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Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 24th 2010

We were really looking forward to our visit to Visby, Sweden - on the island of Gotland. But unfortunately, the day dawned pretty horrendous…. We had booked horse riding out in the Gotland countryside but as the hours passed we realised this was no longer going to be do-able. The rain was coming down and the winds were pretty rough - so rough that we were supposed to tender in from the ship to the port but it was a slow process - the waves were pretty huge and the tender boats were struggling to get anyone ashore. Arriving about two hours later than expected on to the shore, we battled the weather to find the guy we’d booked to take us horse riding, we’d found his farm on the internet prior to our trip. We ... read more
Lots of friends for Sheepy!
Colourful streets of Visby
Exploring the ruins of Visby

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 18th 2010

July 18, 2010 Arrived Visby Sweden this am took the Tender into the village. Walked around cheked out the old part and the wall etc. Robyn and Leni popped in to a couple of shops. And we returned to the ship for lunch and now waiting for the wash to finish so it in go into the dryer. Tonight we go into the second specialty restaurant looking forward to that. This one is Italian themed Toscana Room ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby August 6th 2009

We are on a lovely island called Gotland, it is situated off the coast of Sweden. We have been living in a town called Visby which most of it is surrounded by an ancient stone wall and within it it has some building ruins. it is beautiful and we have had some wonderful weather. we arrived here on Saturday 1st august at 3am in the morning. we were very tired after our big bike trip from Stockholm to Nynäshamn where we boarded the ferry to here. we slept through the whole 3 to 4 hour journey. When we arrived we found out that there was going to be a huge Medieval Festival week happening in the town starting on Sunday. We got soooo excited. We found a nice little forest to ourselves with a nice flat ... read more
the island on the island
the island on the island
the island on the island

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 5th 2008

So after leaving the Swedish mainland behind (Saturday 28th June) and catching a massive ferry across from Oskarshamn to the town of Visby on the island of Gotland (and sampling a few of the local beers on the way) I was re-united with Nina - another of the Swedish girls from P.J.O'Brien's in Cairns, who in fact I was so impressed with that I hired for the Courthouse Hotel as well. And somehow I had managed to coincide my arrival with her one and only night off for the week, which could only mean one thing - a big night out! So off we went around to a friend of hers named Sofia's house (whose parents just happened to be away for the weekend) to kick off the festivities, before heading to a bar called Munken ... read more
PJ's reunion
Medieval church
Lakeside in Slite

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 12th 2007

Untitled Hey, sorry it's taken a while, but class has picked up a little and we have a 10 page paper due Friday, so finding time to blog has been tricky. As promised, more about Visby and Gotland ... I have over 100 pictures from this outing - I'm not posting all of them, but I have posted about 50, so you might have to hit next at the bottom to fully enjoy the pictoral splendor. As I've said before, Visby is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the oldest cities in Sweden because of its strategic location along several trading routes. To get there, we took a bus, 2 trains, and a ferry. We were on the island for a total of 5 days, staying in a youth hostel about a mile outside of ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 5th 2007

Hey all! I just wanted to update quickly to let everyone know that I am in Visby on the island of Gotland. We don't have internet access here except for in internet cafes. The city and the island are breathakingly beautiful and I've been taking pictures like a mad woman. I had no idea that there were actually places that look like this ... it is so vibrant and looks like something out of a story book. I promise to post more once I have regular internet access again. Cheers!... read more

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby June 23rd 2007

Resan började i mitten av Juni när jag och tre kompisar åkte söder. Vi hade planerat resan hela terminen och nu var tid för nöje. Vi reste i bil till Vadstena. Där vi satte upp tält, spelade fotboll och kopplade av. Jag måste nämna att vi också såg Örebru. Denna stad var berömd för att ha många kvinnor. Men vi såg bara unga flickor - jag måste resa tillbaka om fem år! Det var mycket bra med pöjkarna och vi slappa´, snacka´, vi var coola´. Efter Vadstena åkte vi till Öland - en ö förbindade till Sverige med en lång bro. Vi åkte över Öland till en skit bra klippa där vi gjorde läger. Nästa dag åkte vi och fiskade med hyrda fiskredskap och hyrda båt. Hon hete Anna. Anna heter hon. Vi fångade en ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby August 8th 2006

Well, I arrived in Sweden in the morning after a transfer in Amsterdam. Didn't talk to a single security officer, no customs officers and no baggae check, just grabbed my bag and walked out of the airport. I grabbed a train to Stockholm, hopped on a bus to the ferries, then floated my way to Gotland Island. Peter, my buddy I met in Perth Australia, had arranged everything I needed to do which made it very easy to find my way here. Upon arrival in Visby, Peter picked me up and we jumped in a limo back to his place. Gotland is awesome! Visby, the city on Gotland, is very medieval and is surrounded by a massive stone wall built hundreds of years ago. The shops and houses are all built to keep the medieval look, ... read more
Blue Steel
Visby Town

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby August 3rd 2005

My sojourn on the Mediterranean-like Swedish island of Gotland was phenomenal. This past week was my one week of vacation from work, so I spent 4 days in Gotland and then 3 days out in the archipelago on the boat. I left work early on Friday and took the subway to meet Linn and Sandra at the central station. From there we got on a train (the Pendeltåg) to the ferry landing - about an hour south of Stockholm. The ferry took 3 hours and we arrived a little after 8:00pm. Cia - Linn's roomate in Uppsala - met us when we got off the ferry. We walked to her house from there (about 5 minutes). She lived on the corner overlooking the ocean and two gorgeous old windmills. We immediately got changed and went out ... read more
Me sitting on a 'Gute får'
Linn and Cia
The wall

Europe » Sweden » Gotland » Visby July 22nd 2002

The manager of Tom’s Garage has obviously been watching Coyote Ugly. Apparently he liked it enough to make the female bartenders dance on the bar disk. He got a few things right; the music is right, 80’s rock music; the girls are young and sexy; the crowd is young, drunk, and enthusiastic. The manager forgot a few crucial things though. He forgot to instruct the girls to have fun. They look like they’d rather be somewhere else. Anywhere else. He also forgot to dress them accordingly. How could he expect anyone to go wild over baggy shirts and pants? Finally, he should have sent the poor girls to a dance class. Or an aerobics class. Or any class with any form of movement. Even if the little performances probably didn’t hurt the business, they weren’t exactly ... read more

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