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Trip Start Aug 06, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholml,
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

From the perspective of blog writers we are sadly disappointed that nothing eventful happened on our way to Stockholm. We got on the plane, settled in, had dinner and went to sleep, or some of us went to sleep anyway. We landed in Amsterdam Schipol airport on time and went through security again, and after having our luggage searched because some of us forgot to take some stuff out of our luugage-blame it on jet lag. Security is much pickier in Amsterdam than our beloved TSA. We then went to the first class lounge number 25 (don't go to the wrong lounge, they won't let you in). Althought the lounge was lovely , it was really quiet and had an odd mix of music playing. Ken thought he was in an old ladies' tea room. We all napped and Andrea did a little duty free shopping (which isn't cheaper than regular shopping in the US, so don't get your hopes up that she is bringing you anything from the Schipol duty free shops SEE, BUY, FLY).

(Ken has now noted that I have given away too much editorial control over the blog and has suggested that I yank it back. It's going to be a long blogging session....)

We got to Stockholm on time. After listening to announcements on the plane in both Dutch and English, we have determined that the Dutch were getting way more information than we were. The cruise line met us at the airport and we took a bus to the hotel. We stayed in the Scandic Anglais. A very scandinavian styled hotel. No extra amenities here. Be thankful you have soap. It is still a comfortable place, good beds with duvets and very modern plumbing including a choice of the big or little flush on the toilet. We went for a walk through the Humlegarden around the Swedish National Library, we paid homage to Linneas ( extra points for those of you who can correctly identify why the Swedes put a statue of him in their park), strolled around the shopping and bar scene and tried to find a place for dinner. Because we were in Sweden Susan L wanted Italian food, but the wait was too long. We ended up back in the hotel where we ate internationally. Ken had Spanish food, Susan R had Mexican (Caesar Salad was invented in Mexico), Susan L ate American and Andrea went with Swedish, but wondered where the top bread slice was on her shrimp sandwich, After trying to repack her bags so they can be efficiently taken by the porters in the morning, Andrea realized she was so jet lagged she couldn't make any decisions and she surrendered and went to bed.

This morning we went to the included breakfast buffet in the hotel, where Ms. Lach indulged in her favorite breakfast, tomatoes and pickles

We are now anticipating catching the bus to the boat and meeting our butler!

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Oh come on, doesn't everyone know the tremendous contributions of Linneaus? Sounds like fun so far except for having to travel with a certain retired old curmudgeon with initials KFN.

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Don't let him edit Andrea. I don't have storage for the download.

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