Svanen Hotel & Kalmar Youth Hostel
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Hi All, Sorry for the 9 day delay getting back to this blog. But, in our defense we were distracted if nothing else by sleep for a few days to join the time shift. Einstein explains this at length. The flight to Kalmar was like traveling in miniature: off the little shuttle tram, up the step ladder, into the little commuter plane, seatbelt made out of twine...not really but close. The Kalmar airport was as big as a Denny's. With no security, we breezed in the door ...
... about hordes, there were a steady stream of people tramping each way, babies in strollers, kids, oldies with sticks, the lot. The stones were great, super neat if only people would take their photos and get out of the way so others can do the same! We had a good look; the stones are set on an equinox alignment so the mid winter and midsummer sunrise comes up over the heel and head stones. At least the walk back was down hill all the way, past lounging sheep and ...
... Apparently, the residents of the island have collaborated in restoring these structures – they are EVERYWHERE. Also everywhere are small churches that look they were all built from the same set of plans. Between the similarity of homes, road networks and churches, every new town we passed looked like one we had already been in!
The highlight of the drive was one large old burial ground. This one featured several standing stones, but also a ...
... in Scotland, which was also constructed by Thomas Telford. The canal is nicknamed the "divorce ditch." It earned this nickname from the troubles that couples have to endure while trying to navigate the many locks by themselves.
We saw Kalmar's first water tower, constructed 1897-1900, which was in use until 1972. The tower was converted into apartments in the 1980's and now contains 11 apartments of different sizes.
... geriatric boat’. Anyway, there was no one on board but we determined we would catch up as soon as possible.
We are now in Sweden and Swedish harbours, by and large, adopt the pickup buoy method ie you attach a line round the buoy and tie the other end to the dock (front or back, depending upon preference) . We had a whole line of buoys to choose from but he directed us to the end ones and again reiterated that we would have to move ...