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I'm back from the essay presentation in Visby, which seemed to go well. Only a few spelling errors that I need to correct, and then I'm sending it to my supervisor, who will send it to the examinator. Fingers crossed that he or she likes it. It was a very intense trip: only 24 hours in Visby and the same in Stockholm. Still, I managed to have time for fika*, and walked all over Visby feeling nostalgic. When I'm rich I'll buy a small house/flat within the ring wall.

Surprisingly, we had snow. Admittedly much more on the mainland than on Gotland, but still. Compare these pictures with the ones from a previous post:

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With only 24 hours in Stockholm I didn't see that much, mostly Östermalm, Gamla Stan, and passing through city on my way elsewhere. Gamla Stan is lovely, with its old houses and narrow alleyways, and really appealed architecturally. Östermalm, on the other hand, is dominated by 19th century architecture, and felt just like my hometown. I spent several hours at the Historical Museum, but it won't be on my list of favourite museums. Unfortunately I can't pinpoint why it didn't appeal to me. Still, I got to see a fair number of famous objects, so I can't see it as wasted hours. I skipped the Museum of Medieval Stockholm, and instead wandered round the Old Town. It seemed to have as many tourist shops as London, so if that's any indication of the amount of tourists, I'm glad I got there in the off-season!



*: Fika is a very useful Swedish word, meaning a short coffee/tea break, possibly with biscuits, cookies or even cake. Company is optional, but usually preferred.

Date: 2010-11-30 01:33 pm (UTC)
vatine: Generated with some CL code and a hand-designed blackletter font (Default)
From: [personal profile] vatine
I know why the Historical Museum doesn't appeal to me. Too many school trips.

I hope you managed to catch the Christmas market in Old Town.

As for fika, I much prefer långfika, with a couple of cups, good conversation and an hour or three filed off the day.
Edited Date: 2010-11-30 01:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-12-01 12:38 pm (UTC)
vatine: Generated with some CL code and a hand-designed blackletter font (Default)
From: [personal profile] vatine
I haven't seen the Christmas Market in Old Town for 11 years, but remember it as a magical place from my childhood. :)

Hm, I seem to recall that one or another of the Swedish Churches in London are doing a christmas market thing. Maybe I should check that out (or, possibly, trek to the Finnish Church near Canada Water, for some salt liquorice, as I have been told they do a decent selection).

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