Category Archives: Sweden

Beach Rabbits & Beach Goats…….Båstad, Sweden

A quick flight from Stockholm, Båstad is located on the southwestern coast. Upon our arrival, our friend Ulrika took us directly to the polling center to see if Riki could vote here. Turns out that he can and he did. It is a big election for Sweden. The current party has been in power for 8 years and many people are worried that they will lose this time (this is tricky to write as we are sitting in Riki’s grandmother’s house awaiting the results, but I will probably not finish this post til after the election). Check back for the results.

I have been to Båstad before, but it was in the winter. It is a very cute town that hosts a very popular annual tennis tournament. Other times of the year, it is quieter and consists of small streets and a small beach and harbor. And the beach has rabbits! (Not pictured as they caught us off guard and disappeared by the time we got the camera out, but they were there, I swear). There are many little shops, a church that is getting a new roof, a hotel and a couple of restaurants.

So it’s the middle of September and it’s pretty chilly, but that does not stop people from getting in the water. We sat on the beach this afternoon and timed the length of time each person was in the water. One and a half minutes max. Then they got out and immediately changed into dry clothes. We saw our fair share of naked old people today.

(don’t worry – that’s not a video of them, just the British queen, and she’s not naked)

The incumbents did not win and it doesn’t seem like many people are thrilled, including the winning party? At least that’s what I’ve gathered.  We spent the day with Ulrika and Nick wandering the coastline.

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Not only are there beach rabbits, but beach goats. Easier to capture than the rabbits.

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Note my my amazing rock tower – among many.

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Nick, Ulrika, Julie, Riki

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It was pretty windy.

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Torekov harbor

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An abandoned quarry.

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We had dinner at Riki’s grandmother’s new place this evening.  It’s a very cute house with a courtyard entry, so close to the center of the town, but still very private.  Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce.  Very Swedish and Very good.

Tomorrow we will take a ferry across to Denmark.

Bridges, Boats & Bikes….Stockholm

This is my first post using entirely the Ipad, so please excuse the formatting, as I don’t have as much control over the layout.

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Our first night – The Old Town

Riki is going to get a hair cut once we get to Asia, so let’s call this a before shot.

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Stockholm is a very cool place.  The last time I was in Sweden was for New Years and it was not the same (so much more light in the summer). The sun has been out every day and the sky has been almost completely clear.  The temperature is a bit baffling though.  You can go from sweating in the sun to needing a scarf in a matter of seconds, just by stepping into the shade.  Riki’s cousin, Calle took us out our first day and we walked all over Stockholm, which is not too tough.  It’s not a huge city and it’s very walkable for being made up of a bunch of islands.  It appears to be even easier to bike, which we haven’t done, but plenty of other people are.

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View from Sodermalm

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Ferry Trip to Vaxholm

We took a ferry about an hour out into the archipelago to a small town called Vaxholm.  While there wasn’t much to do there, the boat trip was well worth it, especially the slower, cheaper ferry we took back.  They pass gorgeous little islands covered in trees and dotted in bright houses.

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A giraffe crane to rival the one in Zurich.

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(Riki is trying out a new feature – tilt frame – which makes everything look miniature)

Vaxholm

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This was the view from our picnic spot in Vaxholm, where we ate meat and bread, no cheese.  And apples – they have a lot of those here.

After our boat trip, we met up with all of Riki’s cousins (and plus ones) and aunt for dinner.  We visited our second buffet (?) style restaurant, which doesn’t really do it justice.  I’m not sure what to call them, but you order at a counter and they cook the food to order and it’s much better than a buffet.  Later we met up with an old friend of Riki’s and saw some of Stockholm’s nightlife, which was much more happening than Zurich’s.

Friday, Riki’s aunt took us to the oldest outdoor museum, called Skansen, which happens to be on the same island where she lives.  It has a bunch of old Swedish buildings that were dismantled and reconstructed here.  They also have things for kids (or big kids).

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One of the reconstructed buildings was a machine shop, where they had a single engine running many belts that could power multiple tools at once.  My dad would have been proud, we spent a few minutes trying to figure out how it worked.

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They also had a zoo there, with Scandinavian animals, which include reindeer. But not Rudolph, he is from Finland I learned.

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And we met Riki’s aunt’s dog, King, who looks way more vicious than he is.

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