We left Copenhagen at 5:07 am. We had some trouble at the train station since there were two trains that were leaving at that time and neither of them were listing all of the stops (and none of them listed the one we wanted).
At our intermediate stop we grabbed some coffee and a pastry. I had a caramel latte and carrot cake muffin that had citrus frosting instead of cream cheese. The total of my purchase came to 88SEK. Which seemed reasonable to me, until I was sitting on the train staring out at the sunrise and the Swedish pine trees when I bothered to do the math. It was 11 USD. But it tasted like American coffee and it was America sized so…
Upon arrival to Stockholm, we walked from the train station to the hotel. Then we headed over the museum area for some lunch. We ate at Sjöcafeet which was advertised on google as “pizza, kayak and bike rentals” but turned out to be a pretty nice restaurant. We got a pizza and an order of Swedish meatballs to share. There was also a free salad bar for lunch.
Then we crossed the street to the Nordiska museum.
There was a free audio guide and it was amazing. Well, it was average for the vast majority of the museum until we got to the Swedish traditions exhibit. The first number we pressed was for the Christmas case. Normally, audio guides talk for about a minute on each topic. But not on Swedish Christmas. No, this one was 13 minutes long with different segments divided by the catchiest Swedish Christmas tune there is.
But that wasn’t the best part. This audio guide informed me of the SWEDISH CHRISTMAS GOAT.
It gave infuriatingly little information about it though. Just that it brought children presents and had a brownie friend that took care of the animals. Here’s what wikipedia has to say:
In Sweden, people regarded the Yule goat as an invisible spirit that would appear some time before Christmas to make sure that the Yule preparations were done right.
During the 19th century the Yule goat’s role all over Scandinavia shifted towards becoming the giver of Christmas gifts, with one of the men in the family dressing up as the Yule goat.
I just googled it and apparently they erect a giant goat statue every year now made of straw and people BURN IT DOWN. That’s not apart of the tradition it’s literally vandals that have burned down this goat 35 out of the past 50 years. And the 2016 goat didn’t even last 24 HOURS before someone burned it down.
After learning about my new favorite Christmas tradition, we headed to the Vasa museum to see the ship.
It holds the Vasa ship that sunk in the Stockholm harbor in 1628 during its maiden voyage and then 333 years later they pulled it up in almost perfect condition. 98% of the ship is original and it is HUGE.
We headed back to the hotel and had burgers at Vigårda. They were really good, it was more of a brisket meat instead of ground beef.
The next day we headed to the Greasy Spoon for breakfast. I had banana french toast.
Then we walked around the area until lunch, checking out all the hipster shops. We had lunch at meatballs for the people, because we were getting as many meatballs as possible while in Sweden.
After lunch we walked to Galma Stan (Old Town).
We went to the Royal Palace and Cathedral before headed to Fabrique for a little fika (coffee date).
Then it was time to headed to the airport and back to London.
What are other Christmas tradition that I don’t know about? Do you know something else about the SWEDISH GOAT?????