En Route: Scandinavia

This post has been on queue for almost a year. I don’t know why — maybe it was because this was a very unexpected trip that was both good and bad for me.

Let’s not talk too much about the bad part…long story short, I had a lot of pending work here in Manila at the time I left, my laptop broke, I had the toughest time clearing my mind off a lot of things, and the jetlag / timezone change totally didn’t help with that — even the cold weather. So consider it an unlucky experience for me; but in a nutshell, I *did* find a bit of refuge and reconnected with my innermost thoughts at this time.

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Last year’s holiday was spent touring around Scandinavia (northern Europe). While I wasn’t really fond of this part (I really want to go to Spain…maybe soon), I have to say, I enjoyed it. I don’t recall most of the things we did (we were also on tour so…not really my type of vacation), but I’ll share a few notes here and there as you go through the little photo diary below. I regret not bringing a proper camera; these were all just from my phone. But nevertheless, enjoy reading 😀40Sweden_OldTown

My favorite out of all the places we visited was Stockholm, Sweden. *cue Stockholm Syndrome by 1D hehe*

I spent the last day of 2015 walking alone towards Gamla Stan (Old Town), and chanced upon a row of really pretty indie stores, all decorated with holiday ornaments.

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Above is a shop called E. Torndahl. I may have spent an hour checking out the quirky items inside.

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Also dropped by a record store in the area. It was huge 😮

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First time to try Glögg (hot wine) to combat the 0 degree weather. (Yep, zero!)

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View outside our hotel.

I sent out a few postcards in Sweden — you can easily purchase stamps at the souvenir store and drop them in the yellow mailbox (blue is for local postage). These can be found on every corner.

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My low EQ self entered a department store…and well, would you look at that bookstore display?!

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Finland was another favorite. I discovered a lot of their postcards were vintage themed (like the ones below)…and so I ended up getting myself a few to collect. 😀

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Visited this quaint town called Porvoo and it is all sorts of amazing. Case in point: handpainted home decor (above) and pretty architecture (below).

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Stationery and paper goods everywhere.

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Stopover at this picture-worthy location a few kms from Porvoo!

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Drooled over their wet market…which was very pretty, by the way. It doesn’t look dirty / wet at all. I wanted to buy all the canned goods because #packaging, tbh.

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I sent out my first batch of postcards at the Finnish post office called Posti. Look it up; I loooove their branding. The people were so nice and accommodating too – gladly, this was a 5-minute walk from our hotel. The challenge? 5-minute walk in negative 3 degrees…with slippery roads and almost no sunshine at 7am. 😮

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More sights in Helsinki, Finland’s capital~ (feels like I came out of a vintage movie)

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First time experiencing a snowy flight~ I was practically struggling to not slip while taking photos non-stop lololol

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Norway was our first experience of snow. Most of the 2-week trip involved…plane rides. Which I totally didn’t mind, but when you have 3 layers of clothing and a heavy handcarry to boot, it gets more complicated. 11Norway_Airport

Spotted this cutie Starbucks truck at the airport! 😮

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SNOOOOOOOW (my hands froze after this photo)

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Y’all my happiness there is incomparable~

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The sun comes out at 9AM and ends at 3PM during wintertime. Here’s a view from the Vigeland park.

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Me in my attempt to not wear a jacket because it ruins my outfit (I can be very stubborn sometimes)

Hello from the fam! Classic geekery featuring our very chinky eyes and glasses~

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Denmark was very pretty. The weather was the best among all 4 – not too cold. Also, I had the best beer at Carlsberg factory…considering I’m not a huge beer fan. 😀

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The only thing I am familiar with from the shelf above is Cocio, lol

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Painting in transit at the start of the trip…

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Last glance of the Frederiksborg castle, one of the iconic tourist spots in Copenhagen.

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So…that ends my En Route post. Hope this inspires you to explore new places…and if you’re heading to Scandinavia, do make a stop to Iceland as well, maybe you’ll get to catch the Northern Lights! 🙂

What are your dream destinations? Let me know in the comments below!

Abbey

 

6 Comments
  • Belle chua
    Posted at 20:15h, 28 November Reply

    Aaaaw…#travelgoals sana you vlogged here para may content ka na din sa you tube mo… #pushpamore looove the pictures.

    • abbey
      Posted at 19:26h, 29 November Reply

      haha, super busy ko nitong time and I didn’t have my camera yet…pero noted!

  • Tienne
    Posted at 18:39h, 03 December Reply

    Waaaah!!! Everything looks so pretty <3 *Sings 1D while reading the post*

    • abbey
      Posted at 10:37h, 04 December Reply

      Tienne!!! How are youuuu? <3 Haha. Yes, 1D was on loop too while I was in Stockholm :))

  • Kevin
    Posted at 06:25h, 01 March Reply

    Love this!!! I I cannot fathom zero degrees! Grabe mamamatay ata ako sa lamig kapag ganun ang weather! Glad you had fun in the end! 😀

    • abbey
      Posted at 07:31h, 01 March Reply

      Haha! It was bearable 🙂 Super enjoy naman!

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