July 5, 2014

Stockholm: Volume One

In the first of a two part series, I’ll be posting what I’ve been up to in Stockholm. My first lodging, a hostel/hotel in Skanstull. The entire hostel is underground, and my room did not come with a clock. It felt like a casino. “Have I been down here an hour? Or twelve?” Despite this fact, it was one of the nicer hostel/hotels I’ve stayed at. Unfortunately, I apparently didn’t take any pictures with my good camera, so I don’t have any to share here so here is a picture of Stockholm.

In the first couple of days, I visited a couple of museums. One being the Vasa museum. The Vasa, launched in 1628, was a huge warship. Where most warships of the time had 10-15 canons, the Vasa had 72. It set off to great fanfare! …And sank minutes later, 120m from shore. Salvaged in 1961, it now sits in a museum.

I also stopped at a transit museum which reminded me, after my trip to a museum in Goteborg, that Sweden has some creepy mannequins.

Late on July fourth, after drinking an Irish beer, in an Irish bar, in Stockholm, I headed to Arlanda to pick up an highly anticipated visitor; Elizabeth! On the fifth we headed to a few different venues including Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde (a former home of an artistic Swedish prince, now a museum), the Ericsson Globe arena (and the Skyview attraction where you ride in a smaller globe to the top).


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