Pose ala-ala Raisa di Regeringsgatan Bridge

Language: Bahasa Indonesia

Ada yang masih inget salah satu Instagram post-nya Raisa Adriana, salah satu penyanyi tersohor di Indonesia di bawah ini?

Kalau gak salah ini diambil dari salah satu scene video klip Raisa x Isyana yang berjudul “Anganku Anganmu”. Bagi yang belum lihat video clip nya, silahkan klik di link ini.

Pas lihat post foto Raisa diatas dan juga video klip nya, rasa-rasanya seperti flashback ke masa-masa pertama kali berkesempatan business trip ke Stockholm untuk pertama kalinya pada Musim Gugur tahun 2015 lalu. Saat itu juga pertama kalinya travel abroad dengan long haul dan pertama kalinya juga menginjakan kaki di salah satu Negara Eropa dan Scandinavia. Jadi, senangnya bukan main.

Saat itu, udah sempat melewati dan melihat lokasi foto Raisa di atas, dan di beberapa footage yang ada di dalam video klip Raisa x Isyana, jadi makin flashback dan kepingin banget balik lagi ke Stockholm.

Sebelum video ini dirilis, sebenarnya aku sudah mendapatkan kesempatan (lagi) untuk datang ke salah satu forum internasional yang sempat aku hadiri pada tahun 2015 lalu. Jadi, kalau tidak salah, awal atau pertengahan Januari 2017, undangan dari penyelenggara forum tersebut masuk ke dalam email ku. Senangnya bukan main, pas dikirim undangan itu, karena itu berarti aku berkesempatan untuk kembali lagi ke Stockholm, Swedia!

Dua bulan setelah video klip mereka dirilis, tibalah aku di Stockholm! Tepatnya pada tanggal 15 Mei 2017 lalu. Walaupun, sudah memasuki Musim Semi mengarah ke Musim Panas, menurut aku suhu dan angin yang berhembus masih sangat dingin (maklum mental anak tropis). Di beberapa waktu, aku pun masih sempat merasakan suhu sekitar 4 derajat Celsius! Kebayang kan dinginnnya?

Hari pertama tiba di Stockholm, aku sempat capek banget, mungkin karena perjalanan yang panjang dengan rute Jakarta – Bangkok (3 jam 50 menit), lalu transit di Bangkok selama +/- 2 jam, dan kemudian lanjut dari Bangkok – Stockholm (hampir 11 jam), ditambah mata rasanya gak ngantuk-ngantuk selama perjalanan di pesawat, dan harus menunggu jemputan dari Bandara ke Hotel Clarion Stockholm selama hampir 2 jam lamanya, jadilah akhirnya memilih untuk istirahat di hotel selama +/- 2 jam.

Agak sorean, aku menghubungi salah satu teman ku, Abi, yang sedang studi di Uppsala, salah satu kota yang terletak di bagian Utara Stockholm, kira-kira menempuh waktu sekitar 45 menit – 1 jam naik kereta untuk ke Stockholm. Akhirnya, kita memutuskan untuk janjian ketemuan di Central Station Stockholm. Setelah ketemu, kita memilih untuk jalan-jalan sekitaran pusat kota dan iseng-iseng mencari lokasi syuting foto Raisa itu, lalu just had a fika di salah satu coffee shop di Kungsgatan.

Niat awalnya, Abi mau aku jadikan ‘tour guide’, eh gak taunya, malah lebih pahaman aku kalau cuman sekedar sekitaran pusat kota dan menemukan dimana lokasi syutingnya Raisa seperti foto diatas, hahaha. Tapi ada gunanya juga sih jalan sama dia, jadi bisa tau lokasi terakhir kejadian aksi terrorist yang ada di Stockholm beberapa waktu lalu.

Setelah jalan-jalan sambil rumpi, akhirnya kita ketemu juga sama lokasinya! Noraknya ampun-ampunan pas ketemu, mau ambil fotonya pun juga gak kalah heboh.

Mau tau hasilnya? Ini dia nih..

Jelas jauh banget sih dari sisi kemiripan, tapi gak apa-apa lah ya, judulnya juga foto pose ala-ala Raisa.

Fotografer: Abi

Lokasi: Regeringsgatan Bridge, Kungsgatan area, Stockholm – Sweden

Must Visit in Stockholm: An Instagrammable Spot in Stortorget

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great responses on my blog post about “Must Visit in Stockholm: the Most Artistic Subway in the World” both on my blog and my Instagram. I received very good feedback and I am glad to share my travel experiences with my blog readers, as well as my Instagram followers. I will try my best to share all of my travel experiences to you more frequently, so always stay tuned on my blog and my Instagram account.

And now I would like to share about one of a small and famous square which located in Central of Stockholm, in the old city area and in the plateau of Stadsholmen. It is the oldest square in Stockholm and very well-known with their historical centre as it still in the same location with the Royal Palace, the Cathedrals and the Nobel Museum, namely Stortorget.

Stortorget, Stockholm

That was second time during my visit to Stockholm, Sweden. And the two famous landmarks which I took above is good cafe or restaurant. This is a square that usually people or foreign tourists will spend an hour or more to hang out and enjoy the time with their family, friends or beloved ones.

The two famous landmark buildings in Stockholm, Sweden
Nobel Museum or Nobelmuseet

The Nobel Museum above located just in front of the two famous building on my first picture. It is the place where is a museum devoted to circulate information on the Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates from 1901 to present, and the life of the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), together with the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Library.

Besides that, there is also many cafes, restaurants, tabac stores, fashion stores, and souvenir shops just around the Stortorget square.

Narrow street @ Stortorget

For me, this is one of a good spot for you who love photography or just want to take some pictures for your travel documentary, or even just to capture your best moment and upload it to your Instagram account!

Just like what I usually do.

And don’t forget to like my blog post and leave your comment down below if you have any questions! 🙂

Picture was taken by: Astrid Maharani

Must Visit in Stockholm: the Most Artistic Subway in the World

It was my second time to visited Stockholm, Sweden. Last time I went there, I didn’t have much time to explore the city by subway or metro. I walked a lot during that time, so I didn’t use the subway. I heard a lot that in some of the subway stations they have a beautiful and artistic subway in the world. So this year, when I had a chance to go back again to Stockholm, then I chose to use the subway couple times.

I heard a lot that in some of the subway stations they have the most beautiful and artistic subway in the world. So this year, when I had a chance to go back again to Stockholm, then I chose to use the subway couple times. And, yes it was beautiful to be explored!

Here are some pictures that I took in some subway stations in Stockholm.

T-Centralen Subway Station

T-Centralen platform
Kungstradgarden Subway Station

a cute rainbow escalator in Central Station, Stockholm

Most of the people said the subway stations in Stockholm is the world’s longest art exhibit with approximately 110 kilometers long.

And I was amazed too when I saw and used the escalator in Kungstradgarden (if I am not mistaken) via Västra skogen, they also have the longest escalator in the world. Oh, it was my bad that I forgot to take the picture of it, but it was very long. When I check it in Google, then I found information about it on Wikipedia. They said its 66 metres and with a vertical rise of 33 metres and yes, it is the longest escalator in Western Europe!

Awesome!

If you have a chance to visit Stockholm, I will suggest you to try to use their subway transportation, even though the cost its quite pricey, moreover for Asian people like me, it’s quite worthed if you want to experience and see the subway art station while in Stockholm. Unfortunately, I just used few of the subway station because I don’t really have much time to visit all of the art subway station that they have.

Do not hesitate to ask some questions related to travel in Stockholm, I will be happy to give you some advice like place to eat, beautiful park to visit, and etc.

Anyway, happy Sunday!

#7th Review: Clarion Hotel, Stockholm – Sweden (Ringvägen)

I know I know, sorry for being so ignorant these days and not posting something on my blog lately. I travelled to Stockholm and Paris (again) for two weeks! I could say, I am a very very very lucky girl that I got chances to attend one of an international forum which has been held in Stockholm in the midst of May 2017. It was my second time went there, the first one back to October 2015, during an autumn season which was super cold (I mean, for a girl who lives in a tropical country) and now I got a chance to feel a spring season in Stockholm! Super-YAY!

Super-YAY!

Different with the last time, this year I’ve stayed in one of a four-stars hotel in Stockholm, namely the Clarion Hotel Stockholm! Don’t be wrong, as they also have another Clarion Hotel which located nearby the Arlanda Airport. But this one,  it is located in a very strategist location at the heart of Stockholm, in Södermalm area. And I will give my review of the hotel for your recommendations as below.

Hotel view from the outside

Yes as you can see, the picture above is the hotel which I took from the small street just behind the building. It’s face to the highway which connects to the city. I got a super comfortable and spacious bedroom only for myself! And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?

And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?

Well, maybe it’s a perk living in developing country like in Indonesia, I think! 😉

view of my room from the entrance

So, yup, this is the entrance of my room. It’s a quite narrow aisle, where you can see the right of the entrance is the shower room (sorry, I forgot to did not take a picture of it, but it’s quite spacey) and the left is the big mirror (I really love it) and wardrobe, where I put my suitcase, shoes and stuff.

Let me rephrase it again, oh I love the big mirror in this room!

the super-warm bed!

And this is the super warm bed! It supposed to be used for 2 people, but they gave us each room for every participant, which was super nice. Even though the weather was cold for someone who used to live in tropical country, but this hotel room also provide an AC and a heater, for sure!

Well, every night, I always turned on my AC because I feel bit hot, don’t know why. I even was sweating a lot during the night under my blanket. Overall, it was super-nice stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm!

There was a TV and I was super happy because I was hoping that I may watch HBO or any movies in there but in fact, they only have Swedish channels and some Asian channel which only Thai and some Chinese channel, I guess. Since I don’t have movies also on my harddisk, so I just left the TV off all days during my stay in there, haha.

And plus, who need the TV, when we travel to another country? Wohoo!

Another thing I love about this hotel was… the BREAKFAST! They have many choices and various food. But my favourite was the scrambled eggs with creamy cheese, crepes with the chocolate cream, their fruits, also raspberries juice which was perfectly VERY FRESH! Besides they also have any kind of cereals, granola, croissant, any kind of salads, sausage, rice, omelette, and many more.

I was disappointed with their coffee, anyway. For me and some of my friends, the coffee taste was very bad. So I never took the coffee again after I tried during the first day I stayed there. But they have very spacious breakfast restaurant and I loved to sit nearby the window to see beautiful cherry blossom which left some after the spring effect.

About the service? I could give 8 out of 10. At the second day, I stayed there, I put the “Clean My Room” sign mark in front of my room and then I left it maybe for an hour to breakfast, then when I came back, surprisingly my room and bathroom was already clean and tidy! And they were super friendly and helpful because I gave my postcards that I wanted to send to my boyfriend and his Mom postcards but didn’t found any post box, then I just gave it to the receptionist and they will exactly help you! 😉

I love the area because, in the neighbourhood, we can easily found Subway Resto, 7/11, minimart, H&M, Telia counter (if you want to buy new sim card), and small shops surround.

 

View in front of the entrance of the hotel

 

If you want to go to the central, it is easier to take the train or subway just in front of the hotel. The name of the subway station is Skanstull. They have a single trip, a week trip and a month trip if I am not mistaken, but since I have stayed only for 3N4D (and most of the times I only stayed at the conference), so I bought the single trip, which only valid for an hour (as written on the ticket). The cost for the single trip was Kr. 43 which is equal to EUR 4,5.

Yes, it is VERY expensive.

It’s very different with the one that I bought in any other European countries, like for example in Paris. For single trip during an hour, the price around EUR 1,85 where it is included RER (central), bus and metro. And what I know from a friend who live in Stockholm, the transportation in Sweden it’s very expensive compared to other European countries, even Geneva, Switzerland.

So the mechanism by using this single trip ticket is we have to show the ticket to someone who stays at the ticket counter, then they will open the gate, from inside the counter, for us to go in. And we don’t have to tap or insert the ticket if we want to go out from the station. Because the door will be automatically open.

But I will tell you a little bit secret, so the first time I bought the single trip, I used it for more than  4-5 hours! You must be wondering, how come I did that? Because most of them who standby at the ticket counter, they don’t really check for the duration which written on your ticket and they just open the door for you.

And yes… I was lucky because of that. I just showed to them my ticket and pretend that I was in hurry, then they will just open the door for you 😉 Hahaha, I know it was very bad and I may get a fine if they knew I was cheated. I AM SOOOO SORRY SIRS/MADAMES. It’s just because your subway ticket was crazy expensive for (cheap) Asian people like me, hahaha.

Anyway, sorry if it’s out of context from the hotel review, I just want to share my experience with you haha.

Ok, so for me, it was very easy to go to the city or old town from the hotel. If you want to take the subway, it will only take like 5 minutes and if you want to go there by walking its around 30-45 minutes.

Some cherry blossom left, after spring effect
view from the other side of the hotel entrance

How about the hotel price? Well, I didn’t know how does it cost for the hotel room which the organiser paid for me to stay 4D3N in there?! But I’d checked the price in Booking.com, the price is around IDR 2.160.000 or equal to EUR 145 as per night, which if I rent a hotel room with that price in Indonesia, I could get a room in 5-stars hotel, for sure!

So, I could say, I was very lucky (again) for many times in my life! And I had a pleasant stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm 🙂

xoxo

 

 

WITT #18: H-7 to go (back) to Stockholm!

I am so happy that next week, I will be back to the first travel (far away) abroad, first city, first country, first Scandinavian country, the first European country that I ever visited! Yes, it is Stockholm.

Back to October 2015, I went to Stockholm for the Stockholm Internet Forum 2015 as one of the participants. It was the best experiences so far for me, I met with a lot of new friends and networking. And surprisingly, I never thought that a country which located in the north part of the world could be very beautiful with their original sparkling colour which also divided by some lakes.

I love how the old city in Stockholm gave a new spirit, enthusiasm, and incredible feeling! And this year, actually it’s next week, I will have a flight to Stockholm again to attend the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017! It’s an honour for me to be back and participate a huge forum like that. And can’t hardly wait to gain new knowledge, new friends and of course, new experience and excitement!

I will try to write some blog posts about the conference and my adventure or journey to Stockholm Part 2!

See ya..

 

#5th Review: My first flight to Europe with KLM

Just a little bit flashback to my first journey to Europe. In October 2015, luckily, I got a recommendation from my colleague in the office to attend one of the biggest Internet Forum which has been held in Stockholm, Sweden. You don’t know, how I was very happy and very excited to had a wonderful chance like that!

And it was completed by the chance that the organiser was booked me economy class flight ticket by KLM! So here is my review during my first flight to Europe with KLM, check it out…

At this time, I would like to write my review during my first flight to Europe with KLM, check it out…

Their TV and other entertainment facilitate!
Their TV and other entertainment facilitate!

Well, the seat was quite comfortable and spacious (maybe for Asian like me). The flight was at night, and the flight had one stop in Kuala Lumpur and then transit in Schiphol, Amsterdam. The total journey was almost 20 hours and my flight from Jakarta was a lil bit delayed likely for 30 minutes. I was a little bit worried too because my transit time in Schiphol will only take around 1 hour, but finally, I made it even that time my plane was already boarding! (Fiuuuh…)

During the flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, they served us nice dinner completed with the cake as dessert.

Delicious welcome dinner by KLM on board
Delicious welcome dinner by KLM on board

Then we stopped in Kuala Lumpur, all of the passengers should have to go out from the plane and wait at the boarding gate while they cleaned the plane because there will be another passenger from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam.

Well, again… They gave us late night snack to eat. I really need to take a good rest even on the plane, so I ordered the red wine to make me sleep better 😉

Late night food with the wine? Why not!
Late night food with the wine? Why not!

It’s sleeping timeeeee! I got this cute little thingy goodnight goodies, which is very cute! Inside this goodies were blindfold, earplug, toothbrush and the paste. All with blue colour!

Very cute 'Goodnight Goodies' which they gave us before sleeping time
Very cute ‘Goodnight Goodies’ which they gave us before sleeping time

The cabin crew was very powerful! I saw many of them were already above 45 years old and for me, it’s awesome, because they were still very strong to do work as cabin crew, which is for me not so easy to do. They were very polite and always asking what we need (oh well, that’s their job for sure, haha). Most of them could speak either Dutch, Indonesia and English and the most important, their service was also very fast!

After around 15-17 hours flight to Amsterdam, finally, we arrived in Schiphol! The airport was. verrrrrrrrry verrry big, that time I need to find the Gate which I will take my flight to Stockholm and after spent like 1 hour 15 minutes at the security check and 15 minutes at the immigration, I finally arrived at the Gate with my body was sweating a loooot because I was running to the gate hahaha. I even dropped my visa documents somewhere on the floor while I ran, but someone very nice was helped me! Thank youuuu!

When I entered the plane, I looked to the left and right of the seats, and I didn’t found any Asian people. Yes, it was only me surrounded by bule-bule (red: tourist) Scandinavian! Hahaha.

My flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm was around 6 am in the morning, that is why I want to show you some of my pictures from the window where I sat.

Beautiful white skies around
Beautiful white skies around and the sun started to risen
Sea of clouds up high in Scandinavian country
Sea of clouds up high in Scandinavian countries

Long story short, it was a pleasure for me to had a flight with KLM during my first flight to Europe. It was super awesome experience with KLM, thank you KLM! Hope I will have chances to fly with you again ❤

Journey to find the Köttbullar, Swedish Meatballs in Stockholm, Sweden

In 2015, I had a chance to go to Stockholm, Sweden, which for me, I never had a dream to go to such a beautiful city. I had a dream to Europe, but then I did not know much about this city and the country. What I really know about the country was… IKEA and their meatballs. Back to 2013, I really like to go to IKEA to bought some cool stuff for my home and my bedroom. But back then, the nearest IKEA that I could visit was only the one in Singapore. Since I was quite often visiting Singapore mostly for my work, so I went there maybe more than five times, either only for eating or bought some stuff.

I was so happy that my senior adviser in my office now, gave me the recommendation to join with one of the biggest Internet Forum which annually been held in Stockholm, Sweden. So, that time I was thinking maybe I should travel more to get to know the city, then I should have to go to the first and original IKEA once I am in Stockholm, Sweden. After long walked and get lost like for more than 2 hours just to find the IKEA shuttle bus in the city centre

And this what I’ve got…

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Spent my first day in Stockholm with this delicious Swedish food

It was different taste with the one that I ate in Singapore last time, hahaha, of course! The meatballs were very tasteful with the Gräddsås (cream sauce), and I love their Lingonsylt (lingonberry jam), also the tasty Potatisimos (mashed potatoes)!

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The tasty Köttbullar

The original meatballs usually used either pork or beef. My favourite, of course, the beef (since I don’t like pork, haha). The Swedish meatballs or köttbullar have been brought to Sweden by King Charles XII, after his exile in Istanbul in 1713. Meatballs and kebabs have long been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine and have been featured on 196 flavours numerous times. The Swedish word for meatball, köttbullar, first appeared in Swedish print a few decades later in Cajsa Warg’s 1754 cookbook. Anna Christina Warg, better known as Cajsa Warg, is one of the most famous cooks in Swedish history.

Then, they became popular in the United States after the immigration of Scandinavians to the northern Midwest States in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. During that period, more than 1.3 million Swedes migrated to the US.

Anyway, you should not have to go to IKEA only to eat the Köttbullar (like what I did before, lol) because, most of the restaurants in Stockholm or maybe in all over Sweden, also sell it! You even can also cook it by yourself, they also sell it as frozen food at the supermarket and you can find the Lingonsylt easily in IKEA!

This year I will have a chance to go to Stockholm again, and I will try to find another delicious köttbullar in one of the restaurants in there. Does anyone know where should I go? Please, leave your comment here! Tack!

*Tack, Swedish language means thank you!

 

Autumn Sunsets in Vasabron Street, Stockholm

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Norstedts – Vasabron Street, Stockholm – Sweden

Beautiful? Definitely! I am so grateful that I had a chance to capture this beautiful sunset in Stockholm during an Autumn season on last 2015. It was very windy evening but dared myself to hold on for couple minutes just to took this beautiful scenery in Vasabron Bridge. And hopefully, I will see this beautiful sunset (or sunrise) during Spring season this year. Bismillah! ❤

Vasabron Bridge or The Vasa Bridge is a bridge over Norrström which located in central of Stockholm, Sweden, that connecting Norrmalm to Gamla Stan, the old city. The bridge is, unintelligibly, named after King Gustav Vasa (1496-1560), perhaps because of the vicinity to the statue of the king in front of the House of Knights.From Vasabron a much smaller bridge, Strömsborgsbron, connects to the islet Strömsborg. Nearby bridges include Riksbron, Stallbron, Norrbro, Centralbron, and Strömbron.

📷 Astrid Maharani
📍 Norstedts, Vasabron – Stockholm