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Day 15. From Stockholm to Nymäshamn

Posted by admin On Julio - 23 - 2010

73 kilometers. 3 hours and 53 minutes.

IVAN: Last stage of our Scandinavian route. It seems like only yesterday when we arrived and kind Berger led us up to the highest Nordic peak in this huge peninsula; today was our last day cycling this peninsula. At this very moment, we are boarding a ferry to Central Europe. An adventure which has had everything an’ all is coming to an end; another adventure is making a start in Poland.

As to Stockholm’s surroundings, well, I could say just more of the same old same old: greenery up to the arrival at the port; regarding Stockholm, well, a gorgeous colossal city, with broad avenues and, watch out, a great swarm of cycle paths. I think an exclusive map of cycle paths will be useful as a guide. In fact, these paths were perfect in the beginning; but they seemed to have a life on their own and they took you where they felt like taking you; so, in the end, we chose the same old thing: Off we go!

Here goes a little video so that you can understand what I’m saying:

Having got this far, I think this is the perfect time to tell you what has struck me the most about Norway, Finland and Sweden.

1) Bottled water doesn’t exist. I mean it! Every restaurant we went to, we were served tap water in a jar, for free, instead of bottled water. What’s more, people in the North advised us to fill our canteens up with water from the rivers and streams we came across. This is of everyday occurrence in the Scandinavian peninsula. They have a lot of
water to spare. Well, it has to be seen to be believed!

2) People are extremely obliging and kind. Whenever you’re in trouble, they come to your assistance. Take Biguer and Ore Turi! We hold them up as examples but there were many more!

3) The love for the old stuff, especially for cars. I didn’t think they had such a number of old cars and that they were well cared for. They go for Amercian cars, but there’s everything from A to Z.

4) The language. No comments. Incredibly difficult. 14-letter words; 11 letters out of 14 are consonants and 2 letters have dieresis placed over the vowels and they take accute accents. Unpronounceable. I recall a Finnish guy we met at a place where we were staying who had a strong Finnish accent when speaking in English. We didn’t know if
we were speaking with a person or with Artoo-Detoo.

5) Absolutely safe countries. Wherever you go, you needn’t worry about the tandem bicycle; no matter the time, at lunchtime, in the afternoon and even at night. At some places, Paco slept on the street; unlocked. In fact, we only spotted two police cars in almost 2 weeks. Unbelievable if we take into account the fact that we spent almost the
whole day on the road.

6) The landscape. No comments.

Goodbye Sweden. Hello Poland.

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