Alarm was set for 8:00 so that we had enough time to wake up, get dressed and eat before we embarked on our Old City Walk and Ice Bar tour. Despite our room feeling colder than the ice bar itself, it was a pretty uneventful morning.
We hopped on the bus and took a quick driving tour of Stockholm. Let me tell you, it was nothing like I had expected. Stockholm is made up of hundreds of different islands and the architecture is extremely diverse. There was a lot of French influence as well as German influence. It had a mix of medieval era and modern times – including skyscrapers because well, if New York City has them, so must Stockholm. But, it is a beautiful city. There is water in almost every direction. On one side of the city, there is a massive lake, and the other side stands the sea. Interestingly enough, 1/3 of the city is water, 1/3 of the city is greenery, and only 1/3 of the city is infrastructure (buildings, roads, etc.).
The most exciting fact that I learned on the tour was that the Nobel Prize originated here and is given out on December the 10th here (except for the Nobel Peace Price which is given out in Oslo). Maybe I’ve just been ignorant to this fact my entire life, but I had never realized it.
Once off the bus, we took a quick hour tour through the Old Town. It was a stereotypical medieval town with the cobblestone roads and beautiful, but small, buildings. But, the Old Town is the highest point in all of Stockholm.
Then, the Ice Bar. This Ice Bar was actually the first Ice Bar (sorry Las Vegas). We arrived, got dressed in our long parka like ensemble and gloves. It was 19 degrees inside and even the glasses were ice. Imagine drinking out of something that is literally frozen! Here, I felt like I fit right in. My pale skin went along with the whole snow and no sun theme and I figured if I moved to Northern Sweden, no one would expect a thing –until I opened my mouth that is.
Exhausted, we headed back to the ship to relax before the emergency drill.
After the drill and a quick workout, we got ready and headed down to dinner in the dinning hall, where you can order as much food as you want. Aka, heaven.
Then, off to the ships club we went. There was a girl, well a 30 year old woman actually, with her family who kept staring at us and we all decided she was a bitch. But, as the night progressed, she actually approached me and we started talking and we became friends. She introduced us to her younger brother (cough cough Natalia) and her husband and her older brother. We ended up spending time with this family from Colombia and surprisingly, we had a blast.