Now back to Stockholm for a little better city tour. For the official
Stockholm Tourist site, click HERE

In the same theme as the Kebab shop in Kiruna, this is the American restaurant in the middle of
Stockholm's most popular downtown park, Kungsträdgården.

Similar to New York, Berlin, and Toronto, Stockholm now has a temporary exhibit on painted cows.
I named this one "The Knockout Cow".

This is the view across the canal to the Vasamuseum, the permanent home of the Vasa ship. For more
information (in Swedish) of the history of the Vasa from 1628, click HERE

Some of the more beautiful buildings along the water in Stockholm.

More of these 18th century gorgeous structures. I think I want one.

Looking across the archipelago at the Djurgården, you can see the beacon of the Nordiska Museet.

A tourist Viking ship taking people around the city. I thought it'd be fun to be a pirate
and try to commandeer this vessel, and then rape and pillage the passengers. Okay, maybe just pillage.

Inside the Vasa Museum lies the Vasa ship, which was built and sank in 1628. A private salvage diver
with the support of the King, launched a salvage expedition and eventually brought the ship up from the
harbour. It's now permanently housed in this museum. So, this picture kind of explains why the ship sank.
As any first year engineering student who's done the "slip or tip" calculations in Physics, if the
centre of gravity of the object tilts vertically beyond the ground point, it will tip everytime. The
King of Sweden at the time decided that his new ship, the Vasa, needed two gun decks, where every other
ship required only one. He also wanted the largest and heaviest guns. The real kicker though was that
he didn't allow enough space for ballast, and so when the ship began to tilt in the water on its
maiden voyage, it wildly oscillated and then quickly sank. Nice job design team!

Sadly, few of my pictures turned out very well since the Museum is obviously very dark and humidity-controlled.
Here are some great pics of the Vasamuseum HERE .

At the Vasamuseum, there were also two ships in the harbour. Inside the St Erik icebreaker, I found
my way into the engine room. This is the Swedish equivalent of "Ludicrous speed"

I took this for my buddy Erik Olson. See dude, some Eriks wind up being Saints, or Sankts, as it were.

I think this was my favourite cow of all. I call it the "Viking Cow". Check out the udders and
the tail. This cow would kick some serious butt! Just try to milk this one.

Believe it or not, this was actually the hostel I stayed at in Stockholm. The STF hostel is
actually an old boat! Just for the novelty, I stayed the night here.

Another view of the same hostel.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I tend to seek the odd things in the world. When I saw this
I couldn't help but laugh. I mean, really, what is that hand doing in the water?? I have
no idea either.

One of the places I did not get to visit was the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden. So, while I was in
Stockholm, I went to the next best thing - the Ice bar! Kept at -5 deg Celsius all year round, they
make you put on these crazy capes and gloves to keep warm. I thought it was quite toasty actually.

This is Erik, the Spanish Swede, getting down in his cape.

Erik and I inside the Ice bar. As you can see, we're actually drinking orange vodka out of an ice
glass, which is pretty cool.

Me and some random guy hanging around the furniture. Everything in this place, except the bar
was made out of ice.

Naturally, this bar was an Absolut bar, and so all of the waitresses had poor Russian accents. It
was appropriately cheesy, but definitely worth the price of admission.

Back to hiking in Northern Sweden

First time in Stockholm

Fun in Ireland

More of England with Jon and Des

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