Photoblog: a gray day in the Swedish village of Landsort

After the Berlin trimester ended, I flew to Copenhagen to begin a wee Scandinavian tour. The best part of this week was being with friendly residents and visiting their homes. Yes, homes. Not houses, accommodations, hotels, hostels, or dorms. In both Copenhagen and Stockholm, I stayed in city homes and then visited vacation homes by the water. Both cities are impressive and relatively unknown to me, but I valued most those moments where I was experiencing someone's place of hat-hanging. Rarely did I want to venture away.

Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden

Landsort is a village on the island of Öja an hour south of Stockholm. It marks the southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago. My new friend Kari took fellow TGS co-worker Andy and his two friends to his vacation home on the island of Öja by way of a flat-bottomed boat. The sky was gray and occasionally spitting, but we enjoyed some walks along the central road (rarely a motor in sight) and up by the lighthouse that gives the village its name.

Andy on Öja island in Sweden
Andy on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Kristian on Öja island in Sweden
Luisa, Andy, and Kristian on Öja island
Luisa, Andy, and Kristian on Öja island
Kristian on Öja in Sweden
Kristian on Öja in Sweden
The lighthouse on Öja island
The lighthouse on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Wildflowers on Öja island
Andy staring into the gray Baltic skies
Andy staring into the gray Baltic skies
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
Kari and Kristian heading to Öja, Sweden
The southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago: Landsort
The southernmost point of the Stockholm archipelago: Landsort
The mostly-pedestrian streets of Landsort on Öja island in Sweden
The mostly-pedestrian streets of Landsort on Öja island in Sweden
Öja island in Sweden
Öja island in Sweden
Kristian, Andy, and Luisa at Kari's house on Öja
Kristian, Andy, and Luisa at Kari's house on Öja

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