Getting To Know Tallinn

After a late start to the day, I set out to explore some of Tallinn. As I mentioned yesterday, I've been feeling a little bit sick. I'm not sure if it's the day spent in the rain in Stockholm, or being around too many other backpackers, but I've been feeling a little congested. Staying in ...

Tallinn Cool

So I left Stockholm this morning, bidding the city a sad farewell. Still, it looks like summer is over (for the moment) after a string of bad weather days. Tallin, by contrast, is quite balmy. That's only if you consider wearing a pullover in the daytime and a leather jacket at night to be a ...

BAO plays Skansen

I'd arranged with Tony to meet up at Allsang pa Skansen, the regular summertime television program in Sweden focussed on community singing. Along with some Swedish “favourites” there's usually a pop star or two with a show or concert to promote. This week it was Benny Andersson's Orchestra and the cast of Mamma Mia. Benny, ...

When The Summer’s Over…

The shitty weather has arrived back in Stockholm with force. It's cold, it's wet and it's not much fun, to be honest. Faced with the prospect of walking to the station tonight to meet Nigel for dinner, I called a cab instead. Well, I didn't call a cab, I asked the woman at the hostel ...

Ol och Bog

I'd been warned about Swedish beer. “Swedish beer comes in three strengths”, my mate Graeme told me. “There's light beer which the Swedes don't even think of as a beer, more of a soft-drink. There's a middle range, which is a bit like Australian beer. And there's a strong beer. I'd avoid the strong beer ...

The view from Katarinahissen

Europride Parade

I got to play “host” today to a bloke visiting from Australia. He's a friend of a friend who I met twelve months ago in Canberra, and who is going to spend the next four months living in Oslo. And being “host”, we've had a running joke about how I'm actually Swedish and that it ...

Stockholm Pub Crawl

I've just arrived home from a pub crawl in Stockholm and, to be honest, I'm quite sober. If I had been a bit pissed, that might have helped explain why I've ended up in Alvsjo. In Sydney terms, I guess you might say Alvsjo is like Homebush. There's not a lot here, aside from where ...

Schlager Night at Stockholm Pride

You know how I mentioned yesterday the drag queens at Europride made a very funny joke about Eurovision. Two drag queens dressed in full-length berkas came on stage and were announced as this year's winners of the song contest. In essence, it was about the changing face of the Eurovision Song Contest due to the ...

Stockholm Pride – Day One

As soon as I saw his name in the program, I headed straight for Pride Park. I'm talking about Carl Magnus Palm, the author of six books about ABBA, including “Bright Lights Dark Shadows”, the definitive ABBA biography to date. Oddly enough, the book has never been released in Sweden due to a range of ...