Close encounter with the Vasa

We were finally able to visit Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum), Scandinavia’s most visited museum and one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions. 
On August 10, 1628, the 64-gun warship Vasa, which was then one of the world’s most powerfully armed vessels, sank on her maiden voyage just minutes after setting sail from Stockholm harbor.
After 333 years, the Vasa was salvaged with an almost intact hull in 1961. It’s the world’s only preserved 17th century ship and the Vasa Museum’s six floors give you a close encounter with each section of the vast ship and the artifacts recovered from it. You’re so close you can almost touch the ship!
It’s an incredible experience that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Sweden.

Mamma mia! It’s ABBA: The Museum

I love ABBA, and I never thought that one day they would have their own museum and that I would be able to go there. Thanks to Ellen for encouraging me to visit ABBA: The Museum and geek out on ABBA memorabilia. And thanks to Samantha for humoring me and taking photos of her dad fanboying over ABBA. I was able to hold the actual phones that Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) used in the promotion photos for Ring Ring in 1972. I had a crush on Agnetha when I was growing up, so I think you can tell by the photo that I was thrilled to be holding the phone she once used haha! Meanwhile, the phone in the middle is a special one. If it rings, you’d better answer it, because it will be one of the ABBA members calling. It’s only happened once so far since the museum opened, last time I read about it, but, hey, you can never tell if you’ll be the lucky one!


Donald Duck in Sweden

My favorite cartoon character is Donald Duck, and another reason I love Sweden is that he’s really popular here. Sorry, Mickey.

In fact, Donald Duck, who’s known here as Kalle Anka, has been part of the Christmas tradition in Sweden since 1959, and receives more write-in votes in elections than some actual politicians. (In 2006, however, Sweden changed its election laws to stop the practice of voting for nonexistent candidates.)

Got these two Kalle Anka back issues for five kronor each from the bargain bin of Comics Heaven. Yes, they’re in Swedish, but that’s just additional incentive for me to learn the language.

First time to see snow

Today, Sam and I saw snow for the first time. We’d just stepped outside T-Centralen (Central Station) on our way back to the hotel when snowflakes started falling.

We were giggling like crazy and babbling excitedly while taking pictures.

It stopped snowing just a few minutes later, so we were really just at the right place at the right time.

Ellen had already seen snow when she visited Stockholm in winter, but this was the first time Sam and I ever experienced snow. From sand to snow in just a day. Sam is now no longer just Rain Goddess Sam, but also Snow Goddess Sam hehe! 🙂