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Use Whatever Currency You Want to Play Video Games at Sweden's Biggest Airports

Where: Sweden
March 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re a product of the 1980s, you’re gonna love the latest do-good effort from Sweden’s two biggest airports’, Stockholm Arlanda and Goteborg Landvetter.

They’ve installed custom-made retro video games (think Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders and Galaga) that will accept coins of any and all currency, reports CNN.

Put another coin in the video game (baby), and all proceeds go to the Swedish Red Cross. It’s a far better use of spare change than let’s say, the rows of slot machines at the McCarran International Airport.

“The Charity Arcades is a way for us to emphasize our partnership with the Swedish Red Cross in a creative and inspiring way,” Michael Persson Gripkow, marketing director at Swedavia, Swedish Airports told CNN. “The travelers get a fun retro experience at the airport and at the same time they have the opportunity to contribute to the important work of the Red Cross.”

As natural born multitaskers, we love the idea of killing time while giving back. Especially over such cherished video game staples of our childhood. Our only request? Please bring in an air hockey or Foosball table to make our basement sports lovin’ heart totally happy.

[Photo: Flickr/raider3_anime]

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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Stockholm's Cool and Creative Södermalm

October 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

A typical trip to Stockholm probably consists of a visit to the Vasa museum to see the viking ship or a stop by the Abba museum, where you can listen to “Waterloo” on a continuous loop for two hours. You’ll probably visit the beautiful, golden buildings of Gamla Stan and pop in the chic shops on Drottninggatan.

But you’ll likely overlook the up-and-coming neighborhood Södermalm, which was home to Greta Garbo and to that girl with the dragon tattoo (you can even visit her actual flat).

In a former life, Södermalm was the poorest district of Stockholm, the site of executions, the shipyard, and later working class ruins. Today, Södermalm attracts the posh folks to its SoFo district—aptly named and modeled after London and NYC’s SoHo—along with eclectic bars, cafes, and cliff-side views. It’s comparable to the resurgence of Brooklyn.

Recently rated among the trendiest places in the world, here’s a quick exploration into what’s going on in Södermalm:

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'Welcome To Sweden' Creator Greg Poehler Has Tips for Your Next Trip

Where: Sweden
August 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Greg Poehler had the perfect subject for his first sitcom - his own life. After falling in love with a Swedish women, Poehler left his life in NYC and followed her home. Now, he's turned his initial culture shock into a hit sitcom in both countries.

Along the way, he also learned a thing or two about communicating in his new country. Here are few tips Poehler has for your next trip to Sweden.

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Stockholm's Airport Express is Crazy Efficient, Crazy Expensive

July 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, Scandinavia: beautiful cities, beautiful people, beautiful landscapes, one hell of a budget buster. The Nordic countries have a lot to offer, but be prepared to recoil from time to time at the sheer cost of doing, well, anything. Oslo tends to take the crown when it comes to being unfriendly on your wallet, but Stockholm gets you before you’ve even arrived.

Getting from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to the city center is possible by taxi (bad idea), bus (the cheapest option) or, most conveniently, via the Arlanda Express, departing from underneath the airport terminal directly to Stockholm Central Station. Fast it is, with the journey taking about 20 minutes; convenient, also. A regular adult return will set you back 490 Swedish Krona though – that’s just over $72 dollars. It makes the £34 ($58) for the notoriously expensive Heathrow Express in London look positively reasonable.

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Why the Swedish 'Fika' Blows a Visit to Starbucks Out of the Water

Where: Sweden
April 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties and customs from around the world. Last week, it was smoked-meat sandwiches in Montreal. This week, we head to Sweden for a cup of coffee.

As anyone who has been out of the country understands, coffee is drank differently in other places than it is here in the States. Traditionally, if you asked for a coffee "to go" across the Atlantic, the Europeans would be confused. In America, coffee is a drug that wakes us up and keeps us going. In other countries, it's an experience, a timeout, never to be drank while driving. You "take" a coffee, you don't "drink" it. In Sweden, this concept is taken so seriously that they have an official name for it.

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'Vacationers' and 'Travelers' Alike Should Take Advantage of People-to-People Programs

September 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes down to it, the travel industry breaks down into two types of tourists: "Travelers" and vacationers.

Some people are explorers, and others are pool-side dwellers (and many of us are somewhere in between). Some are comfortable with new horizons and feel enriched by the new experiences, and some only have a week’s worth of time off per year and want to know what they’re going to get for their money; they don’t want any surprises.

While we’ve always understood the appeal of both sides of the coin, a recent rise in what tourism boards refer to as "people-to-people" programs are helping even the most bashful of tourists dig into the local culture. These programs combine the concepts of traveling and vacationing, providing you with an organized, safe way to connect with the local communities.

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A Food Truck in Stockholm Actually Serves 'Airport Cuisine'

September 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Food trucks go where the people go, and—shocker—people go to the airport. We’ve seen trucks set up shop over in San Francisco, and they’ve been involved with an extended layover down in Orlando as well. This time they’re on the moves overseas, as the latest airport food truck is doing a little airport promotion and marketing in Sweden.

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Island Hopping Off the Coast of...Sweden?

September 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Quick: what are the first three things that come to mind when you think of Sweden?

If they're some combination of Stockholm, meatballs, IKEA, and cold weather, then you're not alone. Most North Americans who visit Sweden go to the capital city or head north for the ice hotel and northern lights, but the best kept secret is that the southwest coast of the country is riddled with islands and coastal village towns.

True, summer in Sweden is short, but it can be very sweet. Here are a few musings about the lesser-known coastline to help you get acquainted:

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Where Eurovision Will Be Singing Its Heart Out in 2014

Where: Europe
May 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it's been a whole entire year since all of Europe was singing and dancing to the annual song contest, Eurovision. Last time we watched, the insanity went down in Baku, Azerbaijan and Sweden won, so this year they played hosts in the Southern city of Malmö.

The contest as a whole has held the reputation of being quite the show, a mix of both native tongue and English lyrics accompanied by flamboyant costumes and overly produced choreography. This year was no exception. While the Russian grannies from last year didn't make the cut, 2013's winner did come from another Scandinavian country; Denmark.

If you're not up on the rules, this means Eurovision heads to Copenhagen for 2014.

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Video Interlude: A Time-Lapse Trip on Scandinavia's Ultra Fancy, Duty-Free Ferry

Where: Finland
February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you think cruise shops are pretty fancy, then you haven't stepped onboard a Scandinavian ferry. Indeed, ferries aren't what they used to be—they're so much better, as musty waiting room-like spaces are being replaced with comfortable lounges, entertainment spaces and even airport-style shopping.

The latter is the highlight of the crossing between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland onboard the Viking Line ferry M/S Grace. The boat stops in Marihamn, a port town which sits pretty on the Åland Islands between the two Baltic Sea cities. These islands are one of those weird territories travelers love to visit, as they have their own government, flag, stamps and patriotism, but still come under some jurisdiction of another country (Finland, in this case). The draw for the ferries and their duty-free shops is that these boats are exempt from Europe's VAT tax. It's literally a booze cruise—buying it, not so much consuming it.

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Sweden Makes It Possible for Tourists to Order Up an Instant Best Friend

Where: Sweden
November 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re heading to Sweden anytime soon you’ve probably already perused the tourism books over at the local Barnes & Noble, and it’s likely that you’ve also started hitting up your favorite travel blogs for tips. The country’s tourism board wants you to take an additional step when it comes to visiting their native land, as they’re eager to hook you up—not in that way—with your very own Swede.

The new site "Visit a Swede" works exactly how it sounds, as they’ve kind of created their very own social network based solely on hanging out with your very own Swedish best friend. So far there are at least 10,000 residents signed up through the site to host visitors, so you’re free to check out what they have to offer. Want a tour of the sights? They’ve got you covered. They’ll also meet you for some coffee, cook you a meal, head out for a run, or many even offer you up a free place to stay.

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Write a Song About NYC's G Train, Win a Trip to Sweden

June 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

In his novel Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem takes pity on the G train, New York's most maligned subway route. He says that the train's legendary terribleness is because the G, like the runty kid in school, gets picked on for being the only train line that doesn't touch Manhattan.

Like it or loathe it, the G is in major need of a PR boost. So local hopmasters Brooklyn Brewery are sponsoring a contest. They're asking songwriters and musicians to compose original songs about the G train and post them on YouTube. After that, they'll chose a few favorites and ask readers to vote. The winner scores a free trip to Sweden for the Debaser Music Festival in August.

Might we suggest "The Waiting 40 Minutes at 4 AM Blues" as a possible title?

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