I landed in Stockholm after a short stop in Copenhagen, checked into the hostel, and with a few hours of sleep under my belt ventured into central Stockholm to explore the city. I stumbled upon the main park where the city was setting up a stage and a giant screen for the Sweden v. Russia game (Sweden lost later that night; the mood was not exactly festive out on the streets).
I met up with a couple of friends at the Central Station and we walked through the small island of Gamla Stan, the historical center of Stockholm, and onto the next island of Sodermalm where we grabbed dinner. I was able to convince them to show me the Wednesday nightlife in the city, so we headed to a bar that overlooks the city where we drank Carlsbergs while the sun hovered over the horizon well past 11 p.m. We then headed further south to a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the city.
Here the sun finally almost set (it was about 1) and we cabbed it over to the fashionable neighborhood of Norrmalm to our final club where they were playing a mix of dance and reggae on a small dancefloor near the outdoor bar. We filtered out with the crowd as the sun crept back out around 3 a.m.
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