Sunday, January 28, 2007
Making Your Travel Plans? Top 10 Reasons to Visit Linköping, Sweden
This weekend I've had the pleasure of hosting two friends and showing off this "jättekul" country I have found. Crystal and Brajna decided to take a mid-winter (bless them) excursion from their life and work in the Balkans to come check out a svenska vinter. From Stockholm to Linköping, Sweden has been even better because of them, even with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees farenheit, which got me thinking...
Right about this time, many of you out there are deciding whether or not to follow through on your previously-talked-about plans to visit Linköping over the next 6 - 8 months. Here's my list of the top 10 reasons Linköping should indeed remain on your list of spring/summer/fall exciting travel destinations:
10. You will learn the words "Tack," "Hej" and "Trädgårdsförening." One time I tried to say "Linkopings Trädgårdsförening" and a colleague gently replied, "You should just say 'the park.'"
9. Gamla Linköping.
8. Run a wood-chipped (or snow-covered, wood chipped) trail with me in Ryd Skogan.
7. Norin's Ost--a fine example of Swedish appreciation for and availability of high quality products from throughout Europe, in this case focused on one of my favorite things in life, cheese.
6. Because any trip to Linköping will inevitably become a train ride to Stockholm, one of the smoothest trains you've ever been on to one of the best cities in Europe.
5. A concert in the Domkyrkan, especially on December 13th.
4. Because you just have to see the crayfish, princesstårta and the stroller mafia for yourself.
3. Summertime lounging in Stora Torget while planning the next excursion to the coast, summer cottage or great European destination.
2. Because at some point during an extended journey to Europe, you really need to rest....
1. And the number one reason you should visit Linköping soon is because Linköping can serve as a fantastic springboard to the rest of Europe--in fact, when you look at Sweden on a map, it actually looks like a diving board into continental Europe. Come, stay awhile, enjoy. See you someday soon (yep, a top 10 list that didn't even include fika. Too predictable, plus you already knew about that one.)
1. Linköping Centrum on a cold winter's day.
2. Crystal and Brajna--Sweden wintertime visitors. Impressive.
3. Stockholm skyline in the snow.
4. A moose at Skansen Outdoor Museum in Stockholm.
5. Sun, rain, wind and snow, the bicycle rules Linköping.