Sweden: Day 1 & 2

We set off for Sweden at 8:00 am on Saturday and headed for Helsingor. We took the ferry from Helsingor to Helsingborg and then made our first stop at St. Petri Church by Sigurd Lewerentz. The church was designed to be very intimate. Siguard Lewerentz used very dim lighting and small skylights which directed light to important parts on the interior. It was a really beautiful building and we learned so much about the spirituality and symbolism behind his work. We stayed for about an hour, enjoyed the space and did some sketches.

After that stop, we were on the road for 3 hours. We stopped at a diner for lunch which DIS paid for, and then got back on the road for another 3 hours. We arrived at the Zinkensdamm Hostel around 8:30 pm and had a sketch book review first thing. When we pulled up to the hostel, I was pleasantly surprised with how cute it looked. After sketch book review we headed for our room, and it was actually pretty nice. We have two bunk beds and we each have our own locker. It’s actually a pretty cute room. Blenda, Brenna, Rachel and myself all decided to room together, considering we all get along really well, and honestly it feels like we’re having a good old fashioned sleepover. After we got settled in, a large group of us went out to the Hostel bar and had a few drinks. Because I knew I had to get up at 6:00 am,  I headed to bed around 11:00 pm.

In the morning we had breakfast at the Hostel and then walked to the metro towards our first destination, Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s Old City). This area was so beautiful. The architecture had so much culture to it, I couldn’t get enough of it. We stayed for about an hour, did some sketches and then had to head to our next site.

We walked to Sergels torg, which is the most public square in Stockholm. It’s been referred to as the “Times Square” of Stockholm. This area has much more modern architecture compared to Galma Stan. We came to see the Kulturhuset (Swedish for “House of Culture”) by Peter Celsing. We sat and studied the area for a bit and added so more sketches to our visual journal. We then were set free for lunch and to roam the city for a few hours. We went up to the top of Kulturhuset for lunch at a cafe and then just walked around the city. The city was just so amazing, I was so taken back by all the beautiful buildings (new & old) and views.

At 3:00 pm we had to meet at the Moderna Museet and Arkitekturmuseet. I was so excited, more Architecture in another Modern Art Museum! I really enjoyed everything at the Arkitekturmuseet. We saw so many really nice models and some more abstract architectural designs. After we saw everything at the Arkitekturmuseet, we walked over to look at the modern art portion. I enjoyed some of it, but most of it was disturbing, and creepy. A large portion of the exhibit was strange dark photography. I of course love the opportunities to see the artwork in these museums, but after seeing some of that stuff, I felt a bit uneasy, and creeped out.

After the Museum we had a dinner scheduled at a restaurant in Galma Stan. The place was really nice. The service was great and the food was delicious!

This trip has been so great so far! I can’t wait to see more!

We have our last site in Sweden tomorrow and then move on to Finland!

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