Category Archives: Sweden

Drunk and Disorderly in Sweden

Hostel life is unpredictable at times, and it takes a certain kind of person to roll with the punches. But, nothing surprised me more than when two women pushing 60 entered my hostel room in Sweden. It wasn’t their age that surprised me but their demeanor.

The first woman wore a feather-like scarf, sparkly black dress and skyscraper-tall heels. The other woman, who was physically disabled and used a walker, wore a splashy-colored blouse and trousers. Both wobbled as they entered the room but for two different reasons. The woman in the dress claimed she was a caretaker for the other woman, but she was stinking of alcohol. I could smell it even though my bed was across the room from her. It seems like they might have had  a few before checking into the hostel.

After causing a bit of commotion in the room with their entrance and outburst about the room’s condition (which was pretty good compared to others I’d stayed in) there was a knock on the door. The next thing we know four Swedish cops are on the scene and trying their best to sort out the situation.

The woman in the dress was clearly inebriated and started getting angry about being questioned. Unfortunately, the dialogue switched from English to Swedish so I have no clue what was going on. After about 45 minutes, it seemed like the cops had things under control and the women left the room. I have no idea if the women moved to another room or if they were evicted. But, the cops said the women were not being charged with any kind of crime. I guess Swedish cops are just neighborly like that.

Who would’ve thought that my first real run-in with the law would be in Sweden? Sweden? Really?

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Chillin’ in the Ice Bar

When I visited the Icebar with two friends I met in Stockholm, I happily donned the over-sized poncho-blanket and thick gloves. The temperature inside the bar is negative five degrees Celsius. Having lived in Thailand and Indonesia for the past few months where the temperatures hover around the mid-30s, negative five is a shock to the system.

The experience is cool, no pun intended, but a bit pricey. Each admission fee pays for a drink and 40 minutes inside the bar. Everything inside the bar is constructed out of ice taken from the Torne River in northern Sweden. The walls, tables, seats and actual bar top are carved from this ice. Even the glasses from which you drink your free alcohol are made of ice. During your allotted 40 minutes, everyone chills out and snaps cool photos. The lighting inside the bar creates a hip ambiance.

This is probably one of the most touristy things I’ve done so far. It’s something you do once in your life and probably never do again. I guess I can scratch this off my bucket list.

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Stockholm at Last

After an extremely long, non-stop plane ride from southeast Asia, I finally landed in Europe. Stockholm, Sweden to be exact. The day was gloomy and foretold rain. I was slightly apprehensive as I didn’t have a variety of clothes should the weather take a turn for the worse.

After checking in at my hostel, I headed out for some food. I didn’t have much energy after such a long trip, so I called it a night after a brief exploration. As I settled in, I had a good feeling about this next part of my journey. I was excited to finally be in Europe and looking forward to living history.

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