An evening at Gröna Lund

I love one stop places. I really do! Then, when this place includes food, adrenaline rush, dance, games and of course, laughter! You can count me in for sure 😉

You might ask,”Is Oluchi referring to a regular sports bar which also has a restaurant? “

Nope

Maybe Disneyland?

Nope. One more try

An amusement park?

Spot on!!! Yasssssss!

As you have rightly guessed, my one-stop excitement is an amusement park but calling Gröna Lund an amusement park, does not cut the mustard. Gröna Lund plays hosts to many summer concerts, tv-shows and even, free dance lessons. I was there two days in the past week. On one day, there was a concert; the other- it was a tv-show. If you ever think that there are not many people in Stockholm, go to Gröna Lund, everyone might just be hanging out there;)

People would usually ask me, ” when is the best time for family and friends to visit Stockholm?” My answer has never changed – SUMMER. In fact, late June-early July is my preferred timeline. I could tell you the reason for this selection in a different post but today, travel with me back in time to Sunday evening…

In my last post, I mentioned that one of the things I love about my time at KTH is the quality of relationships that I have built over time. Last week, I introduced you to Elaine from China. This week, you’ll meet Anna and Weimar both from Greece and Colombia respectively 🙂

The initial plan was some roller coaster rides, games and then , home as the next day, we were going to wake up to Mr. Monday. However, little did we know that Gröna Lund has a way of keeping you and making you do more than planned (in a good way tho…lool).

The actual evening went like this:

Rides---> some games---> Salsa--->one more ride---->food---->more games

Let’s jump right in…

Imagine yourself sitting 121 metres above the ground, rotating at 70 kilometres per hour! Worse, the only thing supporting your entire human existence is a thin steel chain!! That’s the Eclipse ride in one sentence. I remember the first time I ever tried this ride, my friend and I were wondering why everyone was so calm and not screaming but we opened our eyes and understood…

The aerial view of Gröna Lund in its glory with the wind against your face…

One word – beautiful!!!😍😍😍

Should we talk about my inability to aim at a target using a rifle? Or our inability to actually win a proper gift (haha!) The list is almost endless!The only additional thing I’ll say is, when you finally arrive at Stockholm, makes sure you go to Gröna Lund and most especially, try the Snake ride. I thought “insane” (one of the roller coaster rides) did justice to my heart. I was wrong! Snake threw my heart away, made me ask myself some real-life questions. We screamed the entire ride but for Anna and I screaming was not enough – at some point, we were saying things like, “This is the worst decision I have ever made in life! ” ; “What in the world were we thinking?” “Were we crazy to want to do this?” I second-guessed my sanity on that ride! However, I would do it again!!!😁😁

In the breakdown of our evening, I mentioned Salsa! So, Weimar has been trying to teach us Salsa. What better learning environment than Gröna Lund with four hours of Spanish music. I heard that between 5pm to 6pm every weekend, you have free lessons for Salsa or Batchata. Then, from 6pm to 9pm, people just freestyle. We joined the freestyle group even though Anna and I were learning on the job ( 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ ). It might be good to know that you actually do not need to come with a dancing partner for these dances. There are actually people who are willing to dance with you and show you how its done once you show up!

I figured pictures and text are not capable of painting a full picture of the kind of evening we had. So, ladies and gentlemen, this post includes a video!

Watch the video below to see the much talked about Snake ride, my failed attempt at shooting a rifle and our amateur Salsa skills. Also, pay attention to the subtle way you can minimize plastic pollution in your everyday life 😉

Looking forward to creating your Gröna Lund experiences with new friends you plan to meet when you arrive at KTH? I am certain that you will love it! Recall I mentioned that I went to Gröna Lund twice in one week? Find out why in the next post 😉

Till then!

Oluchi

4 thoughts on “An evening at Gröna Lund”

  1. I totally agree with you, Gröna Lund is the place to be if you ever find yourself in Sweden.

  2. Now you make me feel like going on Summer but work won’t tell me be great………that snake ride lai lai

    1. awwwwn but the weekend is always an open option;) Haha! once you see it, I bet you’ll be tempted to try.Trust me!

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