It's official: We're smitten with Sweden. From the Stockholm's glorious architecture spread across the port city's 14 islands, to the chilly yet charming Ice Hotel, to the wonderfully picturesque fishing villages of the West Coast, we can't enthuse enough about the country's endless allure. We mixed business and pleasure while we were there and made sure to research the most appealing people, places and things that make the Nordic country so special, especially for the gay community. Trust us, we found plenty. While we worked very hard to ensure we have an extensive list of highlights to share with you -- seeing as we obviously recommend you pay a visit soon -- we also made sure to carve out some time to enjoy the local scene. Before we left, the Out team, and our special local guests Anton Hysén and Rickard Engfors helped us throw a bash at the terribly trendy Mälarpaviljongen, a stylish bar that just so happens to be on a barge (we we weren't sure if it was the drinks or the choppy sea that was making us feel a bit woozy). The crowd was gorge, of course, the adorable and sweet-as-pie Anton was making the rounds while Rickard held court in his corner regaling friends, new and old, with wicked stories.
Sadly, we left today, but last night was one for the history books, and one we soon won't forget. While we're sad to report we didn't pick up too many Swedish phrases, there was one that surely came in handy -- skol -- the traditional cheers when toasting dear friends and sipping down your lusty libation.
Keep checking in as we have so many pictures, it's obscene, and we'll be sharing them in the upcoming days.
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photo of Anton Hysén and Out Editor-in-Chief Aaron Hicklin courtesy of Finest.se