a quick tour of the old city
11.08.2016 - 30.08.2016 74 °F
Today we left Norway and travelled to Stockholm. Taking off over the many islands and waterways around Bergen was incredibly beautiful. No surprise, it is beautiful from the ground too. I mentioned to a couple of my comrades that I would like to return to Norway one day and (roomie) Carol observed that I have said that about every place we’ve been. That may be true, but there are different reasons and varying degrees of motivation. Iceland is geologically wild and “other-worldly” and I know it has more to show me. Copenhagen has Tivoli Gardens. OK, yes – that is a weak motivation, scratch that. Norway is just f’n beautiful, in a more elegant geological way than Iceland. In fact, Norway would be a great place to live. Naturally, I’d have to winter elsewhere, but still. . . . . Importantly, Norway (and all the Nordic countries, as far as I know) are neutral, peaceful, tolerant, and take care of their citizens. What’s not to love?
And now here I am in Stockholm and I am quite enamored of it also. We took a walking tour through the old part of Stockholm and of course it is charming. Stockholm is a beautiful city, built on fourteen islands. The old city is one of the islands and it is cobblestones and charming. Approx. one million people live in Stockholm, so this is no small Nordic town. In fact, Carol and I observed that there is far more diversity among the people we encounter than in any of the other places we’ve visited. (In other words, they are not all blonde and blue eyed) The guy who guided us from the airport to the Stockholm Sheraton warned us that they have many “beggars” in Stockholm now because immigrants from southern European countries are entering legally and are on the streets. I don’t think I have seen the evidence of that but I have only been here for a few hours yet.
I’ll have more info tomorrow. Meanwhile, our guide is named “Ria” (pronounced with a trill on the “R”). Ria is from Denmark but has been here for more than thirty years. She is an opera singer and came here to sing with the Stockholm opera. As a performer, she is enthusiastic and entertaining. She’ll be with us while we’re here.
Here are a few of the pictures I took today: