Friday, August 22, 2008

Hej då Sverige! (Farewell Sweden)

Tommorow is my last day in Stockholm, Sweden. It is almost 1 year to the day that I arrived for the very first time in Sweden for what was originally meant to be a 3 month assignment for work. Fortunately for me I was asked to stay longer which ended up taking in all 4 seasons of the year.
Slideshow of my four seasons in Sweden.

This has truely been a life changing experience and I go away with a sense of fulfillment of achieving a goal of living and working in another country, and Sweden is one fantastic country to do this in.

Farewell Stockholm & Sweden and all my friends and colleagues I leave behind. I will really miss this place, but take away some wonderful memories that I will never forget.

Tack så mycket Sverige!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

080808 in 08 city

08-08-08 - the start of the Beijing Olympics but also an important day in Stockholm. People from Stockholm are known as noll-åtta's in Sweden (08-ers) as their telephone area code begins with 08. So they also see this date as one of significance.

Here are a couple of colleagues and me on a permanently moored hostel-boat moored off the island of Skeppsholmen looking across to Gamla Stan. This was just a great fireworks show on the harbour.

A large street party was held at "The Mushroom" in Stureplan, one of the main bar/club districts and where we end up most Saturday nights.
The next day we headed out to the archipelago jumping on the next ferry and taking it to the very last island. On what was initially a packed ferry, there was only one other person to get off at the last stop with us.
Watch this video of the ferry calling at an island and making its way through the archipelago (sped up 4 times as the ferry doesn't move all that fast, and to make it a bit more interesting).

I don't think you can get more stereotypical Sweden than this, and old Volvo parked outside a red Scandinavian summer house on an island, what a life.

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