The flights to, arrival, and exploration of Stockholm

Sunday

I got on the plane to London from Chicago at 8:05 Sunday night.  I was able to get a Emergency Exit seat, which makes Robert a happy camper with leg room on eight hour flights.  I sat next to Al and Kathy, who both work for the Olympics.  Pretty cool.  Al was an Aussie and Kathy was a Brit.  We discussed accents and our respective careers.  It was a peaceful flight over.

Monday

In London, I met Rachel… or she met me with a tackle hug from the back.  We hopped on our flight to Stockholm with the goal to not fall asleep.  We both had our copies of Rick Steve’s Scandinavia out and were trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible before we were actually in Scandinavia.

They had wifi on the high speed train:

I don’t drink coffee:

Stockholm is made up of 14 islands, which help make it ridiculously beautiful.  The streets are cobblestone and all of the buildings are four or five stories tall creating all of these alleyways.  When you look down a major alleyway you can usually see water.  Well, that is how it is on our island, Galma Stan, which is where the entire original town was.  I found a neat hostel online that had rooms with only two beds and is the nicest and cleanest hostel in which I’ve stayed.  The room was a little cozy though.

Monday night our goal was to stay up until 9.  So, we walked from the train station with our bags on our backs to our hostel, which was on another island.  On our way out the train station, some guys walking by offered us some free bus, subway, and ferry passes.  Awesome!  After we got settled in, we went out and had dinner, and got groceries and some cash.  My bed was so comfy, I passed out quickly… until waking up at midnight and counting corndogs until four.

Tuesday

Rachel had already written a blog post, listened to a podcast, and was finishing up an ice sculpture when I finally arose at 9.  We took Rick’s guided tour of our island, which took us by the German, Swedish, and Finnish Churches from the Reformation period.  I hope to get back to these churches on our one day back in Stockholm before we leave.  We then went to the palace to watch the changing of the guard.  It was cool; the band played ABBA’s Dancing Queen as the closing number (in the video below).  We had lunch at a sweet little hole in the wall spot, where part of the funds from each meal goes to take care of the homeless in Stockholm.  The Salmon looked like it would be warm, it wasn’t.

In the afternoon, we took a ferry to another island that had an amusement park, four castles, and a gigantic park.  Apparently, for a period, the island was used just for the King to go deer hunting.  We then went to see the Swedish warship Vasa, which sank in the early 1600s.  It was the titanic of its day in terms of size and splendor, but it kind of sank 20 minutes into its maiden voyage, which doesn’t bode well for ships.  We had a quaint dinner at a hotdog stand that had an incredible view.

We took the trolley around the island and onto the new main island of today.  We got semi-lost and then found our way to our island.  It felt like we were on LOST.  I wanted to have ice cream cones because it seemed like an ice cream cone kind of day.

We returned home and prepared for our train the next morning to Oslo, Norway.  Beds are so comfy when you’re jetlagged!

Video from Stockholm:

JESUS!

Dragons are awesome.

The name of their main press stands looked like Presbyterian when you walked by:

This is for Patrick Michael Quiring’s viewing pleasure:

My new sweatshirt because I forgot all things long sleeve… they had like four H&Ms in a row.

RTQ

12 Responses to “The flights to, arrival, and exploration of Stockholm”

  1. Graham July 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Looks like you’re having a blast man! Can’t wait to go to Slovakia in a few days! 🙂

    • RTQ July 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      Graham,

      I’ll be thinking of you guys on your trip. Enjoy not having any youths for the first time!

      RTQ

  2. Helen Quiring July 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    I was thrilled to read your blog. I loved all the pictures and the story about the huge boat. So glad you are both doing well.

    • RTQ July 21, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks mom.

      RTQ

  3. Dave Olson July 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Nice photos. (But did you really put ketchup on your hot dog?)

    • RTQ July 21, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      They put the ketchup on for me. I declined the mustard.

      RTQ

  4. Tony July 22, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I’ve always enjoyed reading RTQ Blogs. They are so entertaining they could be made into a 30 minitue program called “RTQ’s Sweden”.

    • RTQ July 23, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Tony, is that you? I miss you!

  5. Marti Schmidt July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Everything looks perfect but I didn’t see any Chick-Fil-A’s.

    • RTQ July 23, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Nope. None sighted yet. You’ll be the first to know.

  6. Jon July 24, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I’m not certain I would care to see Robert on Coffee… That might be a bit too much energy 😀

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