LENS

June 3, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden – May 28_31, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 10:59 am

 

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The king is always watching..

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Even on summer’s doorstep,the weather at this latitude was pretty chilly. Temperatures hovered around the mid 50s most of the time and the wind was pretty relentless. The locals seemed to deal well with it though.

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Forsythia

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The only folks you saw out on the street were Roma – Romanian immigrants who were not included in the high-end Swedish economy

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Bendy

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If you looked hard enough, you could find some graffiti

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Some Swedish words didn’t translate too well

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A little taste of home

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Unlike New York, public restrooms were plentiful downtown

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Well sculpted

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One of the older churches in Central City

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Greenway

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Still watching…

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See-through signs

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Runway

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Graduating high schoolers have the tradition of painting the town yellow before getting diplomas. They partied in the backs of souped-up garbage trucks, blasting techno and spraying beer at each other

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No punch-backs

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Still going..

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Dummy door

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Addresses were really hard to follow. It seemed like every block was named differently. I’d hate to be a royal mailman in this city..

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Old meets new

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Hotspur

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As one of the greenest cities in the world, biking was huge. Most streets you went on had bike lanes

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Bridge to Gamla Stan (old town)

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Stockholm is a series of islands, each one with a different feel. Gamla Stan was by far my favorite, with old crooked alleyways and cozy little bars lining cobblestone streets

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Off leash

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Drainage

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Where do you live again??

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Heavy metal is alive and well in Sweden

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As with most of Europe, cigarettes and snus (packets of tobacco you put under your lip) were really popular. The only litter you saw in the streets were butts

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To save space in Gamla Stan’s tight streets, drainage pipes were literally carved into the walls

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Meet me at the corner

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Can you find the hipster graffiti?

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Roma

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Well decorated storefront

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Another island, Strom, was where a ton of artists and college kids lived. This was officially dubbed Hipsterville for all the odd happenings and people that inhabited the space. These girls actually had bits in their mouths as they carried people around the main square

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Seagallah

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#ithinkilltakeanotherselfie

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Ruff Pitchers

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By Thor

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The road less traveled by

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Constant construction

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XRoads

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Royal Palace

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Where’s Ricky?

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Security

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Novus Ordo Seclorum

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Gamla Stan

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The bars were set up to feed each other. When one closed at midnight, another filled up until 3AM. When that one closed, the crowds filtered over to the 5AM bar.

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Sunrise

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Upkeep

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Hipsterville

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5AM club

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Weiners were a big thing over there

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Down the channel

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Symmetry

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Finnish Geese

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Lead the pack

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Up north the greenery was amazing. Even the cemeteries were overrun with life

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Heavenly

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The Butterfly and Bird Museum

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The museum had a bunch of greenhouses where butterflies were free to hatch and roam

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Why not throw some sharks in there as well?

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Camo

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The only national park contained within city limits.. the EkoPark. It was opened to the public in the 1700s by the king.

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The great lawn

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Princess’ castle

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Swedeitti

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Stockholm Marathon in effect y’all

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Barney

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2 Comments »

  1. I always get a clear feel for places you choose to visit. It’s great to see the old and the new; countryside and communities; the people of Sweden in their daily/evening environments and of course Barney!!!!!
    Glad att ha dig hemma
    Ma

    Comment by Mom — June 3, 2014 @ 11:46 am

  2. Amazing pics as usual…love the greenery

    Comment by cosh — June 4, 2014 @ 12:36 am


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