Now, I'm not a huge landscape shooterguyperson generally but I shot a whole bunch of them over the first few days. Perhaps my lack of landscape photos was borne of infrequent trips to scenic places. Very likely. The first few days in Sweden we saw many, many impressive places.
|Stockholm City Center|
Describing the Mounds - Rolf and my Father, Kris in front.
The Long Path
The Glowing Trail
Flowers for the Fallen
And the Clouds Roll In
Extras from that day, not landscapes. :)
Lets Pretend It Is Our Longboat
- Some lingering impressions of Sweden:
- Sweden is effectively bilingual.
- Everyone we spoke to had at least a conversational grasp of English and were HAPPY to speak to us in English. They start early learning in school, half the advertisements are exclusively English as are half the TV shows - including Sweden-produced television, said my sister. It was uncanny, kind of weird and really useful for us lazy Americans.
- Stockholm is clean.
- It is impressive and there are probably half as many trash cans per square meter than a comparable American city. Swedes even pick up trash on the ground that they find.
- Swedes are skinny, tall and very blonde.
- I think this is true for Europeans in general and it is rather surprising when you look around. I think Swedes are especially thin because of their diet - lots of lean meats and fish. And really, who could eat that much pickled herring? :)
- Mass transit is efficient, cheap and kind of glamorous.
- Wow with the diaeresis, yo. And the S's.
- The Government has excellent taste in alcohol.
- Sweden has governmental control of all alcohol sales (System Bolaget [Sis-tem Bowl-AW-get]), kind of a Father-Knows-Best kind of thing, I'm told. They tax by alcohol content so hard liquor is more expensive. The selection tends to be somewhat limited because the government gets to choose; however, what the government sells is excellent. Lots of high quality wines for low prices (comparative to the US). I expect this is partially because the government gets a good bulk price as well as lessened transportation fees for the stuff. Still. Really neat.
- No, I just don't get pickled herring. Maybe if it were a savory brine rather than a bread-n-butter pickle brine. Blah.
Back to editing photos!
(I'm glad to be home.)