Stockholm Day 1

Made it through security quickly.  Not so for the man behind me trying to bring in a years supply of polident and Oil of Olay.  Why in the world wouldn’t he have put it in checked luggage?

Sitting at the gate at DTW;

Watched a couple in their 50’s or so get wheeled up in wheelchairs.  After a few moments the wife gets up and walks around.  The man has a cane, but the wife seems pretty active.  Maybe she just doesn’t like to push him?

My carry-on is too heavy!  Stupid laptop.

It’s so easy to spot the Europeans by their clothing.

Watching a couple with a young son, maybe four years old. She’s feeding him a huge chocolate brownie, then washing it down with drinks from her Coffee.  Then pouring sugar directly from a packet
into his mouth.  Very strange.

Good flight to Amsterdam.  Sat next to a lovely man from Barcelona who is living in San Francisco and going home for a visit. (Nina, I know where your next “to go” order should come from). 

Amsterdam Airport Passport Control is CRAZY and HOT!

Flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm, very nice, and mostly empty.  This is where I finally slept for an hour.

Got to Stockholm and was very tired.  Stopped and got a cup of coffee and a cup of fruit before tackling the train.  Went to buy a train ticket and my corporate credit card was declined!  Used my own. 
Train was cool!  I’m so glad I took it.  I hope I have time and a good day on Saturday so I can ride the train around.  Got off the train in the city, hopped in a taxi for the ride in. Taxi dropped me off in front of a huge set of buildings at the bottom of a huge flight of stairs. 
Couldn’t find the office.  That’s when I found out my cell phone did not have world roaming enabled. 

Much hilarity ensued while helpful people directed me up and down and left and right for about 30 minutes, while still carrying all of my luggage.  I finally accosted a very helpful woman who called my bosses cell phone and then helped me until I found the office.

The office people are all quite lovely!  The office is even bigger than I thought, and they have outgrown it and are moving.  I think this bodes well to my plan to move in the spring.  Their offices is are also HOT!  And they are all wearing sweaters and vests and jackets.  I will be interested to see what happens when the one and only woman in their office starts experiencing hot flashes.

All right, too much typing.  Time to wrap up day 1.  Hotel is just fine! Small but nice room, only complaint is no coffee maker or microwave.  I managed to stay up for about 31 hours.  I had no idea I could do that.  Slept and slept and slept, and now here I am!  Ready for day 2!  Too lazy for uploads one by one, so here is the album of randomness.  I’ll do better tomorrow.(today?)


Comments on: "Stockholm Day 1" (0)

  1. Looks like you’re gonna have a lotta fun in Sverige!!   Enjoy yourself!!    

  2. haha, seems great experience and you have sharp eyes ..enjoy your stay there!

  3. The pictures were interesting.  The food looks the food at Ikea. So is it easy to spot Americans by their clothing?Up for 31 hours? Wow!I hope today goes well for you!

  4. Sweden! šŸ™‚

  5. @skanickadee – You know, I think it is!  I think we have a certain style.  It’s either the jeans and T-shirts, or Jeans and a polo for men.  The women who travel always match colors on their outfits, rather than wearing complimentary colors.  I may have to think about this and see if I can put togehter a weeks worth of European outfits and see if anyone notices. šŸ™‚  Not this week, I would go broke!  Too Expensive.

  6. I’ve been camping with my only internet access thru my phone.  I’m a little late catching up … the pics make me  very curious…When you get a chance when you get home..would love to see explanations of the buildings. 

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