This trip came about as many do these days, as a lark or fantastical whim. While visiting the South of France (earlier this year), Xavier mentioned some of the best years of his life were spent in Stockholm. Shortly thereafter Delta started servicing the Swedish capitol (meaning that I could get there for free), and as luck would have it Sarah, and old friend from Mt. Hood was living there with her husband Love (free accommodation). Elaine informed me that she and the kids didn't have ant interest in a whirlwind trip, but said that if I was interested that I should go. I don't know why I have always been curious about "how the other half lives", but I am. (The other half being the other 99.99% of the world.) All of these circumstances led me check flight loads, email Sarah and Love (who generously offered me the use of their apartment even though they were going to be out of town) and head over to Sweden.
I spent most of my time seeing the city via Love's bike, and other than the first half hour (where I was a danger to myself and others, forgetting many of the "road rules" learned over the years) it was a perfect way to tour. Pedestrian only streets, narrow medieval alleyways, fantastic museums, tons of green space and masses of people "out and about" all added up to a carnival like atmosphere in the picturesque city.
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