Today I ate some wild berries. I have no idea if they’re poisonous or not, but they didn’t have much taste, so I think I’m okay. But if I die, I’ll die a happy man because I’ve had the most wonderful day.

I’m spending a few nights at Saltsjöbaden, a seaside town on the Baltic, about twenty minutes by train from the middle of Stockholm. I’m not sure why, but accommodation for these few days in Stockholm is quite expensive – except at the hostels. So on the weekend when I went looking for somewhere to stay this was the cheapest I could find. But it’s also the best accommodation I’ve had this trip. I could be staying in the centre of Stockholm in a small room without windows for the same price I am paying here, and yet my room here is huge and looks out onto the frozen sea. Absolutely gorgeous!

After the excitement of pop concerts and Stockholm bars, today was the day I went back to nature. As I walked around the area there were times when the beauty of the environment almost took my breath away.

As winter turns into spring, the ice is melting and the plant-life hidden beneath the snow is being revealed. The colours of white, brown, green and yellow (and others) mix beautifully together here. And when you see something colourful in the whiteness of the snow, it captures your eye, and then your tastebuds.

There’s a downside to it all. I had a bit of a fall. I was walking around a little nearby island, and fell about a ten feet down the slope. The snow is more forgiving, thankfully, than rocks. And although I’m a little sore, I’m fine.

I went to nearby Fisksatra to the local supermarket to buy a few things. Like many “end of the line” towns, it’s home to a lot of immigrants it seems, based on the faces of people I saw shopping there. Deep suburbia!

Though Stockholm is close enough to go back to if I want or need, I think I’ll stay happily here for a few days.

5 Replies to “Saltsjöbaden”

  1. Hi James. Really enjoying your holiday in Stockholm and reading your blog. You make me jealous – I was supposed to be there in March as well. Oh well, I will have to wait for the summer for my next visit. Great to see you using the Swedish lessons so effectively – I only wish I had the time to keep it up. Lucky you to see Helen Sjöholm – I love her as Kristina on the musical recordings. Looking forward to your next entry. Best, Mark (from Swedish).

    1. Mark, great to hear from you. It’s been a great holiday. This time next week, I’ll be back in Sydney. I hope your plans come to fruition for the summer (a great time also). And yeah Helen as Kristina was amazing. Cheers James

  2. Hi James, you must be sad. I love Stockholm and consider it my second home. I feel an affinity and deep connection to the place. Mine too started with the Super Swedes and now I am approaching the end of a PhD in Sweden and look to have a future with the country. I never realised how much we had in common, I’m sitting here listening to Emma Nilsdotter, Alcazar, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eric Hassle et al! All of this music I learned of in Sweden. Jag tycker om Sverige! Have a fabulous time and I look forward to reading your next post. My plans are in place – arrive Stockholm 23 July!!

    1. Hi Mark, yes I am a little bit. But life can’t be one big holiday, can it? July 23? You should arrive just in time for Schlagerkvall. And maybe some of Allsang? Have a great time. I’ll be the jealous one then. I’ve resolved to come back in the summer next year or the year after depending on budgets. James

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