BEST WESTERN Hotel Svava
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- Minbar in room
- Drycleaning onsite
- Continental Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Concierge desk
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Today I left Stockholm for the first time since coming here 6.5 weeks ago (!). Christoffer's older sister lives in Uppsala, Sweden's 4th largest city with a whopping population of 200,000. She offered to give us/me a guided tour of Uppsala :D His mother lives about 30 minutes away and said she'd join us. From the stories Christoffer had told me, they sounded very interested and fun, so I really looked forward to meeting them. To get to Uppsala from Stockholm, you ...
... you wanted them to or not...even after almost a year, I couldn't count to five in Swedish if my life depended on it), and people were more pleasant (although most locals told us time and again that Swedes were notoriously cold people (in more ways than one, I mean)). Also, let's be honest, EVERYONE here is attractive. It's absolutely true that an American "10" is a Swedish "7" (and I'm trying to be as generous as possible here).
... the fish indoors is a sin on par with feeding Mogwais after midnight). Fortunately (or perhaps not), our friend Jason was in possession of a can of surströmming which had been bequeathed to him many months prior, and he was elated to organize an event for its consumption. I can't say that the bulging can of "matured" surströmming was instantly appetizing, but it certainly appealed to our more adventurous eating tendencies.
By all accounts, the ...
... that a few were a little suspicious. We had heaps of young kids in the house as well and they made the occasion so much more merry and special. The evening went on into the early hours, the 25 of us got through some 14 bottles of champagne, copious bottles of beer and I saw a few empty spirit bottles laying about. A great time was had by all. Sunday morning saw all of us and some of their friends and their children who had stayed overnight getting into lashings ...
... he was taking my picture, and we had to move to another station, which took a couple minutes. This would be the biggest inconvenience we faced during the permit application process here in Sweden.
After we were finished, Jaclyn asked the guy, "So, when will we find out if we were approved?"
Guy: "I'm sorry?"
Jaclyn: "Will you let us know when our permits are approved?"
Guy: "Oh, they're approved. That's why we called you in ...