in transit: day one, gamla stan, stockholm pride

 We arrived in Stockholm around four pm today just right after a light downpour, the wind was chilly but the slightly grey clouds didn’t manage to blanket the beauty of the city. God, Stockholm is a beautiful city! The spire-spiked skyline and the grand buildings are much more dramatic than Oslo’s. And it’s damn cheaper here.After checking in at Rica Stockholm Hotel, partner of the Stockholm Pride, we quickly headed out to take in some sights, like the Opera House and the Danish House.We walked further until we reached Gamla Stan, which means the “Old Town” with its “charming tangle of narrow streets and alleyways lined with yellow, orange and red buildings.” (Thanks, TimeOut!) Here’s Gamla Stan’s main square, Stortorget, with handsome 18th-century buildings and the Nobel Museum on the right.We made some turns and ended up in a cosy rainbow-flagged cafe called Mandus for a dinner of Swedish meatballs. Here’s a street called Slottsbacken, at the top of which stands the imposing yellow bulk of Stockholm’s de facto cathedral, Storkyrkan. Update: This street is not Slottsbacken and the church is not Storkyrkan. It’s the Tyskan Krykan or German Church.By seven, we headed out to Pride Park to join in the festivities of Stockholm Pride, the largest LGBT Festival in Scandinavia. It’s so huge there was this big balloon to announce its gigantic proportions. Just kidding.There’s Schlager Party tonight where past and recent Eurovision Song Contest finalists performed their song entries. There were folks (as in old singers) from Sweden, as well as hot young ones from Belgium (Kate Ryan) and Romania (Mihai Traistariu). I’m sorry but I just don’t quite dig most of the musical repertoire in Eurovision, past or present. Nonetheless, I danced, not to the Swedish tunes, but to the rhythm and throng of happy gay people.Happy pride!


9 Responses to “in transit: day one, gamla stan, stockholm pride”

  1. 1 Anonymous August 4, 2006 at 7:51 am

    hmm talagang super updated ang blog ha… :)(always ko binabasa toh… as in everyday.. ;)

    nice pictures…

    take care!

  2. 2 tina August 4, 2006 at 7:52 am

    oh! btw, this is tina :)

  3. 3 missy August 4, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Why did you choose to move to Norway? :-)

  4. 4 RennyBA August 4, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    How gret to see you have a good time in Stockholm – you really are exploring Scandinavian captials my friend.
    The pics was lovely and yes, the twon, especially the old part, is very beautiful and cheaper too LoL
    Hope you still have a lovely stay and welcome back to Oslo, Norway:-)

  5. 5 Shigeki August 4, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Hej! (IS that what they say there?)

    It’s damn cheaper in Stockholm? Really? Wow, I thought it was very very expensive :-) There are few gay bars in Old Town. But I didn’t enjoy them much as they weren’t slutty enough. :-) Oh, I am so jealous. Have fun in Stockholm!

  6. 6 callën aléssandro August 4, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    happy pride mark. did you get any cock?

  7. 7 Mark August 4, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks, Tina! Miss ya and the folks back there! Mwah! :-)

    Hello, Missy, nice to see you here! Now I need to convince Knut to move to Stockholm. :-)

    Hello, Renny! Yeah, Gamla Stan is really charming. Erase that, the whole city is chaaarming! I love love love it! :-)

    Hej, Shigeki! Yeah, that’s how they say it here (like “Hey!”). The prices here are 20-30% cheaper than in Oslo. I haven’t been inside a gay bar here, yet, would you believe? :-)

    Yes, Callen! As always. :-)

  8. 8 Expat Traveler August 5, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    wow – those are wonderful pics. I do think stockholm is beautiful.

  9. 9 NeiLDC August 6, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    what a day you have there in stockholm!

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