Seeing as I’ve taken two trips in the past three weeks– a weekend cruise to Stockholm with J and a 4-night work trip to London– I certainly have a lot of writing to do! Travel for me always means fun food. I’m making it my goal to post frequently (let’s say every other day) until I get all caught up.
J and I tried to make our Stockholm trip as inexpensive as possible (since the tickets for the cruise themselves had been free, a Christmas gift from his parents). One strategy was to rely as little as possible on the food and drinks sold in the ship’s cafes and bars, which are incredibly overpriced. We started our overnight cruise to Stockholm with pizzas J had bought earlier from a local place to take with us.
Even though the pizza was cold by the time we ate it, it was still a satisfying dinner. Especially when paired with this:
Yeah, that’s a whole case of cider purchased from the on-board duty free shop. The prices in the shop aren’t always cheaper than on land, but this kind was on sale so it was cheaper per liter than cider from the grocery store. The Golden Cap cider also has a nice flavor, as it’s not as sticky-sweet as Estonian ciders.
After some drinks in our tiny cabin we went to check out the nightlife on our boat, the Baltic Queen— the cabaret stage with a cover band performing, the karaoke bar, the nightclub. You have to have a sense of humor while on a Tallink cruise, because since the atmosphere is sort of party-all-night-long, people can get quite drunk and annoying. We wandered through it all as polite observers, indulging in some people-watching (we even spotted an Estonian celebrity!).
In the morning, shortly before arriving in Stockholm, we made the one exception to our no-buying-food-on-the-boat rule and went to the breakfast buffet. It’s actually a wonderful deal and a great strategy before spending the day in an expensive city– for 10 euros, you can drink your morning coffee and have a really good, filling meal that’ll keep you full until mid-afternoon, eliminating the need to stop in an expensive cafe for lunch. I didn’t get pictures of the buffet, but as we ate our multi-course breakfast we were passing among some of the thousands of tiny islands off of Sweden’s coast.
Coming up– fun food finds in Sweden’s capital!