7 | Stockholm to Älmhult
We woke up at 4am this morning, not a helpful incident on already time jiggled sleep patterns. Josh has come down with a pretty bad cold, and we're trying to take care of that quickly (while trying to avoid catching it myself). I stepped out for a last glimpse of Stockholm, anticipating watching the sun rise over the water. I was out of luck though, with clouds and a delayed sun rise keeping the city dark until 7am. Instead we did an early breakfast and headed out of the city, saying goodbye to our lovely room and our new favorite hotel.
A confusing train trip into central, and a more confusing ticket purchase from central out to Älmhult, we eventually made it onto the train. Similar to Australia's CountryLink, with chairs and fold down tables set out in double pairs. The next 3 and a half hours were spent looking out the window at the golden leaves, and the many lakes ponds lined with gold green and orange forests.
Stepping out at Älmhult was a little different to what we'd hoped, not being the smooth and efficient IKEA town we has hoped it would be. Our room initially only had 1 single bed in it, and it took some convincing to the receptionist to change the booking to twin beds. We tried to find the IKEA store, assuming nothing could be too far to walk to in this tiny town, but after searching for an hour we cut our losses and headed back so Joshua could have a rest. Armed with a proper address and a handy map later that afternoon, we set out again on IKEA quest, our second attempt proving much more fruitful, although the store is a good 40 minutes away by foot - not quite the quick stop in we has thought it would be.
Joshua has meetings tomorrow at IKEA of Sweden, so we're crossing all of our fingers and toes for a good night of rest to try and shake off some of the sickness.