Vasa Museet och Skansen

Okay, I say this almost every time I write, but I haven’t found much time to post recently. That being said, I have been up to a lot of fun stuff that I can’t wait to also post about. For now although, I want to finish writing about my trip over fall break to Stockholm.

If you haven’t read the last post I wrote about Stockholm, you can read it here.

The last day I stayed with Emily, on Sunday, we met up with Jocelyn (an exchange student we met at language camp) again. We met at the Vasa Museum, which is located on the island named Djurgården.

To get to the Vasa Museum, Emily and I walked to somewhere in Östermalm and took the bus from there to Djurgården. We also ate Pop Tarts for breakfast on the bus, just thought that was worth mentioning.

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Above were taken in Östermalm.

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The Nordiska Museet in the fog.

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How cool is this gate

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Fog in the city

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That day at the Vasa Museum, they had guided tours in Swedish and English. I don’t think that they always have the guided tours, I think that normally you just look around on your own. We took the English tour because we were actually interested to hear about it and thought we wouldn’t understand it if we took it in Swedish.

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The story of the Vasa ship is actually quite pathetic.

Sweden was fighting with Poland at the time it was used, back in the 1600’s. The king of Sweden ordered this ship to be built. He wanted not just one deck of guns, but two. Not only that, but other elements of design he wanted were difficult to be done. The designer of the ship had never designed a ship with two gun decks because it was rather unnecessary. As with all ships, it was tested before it was took out to sea. They had to cut the testing short although, because of something I don’t remember. Anyways, on August 10th, all of the passengers started on the voyage. This is where the pathetic part comes into play. The ship sunk after 25 minutes on the voyage. It was so close to land, that people could see it capsizing from the shore.

At the end of the guided tour, we had to guess who’s fault it was for the ship sinking. It was overall, the king’s fault for the ship sinking, because of how he demanded the ship to be made. Of course they couldn’t blame it on the king. So they blamed it on the designer of the ship, because he had already died from old age before the ship had sunk.

Another funny thing about the whole thing, is that the Vasa’s “sister” ship the Applet was built just 5 feet wider, and had no problems sailing at all. Vasa’s problem was that it was very top heavy and not wide enough. The double gun decks also made it sink faster.

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What the “Great Cabin” looked like. It was where the senior officers of the ship would have slept and ate.

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The two above pictures are of the lower deck, I believe. It was where they steered the ship. You see that long pole that girl is holding? Yeah that is the steering wheel. And the picture above it shows what you can see from standing by the ‘steering wheel’. Someone had to stand on the top deck and yell which way to turn the pole/wheel. 

I think that if the Vasa didn’t sink because of the top-heavy problems, they probably would have crashed into something and still sank that way anyways. How was it possible to steer a ship in a tight space without being able to see?

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Canons 

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The two pictures above are a replica of the Vasa showing the true colors of the ship. 

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This map kind of showed where some ships were positioned, where the big churches and cities and other fests were in the 1600s. I had to take a picture of the northern part of Sweden, because look I’m living right there between the reindeer and moose!

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But be careful not to go to far north otherwise you will run into the polar bears if the big sea serpent doesn’t eat your whole entire ship first.

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This was a diving bell that they used to discover the sunken Vasa.

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What it feels like standing at the end of a canon.

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The weapons that were supposed to be used.

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Incase you were wondering how this huge ship was being held up like I was.

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I bought this to put on my Rotary blazer. I thought it looked nice, and it’s an ornament but I am going to find a way to attach it.

Overall the museum was very big and very interesting. They had not just information about the ship but information on how people in Sweden lived in the 1600’s. Even though it was a pathetic tragedy, we all really enjoyed it. That sound kind of mean. Let me try to re-word that. Even though it wasn’t the coolest ship ever, it had much history tied to it. Was that better?

After we were finished looking around at the museum we decided to go to Skansen, the zoo.

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Can you tell that the Nordiska Museet is probably my favorite building in Stockholm?

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Yes, at one point, this was a house. I believe it is being used for something else now, but still, can I live here?!

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I realize now that not everyone knows what Skansen is. Skansen is a zoo located in Stockholm. It’s not like the normal zoo I am used to, with Panda Bears and Elephants and all of those majestic animals. At this zoo are animals that you can only find in Sweden.

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Emily and Jocelyn!

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I just want to start off by saying the view from inside of Skansen is amazing! The zoo part it on top of a hill so it overlooks the city. You will see more pictures later in the post. I wish it hadn’t been so foggy out, but it was still very nice.

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Look mom a squirrel!! (P.S. I have an obsession of squirrels, they’re just so cute!)

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Some nice little ponds

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He was a sassy goat.

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Seals! We probably stood by the seals the longest, we were all waiting for them to pop their heads out of the water to get a good picture.

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I forget what this little guy was but isn’t he just adorable.

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Moose!

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Det var så jättefint!!

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Cute bears! Below is a picture of Emily and Jocelyn, and on the other side of the glass is a sleeping bear. It was kinda scary to be so close to it.

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Lynx! Emily and I spend the whole time “awhhh-ing” at them. They look like little kitties!

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The last animal we saw was a wolf.

This zoo was nothing compared to something I went to as a kid, but it was still really fun to walk around and see all the animals!

After we were finished at Skansen, Jocelyn had to meet her family and take her train back to her host town. We followed her to T-central, then after, Emily and I decided to go look at some cool subway stations. I’m going to post a separate post about the subway stations although!

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The picture above is from Skansen.

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By Kulture Huset

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Det var allt för nu! Det sista inlägget om Stockholm kommer mycket snart! Hej!

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