Through The Eyes Of A First Time Traveler (Going to Sweden)
Recently I had the opportunity to travel abroad. For me, it was my first time out of the country and it was to Sweden! Andy's homeland. I personally jumped at the opportunity to go.
The flight out was on 28th January (I told you it was recently), with Emirates. It wasn't my first time flying, but I can hardly remember the last time I was on a plane. The experience was as expected, a little strange and exciting at the same time. The hardest part of the whole flying experience was to sit still for hours on end. I guess frequent fliers might get used to this, though I doubt anyone really likes it. It is however something you have to go through. I found that the best thing to do is to really get your mind off it, watch a movie, listen to music or read a book.
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Image: Duty-Free Shop at Dubai International Airport
Image: Nothing like a good cup of coffee after a long flight
We had a transfer at Dubai International Airport. The security was tight but not a problem. I was amazed at the size of the place. I have read about it before, but being there was a complete moment of awe! If you had read my previous post, you would know that there are tons of things to do at the Dubai airport. We had a 3 hour layover, so it wasn't too much of a wait.
We got something to eat during the wait, and I went to stretch my legs for a few minutes. Obviously I had to do some shopping! Before long it was time to get on the next flight out, straight to Stockholm! Though the flight was slightly delayed, once I was in the plane it was all good.
Honestly the flights were pretty comfortable. I'm not a big guy, so there was plenty of leg room. I did find myself dozing off several times. The entertainment available on the flight was entertaining enough, though I have to admit that a few hours before we landed I started to get restless. The food was decent, having a hot meal during that period was at least comforting.
Once in Stockholm, it was my first time in the cold weather. It really put a smile on my face, but make no mistake that I was cold! We got past airport security just fine and proceeded to grab a cab to the train station as the trains were down from the airport (bummer).
It was refreshing being in a new environment. The landscapes were different, the houses were quaint and let's just say that you would know that it's Scandinavia. Oddly enough, IKEA did not come to mind until I saw an ad on YouTube.
Image: Central Station in Stockholm
From Stockholm we took a train to Töreboda, an area in the Västra Götaland County in Sweden. Though we did run into some frustrations with the trains being delayed. We waited roughly 3 hours (if not more) for a train to go our way. Eventually we got to where we needed to go.
The place I'm currently staying at is Sätra Bruks Herrgård (Manor), a place that has been here for over 200 years! The place is well equipped with facilities such as sauna and bath, and they offer activities for golfing, hunting and fishing, though it would mostly be in the warmer seasons. They mostly hold events here such as conferences, meetings, weddings and such.
Image:Inside Central Station in Stockholm
I find the area to be quite nice, even in the winter. Being in the countryside where it is completely quiet, is something I had not experienced in a while. Though this time in Sweden, in this kind of setting, with vast open spaces, huge lake, cold weather, pine trees and quaint homes, is a definite first for me.
All in all it has been a warming experience (despite the cold weather!). The people are nice and friendly. Everyone is helpful and accommodating. The language is strange but nice to listen to (as I don't understand a word of it). If there is one word I would suggest knowing, it's "Tack", which means "thank you" in Swedish.
So, now we're in Sweden! and will be for the next few months.
Image:A Cottage at Sätra Bruks Herrgård
Image:When it snows