Went to visit my friend in Stockholm

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a nice spot in the city center of Gamla Stan

So I have this friend, he's an israeli I met while working together in South-Africa, back in the end of 1999. After working together there for a few months, I moved to work in the USA for a year and a half, and he joined me there for another 3 months. From there on we continued to be close friends. All of this time he had a love in sweden (he met her while she was visiting Israel), and finally they got together, and decided to live in Stockholm and get married. When I was living in the UK, they came to visit me on the new year of 2004-2005. And I promised them all the time I will make the jump to Stockholm to repay their visit. And finally it came, almost half a year later, that I got some vacation and went to visit them.

The old King's castle outside of the city

They live in a nice place in the outer part of Stockholm, very close by train to the city center. A nice apartment in a calm area.

When I got there, it was raining, but then on my first day of touring the city, the sun went out (as you can see in the photos) and I even got sun burned (who would believe it?). I spent the first day walking around the old city (Gamla Stan), watching the old buildings and shops. Then my friend came to meet me and we went together to the big park (Skansen) for lunch in the garden restaurant there. I have to admit that the food itself was OK, but the scenery was great due to this amazing girls who were working in the garden :) I wish my gardener was one of them :)

In the afternoon we went to do some small shopping in the market (flowers for the lady) and in the evening we went out for a nice meal of creppe.

A cool statue in the river in the middle of stockholm
It was in a nice area of restaurants and pubs, and I enjoyed the evening.

The next day we took the car and drove a bit outside of the city. Reaching the castle and some famous cooky bakeries on the way. The castle was great, especially the funny stuffed lion they have there - some gift to the king, that was so lovable that when the poor lion died they stuffed him and put funny fake eyes instead of his real ones. I guess they didn't know anything about stuffed animals at that time. Inside the castle there was also a nice private stage for the kings eyes only and some really nice paintings of the royal family and the famous sons who went and ruled poland and sweden after the king split the kingdom. In the evening we went to a birthday party of some israeli woman's boyfriend (a swedish guy) which was a funny event as most people were immigrants with a local spouse.

The famous Vasa museum
Actually all of them were nice women from around the world picked up by swedish guys :) - well except for my friend...

The last day was spent by going to the Vasa museum and seeing the biggest swedish flop - the amazing Vasa ship from the 17th centuary that sank something like 30 minutes after leaving port for the first time infront of thousands of spectators including famous diplomats. 333 years later, on April 24 1961, they pulled the ship, intact, from the bottom of the sea and built a whole museum around it. It's amazing how they kept the whole ship intact and that you can actually see from close every aspect of this huge amazing ship.

After the last round of museums we went for some nice lunch in the city center, and went to see some movie together. The day ended with a nice meal and I flew back home the morning after.

I was supposed to go to Sweden again on March 2006 for the wedding of my friends, but due to a sudden trip to China (my travel blog of "Work in Beijing") I missed it and instead only got to the party they held in Israel for the Israeli side of the groom.

I recommend Stockholm very much, and when you go there, look for the young princess - she's very foxy and party goer!!! goodluck!

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