Stockholm Weekend

yh and zq came over from Linköping on the last weekend of January, so you can see that these posts are about 2 weeks late.

I hadn’t had the chance to watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, so since we were nearby at that time, we decided to stay and watch it. It’s quite a grand affair with a marching band performing precision drills. There was a soldier attempting to explain the procedure and history, but as he was reading to the paper, we couldn’t hear anything. The crowd also made it hard to get a good view, especially as Asians are generally shorter.

Band

Band

Band marching out

Band marching out

After they were done they marched out to a nearby square and posed for pictures with the public.

yh looks a bit like a penguin :P

yh looks a bit like a penguin 😛

The band members are quite cheeky too. Here’s the view from the back as they pose for someone else’s picture.

Cheeky pose

Cheeky pose

The picture below shows yet another view of Gamla Stan. The large building on the right is the Royal Palace. The area below the church is where the band stops and mingles with the public.

On the way back to Gamla Stan, zq’s shoelace came off. Being a cold day, he was loathe to take off his gloves.

Tying shoelace with gloves

Tying shoelace with gloves

Showing incredible dexterity and great skill, he managed to tie his shoelaces with his leather gloves on. The final result is shown below.

Successful knot

Successful knot

We wandered through Gamla Stan. After all it’s one of those must see places on guidebooks. One of them had heard about a little place called Cafe Art where we could have lunch, and that was where we went.

Inside Cafe Art

Inside Cafe Art

It’s a nice place in what looks like the cellar of an old building. To reach it, you have to go a short way down a small alley, then down a steep stone staircase. The ceiling is rather low at times so one must be careful not to knock his head. The salmon quiche was very nice. As with most other places I’ve seen in Stockholm so far, the toilets are clean but have very limited capacity. In the case of this cafe there was just one shared toilet with a queue about 4-5 persons long.

Sunset in winter is early. After eating and getting warm again, the sun was already about to set as we left the cafe, resulting in a beautiful sky.

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We crossed the bridge to Södermalm, south of Gamla Stan and walked around the shops there. The building with the Å on it is Åhlens, a large department store.

Södermalm

Södermalm

The round thing you see down the road is Globen, or the Globe Arena. They have ice hockey matches there but I haven’t watched any there yet.

After a relatively expensive lunch, dinner was a simple self cooked affair.

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They very nicely helped me to carry out a few bags of trash after that. Thanks guys 🙂 Over here we are responsible for the cleanliness of our own corridor and kitchen. Since these are common areas, there’s a self organized duty roster and it happened to be my week for clearing the trash. No cleaner uncles and aunties here.

We woke up fairly early the following morning to explore the forest around Lappis. The water around the beach was a little frozen but clearly not safe to walk on. Here’s what happens when a piece of ice is thrown at it.

Breaking through the ice

Breaking through the ice

Someone’s dog. Looks very nice.

Nice dog

Nice dog

Moving on, we have a food chain like scenario.

Photography food chain

Photography food chain

For a better example of a food chain, check out the Sherman Lagoon’s comic below.

The forest was a nice place, and this time we reached the far lake which can be seen on Google Maps. yh was happily snapping photos every few paces while zq has freezing his toes off. He couldn’t snap away cause he didn’t bring his camera charger.

See his dedication as a photographer.

Taking a picture of a pine cone

Taking a picture of a pine cone

After taking a picture of this and realising that the exposure hadn’t come out right, he walked back, found it again on the floor and took a few more pictures.

The rest of the day for them was spent shopping. Joined them for lunch at a small shop which sells 30 SEK kebab with bread. It’s at Hötorget, in the small lane between the PUB building and the cinema.

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