Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Goodbye Tromso, Hello...Meatballs

Our flight didn't leave until the afternoon, and the night before had been Europe's "fall back" time change, so we were pretty well rested and had plenty of time the next morning. We grabbed another tasty hotel breakfast (complete with a waffle with Norwegian brown cheese, nom), then went for a walk.

There was a pretty sweet pedestrian walkway on the huuuge bridge; bikes got the walkway on one side of the road and pedestrians got the walkway on the other side, so you didn't have to worry about getting run over.

The Arctic Cathedral was right at the base of the bridge...

...and the view looking back was pretty neat, too.

We walked around for a little while to check out the scenery.

From the side, the church looked like you could fold it up like an accordion.

We eventually walked back over the bridge...

...and walked down along the water for a little while.

The Arctic Cathedral looked especially dramatic from across the water.

We went back to the hotel, checked out, drove all over the place to find a gas station, then went to the airport and turned in the rental car. Check in for our flight was really fast and easy, and we had plenty of time to grab some snacks and hang out before our flight.

Figures, the weather started to get better just as we were leaving!

Bye, Tromso...we'll be back someday! The lake on the top of the hill is the park we walked to the night before.

We had another super easy connection in Oslo, and a few hours later we were in Stockholm. It was our last stop of the trip, and since we'd be staying in the city we decided to skip the rental car and just take trains instead. It didn't take long to get to the hotel (which was a Hilton and not nearly as nice as we expected), so we dropped off our bags and went looking for dinner.

So, it turns out that Swedish Meatballs are actually a real thing in Sweden. We stumbled upon a really good restaurant (Bla Dorren) right near the hotel, and I wound up having one of the best meals I've ever had on a trip. The elk meatballs were fantastic, the lingonberries and pickled cucumber were delicious, and the house beer tied it all together. So. Tasty. It was a good start to our time in Sweden!

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