Skansen's Chrismas Market and 80's Metal!!

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Today, Lena and I woke a bit earlier to beat the crowd at breakfast. It was still dark outside at 7:00am, but I could tell it was snowing out! We went down for breakfast around 8:00am, finished about an hour later, then went to the room and prepared for a day outside walking in the snowy weather.

Catharina met us in our hotel lobby around 10:00am, and then we walked to the bus stop and waited for the #47 bus which would take us to Skansen, the worlds first open air museum. This is a part of Stockholm which is set up on a separate island with a lot of old authentic Swedish buildings, some still operating as bakeries, black smith’s, glass blower’s, and every day life back in different times in Swedish history.

There is also a small zoo housing Nordic animals. The area covers approximately 75 acres and during Christmas, has a very special Christmas market set up with many venders selling traditional food and crafts.

It is snowing heavily on and off, but walking around Skansen with all the Christmas displays, food, a band singing live Swedish Christmas songs while people danced around a Christmas tree, and all the decorations and displays really was great!! There is nothing back in the US that I know of like this. What a great feeling or spirit of Christmas we felt!! There is no way I can describe this place or what it is like unless you have been here and experienced it for yourself. After a great day at Skansen, we headed back to the hotel to rest up and get ready for a night out at Harry B James, an 80’s metal rock club here in Stockholm.

Me, Lena, Camilla & Anna at Harry B James rock bar.

It was now 6:00pm, and we were meeting Camilla and a friend of hers, Anna, to go to Harry B James. This club is only a few blocks away from our hotel, so it was an easy walk, even though it was around -10C and a bit windy. Since we were there early, there was no cover charge to get in. We found a booth to sit in, and ordered some food and drinks. They were playing nothing but 1980’s hard rock/metal songs, so we all enjoyed trying to remember the names of the songs and the band that played them. We had a great time, even though the video screens didn’t match the song that was being played, and then got stuck on Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” Luckily the music being played didn’t get stuck as well!!!

The four of us hung out, chatted and watched the band set up on the stage.

During our visit to Stockholm Sweden, we went to a rock club called Harry b James. Here we saw a Swedish rock band called Dynazty.
It was now almost 10:00pm, and still the band didn’t look as if they were going to start playing any time soon. Camilla & Anna were getting tired and with having to work the next morning, called it a night. Lena and I moved to a different table, and then had a couple more beers waiting for the band to start playing. I’d been there this long already, I wanted to hear them play at least one song! They finally started at 11:30pm; we stayed for 2 songs and half of a third, and then called it a night. Lena said she thought the band was just ok, but I thought they were good and could have listened longer if it wasn’t so late. Now we know not to get there so early so we can stay longer to enjoy the show.  We made the walk back to our hotel, looking at some of the Christmas displays in one of the store windows, then got back to our room around 12:30 or 1:00am.

Tomorrow is our last day in Stockholm, and we are heading to Gävle to spend the next six days with her mom, her brother and his family for Christmas!

missandrea81 says:
The outdoor museum sounds great along with the Christmas market. :))
Posted on: Jan 05, 2010
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A moose at the zoo inside Skansen.
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Lena having glögg
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Lena & Catharina having glögg.
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