The sun rose this morning at 4:18am and will set tonight at 9:32pm. We’re in Sweden, Stockholm to be exact. Abba is BIG here still and I’m yet to see an Ikea. But I’ve only had one full day so I suppose there is still time.
After a leisurely breakfast Joan and I met up with a walking tour of the main part of the city. I like doing these on the first day at a new destination as it gives you a feel for what’s important, you’re left with a list of places you want to return to, and you get a good dose of history and inside information you would not have otherwise gotten. Our guide for this tour was pretty good. I especially liked that his voice projected so that I could hear him and his humor was actually funny. They can sometimes be really cheesy when they crack a joke.
The tour took about two hours then we took a ferry back to the old part of the city which is on an island. But that’s not unusual here as Stockholm is made up of 57 islands . I enjoyed just wandering around the narrow streets and looking at the amazing old architeccture. It’s high summer and that means every European is on holiday. I’m starting to think that perhaps most of them chose Sweden this year. There are a LOT of people about. It makes for good people watching, but it’s not quite as zen-like as it would be in, say, January when the day is only 71 minutes long.
We had a great lunch at the Hairy Pig Deli. A silly name for a place that served the best potato salad and grill provolone I’ve had in a while. Oh, and the panacotta was simply sublime.
Tomorrow, Thor and Odin willing, I will indulge my interest in Viking history and mythology.