We made it!

I’m happy to say that we have made it to Europe! Yes it was a long time on the plane. My family all struggled with getting sleep on the plane.  We came to the conclusion that sleep and planes do not mix.  Due to the time change we arrived in Stockholm, Sweden at 7:30 am. We had all day to try really really hard not to sleep. The plan was to keep moving.

Once we dropped off our suitcases at the dock for the boat, we headed out. Our goal was to explore Old Town and then go to the Vasa Museum.

Old Town was wonderful. It is a pedestrian area where the streets are all cobblestones. Each building was so colorful. I took so many pictures of the streets because each one was so unique. I couldn’t help myself. I would walk another street and then click click click. Three more pictures. If I don’t settle down I’m going to come home with more pictures than I know what to do with.

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Off across the water to another island. Stockholm is made up of 14 islands. We took the local ferry to the island that houses the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was an 17th century warship with a funny history. The King had commissioned the boat to be built and once finished it went out on it’s maiden voyage.  Sadly, after only 20 minutes on the water it sunk! The wind caught the sails and because the king wanted another row of cannons, the water flowed in as it tipped, and down it went. 300 years later they pulled it out of the Baltic Sea. Due to the temperature and consistency of the water, the boat had been preserved.  After many years of work, they have placed this ship in a museum for people to enjoy.  I was so in awe of how large the ship was, and how massive the project of raising the ship and preserving it became.

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At this point in the day we were moving our bodies in slow motion.  I felt like I didn’t have control over my walking or my speech.  We were all getting good laughs out of the other’s actions as we walked back to the boat.

Check in time!  Once we were issued our keys, off we went to our room.  Amazing!  The best part is that every room has a balcony.  My parents have a room and Kristin and I are sharing.  Let’s just say this is a big leap above our normal tent camping!  :)

Needless to say, we all turned in early and slept soundly all through the night.

This brings us to today.  We were taken on a guide city tour and then had more time to explore.  The highlight of the day was the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.  From a band to the crazy in sync marching and turning, it was so wonderful.  I felt like the fun of the trip had officially started.

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Late afternoon we had our first disembarkation.  Off we went!  The crazy part is that you can’t even tell you are moving when you are not looking out the window.  We spent the rest of the evening walking around the ship exploring all the different places and listening to a few talks about what is to come in the next few days.

Currently as I sitting here writing, I am in my room looking out to the sea.  I would be sitting on the deck, but it is actually quite cold and windy.  Every moment I get more excited about what the next day will bring.  I hope you continue to follow us on our trip!

PS- Before I got the chance to post this, I ran out for the sunset over the Baltic Sea!  AMAZING!

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