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Steninge Slott – Traditional Swedish Christmas market


Unless a miracle, this year we are likely going to have a dull gray Christmas, thanks to global worming.! Mid December, lack of snow started causing a little disappointment and continuous rain just nailed the last pin on the coffin.

I like rain, back at home we have monsoon rain that continues  for two months. play soccer with my mates in an open field during rain, get muddy with joy used to bring a feeling of purified soul. Lack of such days would remain as a deep scar in my heart. Here it is rain and cold; never the same. looking at the bright side, decided to experience some traditional place.

Stegnine slott at Sigtuna arranges a traditional Christmas market. Sigtuna is an old Swedish village.

How to go to Sigtuna using public transport? From Tcentalen (city), the convenient way to go to Stegnine slott/Sigtuna is to take pendal tåg (commuter train) towards Märsta and then take bus 570, 580.

For details and make your own plan, you may check http://www.sl.se. The market is significantly large, not comparable to Berlin scale though.

Christmas market at stegnine slott

Every Sunday, they arrange some events like music or fashion show etc. More details can be found here http://www.steningeslott.se/

It is a two-storied building. Both floor have cafe to sit and enjoy a worm tea with lovely company. the market is arranged in different sections. Ground floor has a lovely collection of flowers. One specially caught my eyes.

lovely contrast

lovely contrast

The other side of the ground floor has a wide collection of goodies. Perfect corner for small gifts. A little view through red glasses.

red_BG_Blur_Marked

The second floor has Christmas lights, Christmas tree and good choice of different Santa clause. Personally, I liked the mini Santa, really cute!

mini Santa clause

mini Santa clause

Swedes have a reputation of unable to live without eating kanel buller (cinnamon bun) and drinking milk 🙂 Even the Christmas could not escape the deal! below is my proof. never the less, if you are in Stockholm worth giving a visit.

plateful of cinnamon (Kanel)

plateful of cinnamon (Kanel)

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Tåg mot Akalla, a way to come to Kista


Every weekday morning; breakfast or not, it is Tåg mot Akalla for me. Mot Akalla is one of the destination of Stockholm metro, blue line. All Ericsson employees who work at Kista, Stockholm would know. Stockholm subway system is also known as Tunel banan.

Wake up and get out of my bed in the morning is the hardest challenge of the day for me. Somehow, completing this challenge often leads to a compromising choice. An epic battle starts between shaving, getting ready or making breakfast. You who see me in the morning should know the winner of that war :). Below is a picture of my office building.

Outside of my office.

Outside of my office.

Talking about Kista and not mentioning Kista Galleria is like eating ice cream without sugar. It is one of the biggest centrum of Stockholm containing all major shopping brands, a large food court, bars, bakery and sports bar, O´Learys. Where one can go for Bowling, Go Cart and off-course watch a championship with a beer and great friends. In other words it’s a death trap, once you are in you will never need to go anywhere else!

Kista Galleria/Centrum

Kista Galleria/Centrum

Undeniably Kista is the silicon valley of Stockholm thus lunch restaurants are very popular yet one good place I would like to mention is the latest skyscraper Victoria Tower. You can go for lunch as well as dinner. The restaurant can be considered a little expensive and portions are not that big (for me) but hey isn’t that a good restaurant’s definition. If you are visiting Victoria Tower, it worth to go to the sky bar. with a view towards Sollentuna, a recommended place for after work.

Victoria Tower, Kista

Victoria Tower, Kista

Ironic point is, I live near Solna centrum which is also a blue line stop of Stockholm subway system. A good place to live. practically, in the middle of Kista and old town. Will write about Solna in some other post. Below is a small section of Solna Tbana.

Solna Tunel Bana

Solna Tunel Bana

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Drottningholm palace


The queen’s palace as the name refers. its open for guided tour. the palace has a Chinese pavilion. the beautiful garden and fountains are great places to take pictures. lake, duck and swans are always there to entertain you.

ADtrottningholm palace must see if you are in Stockholm.

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