Explanation of the Vasa - no, it's not a fancy vase, as the name might lead you to believe. It's actually a 225 ft long massive war ship, that was built by King Gustav II Adolf and took 2 years to complete. The people of Stockholm were so involved and excited about this massive war ship that everyone was given the day off to watch Vasa depart on her maiden voyage. With the thousands of people gathered to watch the journey, maiden voyage, Vasa came out from under the lee of the Södermalm cliffs. As it was doing so, the sails caught the wind, and the ship heeled over to port (aka, tipped over), then heeled again, even farther. Water rushed in through the open gunports and the ship’s fate was decided. Vasa sank, after sailing barely 1300 meters. It was a pretty tragic day for the people of Stockholm, especially since they had all invested so much into this massive project.
|The Vasa, slowly capsizing to the side and eventually sinking into the water, taking perhaps 30 of approximately 150 people on board down with it.|
|The back of the ship, showing the intricate and symbolic carvings|
|The Vasa itself- it's so large, that you can't even fit the whole ship into one picture!|
The Natural History museum was a fun little guy, and had all sorts of exciting photography, artwork and statues. Mom and I wandered around there for a bit, scoping out some of her favorite artists, before catching the subway back to T-central, to begin the trek back home.
1 bus ride, a plane ticket and some public buses later, we made it back to our apartment, in time to relax and get some sleep before heading into church the next day. Overall, Stockholm was a wonderful success, and Mom and I were both SO glad we were able to go. The sights, the culture, the kind people and especially the temple were all highlights of our trip. I feel blessed we were able to go :)