“Travels to a Different Time” : 29June1975: Stockholm, Sweden: Salvation Army All Over the Place!

I must admit civilized and advanced Sweden may offer the best milk I have ever had and guaranteed hot showers but everything feels sterile and lifeless after Greece and Yugoslavia where people may be poor but many are so lively. And anything you want you can buy which is a bit of a shock from the shortages of everything in Eastern Europe. There is simply not too much to get frustrated with. It is so much like home even much of the topography. Is it boring?

Up at 10:00 and off to the store for breakfast and while I ate I talked with a Pakistani guy and with some Canadians that had just arrived from Oslo. They had a shower and we headed out to a cheap place to eat called the Cooking School but could not find it. We ended up at a place the Pakistani guy knew which was a buffet and we all stuffed ourselves. We headed to a square where the young folks congregate. There were huge crowds of Japanese young folk. We just watched the people drift by on a warm spring day. The Germans and I headed off to Carrols for a milkshake. Stockholm is Americanized. Lots of processed plastic food and chain restaurants. After this off to the PUB department store steps to people watch. The Salvation Army was performing nearby. What is it with the Salvation Army here. They are everywhere. Do people in Sweden need salvation? They had their first Swedish meeting in 1878.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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