October 27th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 32: Passing through Stockholm, 23 April 2008

In late April I left Estonia to travel to Sweden to deliver a paper in Uppsala and work with Prof. Bertil Belfrage on a Berkeley project. So I flew into Stockholm and had a day to explore. This is the famous Town Hall. Inside is the 'Blue Room' where most of the Nobel Prizes are awarded.

The city of Stockholm is built on a series of protected islands, so when the weather is nice, the city is quite charming. Here is a shot of the history museum from a far shore.

The offices of the Nobel Prize committee. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, the others in Stockholm.

A view of the front of the royal palace in Stockholm. The building is pretty much just a square looking thing. It does not really look like what you would expect from a castle.

I was fortunate and caught the changing of the guard on the palace grounds. A cavalry unit (bright blue) was relieving a mechanized infantry unit (on the left).

The cavalry unit had a mounted band that played while ahorse. They were quite impressive.

A close up of some of the soldiers playing the band. The band consists of conscripts who do a year of mandatory service in the military. How they manage to develop horse skills along with their musical talents in such a short time is not clear.

The Swedish parliament building. Off to the left (but in the picture) is a part of the royal palace. Many of the museums and exhibits do not open until May so I did not get to see much of the palace or other attractions.

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