Stockholm

I got a little glimpse of Stockholm on my way to the Lotta’s Creative Workshop & Nature Retreat. I spent 2 days there before, and 1 day after the retreat…and definitely got a taste of this wonderful city. I was able to explore a few neighborhoods of Stockholm, and there was MUCH more I missed, so I will be back someday!

 

CITY CENTER

The first two days I did a lot of walking, took in all the sights, and enjoyed my first time to Sweden. :)

 

And what would a trip to Scandanavia be without some good shopping? :) Not only were Iris HantverkKnulp Sko AB, and Designtorget great shops…some of my favorites had to be NK Stockholm, and Svenskt Tenn. Both were beautiful curated shops with gorgeous displays. Svenskt Tenn was a recommendation from a friend, and I’m glad I took the time to check it out. The unique patterns they’ve created for textiles, linens, lampshades, etc. were absolutely stunning. They also have themed and curated spaces in the shop that were fun to explore.

 

SOFO

For my first full day in Stockholm, I walked over to the SOFO neighborhood and the Fotografiska photography museum. They had a few exhibitions of photographers on display and I thoroughly enjoyed them. They were beautiful, moving, and poignant. These are just two photographs by James Nachtwey and Vincent Peters.

 

Roaming the streets of SOFO worked up a good appetite, and there were so many little bakeries and coffee shops to take a load off and pick up some afternoon Fika.

 

After lunch, a stop at Pärlans Konfektyr (a Lotta recommendation) was needed to pick up some caramels for dessert. If you are ever in Stockholm you must try these caramels. :)

And for my last night in the city, me and two of my new friends had dinner at Restaurant Pelikan. An old restaurant/pub with some great history. I will never eat Swedish Meatballs anywhere else…these were beyond good. Just amazing.

 

 

DJURGåRDEN

Before the afternoon downpour I had a short window at Rosendals Trädgård for lunch. Recommended to me from a few ladies at the retreat, I got myself over there early enough to enjoy a DELICIOUS goat cheese toast salad out in the garden.

 

After lunch I walked down to Skansen and explored the outdoor museum. This is when the rain really came down, and I wasn’t the only ones in Skansen that weren’t having the weather. I ducked into some of the shops to escape the rain, but ended up calling the visit slightly early so I could dry off inside another museum.

 

On my way to Vasamuseet, I stopped into Liljevalchs see the Anders Petersen exhibit, as well as dry off from the rain. Quite a beautiful photography show of his life and travels around Stockholm.

 

The last museum of the day was Vasamuseet, which holds a ship that was reconstructed after being under water for 333 years. This was fantastic! So amazing that historians uncovered this treasure and now it’s standing tall for visitors to enjoy.

 

 

WHERE I STAYED

Lotta gave us all her recommendations for Stockholm, which was a HUGE help in getting started on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I also got some recommendations from friends who are from the area. When you get recommendations from locals who know, it makes traveling that much better. Starting with lodging, a few of us from the retreat opted for the Downtown Camper by Scandic. It was close to the train station and train to the airport, so it was a good central option. It was super hip and urban, and I loved their lifestyle vibe.

 

On the way out of Stockholm I stayed at a different hotel to try something else. For two nights I stayed at Miss Clara. It was a totally different vibe than the Downtown Camper, but I loved both of them equally. What is cool about Miss Clara is that it was an old girls school converted into a hotel. And they decided to name it “Miss Clara” in honor of the head mistress, Clara Strömberg. How fun is that!

 

Lotta’s Creative Workshop & Nature Retreat 2019

This summer I had the chance to go to Lotta Jansdotter‘s creative workshop in the Åland Islands in Scandinavia. Last summer my friend went on the retreat, and had nothing but amazing things to say about it…so this year I signed up. And boy she was right…it was amazing! A once in a lifetime opportunity. Here is a little glimpse into my trip. :)

 

THE ISLAND

The workshop was located on the private island of Silverskär, and it is one of over 6,000 islands that make up the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland. The island was absolutely beautiful, and the hosts of the resort were absolutely lovely. We stayed in the cabins on the island, gathered in the large barn for the workshop, and ate each day at the dining hall. We had some downtime to explore the island, relax in the sauna and hot tub, as well as get an actual Swedish massage!

 

THE WORKSHOP

I was in my happy place…making things and being creative ALL DAY LONG. It was amazing. :) We spent our mornings and afternoons in the barn learning and practicing printing methods. We started out with potato prints (flashback to elementary school), then to lino block printing, and then finally stenciling.

The amount of creativity that was in one room was astounding. I was so impressed and blown away by everyone’s unique designs. I was in awe of the different styles and patterns they created, and learned that I need to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone.

 

FOOD & FIKA

First off the food on the island was AMAZING. Here is a glimpse of a few of the dishes we had, as well as my introduction to Fika. What is Fika you ask? It’s a Swedish custom to break from your daily activity to drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others.

 

 

THE FRIENDS

Most importantly, I met some beautiful and talented women that I hope to keep in touch with for the long haul. Their creativity inspired me and I hope that we can meet up again in the future. Skål!