Published: June 29th 2012June 29th 2012
Sydony at the Airport
Sydony, just after we arrived in the Arlanda airport in Sweden.
Today was basically a travel day. We got up for our final breakfast in London, went out to the shops one last time and then checked out of our hotel. We took the underground back to London Heathrow airport and after checking our bags in and going through security we had lunch.
Our plane was scheduled to depart at 1:50pm but due to heavy air traffic and a plane that needed an emergency landing got cleared to go into our lane. Eventually we took off only about an hour late. It was a fairly uneventful flight, when we got into Sweden we were met with a huge crowd of people going through passport control.
When we finally got out to the main airport it sank in that we were in Sweden! Of course neither of us can speak any Swedish so that was a bit of a stumbling block. We went to the tourist information and asked about how to get to our hostel. We first had to take a bus from the airport into the city center and then from the central train station take the number 65 to the little island of Skeppsholmen, where our hostel was.
The line-up we encountered to go through passport control.
We got our tickets and managed to find our first bus. There was a guy who came up to us and said "....." something in Swedish, Sydony and I just gave him a blank look and so he had to repeat it in English. He had asked if we had tickets, so we showed them to him and he loaded our bags onto the bus.
By the time we got into town, after leaving an hour late and losing an hour thanks to the time change it was getting on 7:00pm and everything was starting to shut down. We could not find the number 65 bus stop, and we weren't sure if our tickets were good for that bus as well as the one from the airport or not. We did read a sign that said you can not buy tickets on the bus and that riding without a ticket would cost over 1,000 Kroner. (That is about how much we each paid for our hostel for 4 nights)! We decided that with our heavy bags and being hungry we would just take a taxi to the hostel. It worked out well!
After checking in, and lugging
Our new room in the STF/IYHF Skeppsholmen youth hostel.
We have a bit more room in this one, and a table!
our bags up to the 1st floor, we went on an adventure to find dinner. We ended up at a fast food restaurant, MAX. It was similar to McDonald's or Burger King. It is taking a little bit of time to adjust to the prices over here. They do not have decimals. It makes it hard to wrap your head around the worth of things. My hamburger came to 39Kr (about $6). I gave him a 20 Kr note, in my head it was $20 and more than enough to pay for a burger and was confused when he started asking me if I wanted a smaller burger. It took a moment for it to dawn on me that I needed to give him more money. After all that though it was a nice dinner and we made it back to the hostel with full bellies and big smiles.
There are more photos below