14 December 2010

After Jakarta, to Stockholm!

Just a few days after getting home from my trip to hot, equatorial Indonesia, I hopped on another transcontinental flight and visited Stockholm, Sweden. To put it mildly, the difference between Jakarta and Stockholm were huge.

During my trip to Jakarta, the daily high temperature was, as always, a balmy 33 degrees C (90 F), with occasional rain. In Stockholm, the temperature in the middle of the day ranged from -3 to -10 degrees C (-15 to -27 F), and there was nearly constant snow.

I spent a good portion of my time in Stockholm walking around the city and enjoying the sights. From the snowfall, to the Christmas trees everywhere, to the open-air Christmas markets, Stockholm at this time of year is  the epitome of a winter wonderland.

The royal palace in Stockholm.

Christmas tree in the Old Town (Gamla Stan)

Stockholm's city hall, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded

Buildings on the waterfront on Gamla Stan

A pretty street in Södermalm, where I had a delicious vegetarian Christmas feast

A particularly snowy day.

On a bridge on my way to visit the East Asian Antiquities Museum
I actually had a lot of fun and enjoyed the weather, which is a good thing, since my wife and I are moving to Stockholm in January, just a little over a month from now! It will be hard to say goodbye to everything we love about San Francisco, but I'm looking forward to all the adventures to come in Sweden.

You can see more photos from my trip at: http://picasaweb.google.com/onlyafly/StockholmNov2010

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