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Stop 27 - Gothenburg


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We got back on the "most scenic railway in Europe" towards Oslo, but unfortunately, due to it being dark, there were no views this time. After a quick change in Oslo, we were soon rolling through the Swedish countryside to Gothenburg to meet our friends Karo and Tom. We were staying in student halls around the corner from Karo's flat which were a pretty great place to stay, other than the scent of vom that clung to our room no matter how many hours we left the windows wide open. We spent the next few days eating and drinking, interspersed with lots of fikas (coffee and cake). The best thing about Sweden, by far, is chocolate balls.

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One day we headed out to the small island of Lilla Amundo, an hour or so out the city by bus and tram. It was a beautiful nature reserve, with great rocks for picnics and clambering, and little beaches for a cold swim.

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The city itself was pretty and relaxed and as with a lot of Scandinavia, water was quite a big feature. Standing on the waterfront looking over to the port, you can even see seals (although we were very lucky to spot one by chance!). The huge, iconic cranes in the above photo have been bought by local celebrities, to prevent them being taken down and thus conserve the history of the area.

Posted by Chloemillen92 13:29 Archived in Sweden Tagged harbour sweden port seal gothenburg chocolate_balls fika lilla_amundo Comments (0)

Stop 25 - Stockholm


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After a cracking night on the ferry we headed to our shared apartment in Stockholm - our base for our next few days.

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Stockholm has lots of good museums - the Vasa museum, which contains a huge medieval ship and lots of information about it, was supposed to be one of the best so we went to have a look around. It definitely lived up to expectations and was very interesting even for someone who has a grand total of zero previous medieval ship knowledge! Afterwards we chilled at a nice restaurant/bar on the museum island that had a cute sunsetty view of the water.

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The next day we spent at another amazing museum, this time all about Sweden in the old times. We watched some nicely dressed people spinning in circles to folk music (Mike steered us quickly away before the interactive part of the dance session commenced) and learned how to make linen out of flax! We also learned a bit about Scandinavia's native Sami people and saw some reindeers and other cool animals !!

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The last two days in Sweden were spent kayaking in the archipelago (of which there is a lack of photos due to our very unwaterproof devices) and cycling the length of a little island dowm to a very beautiful beach. Both were very idyllic and made us feel like wholesome nature children. The next morning was a very early 5am start to board a train to ... Norway!

Posted by Chloemillen92 12:08 Archived in Sweden Tagged stockholm kayaking sweden cycling scandinavia skansen meatballs stockholm_archipelago uto danaro Comments (0)

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