After months of preparation and excitement the day did finally come. The 16th of August 2017. On this day we took a plane from Stuttgart to Hamburg and finally to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. We arrived around 20:15 to the prime time. Is it true? We are finally here? Back in the plane we had a very nice moment just before we reached Stockholm. We
looked out of the windows and there we saw islands everywhere. Beautiful never ending forests in a gorgeous sunset. Stockholm wanted to give us a warm welcome with this view. What an amazing start to our 5 1/2 months of living there.
We got our suitcases pretty fast and directlybought the tickets for the “Flybussarna” at the gate. This bus brought us to the Central Station. The tickets were around 99 SEK for each person which are about 11€. Armed with the tickets we left the gate and searched for a cash machine because we needed to get money to pay the rent. We found one next to a Exchange Office. Ok, how to chose? Where to get the money? “WE SELL” “WE BUY”… nobody gets this! After a quick google session we decided to ask the guy in the Office where we get the best exchange rates so we decided: Cash machine and exchange rate defined by the bank in our home country. In retrospect the right decision! Highly recommended informing yourself before you draw out money! With the money, suitcases and bus tickets in our hands and a lot of excitement in our heads we took the bus to “T-Centralen”. Thanks to Google Maps it was no problem at all to find the way to the area we’ll live: “Enskede Gård”. Our landlord did already wait for us because we were a little late.
Here we are now… In our first own two room apartment! Amazing. Until this moment we saw the flat and our landlord “Adel” only via Skype. We wrote a Facebook post in a “Flatsearch in Stockholm” group and Adel wrote us a message. Two room apartment, calm area but only a few stops away from the city center, not too expensive, furnished, fitting renting period. Sounded too good to be true. We already received a lot of fake offers but this one was different. We had two Skype video calls, did Google Maps Streetview analyzing and a signed subtenant contract when we saw a copy of Adel’s ID. Enough proof for us to transfer half of the deposit and the rent for August in advance. Everywhere are people warning about not to transfer money in advance but it seemed to work out for us! It did. No guts, no glory. Adel was very friendly and he showed us everything we needed to know. A big burden fell off our shoulders. What an exciting start in to a new chapter of our lives!
After a relaxing first night in our flat we asked ourselves: Where to start? What do we need to do first? Public transport tickets! Public transport is not really cheap in Stockholm. We payed about 5€ for one metro ride and we knew we would use the metro a lot in the beginning so we decided to get the “SL Card” first. It’s pretty amazing here because you can get it at every metro stop. For me as a not-student I needed to pay around 265€ for 90 days. The local transport network in Stockholm is pretty big. I think that’s a fair price. You can even go on some boats with the ticket! Anouk could buy it for 100€ less after she got her Student ID. The next to do task on our list was grocery shopping and discovering the city. For the first task we wrote a separate blog entry last week if you’re interested in how our first food haul looked like.
How to discover a city the best way? Anouk and I share an opinion about this: “Free Walking Tours”! We do it in every city we visit if there is an offer for it. You pay as much as you’re able and want to. Meeting point “Sergels Tor”, a square next to the central station at
10 am. Two hours and a few walked kilometers later we had a rough idea where we landed: at IKEA, H&M and a royal Fitnesstrainer. Ok you probably ask your self right now why I am telling you about a fitness trainer but it is a pretty interesting fact we learned during the city tour. The Swedish crown princess met her prince in a gym. After they got together and wanted to marry the guy needed to study “royalness” for 3 years before he was allowed to do that. Now he is actually the only Swede in the Swedish Royal Family.
We won so many impressions during the first days and now we discovered a lot more already but there is still a bit to see here. We will do another blog entry soon about our “top places” in Stockholm so far.
If you have any questions regarding to rent, flat search, SL card or anything else, please feel free to ask it in the comments! We would be pleased to receive questions! 🙂
All the best,
Anouk & Ken