After arriving at Stockholm Central station I met with Anne, my new couch surfing host, who graciously came into the city that day JUST to take care of me, as well as another American from Washington, D.C. Logan is his name, and we walked the streets of Stockholm to a park where he had up a slack line. Tall and slim with a dirty blonde fro, Logan is a fun guy, easy to get along with and strong in his opinions; I had a great time haning out with him and Anne. That evening the three of us met up with some of Anne’s friends on a floating restaurant – a boat really, with seats on the upper deck and good beer! It was an absolutely beautiful, warm day, and we got to see the sun set as we floated on the river. Afterward we went to Anne’s sister’s apartment – this was our lodging – and we cooked up some great vegetarian Swedish meatballs (Logan is vegetarian), mashed potatoes, brown sauce, and lingonberry jam; what an excellent meal it was!
The next day was a grand day for exploration, in the rain. Logan and I wandered all over the city, getting extremely wet. Once again, my “waterproof” boots didn’t hold up, and I got to walk around with a squish, squish, squish all day long. We happened to stumble upon the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, which was all pomp and circumstance, and spent the rest of the day wandering among the many islands that make up Stockholm. The next day was a beautiful, sunny day, and I got to explore alone; Logan had left us that morning. What a green, lovely place Stockholm is, especially when the sun is shining!