Today the sun broke through the clouds and it warmed up to a temperature above freezing. It’s a good thing because yesterday it became clear that the kids had completed plumbed the toy resources available to them here – which is to say that they finally “got bored.” So, we headed into central Stockholm for a trip out to Djurgården, the place where all the museums are. Jie-jie loves museums.
It is about a 20 minute walk from out friends’ home to the train station. Once on the train, it was about 12 minutes into Central Station, another 10 minutes on the bus, and a 5 minute walk to Junibacken – basically a children’s museum designed around Swedish children’s literature. The kids loved it. They stayed so long that I to depart from the intended plan to take them to the Vasamuseet, too. In the end I had to drag them away so we could get home while they still had gas left in the tank to make it back onto the bus and the train. We hopped the bus back from the train station too so as to save me too much time dragging tired kids along behind.
I was happy to get into the city. I must admit that I have been feeling a bit trapped out in the ‘burbs. The difference between these suburbs and those in the U.S. is that the ones here are designed around people-powered motion instead of cars. I really like Stockholm. It is beautiful and ancient but not pretentious. The city is so walkable, lively yet uncrowded and chill, and accessible. It is small but cosmopolitan. It is laid out in a way that makes sense to me.
I did, however, encounter the Scandinavian sticker shock. Once we got my transit pass, museum admission and lunch, I was out over $150 US. Yikes!