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13.7.16

Stockholm Photo Diary




I'm relatively obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and if you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently went on a trip to Sweden's capital of Stockholm. We stayed in a stunning Airbnb apartment in the centre of the city's old town, Gamla Stan, which was definitely one of the highlights in itself. Although I only had the chance to stay for four days I thought I'd put together a photo diary and share some of my favourite spots and recommendations with you. I hope you enjoy and find it helpful!

Food & Drink

Herman's: This was undoubtedly my favourite restaurant from the trip. Herman's is a purse-friendly all-you-can-eat vegan buffet, with an extensive selection of salads, hot food (I'd 100% recommend their vegan lasagne. Thank me later) and desserts. Not only is the food incredible, but the restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful with plenty of outdoor seating looking over a panoramic view of Stockholm's skyline. It's worth a visit for the scenery itself! 

Greasy Spoon: We visited this place for brunch on our first day and I was blown away. They truly have something for everyone, whether you're partial to the sweet or savoury side of breakfast dishes. I opted for their banana maple french toast and it was incredible, although it was closely rivalled by their halloumi stack which I also sampled. This place is a must if you find yourself in Södermalm.

Flippin' Burgers: This place was a little far out considering where we were staying, although it was well worth the walk as I was not disappointed. As the name suggests, Flippin' Burgers offers a selection of delicious burgers with simplicity being at the heart of their ethos. My sister and I ordered their veggie option which was absolutely delicious, and I'd also highly recommend their "cheezus fries superstar" fries (brownie points for the amazing name) that come topped with their own organic cheese sauce. Don't miss out on their milkshakes and floats either- you won't regret a thing. 

Shopping

Hornstulls Marknad: If you happen to be in Stockholm over the weekend then this place is not to be missed. This flea market runs along the water and comprises of a range of vendors selling brand new and pre-loved clothes, antiques, food and more. Everything was extremely affordable considering Stockholm's reputation for being on the more expensive side, as I managed to buy four pieces of clothing for less than 200SEK (around £20). I could easily have spent all day here. 

Culture

Fotografiska: Although I found entry to Stockholm's photography museum reasonably pricey I'd still highly recommend it for their broad collection of exhibitions. On our visit they were showcasing work by Bryan Adams and his celebrity portraiture, as well as a moving series of panoramas by Nick Brandt about the deterioration of the landscape and destruction of wildlife in East Africa. You could spend hours here getting lost in the photographs, and it's just around the corner from Herman's if you fancy a post-museum pick-me-up. 

Hop On- Hop Off Boat: Although Hop On- Hop Off tours feature in every major city, I find them extremely useful for getting to know where you are staying, particularly if your trip is short-lived like mine was. The boats arrive every 15 minutes and the tour only takes one hour and will fill you with knowledge about Stockholm's landmarks, history and culture. Tickets are valid for 24 hours so you have unlimited access to the boats for this time, which especially comes in handy as an alternative transport method if you are tired of walking like we were by the end of our stay.


6.7.16

Life Update: Where Have I Been?



It's been just short of a year since I last updated this blog, and what a year it's been. It's currently 00:48am as I sit on my sofa writing this, but I thought it was about time I brushed the cobwebs off the old blog and began posting again. Where do I start? Shortly after my last post I visited Copenhagen and New York, before starting uni as an English student at King's College London, where I learnt to navigate the daunting underground world of the tube and officially survived freshers week (just). I found my feet in a new city; experienced heartbreak and the beginnings of new friendships; and embarked on a sort of fitness journey of self-love. In the past twelve months I've developed an independence I never imaged I'd possess and I'm learning more about myself with each passing day; so here I am documenting this exciting period of my life and taking you guys along with me for the ride.

You may have noticed that I've given the blog a fresh slick of paint and totally redesigned it in light of this new beginning. I'd love to know what you think of the change so do let me know in the comments below! Since the birth of this site as Nifty Thrifts at the end of 2011 I'd restricted myself to solely writing about fashion and beauty, so I'd like to expand my blog and discuss anything that I'm currently interested in, be it travel, food, fitness, or even life lessons I've learnt as a student. My blog name in itself made me feel a sense of distance with the content I was producing as I felt it no longer represented my interests, so I decided that a drastic change was in order. What better way to truly reflect my essence as a person than through my own name?

I have some exciting plans ahead of me for the summer, starting with a trip to Stockholm on Friday which I hope to produce a photo diary of, so stay tuned! Thank you to those of you who have stuck by me since my early days as a blogger, and I encourage you all to stick around to witness the changes on this site and within myself as a person. Your support means a lot and I can't wait to delve back into the world of blogging.