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'Come across Sweden and enjoy it'. Olesya Grigoryeva.

This is a story of my online friend translated by me. I kindly asked her to translate it into English. She's got a traveler's talent. Her experiences are a basis for my version. She's been to Sweden at the end of December, 2018.

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A little bit about Stockholm. Elegant and respectable, it immediately shows its understated grandeur and moderation. Buildings on steel Bay, balanced for spacious streets, polite friendly locals – I was thinking with pleasure that in this country people are able to honor themselves and also to be respectful of the others.

We settled in a cozy hostel right in the city centre, opposite the old part of Gamla Stan. To get there you had only to cross the Bay on the bridge. The hostel was struck by its orderliness. Where people from different countries would live, but common areas are always clean and the hallways are quiet. In a shared kitchen each visitor carefully cleaned up after himself. A sign was hanging there which called not to wash dishes under running water, and gain water in the sink, to save, to sort waste, not to use excess detergent. And so did everyone. I respectfully think that in this country people are able to relate to the environment consciously.

Museums in Stockholm are a thing in itself. The most impressive for me was the Vasa Museum Vasamuseet, with a huge ship that sank near the coast in 1628, the year, almost four hundred years ago. As such a giant was built, and the more you pulled, without damaging – probably the biggest oddity. The exhibition shows how the ship was built, how it got to the surface, which objects were found there, and how people lived then, what did they wear, what they did.

A lot of museums in Stockholm are free, and visitors go there in a continuous flow. Among them there are the Medieval Museum, the Museum of modern art and even the national Museum (the Nationalmuseum), where you can see masterpieces of the most famous artists of the past. Museums large and very full, inspect them thoroughly at once is quite difficult – I would stay there again. I was thinking enthusiastically that in this country locals respect history and watch artistic treasures, willingly sharing, involving the others.
Before the New Year, the city was brightly dressed with a lot of lights, reindeer from garlands, gnomes in the windows. Dawn here is late, around 9, and at 15 the sun is already setting. Therefore, a large number of lights is justifiable, they stimulate, cheer up. Someone launched fireworks in the evening. Then I, for the first time in days, was feeling hurt by sadness, and I thought it was a country with no war.

Posted by m.tchianova2018 10:21 Archived in Sweden Tagged landscapes art museums architecture culture history hostels city ukrainian trip youth planning short Comments (1)

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