Translation: Sofia’s bachelorette at Yasuragi Spa in Stockholm, yaaaay!
Background story: I met this lovely girl my first day of school (year 4, age 9). We started a music school in Karlstad, our hometown, and became really good friends. She then moved to Stockholm a year later but we managed to meet up quite regularly since then. It’s become slightly harder since I moved away from Sweden and she moved to the states, where she met her now husband Evan, but whenever we meet it’s like no time has passed. The best kind of friendship if you ask me.
I was absolutely thrilled when Yasuragi was brought up in the girls secret facebook chat group as I’ve heard so much about it – mostly from bloggers/instagrammers haha. The idea was to kidnap Sofia from her house (with a little help from her wonderful mom) and then take her to the spa where the rest would be waiting.
My day started bright and early. I had a long shower, finished packing and took the tube to Victoria station. I took the Gatwick express train as it only takes 30 min compared to over an hour on bus and had a little picnic with me containing porridge from pret (my fave).
At Gatwick I strolled around the shops and eventually sat down at Apostrophe and had a sandwich and fresh orange juiceI walked to my gate on time and the plane is nowhere to be seen… The flight was delayed and I landed 1,5 hour late. My mood dropped and I was so upset I had missed so much of the bachelorette already! Stockholm welcomed me with a beautiful sunset but I was still super stressed. By now the girls had kidnapped Sofia and taken her to the spa.
I took the Arlanda Express to Stockholm and then a cab to Yasuragi (cost about £50, 500 sek).
I arrived and there was no receptionist and I thought “well isn’t that just GREAT”. I rang the little desk bell for about 10 minutes before a man shows up – not even apologising – and I get my locker keys, kimono and swimsuit.
The girls had just finished swimming so I messaged one of them to say I’d wait in the restaurant. The bride! Finaste Sofia 🙂 My mood changed pretty immediately after seeing the girls Newly engaged Anja We ordered four courses each for about 400 sek (£40) Beef with rice Beetroot with mushrooms Salmon sashimi Fried chicken with an asian mayo-type dip
Everyone got Sofia gifts and she had to guess who it was from – super fun! Everyone shared so many stories causing laughter and tears. My gift didn’t arrive on time so I will post it to her.
Some gifts made her feel like this.. haha! I had a lovely apple crumble with sake mousse for dessert! Then it was finally time to swim again. Anja with her lovely little basket It was super dark outside so it was hard to take proper pictures.. But you can see the steam coming out from the pool We spent another hour in the pool chatting away.. Tried to get a good group picture but my camera kept on steaming up, hahaWe all showered here (you fill a bucket and pour it over yourself.. quite comforting if you ask me!) and shared a cab back to Stockholm.
In the evening I met up with my bestie Arild and talked for hours before having the best nights sleep.