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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