The Collector’s Victory Hotel Review

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“In 1974, our mother Majlis had had enough of slaving by the stove and of wiping snotty children’s noses. She threw the dishcloth on the floor and said: enough is enough! Shortly thereafter, a modest hotel on nearby Västerlånggatan came up for sale and Majlis seized the opportunity. Our father Gunnar, who was a keen collector of antiques, mainly of the maritime kind, realized that this was the perfect chance to display his rare artifacts”.

This explains how the Collector’s Hotel Lord Nelson was born. After 6 years, Lady Hamilton was born. And finally, in 1987, the Victory Hotel.
The story behind this chain is so interesting and every single thing in here confirms the huge passion of everyone working here. Their rooms look like art exhibitions and are truly beautiful.

I stayed in Captain Lundqvist room, which had a double bed and two large windows, as well as a private bathroom. Everything here looks perfect, every piece of furniture is carefully chosen and taken care of.

Their continental breakfast is classy and delicious, with a touch of Swedish typical food such as salmon.

Located right in the heart of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, Victory Hotel is what will make your stay incredibly wonderful.

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Birger Jarl Hotel Review

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If you have ever studied Swedish history, then you probably heard about Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm (13th century). That’s where the name of this design hotel comes from.

Located near Rådmansgatan T-Bana station, its staff will take care of you from arrival to departure with courtesy and kindness, helping you plan your trip to Stockholm.

At the entrance, you can find their restaurant, serving traditional Swedish dishes with a twist and with a wide variety of drinks. Their staff speaks several languages, including French and Spanish.

Now let’s talk about the wonderful suite I was assigned to the Junior Suite.

Decorated and furnished with high quality and design products, it has two bathrooms, a double bed, a sofa, and a chaise longue. Wi-Fi is free, as well as coffee (high-quality Italian espresso can be prepared in the suite with a beautiful and simple to use Nespresso machine).

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The suite was always impeccably clean and if a light bulb doesn’t work properly, they rush in the room to replace it and guarantee you the best service ever.

A buffet breakfast is served every day* and it includes anything you might possibly think: freshly baked bread, pancakes (typical Swedish pannkakor)

*Breakfast opening times:
Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

There is also a gym, but I didn’t use it, as well as 14 conference rooms.

Well, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for a stylish and luxury stay, then book directly through the official website and make the most out of your trip to Stockholm.

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Helsinki Design Week

As soon as I stepped on Finnish soil, I immediately understood the huge role of design, not only in society but also from an environmental and urbanistic point of view.
It’s not a coincidence that nowadays Helsinki is internationally recognized as the capital of Design and every year people from all over the world come to Finland just for the Helsinki Design Week. During this week, you can attend workshops, exhibitions, lectures, Q&A with lecturers, learn a lot about design and everything that revolves around it, from the primitive idea to the concrete and final product. Industrial design, interior design, graphics. Fashion shows, installations throughout the city center, a gathering point for professionals and not: the Helsinki Design Week is even more than “just” this. In 2017, the biggest design festival in the Nordic countries took place from 07.09 to 17.09.

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The official website is this and as you can see, there are plenty of things to do.

If I asked you to associate a name to Finnish design, I’m pretty sure that you’d say Alvar Aalto. This famous Finnish architect reshaped the concept of architecture and design in the XX century and he seems to have a strong influence still today. I started my HDW by visiting the Alvar Aalto Exhibition “Art and the Modern Form” at Ateneum, a branch of the Finnish National Gallery. Here you can learn Aalto’s mindset and approach to modernism in over 50  years, his Gesamtkunstwerk that we now define only “design” but that embraces different sectors such as industrial design, environmentalism, urban functionality, and aesthetic taste.

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Foto 07-09-17, 16 43 07.jpgFoto 07-09-17, 16 58 59.jpgThe concept of design is too wide to be described in a few words, but I’ll try to. In Finland, everything that is on a shelf (or even if it’s not on a shelf) has its own function, a design product must be functional. The company artek, founded by Aalto and his wife, holds this definition in the name itself: artek is art + technology. Take the Pamio chair as an example: it was designed so low to help tuberculosis patients breathe easier. Another example is given by the 3 Leg Stool 60, which -having three legs- allows them to be piled up easily, thus saving space.

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But in Finland, even candies and cosmetics can be design. If you want a piece of Finland, you can visit this website: www.worldoftre.com
Here you will find brands such as Hakola, Avarte, Moiko, MOIMOI, Tingest, Niimar, and many others.

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If you want to know more about design, then the best option would be to attend the exhibitions at Ateneum or to explore the Design district in the heart of Helsinki. If you want to admire Aalto’s buildings in Helsinki, then you can visit The Aalto House (Riihitie 20) and Studio Aalto (Tiilimäki 20). You can buy a combined ticket for the Studio Aalto and the Aalto House for 30€ instead of 36€ (adults). Students and seniors pay 15€ instead of 18€*.
If you want to dedicate an entire day to Aalto, then you should drive from Helsinki to his hometown, Jyväskylä, on the Finnish Lakeland. Here you can visit the museum dedicated to him and the Muuratsalo Experimental House.

Don’t miss the chance in 2018, the Helsinki Design Week is from 6th to 16th of September!

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*Prices may vary. It’s better to buy the Helsinki Card if you’re planning to visit several museums.

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Arthur Hotel Helsinki Review

Staying at Hotel Arthur was literally incredible! I was in Helsinki to follow the famous Design Week, so staying at Arthur means to choose a place with an eye for design. It’s located in the heart of Helsinki, right behind the main railway station, so you can basically go anywhere from the hotel.

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PROS: I stayed in the Ateljee room, which –hear ye, hear ye – has its own sauna. So I had the chance to experience my very first Finnish sauna right here. I had a sauna every night after trying it for the first time. It’s an incredible experience that I have finally crossed out from my bucket list. I was actually scared to try the sauna all by myself, but the reception staff explained carefully all the procedures and made me feel better about the idea. Now I’m trying to save as much money as I can to build my own sauna at home in Rome, so that’s how much I loved the sauna. Other pros: the bed is comfortable, everything is super clean and the room temperature was absolutely perfect. Everything is new and functional. There were two separate showers leading to the sauna, so if you’re going there with your partner, you won’t need to fight for the shower! The room was provided with coffee and tea, which I also loved.
One of my favorite things here was the restaurant. Breakfast is rich and has also typical Finnish food. I should have asked for the Karjalanpiirakka recipe before leaving, maybe I’ll do it next time.

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CONS: I’m sorry, but I’ll need to leave this blank. There was nothing wrong with all the amazing work behind Arthur Hotel.

FACILITIES: You got everything you might need in the Ateljee Room: clean sheets, soft towels, shampoo, hair conditioner, soap, hairdryer, flat tv-screen, kettle, and many others. Wi-fi works amazingly like anywhere in the country and having my own sauna was definitely a huge plus.

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BREAKFAST: milk, 1897 different types of butter, muesli, cereals, fresh fruit, eggs, cold cuts, 8328 types of bread, Karelian pasty, meatballs, vegetables, coffee, fresh juices and oh my god, if only I had 3 more stomachs.

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BOOKINGS: the easiest way to book your stay at Arthur Hotel is through their official website. Click here for reservations and here to take a look at all the rooms and suites. There is also a restaurant which has also fixed-price menus and accepts reservations even for non-guests.

 

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Omena Hotel Yrjönkatu Helsinki Review

That’s the best option if you’re traveling to Helsinki with someone and are looking for something nice and typically Finnish. This chain has a peculiarity: everything is self-service and you won’t meet the staff, even though there’s a phone at the entrance that you can use in case of emergency. To enter the room, you must have a personal code that works for the entrance door, the elevator and your room. You receive it at 8:00 am and it is valid from 16:00 (check-in time) until 12:00 on check-out day.
I stayed at the Omena Hotel in the city center, at Yrjönkatu. Helsinki is a rather small city, so you easily reach the major attractions from here.

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PROS: If you want things to be smooth, without long waits at reception desks, then this is one of the positive aspects. Another thing that is amazing is that being so close to the center, you can wake up late and still manage to catch the train to the airport. Restaurants, cafés, pubs, and the shopping mall surround the building so that you don’t have to walk for miles and miles to have Finnish korvapuusti and kahvi.

 

CONS: If you’re looking for a place where you can meet people, then it might be hard to do so unless you go to a karaoke night. Another small detail is the absence of a luggage deposit, but if you plan your itinerary carefully, then you don’t even need it. In case it is absolutely necessary to store your backpack, then you can leave it at the railway station. Click here for more information.

 

FACILITIES: Rooms are well equipped. Free wi-fi works properly, you have clean sheets and towels and a flat-screen tv. If you’re planning to have breakfast or a quick lunch in your room, then you can use the fridge to store your stuff, a microwave to heat up your meal from Alepa (a few steps away, on the lowest floor in FORUM shopping center) and a kettle to boil water for coffee or tea. I stayed here in Autumn so coffee and tea were essential for my nervous system and they come in mono-portion bags along with creamer and sugar.

 

BREAKFAST (refers only to the Omena at Yrjönkatu, for breakfast options for other hotels of the same chain, please check the official website): for 5,60€ you get to eat so much food to start your day in Helsinki. Breakfast is served at the Café Picnic Forum Kukontori at shopping center Forum across the street from the hotel (1-2 minutes walk). The breakfast includes a breakfast roll with ham or cheese, yogurt, juice and coffee or tea.

 

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Solo traveling in Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, also known as Helsingfors in Swedish. You’re probably wondering why this city has two names, but Finland and Sweden have a lot in common since Finland had been a Swedish region for over 700 years until 1809 when Finland became a Grand Duchy. I happened to travel to Finland in 2017, an important year in Finnish history because the centenary on Finland’s independence is being celebrated this year. Alright, I don’t want to bore you with history, so let’s get lost in Helsinki!

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The cathedrals:

The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about Helsinki is the famous cathedral (Helsingin tuomiokirkko) dedicated to St. Nicholas and designed in a Neoclassical style by Carl Ludvig Engel during the first half of the XIX century.

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Something that will take your breath away is the Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral (1868), which witnesses the Russian influence on Finland.
Finland was under the Russian Empire until 1917, that’s why Finns are celebrating this year, but Russian architecture and culture had anyway a huge impact on Suomi.

Finnish Museum of Natural history:


At this point, you might have noticed that I love museums, especially Natural History museums! In this one, you can learn a lot about Finnish nature and there’s also a wing dedicated to the history of our universe, from its creation to today. Here you can find more info about opening hours and entrance fees: https://www.luomus.fi/en/natural-history-museum.

CLIMATE

I was in Helsinki during the second week of September and temperatures were hardly above 15°C or below 8°C, so I’d say that autumn arrives quite early in Finland. The weather is quite unpredictable though, so my advice is to bring clothes for all seasons – even in summer. Packing an umbrella is useless, better buy one at Marimekko.

FOOD

Oh Finnish food, what art thou?
Finnish food has now a special place in my heart, my stomach, and my cupboard. Is it silly or predictable if I say that I loved korvapuusti?

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Don’t forget to buy Moomin biscuits and eat salmon soup in the heart of the old market square.

Oh, and don’t miss Mat, a cozy café which serves delicious food. 

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Maybe I should stop talking about food at this point.

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Stay tuned to find out more! There’s so much to say about this country, especially on design, which will have a dedicated blog post.
But don’t miss out on Suomenlinna, the best accommodations in Helsinki and the Helsinki Design Week!

Göteborg / Gothenburg

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I’m sitting on the slowest train ever (I’m currently in Italy) and I just heard a girl speaking Swedish. Her accent is clearly from Göteborg (or Gothenburg in English) and it reminded me of the great time I had there in August. Göteborg is Sweden’s largest city after Stockholm and I traveled there with my best friend. I spent one week in Göteborg and also, in this case, it was an extremely low-cost trip: 25€ per ticket! We didn’t go to any hostel this time since (sorry, again) hostels in Sweden tend to be expensive if not booked with some months in advance. This time, we tried Airbnb, a great alternative to “usual” accommodations. We didn’t pay more than 15€ per night and our apartment was incredible. The host is a photographer and has traveled a lot, he clearly has got an eye for design.

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WHAT’S EMBLEMATIC?

  • LISEBERG PARK

This amusement park is the most famous in Sweden and it’s also the biggest one in the whole Scandinavian peninsula. If you’re brave enough, you should try the tallest fall ride in Europe, called “AtmosFear”. Liseberg is perfect for both children and adults, especially in summer. The park is open every day from May to August (with some exceptions though) and in December it hosts a Christmas market. I need to go there in December, I love Christmas markets!

  • BOTANICAL GARDEN

The best place to visit on sunny days! If you’re interested in science, nature or even if you’re actually not so fond of gardens… you will love Gothenburg’s botanical gardens. The ideal itinerary to getting there would be: a visit to the Museum of Natural history, a walk through the most beautiful park I’ve ever seen and then a couple of hours at the trädgården.
The entrance is free, though I would recommend leaving at least some coins at the entrance in order to help the city keep this gem as beautiful as it is. I’d also recommend a fika at AnyDay (more info here), 3 minutes walking from the entrance. Here you can see some pictures I took there. The view, if you get to the top, is breathtaking!

 

 

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  • UNIVERSEUM

It doesn’t matter how old you are, Universeum is worth a visit! It’s basically science made fun for all ages. My favorite section was the one dedicated to the rainforest (Regnskogen) because it really felt like being in a real one. Monkeys and all the other animals seemed to live happily and freely. Honestly, this is just an impression that I had, since I can’t tell if this is 100% true or if there are things that I don’t know. The Ocean zone is my second favorite and I happened to be there while a shark was being fed… amazing! It takes at least four hours to visit Universeum and the price is 250 SEK for adults and 195 SEK below age 16. There are reductions for families and the price actually varies according to the season, so it’s better to check this page.

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FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

This was the 6th time to Sweden and again on a budget. So I avoided restaurants, except on Fredagstaco (which is an interesting custom in Sweden and moreover in Norway). ICA (a supermarket chain) was my only option in Göteborg. Same for accommodation: Airbnb is something that I should use more.

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PÅ SVENSKA:

Göteborg är L I V L I G. Musik verkar vara viktigt här och jag hade intrycket att vara i en ung stad. Kanske tenderar göteborgarna att vara mer öppna med turister, men jag får inte säga det ännu för jag behöver att resa lite mer till Sverige och lära känna mer svenskar. Hoppas jag kan göra det snart igen! Tack Göteborg, du var helt fantastisk!

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Post-scriptum tip: I bought the tickets through http://www.ryanair.com/

What to do in Stockholm on a rainy day

I needed to write this article because Stockholm tends to be quite a rainy city. The average number of rainy days per year is 100. Basically, 1/3 of the year. So what can you do if you happen to visit Stockholm for a few days and it rains cats and dogs? Here’s a list of some indoor activities that will let you enjoy Sweden’s largest city in spite of the shitty weather.

  • NORDISKA MUSEET

This museum dates back to the XIX century and revolves around the history of Sweden from the 16th century to the contemporary period. Founded by Arthur Hazelius, it visibly recalls the Danish Renaissance, in particular, the castle in Roskilde. The entrance is free if you already have the Stockholm pass, which includes transportations and many other museums. So I guess that having the Stockholm Card is the best option if you’re planning to visit several museums in the capital.
Useful information:
Price (without the SC): 120 SEK (Adults), free below age 18.
English guided tours available from June to August, 11:00-14:00.
Official website

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  • VASA MUSEUM

The Vasa Museum is right in Djurgården. Here you will see and walk around an amazing ship from the 17th century, which sunk on its first trip. Just like a small Titanic, but with fewer casualties because the crew kinda expected the ship to sink (smh). The Vasa laid underwater for more than 300 years before being brought to light again. Incredible, isn’t it?
Entrance is free below 18 y.o. and with the Stockholm pass.
Adults: 130 SEK;
Students: 110 SEK.
Guided tours available in English too.
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  • FOTOGRAFISKA

If you love photography or you want to visit something different from the “classical” museums, then you can’t miss the Swedish Museum of Photography, also known as “Fotografiska”. Even though it’s called “Museum”, it’s far from being one. So, what are you waiting for?
Again, entrance is free with the pass and for children under the age of 12, otherwise, it amounts to 130 SEK for adults and 105 SEK for students.
Please note that you can’t pay cash here!
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  • KONSERTHUSET

It’s raining or even snowing, it’s dark and cold. You don’t want to stay in your hotel room or your dormitory is packed with snoring people. You already visited the major attractions. Then… what about some GOOD music at Konserthuset? Founded in 1902 and operating since 1926, the concert hall offers a wide choice of music, especially jazz, orchestral and chamber. You can take a look at their program here.

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  • SAMRUAI THAI MASSAGE

Unfortunately, their website is in Swedish (though they speak English too), but if you book a massage, you won’t regret it! Why not relaxing after walking so much in Gamla Stan? The beauty center is located in Kungsholmen and (in my opinion) is not like one of the cheapest activities ever, but it’s absolutely worth it!
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  • UNDER KASTANJEN

Located in Gamla Stan, this bistro is perfect if you want to have breakfast, lunch or… fika! Fika in Swedish means to have a break drinking something warm and eating something sweet and Under Kastanjen is the perfect place for a fikapaus in the heart of Gamla Stan.
OPENING HOURS:
Mon-Fri: 08:00-23:00
Sat: 09:00-23:00
Sun: 09:00-21:00
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So basically that’s a short list of things that I wanted to suggest you instead of lying on the couch wondering why everything must be dark in winter (it’s not that bad, actually). Let me know if you visited one or more of the places listed here and if there is something else that I must not miss next time in Stockholm!

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From Stockholm to Oslo by bus

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Going to Oslo (also with a low-cost company) might be expensive, so the best combination would be a cheap flight to Sweden (Stockholm or Gothenburg) and then a bus to Norway. From Stockholm to Oslo it usually takes around 8 hours straight, but it’s absolutely worth it! It’s the best way to enjoy some amazing landscapes: you basically cross the Scandinavian peninsula! The price for a round trip was around 30-40€ and you can purchase the tickets here.

Here are some pictures that I took from the bus:

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After 8 hours I finally made it to Oslo, which –to be 100% honest – I expected to be different from what I had already pictured in my mind.

 

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I spent only 2 days in Oslo and I saw just a couple of things, so I guess I’ll need to come back there to extend this list. But here you can read what you can’t miss:

  • Grünerløkka

It’s a lovely district on the east side of the Akerselva, the river that runs through Oslo. During the 19th century it was turned into a working-class area, but nowadays it’s one of the most hipster areas of the city! One of the things that I really enjoyed was to walk along the river drinking a cup of hot chocolate.

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One of the most famous clubs in the area is the so-called “Blå”, where you can enjoy some good jazz, R&B, and independent music. Take a look at their official website, so that you won’t miss the chance to dance and have fun in this amazing place!

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  • Vigeland

It’s a huge sculpture park named after Gustav Vigeland, who created more than 200 sculptures! Monolitten is probably the most famous statue and… hear ye, hear ye… no entrance fee is required! Because Oslo is one of the most expensive cities on the planet for tourists. But you can learn how to deal with it. Maybe. I still have issues about it.

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  • Operahuset

The Oslo Opera House is the national theatre in Norway, located right in front of the wonderful Oslofjord. Completed barely 10 years ago (2007), it is now one of the most famous symbols of design and modern architecture in Oslo and Scandinavia. Guided tours are held in English and Norwegian, but performances are usually in Norwegian. The price for a guided tour is 100 NOK (10,60€) but you can get a reduction by buying the Oslo Pass.

  • Sognsvann lake

Whether you go there in summer or winter, you will think only one thing: “WOW, that’s AMAZING!”. This was my reaction. I even cried, but I’m an oversensitive person that secretly cries for everything, so don’t tell anyone. Back to Sognsvann: it’s a lake where you can swim or sunbathe, eat or drink with your friend during den 17nde Maj, or if the weather isn’t very pleasant, you can just go there for a walk and clear your mind. It’s actually very close to the city center and you can reach it with the T-Bane (Subway).

 

FOOD

Pølser, pølser og pølser ! That’s what (I think) Norwegians love to eat. Or at least that’s one of the cheapest things you can find at the store, especially if you’re a student attending a BBQ party! Another dish that seems to be very popular is “Pyttipanne”, consisting of vegetables and meat, all chopped and fried together. It’s clearly a peasant dish since it was originally prepared with leftovers.
I’m not an expert in Norwegian cuisine though so this section might not be 100% accurate. So.. Norwegians or experts in Norwegian cuisine, let me know what I must try next time I’ll visit your beautiful country!

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THINGS I LEARNED

  • Something that really shocked me about Norwegian (and Swedes too, actually) is the “weird” sounds they make to show you their interest in what you’re telling them. Like “mh, mh” and aspirations that make them sound as if they’re dying. Linguists call it “ingressive sound”, I call it “funny sounds that I want to repeat without success in order to sound more Scandinavian”.
  • Small talk is to avoid at all costs! It’s something that I had to learn the hard way because Norwegians tend to feel embarrassed. Maybe this doesn’t happen with the youngest or Norwegians that have lived abroad, but on a national scale, that’s something people avoid when meeting someone they know.
  • Norwegians make fun of Swedes. Well, I must admit that every Nordic country makes fun of Sweden, while the poor Swedes make fun of Norwegians. But they secretly love each other, they just won’t admit it. Maybe.

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WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR YOUR TRIP:

  • A windbreaker, like anywhere else in Scandinavia. I know I’m always writing the same old suggestion, but trust me, you’ll thank me in case you were thinking about not to bring one with you.
  • I went there in “summer” (*Summer in Norway is a week where you can see some sunshine and then it’s cold again), but temperatures were hardly above 10°C. This means that a scarf was absolutely necessary too! I bought it in Oslo as I arrived at the station… best purchase ever!

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NORSK:

Det er litt vanskelig å snakke og skrive på norsk nå, for jeg har aldri studert dette språket. Men jeg snakker ofte med mennesker som bor eller har bodd i Norge: for eksempel min beste vennine! Jeg tror at Norge er et av de beste land å bo i, og hvis du elsker naturen er det perfekt. Mennesker jeg møtte var veldig hyggelige* (*det nordligste ord jeg har noensinne hørt) og vennlige, selv om det kan virke vanskelig å snakke med dem første gang. Jeg håper at jeg ikke har gjort mange feil, og hvis jeg har gjort noen: vær så snill å korrigere hva jeg skrev! Takk Oslo, takk Norge.

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A Weekend in Copenhagen

 

 

 

And here’s the first article about one of the cutest cities in Scandinavia: Copenhagen or København in Danish. Tickets with Ryanair are extremely cheap, so that’s the best way to travel to this lovely capital. It’s even cheaper to get there with the train (of course it depends on where you are from, I left from Stockholm) and I found a very good deal. Stockholm-Copenhagen with a fast train departing at 5 am for 199kr (20€). Can you believe it? If you’re traveling from Sweden,  you can purchase the tickets here.

After arriving in Copenhagen in the morning, I followed a sheep to find a hostel (if you’ll be in Copenhagen you will know what I mean) and I spent two nights at Sleep in Heaven, located in Nørrebro. This hostel was amazing, you can stay there for less than 25€, the dormitories are clean and the staff is so helpful and welcoming! Plus there is a lounge/common area with huge pillows that really suggest you the idea to be sleeping in heaven.

 

 

 

WHAT’S EMBLEMATIC?

The first thing that might come into your mind is The Little Mermaid statue at the Langelinie. Den lille Havfrue was inspired by the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It’s not like the biggest statue you will see since it’s just 1,25 meters tall and you need to walk a little bit to get there, but it’s absolutely worth it! The statue was a donation by Carl Jacobsen, who commissioned the sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Eriksen asked his wife to pose for the statue and finally completed it in 1913. By the way, Carl Jacobsen can be considered a national hero since he’s the brewer of Carlsberg beer.

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AMALIENBORG

Amalienborg is a group of four palaces where the Danish royal family currently lives since 1794. Every day at 12 o’clock you can watch the Changing the Guard ceremony and if there’s a band playing along it means that Her Majesty is currently at home.

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CHRISTIANIA

Christiania is a place on its own. It’s a self-governed free town founded in 1971 basically by a hippy community, famous for an unregulated use of light drugs, but heavy drugs are severely forbidden. There’s no police nor cars, and visitors are allowed only if they don’t take pictures or harm people and things within the free town. So, unfortunately, I don’t have anything to show you, so it means that you will need to go there personally. It’s colorful, there’s music everywhere and people seem to be very happy there!

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FOOD

Smørrebrød! You MUST try this amazing “sandwich” (it’s not really a sandwich, but it’s the quickest way to define it). It’s not very expensive for Danish standards, but 80 kr for a delicious smørrebrød is well worth it! My absolute favorite restaurant in Copenhagen is Kronborg, located in Brolæggertræde 12, in the city center. It was so delicious that I actually couldn’t take pictures because I was so busy eating. But you can take a look at this Smørrebrød that I ate elsewhere.

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WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IF I WANT TO TRAVEL TO COPENHAGEN?

Since Denmark is very rainy, the essential item that you will need to bring with you is a windbreaker. And forget umbrellas, it’s windy too! But if you’re lucky, the weather can be a nice, warm surprise. But always bring something to cover you up in case it gets worse!

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED:

  • Take a boat tour, it’s an amazing opportunity to visit the city from a different point of view.

 

 

 

  • Some hostels (like Sleep in Heaven) or companies offer free guided tours of the city
  • If you want a breathtaking view of Copenhagen, go to the Tower in Christiansborg palace, it’s free.

 

 

 

  • Some museums are free on certain days of the week, for instance, the Glyptoteket is free on Tuesday

I’m 100% sure you will love this city!

Jeg har aldrig studeret dansk, men det er nemmere at skrive, når du allerede taler et andet skandinavisk sprog. Men det er svært at forstå. Danmark er nok det lykkeligste land i verden på grund af den danske livsstil. Hvad ville du forvente i en sådan ren og sikker by?

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