From Skansen to Cemetaries (plus a Cat Café)

Here is a rundown of my experiences in Stockholm.  We visited Skansen, hailed as a cultural monument for its interactive and family friendly attractions. I attended Skansen as a field tour with my Swedish Intermediate class. Skansen is an open-air museum which includes a zoo with regional wild animals such as moose, wolves, lynxes and brown bears.  Skansen encompasses various aspects of Swedish history with farmsteads and houses that offer a glimpse into how Swedes once lived. The tour guide was dressed in traditional Swedish attire which enhanced the experience!   

Our Tour Guide. So cute!
A majestic Lynx

Later that week I visited Skogskyrkogården, a cementary located south of Stockholm. You may wonder why on earth I’d visit a cemetery, but Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO heritage site renowned for its grandiose fields, architecture, and layout.  Skogskyrkogården creates a harmonious union between nature and architecture that feels different to any other cemetery.  This may sound strange but taking a stroll in Skogskyrkogården felt relaxing and peaceful. Greta Garbot, a famous Swedish actress is buried in Skogskyrkogården so I decided to visit her tombstone.   

Lastly, I had a Fika at Java Whiskers, a cat café located in Vasastan.  Cats and coffee are a match made in heaven, plus the cats were so loving and friendly. The cat café also has an adoption center where you can adopt the cats.   

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