16 and 17 August 2017: On Wednesday, Lucy and Isaac rode Stockholm City Bikes with David all the way to David’s office. They left on the late side, which allowed the kids to sleep in a bit and also ensured that there would be less traffic with which to contend. Meanwhile, Thomas (who isn’t much of a cyclist) and I took the #57 bus to meet up with them. Thomas and Isaac stayed with David at work all day while Lucy and I did some shopping downtown. We thought we might also visit a museum we hadn’t seen before, but instead we went back to the apartment in the afternoon and just did things at home (we were tired–we’ve been pretty busy this trip!).
For dinner, we got take out pizza for the kids and David and I walked down to a nice Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. He had a nice pasta dish and I had a pizza, half of which I ended up taking home (it was big!). Between my leftovers and the kids’ leftovers, we had enough for our lunch the next day.
Our next bit of excitement was the next day after our leftovers lunch. We took the ferry over to Djurgården and got in what seemed to be the world’s longest queue for entrance into Gröna Lund. We’ve been there many times, but never before have we visited when they didn’t open until 3:00pm. Apparently for those late openings, everyone shows up at once — people no doubt wanted to get their money’s worth out of the entrance fee and the ride tickets. Most of the summer the park opens at 10:00am, so it’s a difference of five hours. Plus the concert that evening was Korn, a heavy metal band that has a fairly large following. The kids and I weren’t even sure that we’d get in, the line was so incredibly long. We managed to meet up with David, who was unable to convince the guards that he had family already in line until we were within view. Then he was able to join us.
The weather that day was perfect, which no doubt also contributed to the huge crowd — it was about 75 F and sunny. A very nice late summer day, one to be enjoyed as much as possible before the cold sets in in the fall.
About an hour after we were in the park, we met up with our friend, Anders, and his son, Dennis. The kids all went on rides together while the adults chatted. We managed to have dinner together, too, although it wasn’t easy to find a place to sit.
Anders and Dennis left the park about the time that the band, Korn, started playing. Dennis has already started school, so he needed to get home and get to bed. David and Thomas watched most of the Korn show, while Lucy, Isaac, and I went on a few more rides.
We should’ve been smart and left Gröna Lund before the Korn show let out or at least just after it ended. By the time we left, the crowd waiting for the ferry was extremely large. We opted to take a tram into town instead, but we were still packed in like sardines. Maybe next time we’ll plan our exit a little better.