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First Look Stockholm

I'm on a dock

Chesley at the beach

There is law in Sweden called Allemansrätten, which essentially guarantees your right to hike, swim, bike, or - wait for it - pitch a tent, almost anywhere public and private. Somehow this law, which harkens back to a less populated Sweden, still works. Stockholm's water is clean everywhere. So people swim, everywhere.

Nate on dock

Find a dock, join the crowd and jump in. We've been making use of the good weather while we have it.

Stockholm beach house

Small beach houses on Söder were once awarded to working families who couldn't afford their own pied-â-terre

Stockholm public pool

When you're hankering for a little more structure, you can also swim at the public pools. Eriksdalsbadet was built in 1962 for the European Aquatics Championships. Wish I had been there.

Airstream cafe

Swedish kitsch defined

Cafe lunch

Summer in Stockholm: is this Noon, or 21:00? We find the daytime-all-the-time thing very bewildering, but pleasant too.

Nate with Dagens Lunch

Dagens lunch, or the lunch special, is how you can score "cheap" meals for about $15

Strömming on the street

Food is expensive in Stockholm, but you can get fresh Strömming (herring) from a stand in Söder for about $6


Chesley, in the T-Bana/Bat Cave. (A rare appearance, since we get around by bike almost exclusively.) The city's transportation systems are encouraging.

Gamla Stan

Gamla stan isn't just for tourists, people continue to live and work in the old city center. Tucked into the narrow cobblestone streets are residences, shoe repair shops, and some of the city's best restaurants.

Chesley on her City Bike

Before we bought our own bikes, we got City Bike cards at $40 for the whole season. You pick up a bike from a station (there are hundreds around the city,) and drop off where it's convenient.


Djurgärdsbron (the King's old hunting grounds) is a massive park replete with museums, victorian manors, community gardens, outdoor cafes, and an amusement park. About fifteen minutes' walk from city center.


Hammarby Sjöstad is a planned neighborhood, restored from an old industrial marina. Algae projects, light rail, and a public library meet condo Williamsburg and High Line design aesthetics. A bit cold maybe, but a - "cool" idea!

Stockholm bridge

Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, Stockholm is a series of islands bridging Lake Mälaren to the Baltic Sea


Back in Söder, Trädgården cafe/bar/club feels close to Brooklyn


If food is expensive, great beer can be had for $4 or $5

Nyfiken Gul

Nyfiken Gul, or Neverland? You Decide.

“Travel Like a Human”

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Los Angeles loft for $75/night

If you don’t yet know about airbnb, and like to travel, then welcome to something really marvelous! Called “Ebay for space” by Time Magazine, airbnb is a service that allows you to rent out your extra space (a couch, a room, your whole place, etc) for short or long periods of time. Or you can forgo hosting, sign up as a traveler and stay at these places, which are usually nicer, cheaper and way more interesting than a hotel room.

N and I have done both the hosting and traveling, and can’t recommend this service enough – in fact Heidi is hosting us right now in Stockholm, and it’s wonderful to stay with someone who knows the city.

I could go on and on about airbnb, but I think their (really great) website speaks for itself. I’ll just leave you with this, if you’re in San Francisco, Ivan and Wendy’s is amazing!

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Farewell to Our Favorite Places In New York

We’ll miss New York dearly: the Brooklyn neighborhoods of DUMBO, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, and Cobble Hill/Caroll Gardens; Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 1 on the waterfront; Washington Heights and Fort Tryon and downtown Manhattan; Astoria, Queens; the beaches at Breezy Point… the list goes on. Here are some of our favorite places, the ones that aren’t obvious hits like MoMA. It will be interesting to see what still resonates when we’re back.

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