Day 1 - An early start saw us setting off for Stockholm where we were met by Rotarians from our twin club Stockhom Söder and blue skies. The afternoon saw us braving the tube and tram for a visit to the Thielska art gallery, with the return journey by bus - great co-ordinated public transport system! With a short walk around part of Djurgården, where we saw a moving sculpture to the many Swedish citizens who lost their lives in the 2004 Tsunami. The evening finished with a delicious meal on the waterfront.
Day 2 - saw us on the "commuter train" to Uppsala where at the university Rotary has one of the 6 Rotary Peace Centres. We met two of the current scholars, on a two year Masters course, many of the 1200 peace scholars now serve as leaders in international organisations promoting peace & understanding. A very interesting and worthwhile visit - especially meeting 3 of the scholars, from Australia, Columbia & Nepal, and hearing about their journey to being a Masters student and their plans for the future. That evening Dr Tim Mitchell, SVP, spoke to the Stockholm club about his work in Nepal with The Pahar Trust and Rotary's, especially Bristol RC, work with the charity to improve the education and health of villagers in the remote mountain areas of Nepal.
Day 3 - We all boarded the steamship Storskär for a trip through part of the Archipelago to the island of Vaxholm. With blue skies overhead it was a lovely trip we had a delicious herring lunch with time for a stroll and ice cream before getting back to central Stockholm in time for the rain! That evening was spent in small groups at rotarians houses, again wonderful hospitality.
Day 4 - Free time in the morning, some wandered around the Old Town, Drottningholm Palace & others went to the Vasa ship. Then back on the commuter train in the opposite direction for a final lunch with our hosts. Then all too soon it was back on the train to the airport & back to Bristol.
A wonderful weekend, with a warm welcome from our Swedish hosts, to a calm, intriguing city that all, I'm sure will return to soon.