Special local taxi driver Åke.
When I arrived at Skavsta Airport a late Saturday night in February 2010, I met the most different taxi driver I ever have met. This taxi driver´s name was Åke and he was fond of Franz Schubert, the musician. he knew everything about him and so. He told me that he travels to Vienna and look for new things about mr Schubert. He collects all kind of things about him. He told me also, that he probably knows most of Franz Schubert in the world. He should work with something else instead of driving a taxi, when he has so much knowledge about this musician.
Uppsa Kulle - Runtuna - Aspa
Two villages to the north west with some rural idyll in between them. Just drive around and discover old sea bays which vikings sailed up, now dried out due to land rise and full of farmed fields. See Aspa runestone, Lindö Mansion and many other typical sights for this agricultural county full of mansions. The main sight is Uppsa Kulle burial mound just north of Runtuna village.
A couple of hours in the rain
In the second week of April 2008 I was in Stockholm Skavsta Airport for a very cheap connecting flight by ryanair when i had about two and half hours to wait. The nearby city of Nyköping was only about 20 minutes by bus and i decided to go and see the city instead of sitting dumb at the uninteresting airport. I had never heard about this city before and would probably have never heard in future as well, if not for the desire to take a cheap flight. I did not repent my decision of visiting the city.
The city of Nyköping apart from the Nyköpingshus Castle, Sörmlands County Museum and the Nyköping river seemed have very beautiful houses. The weather was a bit spoilsport when I visited but I was desperate to see a new town and not rather get bored at the airport. Nyköping is a town on the Baltic sea on the mouth of river Nyköping. it is the administrative capital of Södermanland county of Sweden. The traces of settlers around 2,000 BC have been found in the area. In the early medieval age, this town was a capital of one the small Swedish kingdoms. The town originated in the 13th century as a marketplace around the Nyköpingshus castle.
The Nyköping Banquet of 1317 is an infamous episode in Swedish history (please read the tips for details). There was a huge fire in 1665 when large parts of the city were destroyed. The city was again destroyed when Russian troops invaded the city in 1719. thereafter the current city was built. In 2005, the population of Nyköping was a little less than 28,000.
One of my unique memories from the city was the fact that on my way back from Nyköping to Skavsta Airport, on a 20 minute long journey by bus, I was the sole passenger in the bus. Here's a picture of the bus. Very unique memory for a person coming from India.