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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Helsinki 2017

On a whim a few months ago we asked my family if they wanted to go to Helsinki cruise with us and now the time had come to set sail and we had great weather the whole weekend as shown in the below picture that was taken just before bedtime from our cabin window.

Baltic sunset

The setup was that we sailed over night from Stockholm to Helsinki with a afternoon departure on Friday. Since we booked so late we could not all get seating at the same tables for dinner. We and my parents had the early buffet on Friday which was good for the girls so they got food on a decent time. I think all had a decent nights sleep the first night and was ready to head over to the hotel that was booked. We managed to find the appropriate street car that took us all the way from the harbor to the hotell in one go with no changes. After we dropped the bags at the hotel for a afternoon check in we headed back downtown to see what Helsinki had to offer. First up was to get some coffee etc. and then I needed to try out the selfie stick off course.

Is the selfie stick working?

I think only people who give their consent is in this picture.

After that well deserved fika break it was time to explore for real. There were some different interests in what people wanted to do so we did split up in several groups. Our group eventually found a Street Car that went around downtown as a sightseeing thing and you got to see a bunch of stuff and I think it was cheaper than the Hop-On Hop-Off busses. Granted there was no guide talking but we did not really care.

Fountain close to the harbor

Get this show on the tracks...

I hope the designed stuff in the store was better than this sign... 

Somebody mentioned that they would have liked to
have clothes when working as a blacksmith

Nice architecture downtown Helsink 
After the street car tour we had spotted a location that looked like it had a bunch of restaurants so we ventured over there again by another street car and found a nice place to have som food. When we were on our way back to the number 4 street car to go to the hotel to check in we came across a string quartet playing ABBA in the shade. How about that? They got a little donation at least.

String quartet draws some attention
Decent food was had through out the trip and some beer as well and a few of them are shown below.


I think everybody had a good weekend even if we were tired when we got back to Stockholm on Monday morning.


Football time

So one of the must do's for Jim was to go to a home game with Hammarby while he was here. The only game that was being played during his stay was against Örebro SK so thats what is had to be. Örebro might not be the most exciting team in the league but they have played better of late and with the not so good showing from Bajen at Häcken in the previous round it was a uncertain outcome for this game.

I met up with Jim, Thomas and Peter at Central Bar on Folkungagatan on Södermalmand from there we walked over to Tele2 Arena via Götgatan and Johanneshovsbron. I had never been to Tee2 before (thats how bad of fan I am) and I like the stands and the how they are setup. It felt like there were prety good view of the field from most seats . The stairs and entry ways are ind of boring but on the other hand you don't spend much time there anyway.

Here it was it looks like from inside,

The game was ok and eventually Bajen started dominating and scored a late goal in the first and an early in the second half which pretty much sealed the deal on this day.Here we are celebrating the 2-0 goal.

Forza Bajen

Eventually long tine fan favorite Kennedy Baki...(who can spell that with out googling it) came on as a substitute in the second half.

With a late insurance goal and a goal for Örebro in the final minutes the score ended up 3-1 in our favor this day. We were happy and the players looked happy and came over and thanked the fans.

But happiest in the stands on this day was  this guy.

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dalarna 2017-06 (day 1)

So Jim and me wanted to get a for an overnight thing and see something outside Stockholm. After a some thinking  we decided to go and visit my parents who Jim had not seen since my wedding. So off towards Rättvik it was. We started early on Wednesday and decided that the first stop should be the Copper Mine in Falun. This site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List which is a list of a 1000+ sites around the world that the UN has decide are important to preserve for future generations. It is a pretty impressive list to be on I guess. When you drive in to the city of Falun from the south the first you see are the 2 ski jumping hills at Lugnets skiing stadium and Jim wanted to go see them up close so that is what we did.

Here is also a video about Falun and Lugnet.

After we were done with Lugnet we headed down to the Mine area for our pre booked guided tour.  I had not been to any of the sights except for the main ticket office but we did not see any of the exhibitions at that time. Now we had a few minutes before the tour and we walked around a little an checked  out some over ground stuff. Like this rather big hole in the ground.

And this guy out on a walk.

Then we headed down in to the mine on the guided tour. On the tour you get down to the depth of 55 meters and you get a lot of information about the history of the mine an surroundings.  The mine has been in Falun for over a 1000 years and was closed on December 8 1992. I'm sure you can read more on the link above. The most interesting moment of the tour is when they at 55 meters depth turn out the lights and you are standing in the complete darkness and there is no light that your eyes can adjust to so the darkness just continues. Here are a couple more pictures,

After we surfaced we did a quick tour of the main museum and did a lunch and then we headed towards Rättvik because Swedish fika at my parents house was waiting, awesome as always. We noticed we had a opening in the schedule so we dashed over to Vidablick which is a outlook point looking out over Lake Siljan and you are for a fee allowed to walk up into the tower and get the really great view.

They also have a café at Vidablick but we were Fika'ed out already but always time for a photo op.

We also shoot up to the top of the local ski hill to get another view of Rättvik and then we noticed they had the Summer Luge open and put that as a maybe for the next day. After dinner with my family we decided to walk "downtown" and walk out on the pier, Långbryggan. The pier is 628 meters long and here is a few pictures from the walk which also took us past the Church boat on display.

After that we needed to relax and also that was accomplished with ease at Big Street. End of day 1.

Vaxholm 2017-06-18

We thought it would be nice with a short excursion to the inner archipelago on a sunny day. We decided to take the Waxholsbolagets boat to Vaxholm from Strömkajen just outside Grand Hotel. Also this time we brought along our friend Jim who is here from San Diego on a 5 week sabbatical.

As you can see above you also get a good view of the Royal Castle as well as Stockholm Old Town as the boat departs. You also get a good view of the amusement park Gröna Lund as you leave Stockholm City heading out in to the archipelago.

Once in Vaxholm we decided to take a short walk from the harbor to Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which had nice atmosphere and good stuff for a lunch/coffee break.

Jim and Norah in Vaxholm

Sweets for my sweetie

Big anchor in Vaxholm

Midsummer 2017

We have done this before but it has been a few years since we went to Rönninge By for midsummer celebrations. Rönninge By is a local farm that puts on a party on this day and have some musicians com out and perform for the traditional dances.
We lucked out with the weather that changed from chances of rain in the forecast but turned out to be great for the actual day. The central piece of the cerebration is of course the raising of the maypole that is when the crowds gather. Below is a panorama picture from the final ascent of the maypole.

After that there is dancing around the maypole for the kids and then the traditional picnic with what ever food you brought. We ran in to some friends that also was there to celebrate.

Many people go back to their, or friends, houses and continue the partying with barbecues etc all night long. We came back home and put some burgers on the grill and had some beer and snaps and called it a night.

Thanks for joining us Jim,

Thanks for reading,