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As they say, four's company, five's a crowd!

So, I had some really good sleep the previous  night and woke up early but refreshed. Headed to the breakie buffet at the hostel. It was very "Swedish" - cold cuts, cheese, the usual bread and cereal. But what was interesting is that they have a lot of preserves-type jam which people use to top both yoghurt as well as porridge. Apparently, much like hugge in Denmark, the Swedes love  a good cuppa. But I wasn't that impressed by their coffee. It tasted as bad as a regular American diner's!

So, breakfast done, my agenda for the day was pretty clear - visit about 2 paid spots and spend the rest walking around town. And I was clear on which ones I'd be visiting, starting with a childhood fave. To get to the ABBA museum, all I had to do was walk across to the other side of our island, catch a ferry to the other side.

Waiting for the ferry
I liked the "ferry stop" concept here. Ferries may not always stop at a port and you need to signal them by pressing a button (which, in turn flashes a light). I missed one of the ferries but the next one came. Well arranged.

And, there I was, the ABBA Museum!

So, ABBA! Any kid that grew up in India or Africa in the 80s will tell  you how big an impact they've had on our lives. It's more than just that nostalgia of listening to the odd song on TV. So, I was chuffed I could get to visit this world class museum, after all these decades. I've written a review for more detail - but in short, an extremely well planned  museum. It's a must for the casual and ardent ABBA fan, or for anyone who would like to just know the roots and start of one  of the most popular imports of the country! 

I actually spent a fairly long time at the ABBA  museum, but I enjoyed it to pieces.

Vassa museum (read reviews for more details)
So, I was a tad hungry and headed to another famous  attraction in this town - the Vassa Museum. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm back in the mid 1600s. After some 300+ years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged. Today, Vasa is the world's only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.  Read the review for more detail.

After about an hour here, I headed to the cafeteria, which is so unlike the sweet and friendly Swedes. The staff here is rude, and the food - bland, stale and overpriced.

After the museum, I was hoping to go for a walk around town but it started drizzling and got cold, so I headed back to the main shopping area, window shopped a bit, had some falafel for dinner and headed back to the hostel. My roommate for the night was a friendly Swiss gentleman who was a recovering smoking addict and came here to get away from "temptation" whilst he was in the recovery phase. We had a good chat. I called it a night shortly before 11p. It was definitely chilly!

Ils1976 says:
I so need to go back one day, it seems I missed out on a lot, but than again, I only have been there for one day ... way too short it seems!
Posted on: Jan 01, 2018
Paulovic says:
Time for seeing Vikram on the front page again! :)
Posted on: Dec 12, 2017
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As they say, fours company, five…
As they say, four's company, five…
Waiting for the ferry
Waiting for the ferry
Vassa museum (read reviews for mor…
Vassa museum (read reviews for mo…
Headed to the ABBA Museum
Headed to the ABBA Museum
Our ferry arrives (to take me to t…
Our ferry arrives (to take me to …
The ferry stop i was waiting at
The ferry stop i was waiting at
One of many harbours of Stockholm
One of many harbours of Stockholm
entrance to ABBA museum
entrance to ABBA museum
As a kid, Id gaped at the Arrival…
As a kid, I'd gaped at the Arriva…
Eurovision wing, ABBA museum (read…
Eurovision wing, ABBA museum (rea…
Eurovision wing, ABBA museum (read…
Eurovision wing, ABBA museum (rea…
Vassa museum
Vassa museum
One of the posher neighbourhoods o…
One of the posher neighbourhoods …
Forgot what this was - used to be …
Forgot what this was - used to be…
More of the posh neighbourhood
More of the posh neighbourhood
So, you wont bleive it - but this…
So, you won't bleive it - but thi…
Stockholm Sights & Attractions review
Aye aye.... it's the most visited museum in Scandinavia!
The warship Vasa is a thing of beauty. It set sail sometime in the 1600s with the hope that it would be one of the country's great. But never really g… read entire review
Stockholm Sights & Attractions review
A must for the fan, the casual or the non-believer. In short - go!
What needs to be said about one of the most legendary pop groups ever? Not a whole lot! But I guess when the idea of putting a museum in their honour … read entire review
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