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Frukost på Hobo Hotel Stockholm

Jag blev introducerad till designhotellet Hobos fantastiska frukostbuffé för ett par veckor sedan och jag har hunnit gå dit tre gånger sedan dess. Hobo Hotel, och systerhotellet At Six som ligger bredvid, är Nordic Choice Hotels senaste satsning, och ligger beläget vid det tidigare väldigt anonyma Brunkebergstorg i centrala Stockholm.Vi har knappt vågat berätta om det här frukostsmultronstället för någon, då det med sitt låga pris och annorlunda utbud så som kryddande scones och äggmuffins med lax, verkligen har varit sjukt prisvärt och bra. I söndags fick vi dock veta att de höjt priset från 120 SEK till 165 SEK, vilket i och för sig är ett mer rimligt pris för utbudet, men lite surt också såklart för en Economista i sina bästa dagar (ish).

Tågluff i England & Skottland med Europarunt 

Frukosten gick i planeringens tecken, då hösten/vinterns resplaner har börjat utkristallisera sig. Delvis ska jag (Yasmin) besöka Dubrovnik en weekend i oktober, men det allra största är att jag och Sheida ska åka på en tågluff i början på december tillsammans med Europarunt. Alltså, det här kommer bli så FETT! Planen är att vi ska bunkra upp med riktigt mycket Christmas feeling genom att resa runt i England och Skottland (samt Irland, om vi hinner). Även om resan utgår från London, så har vi storslagna planer som inkluderar resten av Storbritannien, och vår planering tog snabbt en intensiv vändning när vi började diskutera allt vi vill se och göra.

Vi behöver en Excel för det här...

Jag har ju kollat mycket på Outlander-serien som utspelar sig på det skotska höglandet och serien har verkligen väckt suget att besöka Skottland, så jag började direkt lista städer som Inverness till reseplaneringen (dock fick jag lägga mitt Outlander-tittande på hyllan pga känslig själ och många brutala våldtäktsscener). Sheida, däremot, har allt ifrån coola cocktailklubbar i London till Harry Potter-tåg och säckpipskonserter på sin lista. Planeringsfreaket av oss (läs: jag) insisterade att vi behövde en Excel för vår planering och den är just nu vårt mest besökta dokument. Vi är så taggade och en resa är precis vad som krävs för att liva upp årets gråaste period.

Våra interrailpass, som gäller hela december, låg tryggt placerade bredvid frukosten. Välkomstkittet innehåller även en Travel Diary där man skriver in sin resrutt, och det finns även en smidig app som kan användas till att boka resor. Om du köper ett Interrailkort nu så får du 15% rabatt. Kortet gäller i 11 månader från och med inköpsdatum, så du kan vara en Economista och köpa ett kort redan nu om du planerar att åka i sommar!


Era bästa Englands- och Skottlandstips

Så nu behöver vi er hjälp! Dela gärna med er av era bästa England- och Skottlandstips. Vi vill ha roliga aktiviteter, mysiga gårdar, goda restauranger, allt som kan tänkas bringa lite julstämning och minnen för livet. Förevigt tacksamma för att få er input och tips!

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För några helger sen var jag (Sheida) & Yasmin på vår barndomskompis möhippa som även Yasmin var med och organiserade. Wow så lyckat det blev! Vi har märkt att många frågat om tips till kommande möhippor så vi tänkte dela med oss av tre utav våra bästa aktiviteter för den ultimata möhippan i Stockholm:


1. Spa & takpools-häng på Clarion Sign

Efter det klassiska kidnappningsmomentet på morgonen följt av champagnefrukost, Kahootquiz om bruden samt uppdrag längs vägen, var det det dags för dagens första stopp: en härlig spastund på Clarion Sign. Vi bokade deras färdiga "möhippepaket" där man, förutom att få njuta i deras uppvärmda takpool med ett glas mousserande, även får tillgång till bastu, relaxavdelning och en hotellsvit med frukttallrik och dryck. Vi hade tillgång till rummet i tre timmar och började vistelsen med att byta om till badkläder, skåla och lyssna till ett tal av brudens mamma som överraskade sin dotter med att dyka upp på hotellet.

Bruden med sina brudtärnor, Yasmin längst till höger.

I hotellrummet väntade allas morgonrockar, tofflor, frukttallrik och bubbel.

Möhippepaket på Clarion:

– Entré till Selma City Spa med tillgång till uppvärmd pool, relaxavdelning, bastu, samt lån av badrock, handduk och tofflor.
– Privat hotellrum i 3 timmar.
– Ett glas mousserande per person.
Pris: 695 kr per person

Vi köpte även till:
– Exotiskt fruktfat i rummet: 250 kr
- 1 timmes massage till bruden.

Paketen gäller för minimum 5 personer och tillgång till spa under 3 timmar.

2. Förfest på hotellsvit, Scandic Anglais

Det perfekta mellanstoppet innan middag & utgång är en förfest på Scandic Anglais som ligger perfekt beläget mitt på Stureplan. Att ha ett ställe att mellanlanda på, byta om och ta ett glas är en riktig partyhöjare och något som vi inte kan rekommendera nog! Så medan resten av tjejerna var på spa, skyndade jag (Sheida) till Scandic Anglais för att ställa iordning hotellrummet med ballonger, tårta, cupcakes och maskeradutstyrslar som brudens syster hade förberett i diverse resväskor. Teamwork!

Att hyra en svit är inte bara kul för hela gruppen under möhippan – bruden + 1 vän kan även sova där och äta frukost dagen efter. Det blir det perfekta avslutet på en intensiv dag/kväll!

Vill dock påpeka att sviterna på Scandic Anglais har väldigt olika standard, så till nästa gång hade vi önskat att man får veta vilken svit man får redan vid bokning. Vi har tidigare hyrt "eventsviten" på Scandic Anglais (rum: 707, tips!) som har en enorm terass och sjukt snygg penthouse-inredning. Den går faktiskt inte ens att jämföra med deras andra sviter och det är lite märkligt att priserna är detsamma. Från början fick vi ett annat rum än den som syns på bilderna, men jag sade till personalen och fick då byta till det här rummet som inte hade någon terrass, men bra utsikt över Stureplan och helt ok inredning. Inget går dock att jämföra med eventsviten!


Scandic Anglais

Adress:
Humlegårdsgatan 23, 102 44 Stockholm
Tel:08-517 340 00

3. Middag + drinkbord på Kasai 

Efter att ha burit bruden från hotellet i en Marokansk tron (!) med lite hjälp av några tappra bröder & pojkvänner var det sista stoppet på möhippan en festlig middag med show och dans på Kasais middagsklubb Ochaya. Skillnaden mellan Kasais vanliga restaurangdel och Oschaya en trappa ner är underhållningen – medan du äter ackompanjeras du av allt ifrån fiolspelande varelser, DJ's, akrobater och sjömonster! Vi vill ge Kasai pluspoäng för att så bra engagera alla brudar (det var tre möhippegäng bland middagsgästerna denna kväll) i allt från dans till att få bära ut shotbrickor till bröllopsmarsch-musik. Så uppskattat och roligt!

Stanna kvar efter middagen och ha drinkbord och dansa i sofforna tills kl slår 02:00 och fötterna inte orkar mer.

Jag & brudens syster.

Kasai
Adress: Linnégatan 18, 114 47 Stockholm
Tel: 08-442 89 00
Pris: Middag: ca 600 kr/pers exklusive dryck. Drinkbord minimispendering 500 kr/person
Reservera i god tid innan! Det kan vara fullbokat flera månader i förväg!

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Fredrik Sandell, the owner of Sweden's first Hobbit Hotel

Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel has opened – and it’s located in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm suburb Nacka, 15-20-minute drive from the city center. You can now spend the night in a replica of the Frodo and Bilbo Baggins-house, and experience the magical Hobbiton setting IRL. We are Nodes got a grand tour of the 1- room Bed and Breakfast, so join us as we interview the Hobbit Hotel owner, try on the precious ring (!), and learn about hobbit breakfast habits.

Even though we had seen pictures of the Hobbit hotel before we visited, we both were surprised about the striking resemblance when we arrived. It’s almost unreal to see a full-scale replica of the Baggins house in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm. They opened only a month ago, but the Bed and Breakfast has already been featured in Swedish local TV (Nyhetsmorgon) and newspapers. And – to the owner Fredrik Sandell's big surprise - without any real marketing efforts from their side, visitors from all over the world have started to find their way to Sweden's first Hobbit Hotel. "We had Germans visiting yesterday, and an English couple the week before. I want this to become an international tourist attraction."
We were super happy to be among the first ones to visit Sweden's first Hobbit Hotel


Fredrik Sandell, an entreprenuerial Lord of the Rings-fan
During the time we were visiting, several neighbors stopped by for a chat, and an upcoming guest that had reserved the room for her parents, walked by to say hi and check out the 1-room building. “The interest from neighbours and people walking by has been huge”, Fredrik explains. And we can clearly see why – the hotel is extremely welcoming, and not only because of its extraordinary exterior and interior, but also because of its owner and founder; Fredrik Sandell. He’s a true entrepreneur who has a impressive amount of energy and passion for his project(s). Besides the Hobbit Hotel, he has a full-time job, runs two cafés and trains two soccer teams. Our first question was of course excatly HOW big of a Lord of the Rings-nerd he is? Fredrik laughs, he has heard the same question many times before. "I wouldn’t describe myself as a hardcore Lord of the ring-fan... Although I have read the books twice, and I stood in line from 4 am to get in to the movie premieres.


Make sure to watch our new vlog from Sweden's first Hobbit hotel!


How Hobbit Hotel Stockholm started

Originally, the idea was to build a small apartment for their daughters to stay in when they got older, but the idea quickly evolved to become something bigger – and with time, the Hobbit Hotel was ready to welcome its first guests. However, it took almost 8 months to even get the permit to build the house. At first, Fredrik considered doing only the exterior inspired by the Baggins house, but when he mentioned the idea to his friends, he could tell by their ecstatic reaction that he should go all in with the Hobbit concept. And we’re lucky he did, because the interest for extraordinary and genuine travel experiences is just growing, and we’re confident that the Hobbit Hotel is going to be a huge success.


Hobbit Hotel Facilitates
Fredrik has planned and designed the hotel, which has got underfloor heating, a fridge and freezer, toilet, running water – everything one could need for a comfortable stay. Visitors can try on the "Precious ring" (if they dare), and Fredrik has geared up with plenty of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings video material for the dedicated fans.
Yasmin tried the Hairy Hobbit slippers and pictured herself as a Baggins...


The ultimate LOTR-experience at Hobbit Hotel
Here's how Fredrik recommends his visitors to experience the hotel in the best way possible:
"You come here to unwind, preferably after a full packed day in Stockholm city. You arrive at the Hobbit house, sit down in the patio and pour up a drink (prepared in the fridge) and relax for a while. Later, you out for dinner somewhere nearby, come back home, light the fire and watch Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies as long as you are awake... There are 18 hours of video material! When you wake up the next day, it's time for breakfast number 1. As you know, hobbits eat two breakfasts, so after the first round, you can take a stroll around the area or go for a swim, and then it's time for breakfast nr 2, which consists waffles."
So, for any of our international readers or local followers, make sure to take your Stockholm visit or staycation to a new level! We want to thank Fredrik for the grand tour of the Hobbit house, and we look forward to following him in the future – something tells us this is not the last project he will launch that will take the travel community with storm!


PRACTICAL INFORMATION 
​​How many can stay in the room:
Double bed for 2 persons, plus extra mattresses (maxium of 4 persons)
How to get there: You can take plenty of different buses (409, 471, 414) from Slussen. Jump off at Nacka Forum, and take a short 5-10 minute walk to the house.
Address: Lillängsvägen 91, 131 41 Nacka
Price: From 2000 SEK (200 euro) and up.Read more about the rates and practical information on their official website: http://www.hobbitstockholm.se/

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Written by Sheida

Stockholm has shown itself from its best side this weekend. 26 degrees, sunshine and a clear blue sky. And while one half of We are Nodes (Yasmin) is in Palma (stay tuned for an updated Palma-guide) I, Sheida, have enjoyed the Swedish summer in the archipelago.

The best place for a Swedish "fika"

Long summer luncheons by the sea are quite hard to beat, and one of our favourite places is Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which is beautifully situated on a small peninsula. Here you will find all sorts of traditional Swedish dishes like cold-roasted salmon with dill stewed potatoes, smoked shrimps and the classic "shrimp sandwich" (in Swedish: räkmacka). Not to even mention the amazing desert buffet with cookies and pastries!This is the perfect spot for a rosé lunch or a after beach waffle + coffee (there's a little beach just next to the café if you want to go for a swim!) Well worth a visit!
Today's lunch: Chèvre Chaud with a cooling glass of lemonade, and lots and lots of shrimps with aioli.
... and the amazing desert buffet!
Adress: Trädgårdsgatan 19, 185 32 Vaxholm
Phone: 08-541 319 80
Open: Weekends in May, everyday from June 1- Middle of September
How to get here: You can easily take the ferry from Stockholm City in no less than 1 hour.

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Get to know the sisters behind We are Nodes
Part 1: The big sister


Name: Yasmin Tilles
Age:
29 ("The big sister")
City: Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation: Working as PR and Marketing Manager at IT security-startup Detectify
Passions: Entrepreneurship and building businesses, digital marketing, travelling (obviously), planning (I’m a project manager-freak who plans my whole existence in various to do-lists), and drinking coffee on my balcony.


Your Best Trip?


There are SO many unforgettable trips to choose between, but here’s two trips that has left a big impression on me:

1) A work trip I made to San Francisco and New York in 2013 while I was working at IDG Sweden and Webbdagarna. I joined the IDG US event team in San Francisco for the annual Macworld/iWorld conference, a huge event targeting Apple users and partners, for a week of intensive and fun work. Later, I took the plane over to NY where I stayed with my friend Bess (who I became friends with when we both were studying Spanish in Madrid), and enjoyed another week of meetings, events and sightseeing in the city. I remember walking around downtown, jumping between inspiring meetings with NY- based startups like Holstee and other prominent web experts, looking up at the skyscrapers and feeling so alive and filled with energy.

With IDG:s awesome and legendary founder Patrick McGovern at the Macworld Conference 
Jumping between meetings in NY 
Love New York!
I was mainly working with the Speaker Lounge at MacWorld. And yes, Ashton Kutcher was one of the speakers (since he played Steve Jobs in the movie about the Apple founder), but I didn't run into him on site. 

2) Not a trip, but more a travel experience that’s very special to me is when Sheida and I moved to Barcelona in 2008, 10 years ago! Not only was it our first abroad experience together, but my GAWD how much we experienced during those months in Barcelona. We rented two rooms in an apartment close to Sagrada Familia, worked together, spent a lot of time partying, getting to know people, going on excursions (our local flatmate was always surprised by the places we explored when we were off work). Barcelona will always be special to me, especially since both me and Sheida grew up a lot during our time there.

A very old photo of Sheida and I from Barcelona, it seems we liked to match outfits back then... 

Haha love this image of my room in Barcelona that I found when writing on this blog post. The funny thing is that Sheida slept in my bed the first night, since we hadn't really decided if we trusted our flatmate yet (he turned out to be a great guy). 

Favorite travel memory?


Spending a night in the jungle in Costa Rica in 2015. Long story short; We arrived to the wrong hotel in the middle of the night and  in the middle of the jungle, but somehow we managed to convince the hotel owners to let us sleep in their open air show room. Definitely one of my travel highlights!


When my friend Linnéa and I visited Pointe des Almadies, the most western point of Africa, during our volunteer trip in Dakar, Senegal. Pointe des Almadies was the perfect way to escape the crazy and loud citylife in Dakar, and the place made us come back twice for its quiet surroundings and fresh oysters.
We visited Pointe des Almadies during a volunteer trip we did to an orphanage in Senegal.

Sheida and I have spent many months in Cannes, but one thing we never get tired of is the magical sunrises over there. I love the memories of those nights when we had a blast at the club, and then walked home while talking about the evening as the sun went up.

What’s the best and worst part about traveling with you sister?


Worst part is that we push each other’s buttons and therefore argue a lot (fortunately for us, we make up as quickly). Best part is that we are a great travel team. We enjoy spending vacations in the same way. We value the small things in life and easily fall into simple travel habits when we are away.  For example, one of our favorite parts of staying in Paris for one summer, was the very simple breakfast-picnics we had in the next door park every morning. We have so many unforgettable memories together. Travelling is truly what has made us so close.


Your best travel hacks?

  1. Do some good research, skip the regular Trip Advisor-tips and search for “city + blog” (not biased here at all hehe) for some travel blogger input, and don’t forget Instagram as a great source for travel inspiration!
  2. If possible, stay in cities for a longer period. The difference staying 4 weeks in a city instead of one is HUGE. That's how you really get to know locals and the city, and have enough time to create your own habits. A less touristy experience of a city. If you don't have so many vacation days, try asking your manager if you can work remotely. I'm a true supporter of the work and travel-concept!
  3. If you're staying in a city for a longer period and need to find somewhere to stay; try searching for apartment in less known, preferably local, sites and forums (i.e. not Airbnb). That way you could find flats/rooms for better prices. For instance, when Sheida and I were looking for a flat in Cannes to rent for two months, we used AngloInfo France (the Riviera forum). The result: We found this amazing flat with two rooms and its own patio, in the middle of Cannes, for a very good price! We kept going back to this apartment year after year!
Cannes 2012: We did our life admin, side projects and travel research in the patio...
...and drank a lot of coffee and hanged out with the cat.
Photo from our first day in Cannes that summer, the international advertising festival Cannes Lions was in town and tech giants hosted parties and mingles throughout the city.


Your favorite weekend destination?


Barcelona, New York and my latest favorite Lisbon.
Photo from a previous work trip to New York, this is me and my former colleague John with the inventor of World Wide Web, Sir Tim Bernes-Lee at the Webby Awards Afterparty. 

Lisbon

Photos from my weekend trip to Lisbon last year.


Your favorite party destination?


Cannes for sure (read our Cannes guide here). And we're not the only ones to like the city during summer...
Bob Sinclair spinning records at Gotha Club, Cannes
With DJ Nervo
Paris Hilton had some good Cannes-vibes at Le Palais
Avicii made the roof lift at Baoli Beach
Beach parties with friends (this pic is from St Tropez though, read more here)


Have you ever visited a city that didn’t live up to your expectations?


Paris is a very nice city that I really have tried to fall in love with, but it just doesn’t work. Sheida and I rented a studio in Le Marais for one summer, and I have been there several times for weekends and work trips, but Paris and I just don’t click. There plenty of fun and wonderful things to do, but it's just not my city of choice.

It’s not you, Paris, it’s me… Or is it?

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What are your travel plans for 2017?


So far, I’ve been in Gdansk,  Riga and Helsinki. Rest of the year will be spent with an epic road trip to Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia this summer. A traditional visit to Finland to visit relatives, and hopefully both Athens and Italy. If possible, I’d love to squeeze in Tel Aviv, it seems like cool city!
Photos from our spa trip to Riga in February 2017

That's all for now, follow me (Yasmin) on Twitter/Instagram @yasmintilles to keep up with my latest updates!

Next up, we will get to know Lil' sis a little better. Stay tuned!

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Almost a year has flown by, and as we are soon entering the last month of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea to sum up 2016 with a list of our travel highlights. Enjoy!




Favourite activity:
Champagnetasting at Moët & Chandon, Champagne.
Why?
Because in less than an hour with the direct train from Paris, you will arrive in Épernay, the capital of Champagne. It's the ultimate day trip and the perfect activity for champagne enthusiasts! The Möet & Chandon/Dom Pérignon champagne caves are over 28 km long, 30 metres deep and is likely to store over 1000.000 bottles. Pretty impressive!
img_4869img_4881img_1849img_1820Read More about our Champagne tasting at the Moët & Chandon Champagne Cellars 

Favourite restaurant experience:
KONG, Paris.
Why? 
We love everything that has a great view and a great vibe – and Kong has both! The service was excellent, the food left us satisfied and as the evening progresses, the music gets louder and the lights go darker, making Kong the perfect restaurant to wine and dine at before a night out in the city of lights.img_4794img_1670Want more Paris-tips? Read '6 Amazing Places you Must Visit in Paris'

Best Beach Hangout of 2016:
Banana Beach in surfer's paradise Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
Why?
Santa Teresa is the place to be if you are into amazing sunsets, surfing and chill hangouts. Cool down under the palm trees while sipping on tropical drinks and watch surfers as they hit the waves. We can't wait to go back and embrace the pura vida lifestyle again!
img_4347img_1528Planning to go to Costa Rica this winter? Make sure to read our popular Costa Rica guide.

Best Beach Club:
Puro Beach, Palma.
Why?
With its excellent location on a secluded peninsula, 180°-view of the coast and a fantastic pool area, Puro Beach is without a doubt one of the best beach clubs we've been at. Just look at the pictures and you'll understand why...
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Read our Swedish Palma Guide that we wrote for Travellink here, or in English here.

Favorite Hotel:
Van Der Valk, Schiphol, Amsterdam.
Why?
Because of the newly built “I Am Superior” rooms, were we were the first guests to get to sleep in the super comfy new Hypnos beds (which were voted bed of the year in 2012). Of course the friendly staff was a bonus!
img_4925IMG_1956Read about our stay at Van Der Valk Schiphol here.

Best Aperitivo:
Cinc, in the artistic area Brera, Milan.
Why?
Because it was the first time after a long winter in Sweden that we were able to sit outside in the sun and enjoy an Aperol Spritz. In that moment the Italian phrase "questa è vita" (meaning: this is life) made perfect sense. Sun and friends is really all you need! 
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Best Airport Restaurant:
Pontus in the Air, Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Why?
After years and years of really poor selections of restaurants with good and price worthy food at airports (not only in Sweden, but in general), the opening of Pontus Frithiof's restaurant Pontus in the Air probably was one of the best things that could happen. Finally a nice place to enjoy a good breakfast, lunch or dinner before a flight.
img_2224img_2207img_2193Read about our lunch with Pontus Frithiof at Pontus in the Air here.

Best Budget Restaurant:
As Zebras Do Combro, Lisbon.
Why?
We nearly walked past this "Hole in the wall"-restaurant, but changed our minds just as we passed it and went back. And boy, are we glad we did, because the dinner at As Zebras Do Combro was a true highlight during our stay in Lisbon! Delicious food and wonderful serviceminded staff - if you're ever in Lisbon, make sure to stop by this restaurant!
img_3871img_3858Read our Lisbon Restaurant Guide here.




2016 has been a great year so far, and we still have one more trip planned to Hamburg (#ChristmasInHamburg) in collaboration with TB Nordic, Hamburg Tourism and VisitHamburg in the beginning of December, so stay tuned!

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