Last week was pay week in Stockholm. What this means is that everyone got paid, so everyone was out. There were long lines at the cash machines and long lines to get into restaurants because everyone all at once has money to spend again. (The weekend before pay week is a notoriously quiet one in the city.)
But for this pay week, it seemed like celebrations started early and people were out on the town even on Tuesday. The weather was nice for this time of year, so people were outside at the cafes, drinking rose and beer and having a good time. As for Robert and I, we were out on Friday at a wine tasting and then pizza at Lo Scudetto for dinner. We did some pub hopping on Saturday and then Magasin 3 art gallery and another pub on Sunday. So I think we were also part of the pay week frenzy.
After moving here, it took us a while to recognize what was going on with the paycheck phenomenon. When Robert and I would go out, we would notice that some Friday nights were dead, while others were completely crazy. It took a Swedish friend to explain what was going on with the everyone gets paid at once and parties system. (In the US, the pay check system can vary depending on your employer – I was always paid every other week.)
This pay week was a particularly exciting one as there was a big robbery at a cash depot that supplies money to Stockholm cash machines on Wednesday. The robbery took place at dawn and involved helicopters, guns and fake bombs and brought on talk of shortages of cash at cash machines. So Stockholmers felt proud that such a cool, Ocean’s 11-style heist had gone down during pay week.