Art of Stockholm and Fun on the Baltic Sea

Well rested after naps and a good night's sleep, yesterday morning morning we got to see Stockholm in a non-zombie state.  We left shortly after 11:00 and walked 20 to the ferry in Old City to catch the 82 ferry to the island of Djurgården so we could experience the most highly rated thing to do in Stockholm: the Skansen. 

The world's oldest open-air museum, the Skansen is a hub for historical information on farmsteads and villages across Sweden. It also has a zoo with nordic (and non-nordic) animals including werewolves (not gonna lie, I didn't know that was a real animal until I saw them), wolves, bison, and otters. 

A lot of the exhibits and workshops are closed during the winter-season, so we only spent about an hour wandering around. We hopped back on the ferry to head to Skeppsholmen where we would get to enjoy the free Modern Museet and ArkDes, adjacent museums respectively on modern art and architecture. You get to see works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, among many other famous artists, without crowds or spending any money. It's pretty incredible. My gender studies background had a geek out moment when one of the main exhibits was "Norm Form," a massive room examining the gendered nature of architecture and how the phsyical design and marketing of things contributes to patriarchal power. 

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Up next was a metro tour. Similar to Moscow, Stockholm is known for it's beautifully designed metro stations. Some call it the longest art exhibit in the world and 90 of about 100 metro stations in the city have mosaics, paintings, sculptures, and other installations making the daily commute morning interesting. 

Starving, we then grabbed dinner at a relatively cheap but trendy burger joint with my friend Emma, who was in the same Master's program as me. It's always great getting to talk to locals because they can tell you the insider tips about the city. For instance, after we told her we were taking the Viking Line ferry the next night to Helsinki, she told us that the alcohol was cheaper on board than in the city since it's tax free. As she put it "people go on those ferries to buy alcohol." 

And, after a morning of exploring Fotografiska, a famous photography museum in Stockholm, we boarded the ferry and proceeded to have a fun night of playing slot machines, dancing, and freezing our asses of trying to watch a meteor shower on the top deck, all with the assistance of cheap wine and whiskey from the tax-free shop on board. It was a good time, so thanks for the tip Emma.