jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 103 [12 May 09] – Stockholm

Posted in Stockholm by jn82 on May 12, 2009

Today, I felt extremely exhausted and not in the mood to do anything or go to anywhere. I think it must be the lack of proper rest and the long train rides catching up with me finally. Anyway, we did eventually get out of the hostel after lunch, and headed to Vasamuseet by bus. Public transportation here is insanely expensive, as the bus fare each way cost 30kr (S$5.80).

This is a description of Vasamuseet from Wikipedia:

“The Vasa Museum (Swedish: Vasamuseet) is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.”

In the middle of the museum there is the salvaged and preserved almost seven story high and 67m long Swedish war ship, Vasa. Built around the ship are exhibits about life in Sweden during the 1600s, skeletal remains of 30 people found trapped in the sunk ship, reconstructions of the ship’s interior as well as descriptions of the various carvings on the ship’s exterior. It was quite weird to see nothing but wood and everything in a shade of brown all afternoon long.

The Vasa.

Various parts of the ship.

On the way to the bus stop out of the Vasa museum, I saw flashing police lights on motorbikes and cars, and a long convoy of cars approaching me. I think it must have been some Swedish royalty or politicians because there were two Volvo S80 stretch limoscenes. Not very impressive.

Convoy with two Volvo stretch limos.

Will be spending the day in the city tomorrow after checking out of the hostel in the morning, then taking the ferry to Helsinki in the evening.

Today’s pictures here.

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  1. plus46 said, on May 14, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I haven’t made it to see the Vasa yet, and I’ve lived and worked in Stockholm for about 2 years. In fact one of my last jobs was right down the street, and I would take the bus past the museum every day and think to myself, “you know someday you should check that place out”.

    You’re right on about the high cost of public transportation, but I’ve never used as convenient a system as SL. My approx. $100USD a month SL kort is always put to good use 🙂

    Hope you enjoyed your visit and have a good time in Helsinki!

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