Stockholm is in Ken’s blood: he is 25% Swedish. Other people here look like him. It’s a vibrant city with lots of water in and around. In other words, it is made up of islands. It reminds me of Vienna where we couldn’t even attempt to recognize or say the names of streets or places. The language is VERY foreign. English is spoken, but many of the signs do not include it. It does feel nice to have people driving on the “right” side of the street again, like we are used to. It is also hot and humid (and few people have A/C, as this is unusual and will probably not last long), which we will have to get used to, having just come from chilly Ireland. We take a walk around to the old town and that starts to make me feel comfortable, with its narrow, cobblestoned streets and small shops. We wander into one for dinner: Swedish meat balls with ligonberry, of course! Delicious! Ken is delighted that a bunch of people are playing bocci ball, like we saw in France, by a beautiful fountain.
In the winter, there is only 6 hours of daylight. Now, in summer, it gets dark late, late and is bright by 4:00 AM. We are further north than parts of Canada that are above the tree line in the Artic Circle! Also, Stockholm is the largest city in Northern Europe.
We tour the palace the next day and also view the Nobel Prize museum. We learn that Albert Nobel made his money from inventing dynamite.
Even though they are part of the EU, they are not on the Euro. They are trying to become a cashless city, so you can charge everything. We try not to get any krona and just charge stuff. It is a very expensive city, as there are a lot of taxes added to bills (like 25%, and we complain at 7 or 8%). They have great social systems and take care of their citizens cradle to grave, but that all has to be paid for.
The people are young and beautiful, walking around: LONG legs, blond and stylish. It is very much a biking and walking city. It has a good infrastructure and transportation.
On our last day, we take the ferry to another island, which is also a part of Stockholm, and go to a Nordic museum and a Viking museum (and no, Vikings did not have horned helmets…that was invented in the 19th century for an opera costume). All very interesting. We eat at a nice restaurant for our final dinner on the Continent, and reminisce about what a great trip we have had.
So, that’s it for this journey. This is my last post, for this trip. We start for home middle of the night, tonight (taxi ordered for 4:15AM!!). If all goes well, it will take us 2 days to get home. And then the “fun” begins with trying to unpack boxes and settle into our new environment. It will be like traveling and adjusting to a new Airbnb and a new city! At least they speak English in Greenville!! LOL
It’s been an incredible 2 months and both Ken and I have enjoyed it. I feel very lucky to have had this wonderful and enriching experience and to be able to “walk the world” a little bit more.
THANKS for “joining” me along the way. I always felt your presence, as I looked for things to pay attention to that I thought you might enjoy hearing about. It gave me a new way of looking at our travels. Take care and thanks for following me…..