I travelled to work on Alice. I like that the Stockholm Underground names the carriages. Some of the names are famous people, others are regular commuters.
Cold and crisp today (- 5°C) but the Houses of Parliament are beautiful in any weather.
My first lesson had a lovely view of the City Hall
Waited a few minutes for my next client but I love this corridor
Listened to the Parliament choir
I then had a cancellation, so I decided to do something I don’t often do, and wander around Gamla Stan, the Old Town.
Stockholm is built on 14 islands and Gamla Stan (or Old Town), dating from the 13th century, is a densely built island with tiny (some less than a metre wide) cobbled streets between medieval buildings.
It is particularly pretty at Christmas time when all the shops are decorated for Christmas. Coming from the Southern Hemisphere as I do, and having grown up with very hot Christmases at the beach, I love the traditional Christmas near the North Pole, with snow and Santa and reindeer. It is by far my most favourite time in Sweden.
A pretty Christmas doorway. In Sweden the drainpipes are either heated (so that water inside them does not freeze) or they have a piece of metal running all the way down and out the end so that you can wiggle it around to break up any ice that has frozen inside the pipe.
The Christmas market is really pretty, particularly when it is dark. It was light when I was there today, and no snow but still gorgeous!
This stall is lovely – the craftsmen come from Lapland and make beautiful traditional items. Look out for an article on them tomorrow.
And what it looks like after 2pm when it is dark
Had a cup of hot chocolate and lunch with a friend
My teaching room is at the bottom of this staircase and to the right. I spent 2 hours with my next client.
I love this part of the Parliament.
On my way to the underground station.
Thank you for sharing my day with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!