My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Scandinavia III

The next day we got up early to catch a sightseeing bus that drove us through all parts of Stockholm. We were still tired so both of us fell asleep during the tour. Maybe it was because I listened the tour information in French :-)

We had lunch in Gamla Stan and bought some coffee. Then we were ready again for new explorations.

We walked to the island of Södermalm, former renowned for its poverty and regarded as a slum. Today it is considered a fashionable place to live or to go to, and it boasts prominent shopping districts and a wide range of cafés, restaurants and bars. Also, rather than being known as a slum, Södermalm is now known as home of bohemia, alternative culture and a broad range of cultural amenities.

Once again we stopped for a coffee on our way to the Globen. The Globen is the world's largest spherical building (it has a diameter of 110 metres and an inner height of 85 metres). It is now mainly used for Ice Hockey and music concerts. Even Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela have been inside.

Besides: On our way back to the hostel we took the subway for the first time!

At 9:30 PM we went to the famous Ice Bar in the lobby of the Nordic Sea Hotel. The outside temperature was around 22°C whereas it was bloody cold inside with -5°C! The interior and even the glasses are made of pure ice!


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