Day 2 in Stockholm

Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
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Hi Boys and Girls!   Flat Stanley here on our last day in Stockholm, Sweden.   It has been a fun trip but today is our last day to walk or boat around in Stockholm.  And that is what we did.  In some cities, you can use a service called the “Hop-On, Hop-Off” bus to travel around the city and get on and off when you want to.  We did almost the same thing, except we used a “Hop-On, Hop-Off” BOAT since Stockholm is built on 14 islands. 
We made two major stops using the boat.  The first stop was at the Vasa Museum.  The Vasa was a big Swedish warship built in the early 1600’s.  It had 64 cannons on it on two decks.  The ship was covered with hundreds of carved sculptures to impress and scare the countries that the Vasa would visit.   On August 10, 1628, the Vasa set sail for the first time out of Stockholm.   She only sailed 1300 meters (not even an mile) before a gust of wind caught the top sail, tilted the ship so much that water started pouring in the cannon holes along the side, and the Vasa sunk into the mud of the seabed in Stockholm harbor under about 30 meters of water.    About 30 sailors died in the sinking.  Other sailors abandoned ship and swam to shore since the ship did not get far.  The Vasa sunk close to where the amusement park is that we saw two days ago when we entered Stockholm harbor.  In 1961, the Vasa was successfully raised out of the sea.  After many efforts to restore the ship, the Vasa now sits inside a special museum dedicated to it and the people that helped to preserve this impressive vessel.
Hopping on the boat, we went to our second stop which was the ABBA museum.  You may have never heard of the Swedish singing group called ABBA but ask your parents.  The music of ABBA has been used in a stage play called “Mamma Mia!” and at least two movies containing the same name.  We enjoyed seeing the costumes and watching videos of how the group came together, made records, and toured the world.  Ask your parents, grandparents, or teachers if they have heard of the songs “Waterloo”, “Mamma Mia”, “Ring Ring”, “Fernando”, or “Dancing Queen” or maybe another one of ABBA’s many hit songs.
I think I am finally getting homesick.  For tonight, I really wanted pizza.  So, Mr. and Mrs. Rickly took me for pizza in the “old town” part of Stockholm in a really-tiny pizza place.  The pizza did not quite taste the same as in the USA, but it was still good.  Much of Stockholm’s “old town” part was built long before Christopher Columbus discovered America, so it is really an old town.    
Tomorrow, we must get up at 5am to get to the airport (which is a long way from the center of Stockholm) for our flight back home.
See you in the USA!
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