Kungsträdgården and Skeppsholmen

I haven’t been backdating my posts, but all these places have actually been visited a couple of weeks ago. There’s a bit of a backlog cause school has started and contrary to popular belief, there’s actually work to do.

Having just visited a museum, we decided to explore somewhere outdoors for a change, so we looked at the map and decided to just head off for the last station on the blue line, go out for a walk and then wander onto a nearby island which looks like it’s within walking distance.

Kungsträdgården had some very interesting art in the station.

Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården

Side note: I’ve switched to the Swedish keyboard layout. This makes it much easier to type place names which use the extra 3 letters of the Swedish alphabet. This also means I need to relearn the locations of most of the punctuation marks and other stuff. Conveniently, I can cycle between input languages by pressing alt + shift. So now I can type with the US keyboard, use pinyin to input Chinese and use the Swedish layout too. Neat 🙂 (oops nearly couldn’t find the brackets)

Ok, back to the story. The station is very deep underground. Check out the length of the escalator.

Long Escalator

Long Escalator

Yes objects of convenience are very useful to have.

Just like on the day of the city tour, we found lots of people skating around the statue in the middle of the park. This was when we found out that the metro stations in the city area are extremely close to each other. You can walk from one station to another without even realising it.

Ice skating

Ice skating

Moving along, we continued to the water’s edge. There were many birds flying around, especially seagulls, swans and mallards. Here’s one of my favourite pictures of a seagull.

Seagull in flight

Seagull in flight

We wanted to catch a bus to Skeppsholmen, but realised we had just missed it so we decided to walk instead, taking pictures on the way.

Here’s a much closer look at the Grand Hotel. It looks too expensive for us.

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

I like the assortment of national flags flying from the roof.

Closer down to the ground and at the water’s edge was this fat bird. They’re really not very scared, it’s quite easy to go relatively close to them.

Fat bird, but not the fattest

Fat bird, but not the fattest

Interesting tidbit from the Natural History Museum. There’s a certain type of bird which can regulate its food intake very precisely. It needs just the right amount of body fat to stay warm overnight, while keeping itself light enough so that it’s agile enough to escape from predators.

We soon crossed the bridge over to Skeppsholmen. There are a few museums there but we didn’t visit any. Instead we just walked down the road straight through the island and onto the other little island.

Saw a little boat stuck in the ice. The ice that day was very thin, so we didn’t try walking on it.

Boat in Ice

Boat in Ice

Over on the little island called Kastellholmen, we saw this castle looking thing. It’s the Kastellet, but we didn’t go explore it.

Kastellet

Kastellet

Going around the island, we walked back on the other side, which allowed for another view of Gamla Stan.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan

The church’s steeple is really a very prominent landmark. Here’s yet another picture of it.

Gamla Stan again

Gamla Stan again

There were many birds in the water. Saw some swans dipping their long necks underwater, presumably to search for food. Also saw a flight of 4 landing on the water, they’re really very graceful.

Swans

Swans

Another swan

Another swan

Nellyn thinks the above picture is unglam, haha. Well I don’t usually see swans in this position.

Swans coming in to land

Swans coming in to land

They actually need a bit of a runway to land, kind of like a seaplane.

It was starting to get dark at about 2.30 pm, so we decided to go together with zd to find his Swedish buddy. Ended up playing pool for a while before going for dinner at a little pizza place his buddy recommended. Unfortunately, his idea of cheap and affordable wasn’t the same as ours. 3 of us shared 2 pizzas while another friend just had a coffee. The Swede was the only one who had a full pizza and a drink. We probably looked like a bunch of cheapskates, haha, but it was still early and we weren’t too hungry yet.

Like all pizza places I’ve encountered so far, this one served bread, pizza salad and water too. However this was the only place where we had to pay for the water. 30 kr for 4 people. And it wasn’t any special water, just tap water. The owner’s argument went along the lines of having free bread etc etc, so we had to pay for the water. Anyway, this place is near Fridhemsplan.

Went grocery shopping at PrisXtra after that. We spend quite a lot of time grocery shopping, but it really does help keep food costs down.

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