Category Archives: Sweden


Island cities

In the climactic scene of The Goonies, the kids stumble into the grotto where One-Eyed Willy’s treasure-laden pirate ship is stranded. They gaze at their discovery in wonder. I felt the same amazement when I came face to prow with Vasa, a … Continue reading

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Finland by design

Silja Serenade, the overnight cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki, is a floating shopping mall. It carries two thousand passengers, mostly Swedes and Finns looking for getaway weekends in the others’ city. On board are numerous duty-free shops, a movie … Continue reading

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