“As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.” Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
That’s not a description of a typical Swedish girl. That’s how Stieg Larsson described my today’s post heroine – Lisbeth Salander, a girl with the dragon tattoo from Millennium series. For those who haven’t read the book yet – I strongly recommend to go through all three parts and then come back here to read my post 😉 For lazy ones – there are 3 Swedish movies covering whole trilogy, and American version directed by David Fincher about the first book (I ❤ Rooney Mara!).
When I first read the books I totally felt in love with Sweden and Stockholm described in it. Mysterious, rough, magnetic and sometimes dirty. And I didn’t have idea that I’m going to live in that place. When I finally moved here one of the first thing I wanted to do was to see the Lisbeth Salander’s Stockholm.
I started my trip from Slussen metro station, which is just two stops from the central station. Lisbeth – recluse hacker – was avoiding snobbish places. She would rather go to McDonald’s then to fancy restaurant in Östermalm. So if you are hungry at the very beginning of the trip – grab some cheeseburger in McDonalnd’s on Katarinavägen 1-3 – place that Salander knew very well.
Just a few steps from Slussen we can find her putative workplace. Lisbeth thanks to her unique skills had a position in Milton Security where she worked as researcher. That’s how she met Mikael Blomkvist – journalist, main character in the book. Larson never gave us an exact address, but he described a building in that area as modern, made of concrete, steel and glass. So there are only two candidates – Katarinvägen 15 or 17, but in the first one you can find office of press agency – Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå where Larson used to work.
If you turn back, you’ll see a lot of stairs going up to Mosebacke. You can also go around, but that’s not a Salander’s style. So now we are on Södermalm – place where people didn’t like to live for a long time. 50 years ago it was rather working class district. Later artists came and now it’s a center of hipsterdom 😉
If you remember book well, you should know that Lisbeth when became filthy rich bought super-expensive apartment here. Exact address is Fiskargatan 9 – here she lived under pseudonym V. Kulla (yup, in Swedish chlidren’s book Pippi Långstrump – house of Pippi was called Villa Villekulla). Author didn’t mention any specific price, but he wrote that it was the most expensive offer in a whole Stockholm. So take a look on that building. I could live there – nearby you can find buss to Karolinska 😉
Ok, so probably you expect that living in that expensive place she was buying food in some expensive eco-shop? No matter how much did she have on her account – she was still the same girl. So her weekly shopping: big box of Billy’s Pan Pizza, 3 frozen fish casseroles, 3 bacon tarts, 1 kg of carrots, 2 breads, half kilo of cheese, milk, coffee, box of Malboro Light and some newspapers – she was buying at Seven Eleven at Götgatan 25.
I didn’t feel like eating this frozen pizza, so I went to her favorite pub in Södermalm – it’s quite close on Tjärhovsgatan 4 and it’s called Kvarnen. Salander was meeting here regularly her lover – Miriam Wu. I was expecting rather underground place with dark climate. But Kvarnen is totally different. It rather looks like Czech beer Pub. I was lucky, because during weekends they have really nice brunch buffet: 210 kr/plate and you eat as much as you want. All kind of Swedish food + deserts. I strongly recommend that place!
After all food I consumed I was unable to continue my trip with girl with the dragon tattoo… But I saved some more destinations for later. So if you like the book and you want to see more – let me know, I’ll show you next part of different side of Stockholm 😉
All of the super-awesome pictures are taken by Dominika Dunajewska, who went on a trip with me 😉 If by chance you’re also Polish – check her blog about living in Sweden: click 😉