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Written on: Wednesday June 25th, 2008

A journal entry from: Exploring the Baltic Sea by Yacht

After hearing so much about the beauty of Stockholm, especially when arriving by boat, I was definitely not disappointed as we sailed through the archipelago towards the old town. There are approximately 24,000 islands and islets that belong to the archipelago, and I could see a defnite similarity in the Swedish Coastline and my beloved British Columbia Coastline. I was hooked from the very moment I scanned the shoreline, and saw giant cranes painted to look like giraffes - I just knew Stockholm was going to be fantastic!

And it was. The first evening I strolled around the old town, snapping pictures and exploring the tiny alleys and checking out the squares surrounded by beautiful buildings. I sat outside at a cafe and sipped a glass of wine (what a healthy dinner, I know). After doing a bit of window shopping and seeing EVERY person walking past me enjoying gelato, I decided to grab some for myself and get in on the icreamy goodness.

The following day I set out early in the morning, once again to both see as much as possible, and to ensure that I wasnt followed by fellow crew members. I strolled around as all the shops opened in the early morning. After walking for what felt like hours, I found myself on a small island that just so happened to have the Museum of Modern Art on it. And as luck would have it, they were exhibiting one of my favourite contemporary painters - Dana Schutz, which TOTALLY made my day!! I couldn't belive my luck!! I spent a good few hours wandering around the art museum - both inside and out - glad to have seen such fantastic modern art.

Afterwards I took a boat cruise around the archipelago (I know, I know, I work on a boat, why would I want to spend even MORE time on one?) Truthfully, it was nice to just sit and relax for a bit. Also, I knew the boat would take me to places I just didn't have the energy to walk to. It was actually somewhat informative, but VERY touristy. But sometimes, when you only have one day in a place, it pays to do something super touristic, just to make sure you get to all the "must-sees."

Realizing I had been out all day and had eaten nothing, I took the opportunity to eat some REAL food off the boat at a small cafe. I continued exploring afterwards, and did a bit of souvenir shopping for the next couple of hours. Finally, exhausted and hungry again, I headed back to the boat to recharge.

That night, a few of the crew members and I went out for a beer at an outdoor venue where we heard a band was playing. It was nice to be outside with other people, enjoying the warm weather and an ice cold beer!

The next day in Stockholm I was on watch, which meant I had to stay on the boat all day. It ended up being a good thing, because although I LOVED Stockholm and would have loved to spend more time exploring, I was actually feeling quite run down and sick. It was nice to spend the day just chilling out and resting, without having to feel guilty for missing a chance to explore.

But watch out Stockholm, because you are so beautiful, I am definitely coming back to see more!!  


From Bryan on Jul 16th, 2008

Nice Journal baby! The pictures are amazing!