Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vacation - Part 1

Sweden
Sweden is a beautiful country and Stockholm was so easy to get around with the metro system and trams and buses they have. Flying in, the view from the airplane was a lot like flying to Charlotte, NC. I went to Stockholm because my sister decided to run the Jubilee Marathon, which is the 100th anniversary of when Stockholm hosted the summer Olympics in 1912. We had a great time seeing the city and the race was exciting.

Stockholm highlights for me: cheering on my sister at the race. I’m not a runner but being in the stands with a bunch of cheering people can be very fun. I’ll stick with the cheering and not the running. This race was especially fun because of all the different people from different countries there to run. And listening to the Olympic anthem as the runners entered the stadium is probably the closest I’ll ever get to an Olympic event. J
The canal tour around Djurgarden was nice. It was fun to get on the water. We just didn’t have time to get a ferry boat out to the archipelago but maybe someday we’ll get back there.

We also had a great time at the Vasa museum, where a 1628 era restored warship sits, and Skansen, which is an open air museum with houses from all era of Swedish history.



After we left Stockholm, we took the train to southern Sweden where we stayed with our old exchange student. They have a summer home on the Baltic Sea and it was so fun to be with Anna and her family and the countryside there is so beautiful.



Above is the home we stayed in and the path to the sea.  Below is a picture I took during a bike ride.





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