we ate breakfast with carro and the kids on Saturday morning, packed our things and were ready to head back to Stockholm. i managed to get a quick family photo of the four of them before we left which is quite nice i think, such a great family. we arrived at Bro station just in time for our train. the Swedish countryside is really quite beautiful. although our time there was very grey (November is not the best time to visit), i loved getting to see the little houses set out on hills and in fields, and i especially liked the small forests with exposed grey rock.
arriving at Stockholm station, we took a chance to have a little look in the shops and noticed how flippin styly everyone in Stockholm is. i’m not surprised it’s home to some of the best design with the way they dress! later we met up with our couch surfing host Cristoffer and his dog Zippo who was incredibly generous to us with his time, great breakfasts and his local knowledge of the area. we had a look around the “upper-side” and other areas of Stockholm by night and ate at the sweetest café i’ve been in here – comfy seats, good as food and a nice atmosphere. in the morning, kaleigh and i headed back to the central city where we joined in on a free walking tour of Stockholm. it was flippin cold man, and my feet were freezing by the end of it! an hour or so in and out of heated shops was well needed by this time. afterwards we walked towards the Old City and saw some pretty incredible buildings, cobbled streets, dainty little shops etc. in the evening we cooked dinner with Cristoffer and hung out a bit which was nice. and then in the morning we were off, homeward bound once more! it was raining pretty steadily when we left Stockholm Skavsta, so it’s always a welcome sight to see blue skies above the clouds. it was a cool feeling remembering how i felt seeing Germany below for the first time three months ago, not sure of what it’d be like and if i’d survive… it was nice to feel that coming back to Essen was like coming home.
it turns out the week after we visited Stockholm, they got their first snowfall of the winter and had temperatures of something ridiculous like -8, so i was pretty happy to have gone when we did! see photos below: