After hanging out on the 69th parallel in Tromsø, Norway, we headed back to our dear friend Eddie Ardow, a roommate of mine during my college years at UCLA. His home overlooks one of the many waterways that flow through Stockholm.
We spent a few days luxuriating at Eddie’s and getting to know his girlfriend, Marie Blomqvist, his daughter Anja, and meeting more of his family. We visited a few well-known tourist attractions including hip and touristy Gamla Stan, the wildly popular children’s literature museum Junibacken, and the amazing photography exhibitions at Fotografiska.
Our modes of transportation were subway, bus, by foot, and the popular red hop-on hop-off boats. Each of these tour boats is named after one of ABBA’s hit songs. Bicycles and super efficient pubic transportation are the way to get around in Stockholm. And boats. Stockholm is comprised of fourteen islands, and we saw all kinds of watercraft, from canoes to cruise ships, in the surrounding waters. It all started on the central island of Gamla Stan, the hub of ancient Stockholm.