With our time coming
to a close in Copenhagen we decide to end our trip with a bang and go for a
short backpacking trip to Sweden. We are really excited for this adventure and
to take it with Etta. We are living out of two backpacks. Etta and I are
sharing the big pack that we borrowed from a co-worker in Copenhagen and Cam is
using the ‘school’ backpack. We also decided to take our stroller for Etta’s
naps on the go. The stroller also carried our lunches and Etta’s diaper bag.
|All our gear!|
|Etta is on my back. She really does not like her stroller except for a nap. Sometimes we manage 10 minutes with her awake in it.The 'school' backpack is in the stroller.|
First stop is
Stockholm. The 6 ½ hour train and bus ride, followed by another 1 ½ hours as we
try to find our airbnb apartment proved to be a test to our sanity once again. After
wandering around and making friends with some Swedes we gained access to a
computer and a man calls the number of the place we are staying. A few Swedish
words were exchanged and we make it safe and sound to the apartment just down
14 Islands make up the
city of Stockholm, Sweden. The word I used to describe Stockholm when walking
with Cam and Etta was ‘majestic’. Stockholm is truly the most exciting city
that either Cam or I have had the pleasure to visit. I’m sure if Etta could
articulate her words better she would agree!
I brought mostly
shorts and capris along as it was predicted that it would be 25 degrees.
However, rainy and cool days have forced me to wear my lulu lemon leggings way
too much. I feel like the Canadian cliché of clothing should not be worn this
much in public however comfy they may be. C’est la vie!
|Navigating the various islands|
|From one island overlooking a few other islands|
|Outside the parliament.|
|One of the many ships around the harbour. This one was the most majestic.|
Day 1: Exploration, Vasa Ship and Viking Museum
Wow…. Stockholm is
incredible. The first day we just wandered.
We wandered over bridges that connect the different parts of Stockholm. As we
walked down the streets, Etta was mesmerized by each passing dog and bird. Cam
and I, however, were astounded to find that in one direction across a bridge we
could see old buildings making up the ‘old town’ or ‘gamla stan’ and across
another bridge was just one lonely old building on an island that only houses
that building. Then, in front of us we saw another bridge leading to a huge
park where the old Vasa ship museum and another castle could be found. The
bridges, islands, museums and old buildings pop up everywhere, and left
memorable impressions on our brains.
There was a huge line
up to get into the Vasa museum that took about 30 minutes. The Vasa museum was
incredible. The Vasa is an old ship that was built in 1600's. The boat sunk off
the shore of Stockholm in 1628. In 1961 they salvaged the whole ship and it is now on display in the Vasa museum.
|The Vasa!! |
|Family picture. It was very dark and hard to take a picture with the ship.|
|Etta playing on the crow's nest. (not the actual one on the ship)|
|Etta shooting the canons!|
Off to the Viking
museum. Friday it is free to check out the museum so we rushed in before
closing. It’s nice to get in free when
you cannot typically spend much time taking in a museum with a baby anyways.
This museum had really old artifacts, including Viking swords and runes.
|Ancient viking swords.|
|An old stone carving.|
|A model of a viking ship.|
We ended our day with appetizers on a boat that was docked in the harbour. It was beautiful and the $30 appetizers were delicious.
|Our small $30 appetizers. They were not kidding when they said Sweden was expensive.|
|Etta finishing dinner.|
|Playing outside the restaurant|
|The end of our first day in Stockholm!|
Looks so exciting, and what a little trooper- etta looks like your little travelling mascot!ReplyDelete