» Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm V – Leaving Farm for Stockholm and then Back Home
Sweden, Between Göteborg and Stockholm V – Leaving Farm for Stockholm and then Back Home
For the first time after thirteen nights in the tent we wrapped a blanket around ourselves. Me and Dominika got at a farm south from Norrköping. For ten days we worked there in exchange for food and shelter.
For me the WWOOF Farm(World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) was the most intensive experience in Sweden. I met many Swedes, observed their daily life, shared with them our cultural specifics, experience from travels around the world, we ate Swedish meals, explored the landscape and learned about the way of ecological farming. To help and gain new experience we had to register on the WWOOF website. Then we filled a preference for a farm location, initiated a contact and finally we could look forward to it.
It was difficult for us to leave the farm after ten days. Tears burst in our eyes. The train to Stockholm was almost completely silent. The city was our last stop in Sweden. The first day we mostly went through all kinds of museums. And there are a lot of them. The train station is in the neighborhood of „Norrmalm“. The area surrounding the station is quite noisy. What had pleased us was our discovery of the Dance Museum (Dansmuseet) in 17 Drottninggatan Street. Most of the largest museums are to be found on a stretch of islands between „Norrmalm“ and „Söderlmam“. A video or an audio recording is at almost every item on display. There are masques and instruments from all kinds of cultures as well as scenography of various ballets and operas, video recordings of plays, or costumes. Many books on dance are offered at museum’s bookstore.
”Historiska museet”, „Österlmamu“ is a perfect example of a modern museum. It includes some permanent exhibitions such as one on the Vikings. Yet there is also an educational yard where are many games for little children and adults as well. There is also a book- and souvenir store. For me, the museum of photographyi, „Fotografiska museet“, did another great impression on me. You can find it by the sea on the edge of „Söderlmam“. When trying to find the museum we wondered on a observation platform. You can see it when leaving „Gamla Stanu“ (the Old Town). Thnks to wide streets and mix of old and modern architecture this place has very pleasant atmosphere. It is considerably different than „Gamla Stanu“.
Despite the capital of Sweden Stockholm has calm atmosphere. One would have the impression as if charms of Venice and Prague had meshed together at this place. The sea splits the town into individual islands. Canals do not cross these. Instead, they consist of narrow, crowded, tangle of streets in„Gamla Stanu“. And some streets are even narrower, deserted and mysterious. One cannot stop to marvel at things in this “Old Town” when walking down its streets. It includes interesting entrance portals, old churches and other sights like galleries, stores with peculiar shop windows, or the smell of cinnamon “snails” and coffee. A scoop of great ice cream will give you the sense of perfectness at this plce.
We return home after a month in Sweden. So „tack“ – thanks and „heydo“– bye!
GPS: (Gamla Stan) 59°19'32.5"N 18°04'16.1"E
Text and photo: Ester Dobiášová
We are in a camp near Stockholm. We set off for a walkthrough in the city yet first we make a stop at Vasa Museum.
We begin with a tour in Domkyrkan, a Lutheran church which was destroyed by fire two times. The first cathedral was constructed between 1624–1627. The church was consecrated in 1633. Unfortunately, on the night of April 15 1721 a huge fire broke out. 211 buildings from the surrounding area were destroyed. Many people died as well. Consequently, there was a search for a suitable area which would serve cemetery. Eventually, the cemetery was constructed in the park adjacent to the cathedral. Over 20 thousand bodies were laid there.
Together we go to Götaplatsen square. The city is very quiet. We encounter almost no one. The rain stopped. However, wind still blowed unpleasantly strong. Slowly we approach an interesting statue. It is a revolver with twisted barrel. It was made by one of the foremost personas of modern Swedish art – the sculptor and painter Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. This artist lived in the US for a while. In the 1980, the shock of the shooting and consequent death of John Lennon inspired him to create this statue which he calls Non Violence. The original one is situated in front of the OSN HQ in New York. Another clones you can find in Berlin, or in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Malmö, Lund, and Boras, or in Caen, France and Kirchberg, Luxemburg.
Today we begin our new series on Nordic cities. For following 11 Saturdays we tell you where the traveller Magdalena Radostova went and what saw there.
You can literally cross a bridge from Copenhagen, Denmark to Sweden. But it is quite a long bridge. One may think both cities would be similar due to small distance separating them but you couldn’t be more wrong. Malmö has different feeling – it is calmer, more monumental, and more adult. You will feel its industrial history as well as present high-tech direction.
Eighteen kilogram backpack on our backs were bent me and Dominika down at a station. We were looking forward to Swedish dream, a month worth of travelling on our own. A yellow bus was the means of our transport from Brno to Göteborg. After almost 20 hours of comfortable ride we got off the bus to see seagulls, ferry two ferry boats and cranes idling at the port. Visitor centers were buoys giving us always necessary information in the Swede’s second largest city. The first thing we actually did there was a visit at one such a center. Maps, leaflets, information – this is tourist’s fodder. One even doesn’t realize how remote is the land he trod on. Especially when passersby smile at him/her when he/she asks for directions. The smiles were still there regardless where we were.
We commenced the hiking part of our Swedish journey “deep in the north”. It was in the territory of Bohuslän which is eleven hours from Göteborg. Prices are same in Sweden as in the Czech republic. Nominally, at least. The most expensive part of our journey is travelling itself (had you your own food from the Czech Republic). However, there are many train and bus lines in the country.
While travelling along coastal trail from Ljungskile to Uddevalla, we saw Halle-Hunneberg forests, Västergötland region. It was tiresome to carry heavy backpacks which in turn didn’t bring us much joy when travelling. Therefore, we left them at a visitors’ center.
Last days of travels with Dominika we spent at the city of
Örebro, the history of which dates back to the 15th century.
The Kingdom of Sweden, most extensive Scandinavian country, is situated on surface of 449 964 square kilometres and belongs to greatest states of Europe. Sweden temptates millions of visitors, thanks to its marvellous and diverse nature or interesting architecture, especially for the fact that even during tourist saison, the calm.dominates and no busy life is prevailing there.
Scandinavia is extended on a peninsula of the same name in the North of Europe. It is also known as a country of elks, trolls, fjords, high mountains, endless plains or a seat of Santa Claus.This area has, as a consequence of its position, more colder climate and heterogenous countryside, rather few inhabitated (colonized).
Stockholm belongs synonymously to most beautiful and most green metropolis of the Europe. The lovers of history and arts will be surprised at existence of more that 100 museums, dedicated really to all subjects which would occur to you.
One of the most important Swedish cities is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea – it is Malmö a pulsing artery of Scandinavia, an unusual Swedish city with Danish influence or just a pile of gravel, as locals like to call it.
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