Stockholm to New York to Anchorage Travel Day

I’m so terrible about finishing blogging about our trips in a timely manner. Sorry for leaving everyone hanging, I’m sure you’re all on pins and needles. Wondering, how did the Hamptons end their trip?! Did L get sick again?! πŸ˜‰

Well the answer to the last question is yes! πŸ™„ L thankfully slept through the rest of the night. Came downstairs for breakfast and puked into the trash can again! Ugh! But the bright side is, this was his last puke for the rest of the journey home.

We finished packing up. Tried to throw the rest of the laundry in the wash for the owners. We also sent them a message giving them an apology and a heads up on the laundry situation. Everyone else had breakfast and we bid Papa goodbye. His flight left earlier than ours so we went off to the Pippi Longstocking Museum.

Love teenage boy humor like this πŸ˜†

We rode the Stockholm City ferry around the bay again.

We walked to the Junibacken Museum which to us translated to a kids play area and Pippi Longstocking Museum. Our kids are big fans of the Pippi Longstocking audio book so we knew this would be a great way to spend the morning before we headed back to the airport.

Try and find R.

These gnomes were beautiful!

This room was filled with little sets based on popular Swedish Childrens stories. Other than knowing that, we were clueless. It also seemed geared more towards 4 years and younger. R was a bit old for it all.

There was a neat room that the floor was made to look like the ceiling and had a mirror opposite it. This lead to some fun photos.

They had a play sized Villa Villa Koola (Pippi’s House)

They had this ride on story ‘train’. They could program the language you wanted so we could actually understand the story. It was totally weird too. Brothers who died and lived in another world and died again I think. πŸ€” But again the ride was neat and the set up for the story scenes was very detailed.

We then saw a performance comedy/singing duo perform about the Swedish alphabet. It was quite entertaining even though we could only capture the jist of it.

After that we left and walked back to the bus station.

Again, aside from our Patagonia duffle, you can see all our luggage here.

We got the bus right away and enjoyed the silence and our kids listened to Harry Potter.

Our flight left about 6pm and after a few hours the kids both passed out. Please note L always had his seatbelt on. πŸ˜‰

We landed in New York about 11pm and by the time we got to the hotel it was after midnight and we all just crashed. Neither Ty or I had slept on the flight.

Amazingly we woke up about 8 and left pretty refreshed. Headed back to the airport. Enjoyed some breakfast in a lounge before boarding our Virgin America flight to LA. Ty wanted to try their service since Alaska Airlines took them over. It definitely wasn’t as smooth as Alaska Airlines. They didn’t recognize our member status. We didn’t get the premium seats. Which really matter because otherwise you pay for food and drinks! After some finagling Ty managed to get one premium seat. Which he offered to me but it was a middle bulkhead and I just prefer the aisle. What was nice was he was able to order unlimited food so he went crazy and ordered like ten things from the menu!

Thankful for another uneventful flight we didn’t have much time. But we still made it to the Alaska lounge, grabbed a small salad. The LA lounge is slim pickings usually (sounding as snobby as I can) ☺️ before we boarded our flight to Seattle.

Another super quick and uneventful flight. Then Seattle we hopped right back onto our same plane, in our exact same seats but with a new crew. That’s how I know we had been flying too long! We were finally headed home to Anchorage.

We got home at a decent time, about 7pm I think. Which is crazy when you think of the shear number of flight hours we’d accomplished in two days!

As wonderful as these trips are it’s always so nice to be home!

Stockholm Adventures – Day 1

The kids woke us up about 7:30 this morning. We lazed around a bit till we left the house about 9am. Fun fact, there are still some very cool keys to be found in Europe.

Cute kids ready for breakfast.

We saw lots of good looking bakery’s and cafes around our house. So we were excited to find something good. What we didn’t expect was that not many places would be open. Ty spotted a woman placing her menu boards outside so we went to her cafe. The signs all pointed to a good meal, pancakes, Belgian waffles, hot coffee, and chai! But what we found was decidedly less. She didn’t have any pancakes. She hadn’t made the coffee yet. She could really only offer us the Belgian waffles. So we ordered two for the kids only after seeing the prices! We ordered two waffles and three drinks, it was $40! These weren’t homemade waffles either. She pulled premade waffles out of individual plastic bags and heated them in the microwave. πŸ™„ The adults couldn’t believe it. So Ty walked to the 7-11 down the street and found us large yogurts with granola, and fresh yummy rolls for like $15. The kids even got some Pez candy for free!

We’re so glad we came here but we can’t figure out why the cost is so high. Is it the area we are in? Is this just the prices of the region? We’re from Alaska. Nothing is cheap there. We haven’t really been thrown by prices anywhere else in Europe. So we’re also glad we’re only here for three days.

So after our expensive lesson in breakfast foods we walked down to the ferry terminal to go over to the Vasa Museum.

Ty had read that the Vasa Museum was THE museum to go to in Sweden. All we knew what we were going to see a Viking ship. This was so much more! It was incredible! This warship sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage. It never actually got out of the harbor because it was poorly designed. It tipped right over! It stayed buried in the harbor for 333 years until they located it in the 50s. It took two years to raise it from the ocean floor. The statistic that got me was they sprayed it polyethylene glycol for 17 years! To preserve the wood. Can you believe that?! This ship is incredible and the museum presentations were wonderful. Excessive number of pictures to follow


The kids finally dragged us away and Ty had read a good review about the cafe at the Nordic Museum and they mentioned a kid play area right next door to the cafe. Perfect!


However, upon arriving there we find out we have to pay full admission to enter the museum. We had understood the kid area was separate, but adults must be present in the kid area so they charge them full admission. Sneaky! The kids and I went right to the play area while Ty and Papa went to scope out the food situation. Unfortunately again, the food wasn’t as reviewed, much more limited selection and very expensive!

But the bright note is that the kids LOVED the play area. It was set up like a farm house, with chickens, pigs, cows, and a horse hitched up to a wagon. There was a stream they could pull themselves across on a ferry boat thing. There was also a store where you could your necessary items. The details were amazing and the kids played here for hours. It was like stepping into the Little House on the Prairie books. The kids even pretended to load up the wagon, with everything that wasn’t nailed down, as Papa put it. They were going on a journey, ‘across all the states in every country’ according to L. πŸ˜†

They also had a giant Christmas tree and clothes so you could dress up like Santa.

The rest of the museum was so-so. It was a history of the people of Sweden. But an entire floor was focused on the fashion of the people. The furniture and house exhibits were interesting to see but the displays on lighting were a bit dull.

We dragged the kids out of there about 4:30 and decided to walk the mile and a half back to the apartment. The adults needed to stretch their legs. The air was crisp but not freezing.

Oh, R thought it was hilarious to take my hat and have me wear hers.

There was this tree full of gnomes right outside the museum. Some of them even moved!

A few photos of the harbor from our evening walk.

L totally passed out. The carrier gets him every time!

We were hoping for another yummy Indian dinner but the restaurants Ty had found weren’t actually there. Weird. So we ended up at a burger joint again. But the food was delicious and for once not quite as expensive.

We got the kids Home and threw them in the tub.

Papa wanted to do bedtime since we’re all going our separate ways home tomorrow. He spoils them by reading the whole entire long book we got on the Vasa ship. We finally get everyone settled for bed when Ty yells, We’ve got puke! Ugh no words you ever want to hear.

L is usually so good about when he’s going to be sick. He gets up and goes right to the bathroom. But this time I guess he couldn’t. All over the bed, himself, his jammies, his foxy, and his blanket. Poor kid and poor us.

I strip him and the bed. Then thankful for spare beds, we settle him into a clean bed. I try and get as many sheets, blankets and towels as I can into the tiny European wash machine. Since every load takes an hour and a half on the fastest setting and every dry cycle is at least two hours. Why?!? We have to be out by 10am tomorrow so seriously hoping not to leave puke laundry.

About 9pm I hear the familiar sound of retching again. Poor lil man, but thank goodness this time he made it into the trash can by his bed this time. No extra laundry!

No idea why he’s puking. Fingers crossed, prayers said this is just a random ordeal and he is fine tomorrow. Since of course we fly out in the afternoon and are basically homeless as of 10am. Nothing to stress about right?!

Wish us luck!

Prague to Stockholm Travel Day

We’ve made it to country #5!

We had to wake up at6:45am. Tried to get the kids to eat a few muffins or cereal before our driver arrived at 7:30. We triple checked the apartment before leaving πŸ˜‰ and we were off for the airport. Check in went smoothly and like we’ve experienced most everywhere outside the US, Security was fast, efficient, and not a big deal. Why is that?!

With a small wait before boarding they announced our flight. It suddenly became clear why all these people had lined up before there were even agents at our gate. They just said the flight is now boarding, all passengers please come up. It was a total free for all! The passengers were soon lined up all the way to the gate agents and they couldn’t let anyone through till more people got on the plane. Seemed to us like such an inefficient and silly way to load a plane.

We finally get on and get settled. The kids wanted to sit with Papa and Ty and I lucked our with a whole row to ourselves! Best two hour flight! Aside from being surrounded by socks and screaming young kids. Oh we don’t miss those days.

Landed in Stockholm and it was cold! Everything was frosted over. It was very much like coming home to Alaska at 20 degrees.

Grabbed Papa’s suitcase and got ourselves into a bus into the city. It was a beautiful 40 minute drive. The boys sat in the back and R and I sat near the middle. She listened to Harry Potter and was totally content.

< We got off the bus and R was insisting she was SO hot. Didn't want to wear her coat, let alone, hat and mittens. L started screaming because R got in the stroller and he didn't want to be in the carrier. Just one of those moments when you wonder why is this such a big deal?! After walking to the end of the bus station, I think between the cold and the fussing kiddo Papa was ready to spring for a taxi. πŸ˜‰ We were all pretty excited when we saw where our apartment was located. Right next to the Royal Castle! It's a beautiful area of town.

We were too early to check in so we dropped our luggage off and went to find a Thai restaurant Ty had found for us. The food was good but the bill was quite a shock for us. There was a 12% tax and a 20% tax on top of very high prices!

Typical L restaurant behavior. We’re working on it…

After our meal we walked to tourist shops a bit.

Found an incredible church.

Then we went to investigate the Royal Castle. However, it was closing in 45 minutes so we went to the Royal Armory, which was staying open later. Ty had read you can try on actual armor too!

We saw Royal carriages used by Marie Antoinette alone with examples of their clothes. Pretty hard to picture dressing on that style any more.

At this point we learned the armory was closed for a years renovation. We were all bummed and decided we’d had enough exploring and to go get into our apartment.

It’s quite the building. Up two flights of twisty stairs to our door. Up another flight to the kitchen and dining room. Up another flight to the one bathroom and two bedrooms. Then up one more flight to a living room/bunk room. It’s a lot of stairs! One neat feature is the rooftop deck. It’s totally like the scene from Mary Poppins with the chimney sweeps.

Ty and I left the kiddos with Papa while we went to try and get tickets to the ballet. Ty had found this amazing ballet based on Alice in Wonderland. He was super excited for the kids to see it! But much to our disappointment the only seats available were non-visual seats. Which with a ballet is pretty important. ☹️

We were bummed but went exploring for a bit.

We came across some road construction they were doing, in a giant tent! I guess this is how you can extend the road construction season?

We walked back home and grabbed everyone for some dinner. Ty had found a yummy sounding burger joint near us. But when we found it, it was super packed. So we decided to keep walking but the kids were pretty set on having a burger at this point. So when I saw a sign advertising burgers at an Irish Pub we just went for it.

The burgers were good. My fish and chips (haddock) were just fine. But Papa’s Swedish meatballs where apparently dry and flavorless. Lame! Also everything was super expensive again. Nothing like a $20 bar burger!! 😬

We stopped by a mini mart on the way home to get some water and milk and I saw these candies. I couldn’t figure out why you’d want salt flavored candy. Is the other one supposed to be like a piece of charcoal?

walk home is beautiful. Old very narrow streets.

lly got the kids into bed around 8:30. That’s so late for them but on vacation we’ve learned to roll with it.

Only a few days left before we start making our way back home. Excited to see more of Stockholm tomorrow in the day light and fingers crossed not quite so cold!