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Apr 15, 2009 - Proof of Spring

Welcome Back! A number of readers commented that Stockholm seems quite nice, but you'd prefer whatever bit of warmth you're getting wherever you are. Well Spring has finally arrived and it's quite comfortable as long as you have the right genes. Sun or snow, the sidewalk cafes open on April 1st and you can bet someone will be sitting out trying to catch any hint of sun that appears. I'm adding a lot of photos this time that will give you a good idea how beautiful this city is. I've enjoyed Stockholm a great deal and will miss it. And the...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Aland

We LOVE how Scandinavia is so dog-friendly!! We are currently sitting on the Viking Line's Ferry “Amorella” on the way to the islands of Aland. We managed to sit on a sunny AND wind-broken spot on deck 9 enjoying the almost six hour cruise. Around the corner and down a ways is the “Dog Rest Area.” Thus we have been enjoying seeing all of the dogs (leading their owners on leashes) heading over to take care of their business. A slender, and well-coiffed, apricot poodle concerned about his hair in the wind pranced by earlier. Now a pair of...

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Sep 14, 2005 - Torsholma

Start: Lemböte End: Torsholma Weather: Overcast with frequent light Rain Ride: 50km Awoke from a restful sleep to the sound of light rain on the tent, or it may have been water, formed from mist dripping from the tree above the tent. At any rate I wasn't in a hurry to pack a wet tent so I wrote some journal entries. Eventually the decision had to made to break camp because I had to catch a ferry, which I hoped would be the first of three for the day. Although there were several ferries a day to the next island group, there were only two...

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Sep 11, 2005 - Mariehamn

Start: Finland End: Mariehamn (outskirts) Weather: Sunny with Clouds Ride: 20km (10km Sweden + 10km Finland) A few islands appeared marking our arrival into Finnish waters. The islands appeared similar to those in the Stockholm archipelago, but were fewer in number before a large land mass was reached. The ferry docked on this land mass at Mariehamn, the only town in the Åland Islands, just after 2pm (1pm Swedish time). I disembarked and, using maps from brochures I had acquired aboard the boat, headed straight to the Åland museum (because...

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Aug 18, 2004 - Sidetracked to Finland

So decided to take a side trip to Åland island in Finland. It is just a little bus and ferry ride that only takes about 5 hours and costs 8 euros. I met a girl at one of the Hip Hop Camp shows who lives there. Very nice girl and she told that I should go visit her there. I met someone else who said it is nice, so I decided, what the hell. They speak Swedish and use Swedish currency here, as it was recently owned by Sweden. Most people come over here on the ferry to stock up on liquor, since it is a lot cheaper in Finland. The island is...

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