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Hope I don’t jinx it with this post. Oh, and forget the slightly overcast clouds. We’ll take any semblances of blue skies we can at this point.
There’s a favorite spot where my husband and I go hiking not only to relax, but to watch massive ships go sailing by. In addition to cruising to nearby islands along Sweden’s coast, one of the advantages of living in Stockholm is that you can easily spend a weekend getaway cruising to port cities in neighboring Baltic countries like Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia in addition to spots in Finland and Russia.
For example, you could leave Stockholm late afternoon on a Friday, cruise overnight to Riga (Latvia) arriving the next morning, spend Saturday in Riga and catch the ship back that evening to Stockholm, returning Sunday morning in time for breakfast.
I recently met these young cadets on Djurgården. They were wearing hats that read ‘Sjövärnskåren’ and sailor uniforms with large floppy collars. They are part of a voluntary defense organization which is independent of the Armed Forces and its members are trained in various forms of marine activities – from sailing and manning tugboats to other marine navigational skills.
Summer can’t come soon enough, and we’d happily skip over Spring if it was possible. While I don’t own a boat – won’t even know what to do with it - I’d gladly go sailing if invited. So one warm summer day, I was out with friends. We set off from Dalarö and sailed through Stockholm’s archipelago (made up of 24,000 distinct islands); weaving past dark greenery, drifting for miles and hours on gently-rocking waves.