28 Nov 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.
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 😀
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.
Above is a shop called E. Torndahl. I may have spent an hour checking out the quirky items inside.
Also dropped by a record store in the area. It was huge 😮
First time to try Glögg (hot wine) to combat the 0 degree weather. (Yep, zero!)
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.
My low EQ self entered a department store…and well, would you look at that bookstore display?!
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. 😀
Visited this quaint town called Porvoo and it is all sorts of amazing. Case in point: handpainted home decor (above) and pretty architecture (below).
Stationery and paper goods everywhere.
Stopover at this picture-worthy location a few kms from Porvoo!
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.
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. 😮
More sights in Helsinki, Finland’s capital~ (feels like I came out of a vintage movie)
First time experiencing a snowy flight~ I was practically struggling to not slip while taking photos non-stop lololol
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.
Spotted this cutie Starbucks truck at the airport! 😮
SNOOOOOOOW (my hands froze after this photo)
Y’all my happiness there is incomparable~
The sun comes out at 9AM and ends at 3PM during wintertime. Here’s a view from the Vigeland park.
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~
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. 😀
The only thing I am familiar with from the shelf above is Cocio, lol
Painting in transit at the start of the trip…
Last glance of the Frederiksborg castle, one of the iconic tourist spots in Copenhagen.
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!