One of the unexpected surprises of Stockholm was Magasin III. As mentioned before, the refurbished warehouse has been host to many contemporary art exhibitions since 1987.
The artworks here are either produced by collaborations with the artists or acquired independently. A long-time collaborator, artist Tony Oursler’s video and conceptual art are some of highlights of the exhibition.
Stockholm was the first stop of my four-day cruise with St. Peter Line. I only had less than 24 hours to explore as we docked at 9:00 AM and the ship is expected to leave at 6:00PM. With the given time, I still wanted to get to know the city whilst sticking to my budget (Iceland did kill my wallet after all).
Here are some of the activities I managed to do in 9 hours:
Explore the artistic Stockholm subway stations
Stockholm has the longest art gallery in the world in the form of its subway stations. The story behind these murals, sculptures and painting will only make you appreciate the art more. Some of the striking murals are in the main hubs but there are also some quirky ones in further stations. I recommend getting the SL pass since you can use this to travel in busses and ferries.
SL Travel card (24 hours) : 120 SEK or $14 USD
In all the destinations I visited last year, Stockholm was the one I’m least familiar with. I did know about fika, Abba and the Vasa ship. Overall, I only had vague notion of the city’s culture. My first objective today is to check out Stockholm subway stations.
Similar to its Scandinavian neighbours, Stockholm is a bustling city. Lively and trendy districts coexist with traditional, heritage sites.
As I only had less than a day to spend, it would not be enough. But hey, as long as there is time, every visit is worth it.
The first activity I did was to do a “subway surf”. You would consider the usual subway as bleak or uninteresting. A subway might not be your first destination to go to when you want to see art. In Stockholm, their subway or tunnelbana is an art gallery. They are filled with murals, sculptures and installations. I don’t think you’ll be bored while waiting for your train.
Here are some of my favourite stops during the day.
In all honesty, I never thought I would be in Copenhagen last year. I’ve always thought that I would graduate first before I ever get the chance to go. It all started just months before I started my placement in Japan. As usual, I was procrastinating and I had a random urge to find out how expensive international fares are from Tokyo. Lo and behold! Lucky Tokyoites actually had better deals compared to Australia, especially with flights to Scandinavia.
I spent the last 15 hours in Belgium reflecting about the past two months. It was a different feeling to have finally achieved something that was so far fetched before. The idea of traveling has always been a daydream for me and then unexpectedly, I was able to do it. Maybe it was luck or fate. It was challenging how I got here but I’m glad it turned out this way.
I was in second grade when I saw a photo of Tibet, a moment that sparked my interest in geography and history. I was blessed to have parents who encouraged us to learn everyday, not in a forceful way of course. but in our own pace. Old encyclopedias are still in our house. Obsolete to some but it was a treasure for me ever since I was child: these were my tickets to the world.
Now a decade has passed, I have visited many places I have seen only in my encyclopedia. The feeling of contentment and happiness is overflowing.
My travel time has now come to an end- almost. Brussels is my last destination as this is the hub where I will take my flight home to Australia. I had a day to spent so I opted to just stay in the city center. This is another museum that I came across by accident. The building was quite intriguing and when I learned that this is a museum for musical instruments, I even got more excited.
The museum has thousands of musical instruments on display. Instruments from all classifications are found in here wherein each classification and region are displayed accordingly in each level of the building.
During the evening, we headed to one of Amsterdam’s red light districts. I usually pride myself in how I blend in in different surroundings. However, this was not the case when we went to the red light district. We kind of stood out, we were both Asian, petite and the only women in some of the areas we walked through.