Uppsala

I visited Uppsala over a month ago, but there wasn’t time to blog about it.

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This picture shows the central river running through Uppsala.

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This is the huge cathedral that is one of the central attractions of Uppsala.

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The library in Uppsala. It looks really nice and there are even books on the higher levels from the 1800s.

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The silver bible. Apparently it’s meant more for decorative purposes.

Since it was still winter, a lot of stuff was closed in Uppsala.

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Here’s the view of the botanical gardens, covered in snow and seen through the gate.

After walking around a bit, we headed back to the cathedral to see the inside. They weren’t open earlier in the day. It’s really big inside as you can see.

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Here’s a picture of someone admiring the stained glass windows at the back of the cathedral.

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Look closely, she’s not real. I didn’t realise it until it occurred to me that she was standing way too still to be real.

The cathedral has an old organ which looks very nice.

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I’m not sure whether there’s something wrong with it or perhaps it’s no longer good enough for their purposes. Anyway, they have a new, very high tech and sleek looking one.

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Here’s a final picture of the cathedral. An example of the stained glass.

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After lunch at Subway, we proceeded to take the bus to Gamla Uppsala.

The snow there was very thick and it wasn’t long before we tried building a snowman.

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Gamla Uppsala is supposed to be an old site with burial mounds. That’s just about what we saw. A lot of open space with some mounds. The gray dreary sky and the white fields didn’t exactly help to lift the mood.

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The mounds on the right are the burial mounds.

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A white field and a nearly white sky.

After wandering around Gamla Uppsala, we took the bus back to the main city area. Either the clouds were really low or the cathedral is really high, but anyway, here’s a picture of the spires of the cathedral swathed in cloud.

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I then entered the Gustavianum, which used to be Uppsala University’s main building but is now a museum. It houses the anatomical theatre, where dissections were carried out both for teaching medical students as well as for public spectacles.

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The steps leading up to the theatre are very steep. There’s also very little space to stand around the viewing gallery.

The river flowing through Uppsala has these tiny waterfalls. Not sure what they’re for, but the certainly look manmade. I just like the blurred effect of water when taken with a slow shutter speed.

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The weather seemed to be getting darker and drearier, no thanks to the early setting winter sun and the cloudy sky.

Here’s another picture of the cathedral, further covered in the low clouds.

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After dinner, we went to the train station in a futile attempt to change our train timing. Most of the shops in Uppsala were closed as it was a Saturday and we wanted to head back earlier. However, we could not as the ticket we had booked was non rebookable.

To kill the 2 hours, we headed off towards a park. Here’s a picture of a lot of ducks sleeping on a frozen pond. When we first saw them from a distance, they looked like little rocks.

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The park would be a real nice place in summer under a clear blue sky. As it was, we had to make do with seeing it in winter under a dark night sky with street lamps for illumination. There is a small pond with an island in the middle, linked by a few bridges to the rest of the park.

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With time to spare before we had to catch the train, we proceeded to build another snowman. This time, the snow was sticky and could be rolled very easily to form a large ball. It didn’t take very long at all for the 3 of us to build one as tall as ourselves.

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We build the snowman on the island in the middle of the pond. By the time we were done, there wasn’t much untouched snow left on that island anymore.

Here you can see the snowman as we left to catch the train. It’s holding a Lidl shopping bag.

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As we walked back to the train station, we saw an example of people blatantly ignoring a sign.

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In conclusion, Uppsala isn’t really worth visiting during winter. A lot of the attractions are closed and this really limits what there is to see. I guess it’ll be a lot nicer in summer when the attractions are open and the history of the town containing the oldest university in the Nordic countries can be better appreciated.

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One Response to “Uppsala”

  1. Awesome photos!

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