Our last day before flying out was spent almost entirely in the car, driving from Oslo to Stockholm. We did swing through Drøbak, the town we had missed the day before, but it was raining fairly steadily and we didn’t see much. The drive was uneventful and the rain let up in the afternoon, so we arrived at our destination under the blue skies we’ve become accustomed to.
As we turned down the lane toward where the GPS pointed us, another car pulled up behind us. It turned out to be Hans, our host. He had us follow him into a little oasis of countryside just outside the airport. When you can’t hear the jets, you seem to be entirely in the country. It turns out he owns 8.65 acres with about a half dozen homes on the land, one of which he offers through Airbnb. The rest are occupied by full time residents. The place we are staying was still being cleaned, so he brought us to his porch and offered us some drinks while we waited.
Our host is a teacher and very friendly. He offered us food as well and his wife told us of a town we should visit – although we chose to visit a different city. The late sunsets here mean that we can explore in the evening. And since we did do a little exploring, I decided to write it up!
We unpacked the car and headed out to Uppsala, a university town near where we are staying. I say in the title of this post that we drove to Stockholm, but Arlanda Airport is actually 30 km or so north of the city, so it was easy to get to Uppsala this evening – it’s only about another 30 km from the airport.
After dinner in a Persian restaurant (yum!), we walked over the river to see the cathedral. As it was nearly 9, the building wasn’t open but we admired the brick building. Next we got back in the car to head to Gamla Uppsala, or Old Uppsala, to see ancient Royal burial mounds from the sixth century.
Now we’re back at our apartment, packing for the trip home. This is the time of a vacation when I’m both sad and excited. I hate to see the end of a trip, but I’m also looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and eating at home.
Once again, thank you for reading! Next stop: USA.