gamla stan ‘the land between the bridges’, stockholm ‘venice of the north’
russell and i stood atop that regal iceberg in Stortorget, and delivered jewels of information about stockholm’s old city to our faithful student subjects down below. it was a mildly intense feeling, giving a presentation about a place that we had modeled in detail and labored over for a week in studio – and now actually seeing it in person, standing in the middle of it, for the first time.
the fishermen’s alleyways, tyska brunnsplan, jarntorget, mårten trotzigs gränd [the narrowest alley at only 90 cm wide!] were almost exactly how i imagined them. i was amazed at the topography of the island [being in flat denmark for 2 months has made every molehill into a huffing mountain] — how it made a huge impact on the way we walked up to the square, and the way we experienced discovering all of its narrow crannies appendaging from it.
a part of me wished there was more…life? and not just the touristy streets on västerlånggatan. in fact, gamla stan really is all touristy =\
also, by poking my nose into an old swedish church, i got stuck inside during a sunday service and couldn’t leave. i had to peer over at the boy sitting next to me constantly to see what song page we were on…and then sing accordingly in swedish. being that i do not understand swedish, i wasn’t forced to listen to what was being preached at me, but only had to enjoy the space and the music. it was wonderful!
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