Things That I Have Learned In Sweden

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Things I Have Learned In Sweden

“You understand Teacher, don’t you, that when you have a mother who’s an angel and a father who is a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don’t know just how to behave in school with all the apples and ibexes.” Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking

There is no shortage of fast food in Sweden. The have the highest number of Mcdonalds per capita in all of Europe.

Ice hockey and soccer are Sweden’s main sports,

With 25% as a standard VAT, the Swedish VAT is among the highest in the world. Only Bhutan, Myanmar, Hungary and Djibouti have a higher one.

Since 1979 it’s forbidden to smack your children, which means that that they were the first country in the world with a law against flogging. Thirty five countries around the world have followed their example.

Candy is a big deal in Sweden. For years the country has placed among the top consumers of sweets per capita in the world. The reason is loose candy – a concept introduced in 1984, when the Swedish National Food Agency recommended the National Board of Health and Welfare to allow sugar-craving people to compose their own candy bags by freely picking and mixing from an assortment of items.

A traditional and famous dish of Sweden is Swedish meatballs, served with gravy, boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam.

Sweden has the second lowest population per square kilometer in all of Europe.

It is low on people, but there are about three hundred to four hundred thousand moose roaming freely in the woods of Sweden. Two thirds of the country is covered by forest.

Sweden has a huge music scene that does not involve ABBA. There are a lot of Swedish artists that are internationally popular now such as Zara Larsson, Avicii (R.I.P), Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Robyn, Måns Zelmerlöv,  Lykke Li. Roxette, Europe, Alcazar, and Ace of Base.

The first Ice Hotel of the world was built near the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

The world-famous discount furniture chain IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.

The Swedish passport ranks number three among the world’s best passports. They can enter 124 countries without a Visa and 33 with one.

North Korea has a 2.7 billion Swedish Kroner debt involving the purchase of Volvo cars.

Happy Hour in Sweden is called “After Work.”

Fly safe,

JAZ

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Things That I Have Learned In Stockholm, Sweden

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Things I have Learned In Stockholm, Sweden.

“Mamma mia, here I go again.” ABBA 

Stockholm is often known as the ‘World’s Smallest Big City’ or the ‘World’s Biggest Small Town’.

 Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a small island in the center of Stockholm and was once the entire city of Stockholm. Now it is a very cool place to explore.

Since the city streets are so narrow, there is no room for cars, making this part of Stockholm “pedestrian only.” It is great for photographs and souvenirs and can be very crowded.

Fotografiska,  is a real Stockholm success story. They opened 8 years ago in a beautiful old brick building (a former tollhouse) in Stockholm harbor and have, over the years, presented some fantastic exhibitions with many of the world’s best photographers.

It is one of the largest photography museums in the world with branches scheduled to open in New York and London.

The city is sometimes referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, thanks to its beautiful buildings and exquisite architecture, abundant open water and numerous parks.

The total absence of heavy industry makes Stockholm one of the world’s  cleanest cites.

Don’t worry about tap water. I’ts delicious.

The city became the venue for the  first Nobel Prizes awards, in the year 1901. The Nobel Museum in Stockholm is a small museum on a big, noble subject.

Small displays cover Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize ceremony and artifacts donated by Nobel Prize winners. Current and past Nobel Prize winners are honored through display panels and touch screens.

It barely ever gets dark at night in  the summer .

At the height of its empire, Sweden built a large warship the Vasa to symbolize its power. It was so big and heavy that on its maiden voyage in 1628, it sank less than a mile out of  dock. In 1956 the ship was rediscovered and then salvaged. Now, you can see this ship in the Vasa Museum. It was weirdly very interesting.

The Swedes have a lovely afternoon tradition of taking a coffee break (often accompanied by a yummy pastry). This tradition is called fika, and you should definitely indulge, too!

The Abba museum is perfect if you are an ABBA fan. With a slogan “Walk In, Dance Out” you know that this is not going to be a boring museum visit. Learn about the history of ABBA, try on costumes, and even sing on stage.

One of the most popular candies in Sweden is salmiak, licorice flavored with ammonium chloride – a salty chemical compound resulting from the reaction between hydrochloric acid and ammonia.  Most people outside Scandinavia and Iceland hate it but I am now addicted to it.  

A hop on hop off ferry is a fun, comfortable way to experience  Stockholm. 

Moderna Museet is situated on the pretty island of Skeppsholmen and can be accessed via a ferry from Slussen or on foot from the Östermalm district. It is located in a former power station. The bright red museum attracts big names in contemporary art.

The museum is specialized in Scandinavian and International art of the twentieth and twenty first century. The changing exhibitions throughout the year are attracting visitors from all around the world. .

Sweden’s largest architecture museum, Arkdes, was founded in 1962.

It is attached to Modern Museet and worth it if you are into architecture and design.

The Lydmar Hotel is a great place to stay.  The location is fantastic, being within walking distance of Gamla Stan, Kungsträdgården station, and the Strömkajen ferry.

Sweden is moving closer to a cash free economy. It was impossible to use cash in Stockholm – except at Seven Eleven.  

Fly safe,

JAZ

 Ten Things That I Want to Do In Stockholm, Sweden

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Ten Things That I Want to Do In Stockholm, Sweden

“Don’t you worry about me. I’ll always come out on top.”Astrid Lundgren, Pippi Longstocking 

Visit Fotografishka. Situated in an old red brick on the waterfront that once belonged to the customs department is Fotografiska. It’s a big  photography gallery that delves into the history of the art form, with wall upon wall of stunning images (not unlike my new living space).

Eat Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam because Pippi Longstocking and her friends ate them.

Walk around Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s Old Town. Cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and colorful, classic architecture abound creating a medieval atmosphere.

Go to the Nobel Museum which houses exhibits about the Nobel Prize and its laureates.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Hornstull Marknad is the ultimate hipster flea market. It also attracts the best food trucks. 

On the island of Skeppsholmen at the Baltic Sea entrance to the city is Stockholm’s Museum Of Modern And Contemporary Art.

I might have to go to Junibacken. Based on the stories of children’s author Astrid Lindgren, it is a theme park aimed at young readers. Pippi Longstocking was one of my favorite books. I have to see the Villa Villekula.

I’m not sure about the Abba Museum. They are a cultural phenomenon. It’s a must visit for fans and dancing queens but sounds like it could be a fun thing to do for anyone. 

Stockholm is a city that  lies on the water and has lots of islands. One of the best ways to explore the city (and see it from a totally different perspective) is via a canal boat tour, taking you around the main sights in the city.

Fly safe,

JAZ

Twenty-Five Things That I Want To Do In 2019

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Twenty Five Things That I Want To Do In 2019

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

Go to Sweden.

Go to Iceland.

Spend a day at the Blue Lagoon. 

Be a better friend.

Go to the Galápagos.

Plan less.

Read at least thirty books.

Go to the Amazon.

Take it bird by bird.

Drink one cup of coffee a day. 

Switch to Matcha Tea.

Go to Sedona.

Walk on the beach a few times a week.

Do a street art tour in Los Angeles instead of just taking photos.

See more of Australia.

Walk my dog every day.

Eat breakfast in Venice at least one a week. 

Go to the Faroe Islands.

Work on being fearless.

Give him a drawer.

Stay politically active.

See the Grand Canyon.

Always be grateful. 

Do more yoga

Meditate every day – maybe if I put it last I will do it.

Happy New Year and Fly Safe,

JAZ