts of the excessive coffee drinkers…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling, veganism

Stockholm Old Town.

Yet another sequel to the cruise and Stockholm series! I hope you’re still bearing with me since there is yet another two parts left to come… (Before I move to talk about Tallinn!)

Anyway, these pictures below were actually taken in the last minutes before I started to head back to the boat via the Stockholm metro system.

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A view from the other end of the bridge in the centre of the governmental part of the capital city, Stockholm.

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More blossoming apple trees, I suppose? Or cherries, what do you think, guys…?

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Another close up further down from the bridge.

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I believe to have been here before in like early spring 2013, just before finishing the final exams on high school. Anyway, still looks pretty posh to me.

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Can you recognise all of the different nationalities symbolised with the flags?

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The Swedish National Museum, bound to be opened again in October 2018.

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I think you may take a smaller boat drive with these ones…

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The old church tower at the old town. Notice the rustic copper turned completely bluish green!

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Absolutely loved this small kiosk. Another addition to my ‘entrance photography’ series?

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A cool vintage cannon with a member of the Royal Guard in the court yard of the Royal Castle. Yep, Sweden is still a (representational) monarchy. They have princesses and that sort of stuff!

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All kinds of lovely shades in the old town of Stockholm.

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Illuminati is present here? (Seriously guys, don’t link my blog into any enthusiasts.)

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Violets representing the colours of the Swedish flag in the Lady Hamilton hotel window sill.

Yours,

Miah

architecture, traveling

Flaneuring in Stockholm.

This post is actually part 2 of the previous one ‘Lost in Södermalm’. If you happened to miss that, just click here!

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An overall view to the direction of the old town of Stockholm. I have to confess that at this point both me and the Google Maps app on my phone was pretty lost and confused.

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Natural elements thriving in the urban settings.

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“The construction factory” and a local hipster biking up the hill.

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Even though I am not a very religious person in the classic or traditional meaning of the word, the universal message of this church, “God is love”, somehow touched me. It is something that I believe connects all the genuine forms of the ideologies that try to guide the humanity to work together – not against each other.

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The apple flowers blossoming in the wealthy part of the city – based on the expensive vehicles parked around the area.

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I absolutely LOVE this colourful urban mural! I wonder how long did the full working process take from designing to the finishing the painting…

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Another set of blooms and trees in the middle of the romantic historic buildings! The square had multiple benches and a small cafe so that people could enjoy their coffee breaks, flaneurs or free-time in general by having a moment in these surroundings. Even if only a few people can afford to permanently live in these kinds of places, the aesthetics should belong to everyone!

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These nude statues reminded me of the one (called Havis Amanda) which we have here in Helsinki.

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A vintage Swedish model of a public telephone box.

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I found Stockholm to be another city of bicycles – and why not, especially when the weather was this gorgeous? Good for your health, good for the environment and air quality… My way of getting around in Stockholm was by foot and metro (which I will do a post later on).

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More Swedish flaneuring pictures yet to come on tomorrow’s post where I will present you with my path in the Stockholm Old Town! Until then, I hope you are having a lovely day, everyone!

Yours,

Miah

architecture, traveling

Lost in Södermalm.

I am going to start my Stockholm series with a little picture post of what happened when I kinda got lost somewhere around the Södermalm area…

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First I found this old graveyard and park near a yellow-pinkish newly renovated church.

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There were bright red tulips blossoming everywhere; reminding of the power of life and love amongst the old grave stones.

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This vine circling the entrance of what looked like an office of a kind was something unique that I happened to see in the area.

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My best guess is that the building beneath was a school of some sort.

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This is where my little adventure took off; near the ‘Slussen’ metro station on the red line.

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I just love old entrances (and documenting them to you, as well); hence the repeated motif in my posts…

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I also absolutely love wandering around and finding historical areas where people still live and dwell in. This man was enjoying his morning coffee out in the balcony with a book. I would like to know what he was reading – and was it any good.

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Another old door, this hiding a business behind itself.

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You gotta appreciate the magic mushroom mural right next to the rusty vintage bicycle.

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The colourful hairdresser’s place had special prices for students!

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Actually quite many cafes had the rainbow colour scheme in the interior.

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Another absolutely stunning court yard bathing in the early summer sun light!

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More pics on the ‘cruise series’ coming up this week!

Yours,

Miah