Day 22- Stockholm

Trip Start Jul 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 09, 2010

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

we "awoke" about 7am and watched the Swedish Landscape pass by: forests, lakes, rivers occasional villages. Then more dense habitation, outskirts of city and arrival in Stockholm (again - although the first time was "accidental" see earlier) at 8:30. We managed to find a map of Stockholm and decided to walk to the Tourist Information Office (by the long way as it turned out). Not much help here mainly interested in selling things. Decided that a 3-day travel pass was a good option and paid for it here. We went to find T-Centralen station and found the right train out to Angyplan station which was closer that we had been lead to believe (~15 mins). We asked a guard for directions to campsite (obviously a common question!) and set off to walk to Angby Camping ~800m (uphill with a downhill at the end). This is a large campsite with many caravans and motorhomes. The tents are spread up and down the access paths with a large area in the rocky forest in the rest of the site. Obviously they had had a lot a rain recently as it was quite muddy. We selected a site near to the facilities on a relatively level gravel patch and setup tent (by now it was raining - we are now experts at putting up the tent and getting it sorted out in the rain). We then returned to Angyplan and took the train to T-Centralen. We had noticed some advertising for the free IKEA bus and managed to locate the IKEA free bus stop. There was a wait of 45 mins for the next bus so wandered about before returning to the stop, by which time there was a large crowd (note that the Swedish do not know how to queue - form big mass then push to front is the technique to use). The bus takes ~20 mins on the freeway through the suburbs to arrive at the largest IKEA store in the world. It was about 13:45 by this time and we were hungry so decided to check on IKEA quality control by comparing the lunch to that in the Perth IKEA store. We splashed out and had kotabulla (with mash potatoes, not chips) a "salad" (lettuce with julienne carrots plus a roll with butter, most people just had a huge pile of carrots) each and a sausage dish with creamy sliced potatoes and beetroot, plus a drink. The only difference we could detect from the Perth version (apart from mash instead of chips) was that the red jelly was much tarter than the Perth version. Val reckons this is because in Perth we get a "lite" version whereas this is the "real thing". they should do the sausage dish in Perth as it is really nice. There were, however, very few desserts available. We then walked in circles, literally, around the store for a while. The store is organised as a "spiral" around a central core on 3 levels plus a large rectangle for the restaurant. We recognised many things that seemed to be a similar price to Australia, however a lot things appeared to be much cheaper. There were also a large number of products, particularly chairs and sofas that we do not get in Perth. After looking at only a fraction of the store we decided to catch the return bus to Stockholm. On the last change of chip for the video camera we found out that one of our new chips (from Dick Smith) did not work, so we hunted for a replacement SD chip. After looking in many likely stores and finding high prices we eventually found a cheap electronics shop and bought an 8GB class 4 chip for about the  same price as in Perth. While doing this we came across the main agent for Silja Ferries and decided to enquire about prices for a "cruise" to Helsinki that we had put on the original schedule but were still not sure whether to do. The Helsinki cruises were fully booked but a few cabins were left on the weekend cruise to Tallin for 1700 SEK (about $AU250 !) which we thought was a really good deal so we decided to go. We then shopped for provisions (could not find good supermarket) and returned to campsite to make dinner and retired for the night.
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