The capital of Scandinavia!!

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Oct 05, 2009

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Monday, August 24, 2009

Although I expected the city to be more hopping than it was, I enjoyed it.  Stockholm is a very calm city, with people just doing normal things and going about their everday lives.  You don't really have a distinct pulse or rythym like you do in some cities.  I found it a little underwhelming, but I can see how other people would really love the city.  It's got great shopping and restaurants, but that's not really what I was looking for.
I did, however, get to take a tour of the Royal Swedish Palace and their Parliament buildings, which was pretty cool.  They had a very distinctive smell, not bad, but a smell of something that had existed for four or five hundred years.  (or more probably!)
I really loved the Nobel museum which was housed in the old town part of Stockholm, which is on a separate island.  It wasn't that large of a museum, but it had a lot of documentaries with people that had lived lives going against dictatorships, standing out against fascist regimes, that sort of thing.  And I won't lie, I definitely shed a tear or two!  
My host was really into country music, so he was fascinated by the fact that I was from Tennessee and wanted to hear EVERYTHING about it.  I also had a really fascinating discussion about September 11th with my host.  Apparently, a week after, they shut down the city, as in work, subway, etc, as a memorial to the victims.  I never knew other countries did things like that for us.
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