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2009-12-31

today is yesterday, tomorrow.


There is no story around this picture as it speaks for itself, nice winter weather and -4°C in the air. The view is from the parking place at Kyrkhamnsvägen towards lake Mälaren.

Lövsta (map) 31 December 2009

inside the shelter


A frosty bench at the commuter train station. We're underneath a rain shelter on the platform. As you can tell from the photo, it doesn't help much against snow on a windy night.

Rotebro station, Sollentuna (map) 17 December 2009

2009-12-30

unit of life


Ever wondered what it's like inside a cell? Just follow the tiles and find out at University station with the help of artist Françoise Schein.

Tunnelbana Universitetet (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-28

the cool gang by Lötsjön (2)


This bird was far from alone. Ornithologists near and far will have to assist me now but I'd go out on a limb and call these fellows Canada Geese. Right?

Lötsjön, Sundbyberg (map) 18 December 2009

2009-12-27

tyska kyrkan (8)

Many stop by to admire the altar in St. Gertrude's Church. We've seen it before.

Tyska kyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-26

nocturne for Södertälje


Not every shopping street appears unique and fascinating. But in a cold gust of afternoon wind, there is at least one good reason to step inside one of those warm shops and restaurants. Södertälje at dusk.

Storgatan, Södertälje (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-25

patterns of hope

Patterns of red letters by artist Françoise Schein at University Station together make up sentences from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Tunnelbana Universitetet (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-24

glögg in Sundbyberg


Here's a warm tradition. Mulled wine is known as glögg in Sweden. At Gröna stugan ("the Green Cottage") in Sundbyberg you can have your Christmas drink in a non-alcoholic version.

Lötsjön, Sundbyberg (map) 18 December 2009

2009-12-23

mark my words


Frost crystals on a window in Rotebro commuter train station. Vandals have carved marks in the window glass and now ice crystals are populating those "tracks". Strange!

Rotebro station, Sollentuna (map) 17 December 2009

2009-12-22

come closer and look


These big windows have several richly decorated sets with childrens toys. Many of the animals are moving and do attract lots of people every year. Right now it's kind of late in the evening, so most people (except me?) are already at home


Hamngatan (map) 2 December 2009

tyska kyrkan (7)

Yet another amazing window in St. Gertrude's Church.
Tyska kyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-21

the cool gang by Lötsjön


Our winged friends are looking at many, many cold nights before the end of another winter. Keeping those feathers in mint condition is a matter of survival. Standing on one leg sometimes helps too!

Lötsjön, Sundbyberg (map) 18 December 2009

2009-12-20

accessibility in Rotebro


We've been celebrating elevators in the subway recently. Here's one at a commuter train station.

Rotebro station, Sollentuna (map) 17 December 2009

2009-12-19

sollentuna simhall (5)


Not much daylight at this time of year. The swimming complex in Sollentuna aims to let it all in. Here's the glassy roof.

Stubbhagsvägen, Sollentuna (map) 30 November 2009

2009-12-18

kringlan


In a Pretzel City, what could be more natural than having a mall called Kringlan ("the Pretzel")?

Storgatan, Södertälje (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-17

mosaic in Rönninge


In 1993, artist Rebecca Brandt created this mosaic Lotusblomma ("Lotus Flower") in Rönninge.

Rönninge torg, Salem (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-16

hospitality (4)

A symbolic compass in the floor helps commuters maintain their sense of direction. Again, this is station Danderyds sjukhus.

Tunnelbana Danderyds sjukhus, Danderyd (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-14

storkyrkan (3)


Time for a parting shot from Storkyrkan. The altar appears a bit dark and gloomy, if you ask me.

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-13

sollentuna simhall (4)


Let's visit the pool again. I don't recall seeing (much less playing with) floating stuff like this in the old days. Being a kid today must be fun!

Stubbhagsvägen, Sollentuna (map) 30 November 2009

2009-12-12

puddle of joy


Water puddles were immensely fun when I was a kid. Nowadays I restrict myself to admiring a bit of reflected sunlight and leave the actual puddle exploration to others.

Hertig Carls väg, Södertälje (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-11

säby kyrka


The Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan) has its own flag. The crown symbolizes the crown of Christ (and not somebody else's crown) so there's no need to change the flag just because the separation between Church and State is now a fact.

Säby kyrka, Salem (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-10

disconnecting people

Free speech is great but there's got to be some limits. Here's a phone at University Station.

Tunnelbana Universitetet (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-09

tyska kyrkan (6)

St. Gertrude's Church again, this time from the perspective of a church bench.
Tyska kyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-08

sollentuna simhall (3)


Back in the swimming complex. Are you ready to take the plunge from 3 meters?

Stubbhagsvägen, Sollentuna (map) 30 November 2009

2009-12-07

the colour of Södertälje


All the colours that refuse to come out and play on many a gloomy November day suddenly enjoy themselves at dusk by the waterfront.

Strandgatan, Södertälje (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-06

säbyhallen


Salem is a small municipality with lots of sports activities. Säbyhallen becomes an important venue in wintertime.

Säbyhallen, Salem (map) 21 November 2009

2009-12-05

storkyrkan (2)

Storkyrkan (The Great Church) is the oldest church in Gamla stan - the Old Town.

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-04

hospitality (3)

Detail from photographic prints on enamel in the subway station under Danderyd University Hospital. Artist Klara Källström created these in 2008.

Tunnelbana Danderyds sjukhus, Danderyd (map) 1 November 2009

2009-12-03

local heat wave


Whatever your opinion on winter, it's a lot more agreeable inside Sollentuna Simhall.

Stubbhagsvägen, Sollentuna (map) 30 November 2009

2009-12-02

the Rindö connection (2)

Sometimes in life we need to choose the right ferry. One of these has been docked for the weekend. The other will depart in half an hour. When in doubt, check out where all the cars are lining up. That's the one - the next Rindö connection.

Vaxholmsleden (map) 2 October 2009

2009-12-01

time for reflection


I'm not quite done yet, with Drottningholm Castle. This nice reflection in the window caught my eye. Someone is enjoying the (last?) rays of sun.

Drottningholms slott, Ekerö (map) 20 September 2009

2009-11-30

and the winner is...


Oh, the excitement and drama of a lottery! Christmas Bazaar in Salem.

Säby kyrka, Salem (map) 21 November 2009

2009-11-29

birds of paradise

Today I want to show you Paradisfåglar (Birds of Paradise), woven by textile artist Sten Kauppi. This gigantic work of art has been recently renovated and covers an entire wall in Ansgar Church.

Ansgarskyrkan, Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-28

a view to a queue

Getting stuck in a Friday afternoon queue is no fun. However, this one comes with a splendid view. Queuing on board a road ferry to Vaxholm.

Vaxholmsleden (map) 2 October 2009

2009-11-27

me and my Choo Choo


Did you have a scale model railway when you were a kid? I didn't but I can certainly imagine the fun for kids of all ages. Here's the Lidingö tramway again.

Tunnelbana Ropsten (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-26

island art (2)


Another glimpse of the small sculpture "Människan i centrum" by Sven Lundqvist.

Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-25

I wish

that my yard would look like this. It never does. Mostly it's filled with all sorts of weeds, and I'm fighting an everlasting battle to win. In the end mother nature's always the winner. I may enjoy a few short days, having won at least one fight, but as soon as I turn my back....

But then again, I don't have a staff of people to do it either, I just can't afford it. The residents of this house can.

Drottningholms slott, Ekerö (map) 20 September 2009

ansgarskyrkan (3)


Churches are important concert venues. Here we're rehearsing Handel in Ansgar Church.

Ansgarskyrkan, Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-24

autopilot, take me home


A commuter train navigating between the pillars of the E4 motorway bridge in Södertälje. Don't worry, they have done this before.

E4 Södertälje hamn (map) 21 November 2009

2009-11-23

lidingö kyrka (3)


Here's the pulpit in Lidingö Church, seen from a different angle.

Lidingö kyrka (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-22

I tram, therefore I am

Baggeby Grand Central Station is sort of... well, compact. The Lidingö tramway will find its way here on a regular basis.

Baggeby station, Lidingö (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-21

new balls, please!


Girls carefully warming up for that (weekly?) exercise in Ansgar Church. The church offers conference facilities, premises upstairs for youngsters and even a room for indoor sports.

Ansgarskyrkan, Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-20

Santa's new house


Huge, is the word. This house, built inside Stockholm Central Station, is built of gingerbread. Truly. I'm not joking. 294 kilos of flour, 92 kilos of marge, 110 kilos of sugar, 66 liters of syrup and the same amount of water. Add about 10 kilos of spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger and bikarbonate) and you end up with enough dough to build this house. Don't know where to find an oven big enough to bake it though. It's all part of an advertising-campaign of course. You'll find the company's name if you look closer.


Centralen (map) 20 November 2009

bus buzz (2)

Ain't no stopping an SL bus. If the road ends, it'll just take the ferry.

Vaxholmsleden (map) 2 October 2009

2009-11-19

ansgarskyrkan (2)

Ansgar Church is a modern church in the middle of the village.
Ansgarskyrkan, Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

2009-11-18

get your skates ready


Lake Norrviken offers ample fishing and - in winter time - a popular, fifteen kilometers long skating track.

Norrviken, Sollentuna (map) 26 September 2009

2009-11-16

the colour of Lidingö


A street lamp in Lidingö shopping centre tries to make itself seen among all those autumn leaves - long gone by now, I'm sure.

Lidingö centrum (map) 29 September 2009

Hi ho, hi ho


...and off to work we go......Time to switch the guards at Drottningholms Castle. 4 fresh ones on their way

Drottningholms slott, Ekerö (map) 20 September 2009

2009-11-15

storkyrkan

Another glimpse of St. George (Sankt Göran) in Storkyrkan.

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-14

guest harbour


Some terms come loaded with warmth and hospitality. Positive vibes through and through. Guest harbour is such a term.

Vaxholms gästhamn, Vaxholm (map) 2 October 2009

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