Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sigtuna
















Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden.  It wasn't the first incorporated town, but it is the oldest town still in existence.  The churches I have pictures of up there were built in the 13th century. The red one (marias kyrka) is still in use today, and is approaching it's 750th birthday.  

While this town is somewhat of a "tourist trap", I've been told that not that many tourists go and visit.  I thought it was a really cool town, and enjoyed my visit.  Reminded just a little bit of Leavonwerth, WA, but not that much.

Sigtuna has around 7,000 permanent residents, and as you can see in some of the pictures, has many buildings that are hundreds of years old that are still being used.  I went on this journey with two fellows from my internship (they actually work there, I work for free), and while they were setting up meeting, I went out exploring. 

I took about 350 pictures while I was there, and unfortunately I couldn't post them all here.  I tried to post more, but I got an error message, so I think 15 may be my limit.  I took my tripod along as well, so all the pictures of me were actually taken by me too.  Makes it a little tougher without someone to focus and all that, but after a few tries on each picture, I think I got what I was looking for.  

We went to lunch at this place called Farbor Blå, or Uncle Blue, and it was pretty good.  I had the lamb burger, because there were only three option, lamb, fish, or salad.  I was skeptical at first, but after I got it I really enjoyed it.  It was basically like gyro meat in a patty w/ feta cheese and some sort of dressing.  Quite good.  It also came with steak fries, unlimited salad, unlimited bread and cheese, (well I hope it was unlimited or I wore out my welcome) and a glass of beer.  Overall I was completely satisfied.  And, the two waitresses were the two of the best looking girls I have seen in Sweden.

After lunch the guys had a few more meetings, so I was able to go out and get the pics where the sun was setting (The suns sets early over here).  It was a really good trip overall, and I think I covered the whole town.  I was quite tired after everything, and fell asleep on the car ride back home.

So, Sigtuna was a good experience, and I am really glad I went.

1 comment:

Dawna said...

so many incredible pictures. I really like the one with the mirror and your reflection. and then also the fence made from tree branches that is very cool! It reminds me of the fences we saw when we were at Svarefjorde in Norway and the Svaren farm.