I was on my way to see a new exhibition at the ABBA Museum, highlighting the artists who have appeared over the years at Stockholm’s amusement park, Grona Lund. However, as I got off the ferry, I took a right turn instead of a left. I’ve long been on the view that it’s often a good idea to take “the road less travelled”. Sometimes you’ll end up down a laneway with nothing of interest. But other times, you’ll see some really amazing stuff. And with that turn, I ended up wandering around the ship repair yards in Stockholm.
I also ended up having lunch at a terrific bistro called “Oaxen”. On a Tuesday in a quiet part of Stockholm, I didn’t expect it would be all that busy, but surprisingly it was. “You can have the table until 1pm”, I was told by the waiter, as she brought me the menu. I chose the Biff à la Lindström which is “a Swedish dish made from onion, potato, red beet, capers, and ground beef, which is made into patties and fried.” Very tasty. Accompanied by a glass of chardonnay.
I never quite made it to the ABBA Museum exhibit, though I’ll probably make it there sometime later in the week.
As I made my way into the city, I also took a left turn at Kungsträdgården, where there’s a major display ahead of the European League (UEFA) football final, being held here tomorrow night. I also saw a shop window poster declaring the Danish Royal Family will be in Stockholm next Monday and Tuesday. See what happens when you slow down, and look more closely around you?
Last night, I accompanied Robert and Sandra to see the teenage son of a friend of their’s perform at his graduation concert. One of the great stories not often known outside of Sweden is the government’s strong support for the music industry, through music education. And why not? Music is one of Sweden’s biggest export industries, and Sweden is one of the biggest nations of music exports in the world (number three, outside of the US and UK). So take a look at the photograph of Chris Samuel, a student of Rytmus. He might just be one of the people you’ll be hearing and seeing in the future.