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Published: July 20th 2018
Bon... last night's post never went because the wifi on the ship died as I was doing pics, so it's also up now.
Today was Stockholm! Well... we docked in Nynashamn, which is about an hour south of Stockholm. If you're game to walk, about 15-20min there's a train station for a commuter rail into the city, but there were also shuttles to the train station or charter buses into the city - all for a price of course!
Today became rather lazy since we've been non-stop go go go (poor Mom haha, she keeps reminding me she isn't in her mid-20s). We basically did the Old Town and I went exploring/window-shopping.
First things first! Other than sleeping in both the jumbo jet and the boat hostels, my other main memory of Stockholm was this giant statue near Parliament - we was just so jubilant, hands in the air no care. I wanted some pics there, so it was our start point. We checked out the palace while in the area, but just outside - you have to pay to go in and considering how many palaces we've seen over the past week, meh.
We walked over
to the Riddarholmen Church, but it didn't open until an hour later and I'd already been, so we went into Gamla Stan (Old Town) instead. We spent most our time just wandering the streets, checking out the stores and soaking up the sun. For lunch there was a fast-food truck selling herring (which had EXCELLENT reviews on TripAdvisor) so we figured why not? It didn't disappoint! Crispy herring on a cracker-like bread, with red onions, dill pickle and parsley. It's very tasty, but be warned you will taste that herring for a few hours afterwards lol.
We wandered back towards the Palace and ended up going to the Medieval Museum - out of the sun, free, and free wifi - that's a good deal lol. The museum itself was ok - basically when they dug up the area near Parliament to make a parking lot they found all these old walls and ended up doing a proper archeological dig to find everything and them turned the area into the museum instead.
For the rest of the afternoon Mom hung out in a coffee shop while I explored the mall - it's interesting to see the different stores and
just how things are set up in different countries. This mall has a giant staircase with built in seats and tables which was a neat thing I'd never seen before. (When I was still with Mom we also saw this GIANT Malamute and I swear Mom would have sat there petting him all afternoon if she could have. Giant floofball.)
I mean, that was pretty much that. I forgot how much I loved Sweden... this trip is pretty much cementing that I'm doing the Nordic countries again next summer or in 2020. It's more so the nature I miss - the ride in/out of Stockholm helped me remember that. It isn't exactly the most picturesque route by any means, but just a little reminder.
Back in the boat, we saw Vox Fortura for the evening show - they were on Britain's Got Talent, a classical/pop crossover group. Excellent vocals - some songs were just English, some classical in other languages, but all beautifully harmonized. We really enjoyed it. The cruise staff then did the "You are Norwegian Now" song and goodbye which is a cute way they end all their cruises. Tomorrow's a sea day and most people
get off at Copenhagen, so I guess it makes sense to do it now.
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