Wednesday, August 24, 2005

World's Largest Dollar Store

Sweden: Our second day in Stockholm we got up late and spent the day wondering around some of the pedestrian shopping areas. Very nice city and hot girls (did I mention that before?). Then we headed over to Old Stockholm which is on an island to itself. Had a lovely lunch there. Mia had some wine (she seems to have a lot of wine when she is with me (whine too). I think it helps her deal with me, but that's for another time and place).

We then headed over to the Royal Palace. As luck would have it, we walked up as they were starting the changing of the guard. It was cool to watch, but after the ceremony was over, the band marched down the street and continued playing. We followed them and listened for a while. What did the royal band play? Abba of course. Mia and I watched as they ended their performance with a resounding rendition of Momma Mia! I guess I should have expected it, the English Royal Band played the Beatles, it's only natural that the Swedes would play Abba.

Side Note: Everything in Sweden appears to be manufactured by Abba, not by Ikea as one would expect. The lockers were Abba lockers. The tomato sauce was Abba tomato sauce. You would be amazed at how much in the grocery store is an "Abba" product. I was expecting it all to be Ikea, but they threw me a curve with the Abba whatnot. I don't think it has anything to do with the actual band, but maybe it does. Anyway. . . .

We hung out in Stockholm for the rest of the afternoon and then headed to:

Prague: We got in late last night, around 11, and went and had a few drinks. Beer costs $1 everywhere, and that's not for a small beer, that's for a half liter. Not bad. And the beer is very good beer. You can't beat it. For the record, I've now paid $10 for a beer in Iceland and $1 for a beer in Prague. I'll take the Prague prices.

Today we got up and headed to the castle. Very cool. Very huge. Great views of the city. Afterwards, we had a beer and wandered across the Charles Bridge (the famous one that connects both sides of the city). After crossing the bridge, we stopped at a riverside bar to have a beer. I was very upset to see that it cost a full $2. Can you belive the audacity of them to charge $2 for a beer?!? Anyway, now is dinner time so we're gonna head to the vegetarian place my sister recommended (I swear Ali, if it sucks, I'm wrapping up the leftovers, bringing them home, and making you eat them!).

So, my thoughts on Prague, it's the best city I've been in yet. It's cheap, fun, beautiful. Everyone says how amazing it is, and they aren't wrong. Mia and I are actually considering cancelling the stop in Vienna and staying here for an extra two nights just to hang out. Great city.

Okay, I'm hungry, and that's enough typing for now. Hope all is well wherever everyone is. . . .

8 comments:

ApatheticMode said...

Why I am not surprised that your favorite city also happens to be the cheapest? I hear the cost of living is down in Detroit, maybe you should consider moving there.

ApatheticMode said...

Okay so I just scrolled down and read the more important news of the day. Congrats to both of you - that's awesome. Even though I am generally apathetic towards most subjects, for this one in particular I am truly happy for both of you. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

M said...

Can't believe I wasn't home when you called. Sorry I missed you.

ali said...

the food is awesome trust me and drink a sour cherry beer for me please. so so good.

Grandmom G. said...

Hi Matt and Mia. Here I am in my second best city (Harisburg). The prices are just right but the beer is just so so.
Mazel tov!! I'm so happy for you. I wish you both the best.

NegativeMode said...

Thank you all for the well wishes. M, I'll try and call later, no worries.

Ali, we ended up eating at the other place Dan recommended instead (the one that makes their own beer and is traditional food). We didn't get the beer tower cause it was way too much beer for the two of us. We did get the beer sampler though. Truthfully, I didn't really like the flavored beers, but I liked their regular beer. The flavors were banana, cherry, cranberry, wheat, coffee, and nettle (no idea what that is but tasted like pepper). Since we have three more nights here, we'll try the vegetarian place later.

PositiveMode said...

Still, not as cool as the Reykjavik Three- and Six-Dollar store.

Mac10 said...

The picture of Viking Bill has definitely been a highlight - please send more of the ridiculous pictures. Oh, and congrats to you and Mia! She looks like the happiest girl in the world standing next to that giant penis!