ossamenta: Tanner from Medieval manuscript (Vitgarvare (Nürnberg 12brüderstiftung))
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.
ossamenta: Tanner from Medieval manuscript (Vitgarvare (Nürnberg 12brüderstiftung))
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm having a brief stop in Stockholm on my way back from Visby. I've been to Stockholm once before, as a young teenager on a weekend visit with my parents. Needless to say, I was far more interested in shopping than in the cultural sightseeing my parents did with me. "See it now, so you've seen it, and when you are in Stockholm next time you can do the things you want to do." I guess it's rather ironic that a) I haven't been back since, and b) now I'm interested in cultural sightseeing. Since I'm only there for a day, I'm not going to be able to see a lot of things. I will go to the Historical Museum, so I can see (some of) the things that we read about in my archaeology studies, and to the Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Storkyrkan.

So now I ask those of my readers who has been to Stockholm, perhaps even live there - is there anything you'd particularly recommend (museums, sights, shops, cafés, restaurants, or cool things in general) or anti-recommend (overpriced, too many tourists, etc)? Bear in mind that I only have c. 8 hours to do everything, so I can't head too far out in several directions. I have to save something for later.

And if any of you want to meet up, give me a shout.

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