Back to Stockholm

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 29, 2008

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today is our last full day on this trip.  Bev and I are so thankful that everything has gone so well.  The weather has been so cooperative. Everyone we've talked to has been so happy with this event.  Today we leave Leksand. 
Paul Spenser and Solveig Hammar join us for breakfast before he takes us to the train station, about eight minutes away.  Trains are efficient and convenient. A great way to travel. 
We take three trains back to Stockholm. The trip is about four hours long with the layovers.  We arrive at the Stockholm Central downtown train station and get a taxi to the hotel.  Immediately we run into Johnnie Lambert.  He will be leaving later today for Estonia. 
Six of us, Jesmina, Elisabeth, Britt, Jim, Bev and me go out to tour Stockholm. We walked down to the waterfront and a took a Hop On Hop Off boat to a most remarkable museum: The Vassa. This was a massive sailing vessel that set sail from the Stockholm harbor on August 10, 1628.  It was designed to carry 300 soldiers and 150 crew.  King Gustavus Adolphus was viewing it as it proudly started its journey.  However, in 20 minutes it toppled over and sank.  About 30-50 people drowned and it was a great disgrace.  In about 1952 it was pulled out of the harbor and restored into an amazing museum right at water's edge. 
From the Vassa we stopped at McDonald's for a small meal.  The cost of a Big Mac size (it's actually smaller) is about $10 to $11.  But, it was fun to compare.  I got something called McFeast.  Jim Franks ordered a small coke.  It came in a coffee cup size cup.  Britt Taylor took issue that his medium-size (about our small size) was only 3/4 full.  It was fun to watch and compare...and yearn for the rock-bottom cheap prices in the USA.
After that we went to an unusual bar by the Central Train Station.  It's essentially a big freezer at about 24 degrees F.  You are given parkas and gloves to wear.  It's an interesting once in a lifetime experience....but no more than once.  It was fun. 
The daylight hours still keep coming and stopped for dinner at an Irish pub. 
A great ending to a great trip.  Our spirits have been very high.  Everything has beyond expectations on this trip. 
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