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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Old Town Stockholm aka Gamla Stan

The city of Stockholm as it is known today is situated on 14 islands. There are also a lot of Lakes an canals. However the old town is the original Stockholm. The town was set up during the 1300 century. Most buildings are from the 1700 and 1800 century. The dominant building in the old city is the king's castle. 
 Heading towards "Old Town"...........TOURISTS!!!!

 Royal Castle

The royal castle in Stockholm has 605 rooms. It is the biggest castle in world that is still in use by a king. The castle is the workplace for Karl XVI. The royal family lives in another palace outside Stockholm. Even though most of the rooms are open to the public, I didn't go in.

I couldn't get a good picture of the whole Palace because I was standing right in front of it. But this is what it looks like. 
Got this photo from the internet...........very pretty, isn't it?

The view of the Parliament from the side of the Palace.

Up close.

The street just in front of the Parliament also facing the side of the Palace. This is where people gathered when the Swedish Princess got married and she addressed them from where I stood to take this photo.
Royal guards.

The back of the Palace where the "changing of guards" takes place.

Moving on to other parts of "Old Town". 

There are a lot of cobblestone streets in Old Town but Vasterlanggatan is the old town's number one tourist street. During the summer period, there are lots of tourists that go for a walks along Vasterlanggatan. This is the easiest way to get a feel of the old town. There are often so many people on the street that it can be difficult to stroll along the street. Thankfully, I went at the end of summer, so it was not packed. 

 At the far end of the street is the "German Church", you can see the top part.

The clock tower of the Great Church/Stockholm Cathedral AKA Storkyrkan

More guards patrolling.
As you can see the streets are made from stone, so if you ever do visit, make sure you wear real comfortable shoes, no hard soles.

More tourists.

The view from behind the parliament building

View of the rest of Stockholm from the Palace.

Lunch time. If you are ever in Sweden, make sure you try the Swedish meatballs. It is AMAZING!

As always, thanks for reading.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Trip to Sweden

I went to Sweden late summer last year just a weekend to visit my cousin for who recently moved there and I loved the entire trip. I just want to share a little from my trip. 
Sweden is an absolutely beautiful country. Sweden has about 221,800 islands according to the Sweden statistics 2001, and out of these only 1,143 islands are inhabited. During my visit, I stayed on one of these islands. It is so so beautiful. I also went to Stockholm for a day, so watch out for pictures in the next post. 

The boat to get to the island from the mainland, i took about 10-15 minutes and first time I got in I was so scared because of the waves, but by my third ride, I was used to it. 
Other surrounding islands.
An amazing sight, the water looks so beautiful with the sun shining on it.

I really enjoyed that trip, unfortunately it came to an end so fast because I had to go back to school. I'll probably go back soon.

Thanks for reading.............

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy New year!!!!!!

Sorry for the long silence since my last post. I know, I am 18 days late., but better late than never, right? It has been really busy these past few weeks. I had to continue my exams almost immediately after new year and I literally have had time just to sleep, eat and study. But thank God, I'm done with them now and I have about 2 weeks of lazying about before the new semester starts.
  Things that make or are gonna make this year special.........

1. When somebody asks me (and believe me they always do...maybe cos I've been in school for so long) When are you going to graduate? I can now answer...Next year (by God's grace of course), still far I know, but its better than saying in 3 years.

2. I'm gonna start my final year this year, which is really exciting but scary as well. Scary in the sense that I have a little over a year to get my act straight, not that I've been a joker in Med school, just that I really feel the need to get more serious, because in the very near future, I will be responsible for someone's care, health and life. It's exciting because I'm going to various places in the course of my final year for different clinical experiences and being the adventurer that I am, i'm just so excited to experience different cultures, languages, cuisines and of course health care systems.

I also want to use this medium to clarify a few issues
1. The name of my blog-->> MissJay Anonyme--->>> I just wanted to start a blog so badly and I didn't have a name for it. I thought about it for a long time but still couldn't come up with anything. So I decided to call it "unnamed", but that sounded very bla, and then I translated it to French, hence anonyme.
2. A friend asked me if this was a medical school blog or photography blog, and the answer is its none of those. I just just about my personal experiences, places I travel to (mostly due to med school but personal trips as well) and my interests such as photography (which I've really gotten into lately and enjoy). I really don't want to blog about the intricate details of med school, cos I honestly think its boring, so most my stories will have a factor of med school to it, but not necessarily about med school.

Anyway, I hope this year is already going great and I wish you all the very best of 2012!!!!