One thing I noticed about Sweden is that it is very 'do it yourself.' In a grocery store in the States, for instance, the people working there will do almost everything but pay your bill. In Sweden, you do everything, including pay for the bags you put your purchases in! Clerks in stores are not always asking you if you need help, not even if you are standing there with a 'Help me!' look on your face. If you want something, ask for it, or learn to do without.
During the summer 'holiday' season, stores and attractions close very early. Unlike in the States, where stores stay open longer to take advantage of people not being at work, in Sweden, the stores close earlier, since no one will work. This is something to keep in mind when you want to buy something or do something late on a Sunday afternoon in July...whatever it is you want to do is most likely closed. Do your sightseeing and shopping early in the day, and enjoy the views that cost nothing after dinner.
It was at the 1972 Olympics that Silvia Sommerlath met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden. The engagement of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath was announced on March 12, 1976, and they were married on June 19 that year in the Stockholm Cathedral.
Everyone knows ABBA's 'Dancing Queen.' But did you know that it was first performed at the wedding of Silvia Soommerlath to King Olaf?
...And when you get the chance
You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet, only thirty three
Feel the beat from the tambourine
So its not DANCING queen. Its dancing QUEEN. Get it?
Spring is finally here, and along with it Stockholm’s numerous outdoor cafes. Nearly all cafes and restaurants have seating available outdoors on the sidewalks and squares. On Stureplan you’ll find the Sturehof and Sturecompagniet outdoor cafes – two great meeting places.
On Östermalmstorg you’ll find the popular Lisa på Torget, where you can enjoy a bite to eat in the
evening sun, after you finish work.
On Medborgarplatsen and
Nytorget on Söder, you’ll find
several fashionable and popular
outdoor cafes, where you can
enjoy plenty of good food and
drinks. Get out and enjoy
Bring your international student card - museums often have a special student admission. If you want to fly domestic, SAS have special fares for people under the age of 25 and for students. If you're under 25 years old, you can get ANYWHERE (that SAS can take you in Sweden) for only 700 Skr (two-way ticket!).
This hadn't happened to me actually, but heard about it: if you make a new business with someone in Sweden don't be surprised if he suddenly kicks you in the ass while saying lycka till (good luck). The tradition is like saying an actor to break a leg, that is wishing the recipient the opposite of what you desire for them. Don't say thank you to the ass-kicker or else he has to do it again (in order not to void it's effect.)
Because of the current the water next to the Royal Palace never freezes and in the winter hunderds or even thousends of birds gather everyday behind the Opera. Great for fans of swans and ducks etc.
Small people like me will realize how tall Swedes seem to be when they use the ATM machines .... oh, and they are not all blonde as I always thought... :(
Be careful, there are Trolls in Stockholm. Yes I have seen them , but they are very fast, so I haven't picture. You can try to see them in one's of the park.
Visit the Royal Opera House. For more information, please visit, http://www.operan.se
The Grand Hotel is beautiful and centrally located. I'd have loved to give it a good review....more
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