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Stockholm, Sweden

Tired of hearing about all my travels yet?? A few more countries and then I promise to stop for a bit. Although I did just book a trip to Aruba for the end of January so you will get a dose of tropical soon enough!! 🙂

Of all the countries I went to this year, I feel like I could very easily adapt to living in Finland and Sweden. They just seem so cool and laid back and just all around awesome. The first stop once we got acquainted with the city a bit was the Vasa Museum. Vasa? Isn’t that glass in Spanish you ask? Yeah it is but it was a Swedish ship too! I had no idea that the Vasa Museum existed until we were in Stockholm. It’s one of my most favorite museums I have ever been to. Here’s the basics, but do more research before you visit…The Vasa sailed off from Stockholm after being hand made by many in 1628 despite the fact that whoever made the ship told the king that it was not going to float!!!  20 minutes after it began its voyage, it sank. Duhhhhh. It was built way too top heavy because that is how the king told them to build it. The sad thing is that after it sank, no one did anything to recover it for 300 years!!! Because the water is so cold, the ship was preserved and scientists worked together to pull it above water and preserve it.  It’s amazing that something so old is still in such great condition! They moved the ship to it’s final resting place on this plot of land in Stockholm and then built the museum around it. It was definitely a highlight of Stockholm and I totally recommend going.

Some city pics.

I loved the colored buildings, reminded me a bit of Finland, Florence and pretty much just European historic cities in general.

We watched the changing of the guard. Pretty standard. We couldn’t see a damn thing because there were so many people but I caught this one…

Probably the only black and white photo from the whole vacation. It called for it. This was walking to this cafe we found where we walked in and the lady behind the counter pointed to a chalkboard with meals written in English such as Cheeseburger, Pizza…..I told her nooooo, I wanted Swedish meatballs! She sounded surprised, smiled and made us some Swedish meatballs. Deeeelish!

Last stop was the ORIGINAL Icebar!! How cool is that?? Minus the fact that these are clearly just so you can say you went to an Icebar. Because seriously….how practical is an icebar?? You can’t go on a date there, you can’t meet people there….you exit through a gift shop for goodness sake. But whatevs. I went to the original icebar and feel pretty cool about it.

I liked the song lyric etchings they had. Apparently they change all the time.

🙂

I already shared Stockholm’s Archipelago with you. It was beautiful coming and leaving. 🙂

And we came back to a cute towel buddy.

  • January 10, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Brea - The colored rowhouses reminded me of Amsterdam and the other areas reminded me of Belgium, but like you said, it’s kind of all of Europe 😉

    I love seeing the photos from your travels! You’re a well traveled lady!

  • January 10, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Lauren - That ship is amazing! No that there’s anything wrong with your pics of it, but I’m sure that pictures can’t do justice to how awesome it must have been seeing that in person.
    And dude, that face thing with the pipe coming out of it….nightmare worthy.

  • January 10, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Emilia Jane - Oh Dani that black and white. Please print it HUGE for your wall!!!!

  • January 10, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Kathy - Maaaaaan I want to go to an ice bar! 😀 Looks like so much fun!!

  • January 10, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Julia Franzosa - These are lovely, really making my travel dreams grow!!!

  • January 10, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Alison - I have always wanted to go to the icebar! How awesome. I’m feeling pretty jealous here in Maryland.

  • January 10, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Terra Dawn - GAH…I love European architecture. Makes me miss Italy!!

    P.S. I love the soldier’s hat. I want one. 😀

  • January 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Jama Pantel - I NEVER get tired of travel photos! It’s my goal to life to travel anywhere and everywhere! You did a great job capturing your trip!!

  • January 12, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Teri Pozniak // tPoz - Dang girl! Aruba?! Jelly….
    That boat is so cool!
    I want to go just so I can have a real Swedish meatball!! Haha!

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