During the Easter holidays, 10 students and three teachers decided to visit Stockholm in the hope of recreating an ABBA experience! For three days, we visited the places where ABBA performed, as well as some of Stockholm’s famous landmarks. A large proportion of our time was spent posing for photos whilst Fr Andrew (and the ‘artistic directors’, Harry and Calvin) tried to get us to look like ABBA!
Day 1 saw us on an extremely early flight but this did mean we had lots of time to look around the city. Stockholm is really beautiful (it is an archipelago of 14 islands), and we were blessed with wonderful weather to walk around it. We visited the old town, saw many places where ABBA were photographed, and had some time for souvenir shopping. We then checked into our hotel and went out to enjoy dinner at the Hard Rock Café, Stockholm!
On day 2 we bravely ate our breakfast in one of the hotel rooms (still reasonably tidy at this point!) and then set out for a full day of sightseeing. The highlight of the day had to be our trip to Stockholm’s music museum – this had some fantastic displays of different instruments, as well as lots of interactive activities. We also had an amazing drumming workshop using their African drums – where Miss Clarey and Miss Jenkins were delighted to be told that girls generally drummed better than boys…Dinner that night was at a traditional (and slightly fancy!) Swedish restaurant – the most daring of us chose reindeer meatballs and we all enjoyed sharing a smorgasboard.
Our last day saw us on a boat trip (even though the majority of the lakes had been frozen before we went) and then a very tired party heading home…not without having sampled some traditional Swedish chocolate. Of course, there was just time for some more ABBA photos and a few rounds of charades at the airport (where Miss Clarey revealed her slightly competitive nature).
Many thanks must go to Fr Andrew for all of his wonderful organisation – we now have an ABBA music video that we will never forget!