Stockholm

Recently I’ve been to Stockholm to visit a friend of mine.
Since it was the first time in the city, we did a lot of touristic stuff.

But no worries, I wont bore you with a long, long, long, long, […], long description of what I did and what I ate.
I would like to introduce you to my 10-things-that-need-to-be-done-in-a-city list. Of course this list is based on what I did otherwise I could barely recommend it. I guess I will continue this concept in the future. 😉

Stockholm

1. Stadshuset – The Stockholm City Hall
Besides its political function the City Hall is the place were the Nobel Prize banquet is held on 10 December every year.
If you wanna see it from inside, you have to take a guided tour. Its about 10€ but I can really recommend it.

2. Gamla Stan – Old Town
Its just really nice to walk through all those small and tiny alleys, stop for some souvenirs or eat ice cream.

3. The Royal Palace
This impressive building is the official residence of the King of Sweden. Nice to see and its next to Gamla Stan.

4. The Vasamuseum
“King Gustavus wanted the whole world to see his ship. By sinking on its maiden voyage the ship has been seen by more people nowadays than could have been seen in the 17th century.” For just 10€ this museum is a must-do!

6. Drottningholm Palace
The Drottningholm Palace is the Royal Family’s permanent residence and its on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It was built in the 17th century and gives some royal history impressions. I don’t think you have to go inside. By the way Drottning means Queen.

7. Fairy from Drottningholm to Stadshuset
Since the Drottningholm Palace is located a bit outside of the city a fairy is an easy and great way to get back to the centre while seeing Stockholm from the waterside. It costs around 10€.

8. Icebar by Icehotel
To be honest, you get cold after 30 minutes and I think its more fun if you go with a lots of people. We were just 10 people totally in there since my friend and me went pretty early (around 7pm on a friday). But its worth an experience and I think the Icehotel in the north must be amazing!

9. Kungsträdgården
Its a nice meeting and hanging out place in the centre of the city. Also the shopping area is close. Go there fore eating/ having a drink or two.

10. Buy a Dalarna Horse
I am not really familiar with the story, but its about Prinz Erik and his magic horse. Anyways the red horses have become popular in Swedish culture and history and its a nice souvenir.

As I told you this post is quite short and meant as an overview only. 😉 
Yours,

FranziDalarna Horse
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Driving ATVs in Glamis – On Day in the desert

Hey guys,

as you may noticed I was a little lazy writing posts during my semester abroad.
Well, i have an excuse: I was busy doing other things then writing!
But I don’t want to hide what I experienced there, therefore I am going back in time and tell you all the stuff I did:

It’s the 17th of November, a sunny day but a bit chilly. My friend and me got up at 7:30am and left the house around 8 to meet the boys at the grocery store. After buying some food and lots of water our group of 8 people started the road trip. Since I rented a car, a nice and comfy Nissan Altima, I was one of the two drivers. Our destination: Glamis ATv Rental

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The way is pretty simple – we just followed the Interstate 5 East ’bout 2 hours and then the CA-78 East about 40 minutes. With every mile we drove the temperature went up. Reaching Glamis we had about 85 degree. Perfect weather to spend the day out!

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At the rental place we tried to put in words what we saw: tons and tons of sand. Incredible. Amazing. Like a big playground for children, just bigger. Standing there looking around we suddenly heard noise. Two quads were reaching us. The guy we rented the machines from and his friend. Both seemed quite busy and talked very fast about different types of machines we could rent. My friend and me let the boys handle this conversation and finally we ended up with 3 single quads and one quad for 2 people.

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Then we could start and i can tell you I was really afraid the first 20 minutes. It’s a weird feeling driving on dunes like it was nothing – and sometimes you don’t even see were you drive because it’s so steep! Additionally my friend made her drivers license just 6 month ago. So was her driving style. But by the time I got used to it.
After two hours we changed the 2-people quad for 2 more single quads, because those are way more fun.

Alternately we discovered the open terrain, but we never saw the end. Just dunes after dunes. Of course there is the possibility to get lost, but from time to time some staff people catch you asking how lost you are. At least if you remember north and south you always make your way back to the camp.

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By the end of the day – when the sun went down – we get stucked around 5 times (once next to a giant spider!), we lost and found each other about 3 times and we had sand EVERYWHERE! We were pretty exhausted but it was totally worth it. We paid $70 per person for 5 hours of driving with 5 quads, gas included. We already knew on our way back to San Diego, that this will be one of those days you never forget.

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PS: We were wondering the whole day why “desert” is spelled with one “s” while “dessert” is written with two. According to the pronunciation, this makes no sense at all.

Franzi