Stockholm Kulturfestival

Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
Trip End Aug 25, 2009

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I have no idea what's wrong with me... I went to bed so early last night and didn't really fall asleep until almost 6 or 7 this morning! So... I didn't officially start my day until 1:30 pm... ick!! I've got to figure out how to get some sleep so that I can get up at a decent hour. Needless to say, it's a rainy day today. All day it rained and as I sit here and type, it's still raining. So, dressed warmly and off I went! Toby & I walked to get my Iced Vanilla Latte... my splurge for the day but until you've had one, you really can't justify the 33 SEK (5 CAD) everyday. Toby found the travel agent's workplace so he took me there as I had promised Liza that I would meet up with her when I was here. She wasn't working today but we'll meet up tomorrow. We made a pit stop before we got there though... a store showing beautiful kitchens... very modern... starting at 89000 SEK (13300 CAD) you too can have a fantastic kitchen! Oh well, I can dream and take pictures of it! :)

Afterwards, we walked around and ended up hiding out in a couple of stores as it was just pouring. Bought an umbrella for Toby for 49 SEK (7.32 CAD) and wandered around the festival. Sat down at one of their outdoor lounges (it had cover) and Toby had a raspberry tea. Wow... it's so nice!! They even had fleece blankets on the lounge chairs (the nice ones that everyone would love to have in their yard but most of us don't have them) for your use! After curling in it and listening to the guy playing on the keyboard for awhile, we kept walking (after I used the free bathroom of course). I found these really strange poles where they were decorated with hats and scarves... not sure why... make them more festive?? There was a table nearby that had people sitting around knitting!! Very interesting...

There were street performers and so we stopped to watch them for a bit. They're very entertaining and talented. We found some very interesting people around... lots of girls here seem to like to wear dresses but then wear jeans or leggings underneath... It's a very odd scene as I think that defeats the purpose of a dress but oh well. Saw lots of great sales but of course, the sleeves are so long, I can wrap it around myself like a scarf! The long t-tank tops are down to my knees and the dresses... well, let's just say I can make a skirt out of all the dresses!! I have to say, I haven't bought anything on this trip yet as most don't fit my size. Damn Swedish girls... why do they have to be at least 6'2" and skinny like a Pocky stick?? Ah yes, I also found out that they're very tanned because it's a cultural thing... along with the magazines... Paris Hilton is skinny, blonde and very tanned.... so... everywhere you look, they're very tanned. One thing I did notice is that there's a lot of girls who either don't wear a bra or don't wear one that fits!! Wow... lots of headlights everywhere!! And... being short... they're all at my eye level... what can I say?? I look at things that are at my eye level! The only advice I can give to them would be "If each of your girls are going in a different direction as you walk, you might want to lock & load them. If they're locked & loaded but it looks bloated, you might want to go up a size!!"

Okay... focus... back to the walk around the festival... there's a bunch of stages around town and there's one outside the Opera House...there's no standing room as the stage goes right to the edge of the sidewalk and cars drive by it. We had to stand across the street to watch the performance. It was interesting. They also had first aid booths where they show you and you can play with the dummies. One was really heavy and you had to try and pick him up. They were showing a trick as to how to do it but it definitely took all your body weight to do so. They even had a sex-ed booth where kids were given sex-ed info and there were even kids playing memory! The cards were of naked body parts and the kids had to pair them up. They recognized everything else but had a hard time recognizing legs and feet. :) There's lots of booths everywhere and it had many different items from different places (India, Korea, etc.) We even found one from Denmark and they had... legos!! Yeap... Legoland's in Denmark, not Sweden. Well, I took a picture of the legos as it's gonna be the closest to Denmark as I'll get on this trip. :)

Found a Ahlens and went to look for some nylon socks for the low flat shoes. It's hard to find them at home at a decent price and this place had 2 pairs/pkg for 45 SEK (7.50 CAD) and they had it in small sizes!! Found the nude and black colour... still on the lookout for the white ones. Another thing crossed off my list!! Walked into a Body Shop as my hands were dry... the Shea Butter was expensive... 199 SEK for 1 tub (29.73 CAD) but they had testers. :) Found 2 salons selling the Rockaholic Dry Shampoo (my favourite!) and that was pretty cool. One was Frisor Center at Radmansgatan 46, 113 57 Stockholm but they're more expensive at 199 SEK for a bottle. The cheaper one was found at Minomin in a shopping mall area at PK-Huset, Hamngatan 10, 11 47 Stockholm where it was 112 SEK (16.74 CAD) which is about par to what I buy it for back home.

So... I have to say... they have a lot of communal bathrooms (or as they call it - toilets) here.... as a girl, you really learn how to pee standing up or get really strong thigh muscles!! Of course, it all depends on where you go though as some places are fairly clean while others are... hold your breath, do your business FAST, get out. 'Nuff said.

Ah yes. I learned that Rea means sale.... but I saw a lot of store window signs that say "Slut-Rea".... okay.... I don't know what Slut means in Swedish but I know what it means in English... so if I was speaking Sweglish.... does it mean that they have sluts for sale??? Is that why there's so many that walk around dressed so skankie?? I tell ya... there's so many undergarments showing... I'm wondering what part of the American magazines they're reading!! Certainly doesn't leave much to the imagination.

Went to another coffee shop and had a lasagna bolognese. I love coffee shops... there's so many around and each is so unique. I wish we had more at home as it's a great place to meet with friends and chat. Of course, we only get the same hum-drum types at home but here, some are really intimate with couches and candlelight... it's so nice to not have to fight to get a comfy chair. Toby had a slice of raspberry pie and it came all warmed up with a side of another sweet dessert type... it was really good. Did I mention that the food here's really good?? There was a lot of meat in the bolognese sauce and it came with a side salad. Only down side is, you get a number (we were 85) and then sit down. When the order is ready, the waiter walks around with it and yells out the number... in Swedish.... that was a challenge. I figured if he walked all over (there were 2 storeys in this coffee place) and he couldn't find anyone to give it to, it would be ours. :) It worked.

After food and another trip to a free toilet, off we went. Walked back to the hotel (it's so weird calling a 2 star a hotel) and unloaded some of our stuff. Used the toilet again and went to the computer room with my EEE (love this thing!!) so I can blog. I tried to blog yesterday on the free computer at our lavish hotel but they locked down so many features, I couldn't even post it! Besides, the keyboard was actually in Swedish so it was hard to type on it. Hence, the post from yesterday was a lot shorter. Oh yeah, as I walked back to the hotel from the train station, I found the IKEA bus stop... it's no longer free... 69 SEK (10.31 CAD) gets you on the bus but I'm not sure if it's a return or not.

I'm sitting here at the University in the Psychology department (hhmmm... ) in the kitchen blogging away while there's a bunch of guys in the big room hacking away... well, there's 1 OpenBSD girl but the rest are guys... way too much testosterone for me!! I'll sit here with my NKOTB instead! :) Speaking of them, I went to a few stores (whenever I walked past a music store) and asked about their stuff... apparently, they're all sold out of the DVD!! *Sigh* I will find it... In the interim, I'll be "Hangin' Tough" listening to the "Block". :) Oh I'm so cheesy!!!

Ah yes, we found a church that was open so in we went. I wish cameras could take pictures inside a church 'cuz it's just gorgeous but I know the pictures wouldn't do it justice!! It was so beautiful!!! They had so much art inside to look at and the handicraft of the pews and stuff were so awesome!! It felt so grand to be inside it and you just stand there in awe. The one we walked in had it stamped in the ceiling 1642 so I figure it was built in that year... It would definitely fit with the era of that time.

YIKES!!! There was a really loud BOOM!!! Well, they are doing construction work down the street from the University and apparently, blowing up rocks... but it's 9 pm here and there it went!! Dynamite!! EEEE!!! The things I find here... very interesting indeed!!
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