Public transport, Stockholm style

Commuter

At least if you choose wisely where to live around Stockholm. It surely beats getting stuck in traffic. The thought of this type of commute is inspiration for the search after a summertime base.

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The Adventure Run

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Well, sort of. Adapted to the WordPress weekly challenge for this week, adventure. The run was over 15 kilometers with the added component of nasty obstacles. It’s called Tough Viking and is held a few times a year in different parts of Scandinavia. The images here are from the race last week-end in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm Pride

Last week-end we had Stockholm Pride. It’s usually good fun and this year was no exception. The weather was great and it’s estimated that some 600000 people participated in the parade in one way or another. Mostly as spectators of course. Not a bad turnout given that greater Stockholm has some 2.2 million inhabitants. All sorts go in the parade; various HBTQ groups, political parties, companies, and God only knows what. The political side has low entertainment value – think political rally and stale rhetoric – but the rest is mostly good fun.

Man with bubbles

Man with bubbles

National Day Celebrations

Last week we had National Day in Sweden. Not with the loud nationalistic outbursts that seem to dominate many nations, but then, Sweden has not been delivered from evil domination or been created in a cataclysmic event in living memory. I believe that the significance of the date is accession to the throne by King Gustaf Wasa in 1523 when the (evil!) Danes had been chucked out. And no doubt when recalcitrant peasants and nobles had been, uh, convinced to support the nomination. Nothing that anybody can claim to remember these days. In my part of Stockholm the celebrations amounted to a street party with music on every corner. Pleasant and low key as these things go.

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Waiting for the show to start

 

Stockholm Marathon

Stockholm marathon was held last Saturday (31 May) in good conditions for both runners and spectators. The track was a circle (of sorts) through the city and the runners did 2 laps to complete the run. I had a bit of time to cheer the runners on and to do a bit of photography. I stayed at the 12 / 36 km mark and caught the tail end – and the front end.

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Was this really a good idea?

One of the last runners. At a leisurely walking pace, perhaps contemplating what went wrong with the training strategy. Perhaps the decision to run was based on memories of youth and how fit he was? Or was it a bet? Middle age crisis? This split-second story is a riddle with many possible outcomes.

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is cities – and the yearly recurring marathons are certainly slice of urban life:

 

Crossing the finishing line

Tough Vikings – or nuts trying to prove something? Whatever, the race was called ‘tough vikings’ and a meetup event was scheduled in the photographer group. It was a cold and bleak day but never the less a good turnout of contestants and audience. A good time was had by all – and me. The images are from the finish – after some 7 km of nasty obstacles.

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These guys were on the move allright. So it’s also a contribution to WPC weekly challenge ‘on the move’.

Big Brother Sees You

Street art as a homage to internet surveillance? An image of PRISM? Do I believe Obama and other leaders assuring me that there’s no violation of my personal integrity¬† in the loving care of their various national security organizations’ surveillance efforts? Eh, well… don’t want to be paranoid, but if past performance is a guide to the future, then, umm…

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Graffiti on a wall on a side street not far from where I live.