02.01.2016 - 02.01.2016 -4 °C
We had a great sleep last night. All the beds in our hotels have been so comfortable and just the right temperature. Also, we are becoming very sleepy and lazy and don't want to get out of bed in the morning, because it is still dark at 9 am. Thank goodness we are not on a guided tour where we would have to be up and at 'em quite early. This climate lends inself to indoor activities, which means sleeping in, relaxing and eating.
This hotel, the Clarion Hotel Sign (weird name) is the same group of hotels that we stayed in in Oslo. The Oslo hotel was great. This one is VERY different. The rooms are very Swedish. Modern, minimalist and Swedish design but it seems to have a rock/pop music theme. For example, there is an electric guitar hanging from the roof of the lift! There are a lot of young people staying in the hotel. We feel like Grandpa and Grandma Button. Breakfast is funny too. I have never eaten breakfast with so many people in a hotel in all my life. They are everywhere and it is really hard to find a seat. The staff don't take you to a table. They just throw you in the deep end and you have to fend for yourselves. There are people everywhere.
We had breakfast this morning at 9am, but tomorrow we'll have to be earlier so maybe there won't be so many people down there. We need to be at the train station at about 9.30 am ish to catch our train to Copenhagen.
After breakfast this morning, we were lazing around in our room, deciding what we would do for the four hours of daylight that we had, when it started to snow. And it snowed and it snowed and it snowed. It was just beautiful.
We put on as many clothes as we could (and still move). How glad we are that we have our Antarctic jackets. They have been worth their weight in gold in this part of the world in winter. I even remembered to put feet warmers in my shoes and hand warmers in my pockets today. All set for sub zero temperatures in the snow.
We decided to do the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour because it is really cold and we need to see as much of this beautiful city as we can in the short time we have here. We found the short cut to the Central Railway Station, which eluded us last night, but at least we now know how to get there expeditiously tomorrow morning.
We hopped on the Hop On Hop Off Bus and stayed on for the round trip, which took an hour and a half. It was really interesting and passed some really fantastic buildings. It is still snowing. We decided to stay on and do the trip again from the other side of the bus to see the buildings we missed the first time around. It is too cold to be outside walking around and a lot of things are closed because it is Saturday, 2 January. Holiday time.
This is a really beautiful city and one we must come back to in summer. There is so much to see and do.
It snowed most of the day and is just beautiful. It started to get dark at about 3 pm and then for one tiny minute, the sun came out. The first sun we have seen for two weeks. Dark by 3.30 pm.
We arrived back at our hotel by 4 pm and collected our bottle of bubbly from the bar where is was chilling and brought it to our room and drank it before we head out for dinner. We are going Turkish again.
Stockholm is the same as Oslo in that there are not many signs in English. Thank goodness most people speak English!
Walked around the corner to our Turkish Restaurant for dinner and got hit in the face with snow flakes! It is freezing here!