Best Preserved Medieval City of Scandinavia
Trip Start May 20, 2009
24Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
Lena Lager's house
Visby has been around since the 900's at least, was a member of the Hanseatic League in the 1200's and still retains most of the city wall built in the 12 and 1300's. Lena lives inside the city wall and the houses are very beautiful and kept up nicely. There are also about 6 churches in the inner city which are left as ruins and are just part of the landscape.
A few things about Swedish people - they love coffee (any time of the day or night) and love the sun (perhaps because they don't get it very often). I saw many people lying on the beach, 60 years of age in bikini's and topless; working on their tan. Here on Gotland, they often prefer the bike to the car, as most things are close and the bike lanes are good and plentiful. Having a car inside the city walls is not very practical either. I have never been here in the winter, but imagine it is quite a different place. I brought Alex here 7 years ago, for the medieval festival, held early August of every year.
It has been a very relaxing time here. Coming from Brussels and Berlin, I immediately felt calm and stress-free when I saw the sea. This is a very beautiful place and I highly recommend it for a relaxing vacation. It does take some effort to get here tho
While here I also signed a lease for an apartment in Charlottesville and have applied for several jobs; I even had a phone interview. So, things are moving quickly now. I have a full day in Stockholm tomorrow, then fly to Belfast via London on friday. A wedding in N. Ireland on Saturday, a few more days there, then my last 2 days in London and flying home. I should manage one more entry in my summer's travel blog. Thanks for making the trip with me.