Visby- only a little lost

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Monday, July 20, 2009

It seemed really gloomy in the morning, almost raining, chilly and cloudy. We woke up early to catch the bus into Stockholm, where we would have a couple hours before heading to Nynäshamn and then to Visby. While waiting for the bus, I was treated to listening to a girl, with the single most annoying voice on the plant, talk and talk and talk and talk. Just when I think I was about snap and say something to her, the bus arrived. I took special care to not sit anywhere near where annoying voice was sitting and fell asleep for the rest of the ride. 

Once in Stockholm we decided that our time would best be spent in Gamla Stan and at the royal palace. We toured all of the museums located in the palace, and started out with the Royal Apartments. We picked the right time to go in there, at the same time as the changing of the guard. While everyone was converging outside, we got to wander around inside at our own  leisure, not having to deal with crowds. Its very interesting wandering around in there, especially in the rooms that are actually used, or were used and are still decorated in that way. After the changing of the guard, it did get busier in there again, including about four huge tours of Italian tourists wandering around all over the place. 

From here we went into the royal armoury, or "livrustkammaren" as the title went. This is the second time that I had been there, and not much had changed. They had added an additional display about the Finnish-Swedish war that took place at some point, I didn't learn much because all of the descriptions for everything were in Swedish and Finnish only. It is a really interesting museum though, with lots of really interesting things from Swedens history, including the very tattered 400 year old stuffed horse. 

Then came the Tre Kronor museum, named after the old version of the castle that used to stand where the current one is. Most of the castle was destroyed in a fire, all except the north wall, which has been changed drastically on the outside. This was the first time I had been in this museum, and it was very interesting to see what the castle was like when the old one was standing. They had a lot of (burned) items that survived the fire, and just a lot of stuff about what life was like back then. It was very well done, I really enjoyed it.

After that we went into Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, which was a quite small museum consisting of statues that were purchased by King Gustav III, most of them on a trip to Italy in the 1700's. It was very different from the rest of the museums in the palace, and a little far away from the rest of them. There was much less of a crowd in there, which really worked when you just wanted to wander around and look at the statues at whichever pace you wanted. It was really relaxing, and being the only person in there was a lot of fun.

Then it was finally time to catch the bus to Nynäshamn and a short bus ride later we were on the boat and ready to go to Gotland. The sea was kind of rough on the way there, making the boat kind of shaky, to the point where it was kind of hard to walk around. I was a little confused watching the safety video, it said that the alarm that would go off in case of emergency would consist of seven short and one long. All I could think was "could you possibly find a longer alarm to play?" It seemed really silly, it involved so much counting and would take forever for people to figure out exactly what it was. I'm sure that there was a really good reason for it, and living in a place where there are no major bodies of water nearby probably makes a difference, but I just thought that there probably could have been an alarm that would have been a little more simple.

We eventually arrived in Visby, and after getting our key decided to head over to our hostel. After going in the wrong direction for a while, we eventually got there. I was a little surprised when we got to the hostel, it was not quite what I expected. I guess the building serves as student housing during the year and they rent it out to people in the summer, becuase the rooms all had a lot going for them, but there were no common meeting spaces at all. It was a nice room though, more than what we needed for just sleeping in there.

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