Now for some linguistics…

One of the interesting things I have noticed while I have been here are the words that come into Scottish from the North Germanic languages which are absent from conventional English.

The first one I noticed the other day is the Swedish word for child, barn – like the Scots word bairn, and one I noticed two hours ago – bra for good, like the Scots braw.

It’s a very small world.

This morning felt a little like a return to London, because Spårvägsmuséet (the Transport Museum) is like Covent Garden Transport Museum in some ways. There are cabs of T-banan trains, but there are no simulators to teach you how to drive a Tube tram.

It’s very interesting, because it’s too easy to forget that Sweden changed sides of the road in 1967, but the museum’s stock of right hand drive buses quickly brings this into focus.

We also had the chance to admire the Lego in Leksaksmuséet, the toy museum in the same building. I owned many of the sets on display, and most of the others had been on my wishlist – I still have most of the pieces of those sets, but the instructions are long lost.

Afterwards, we headed into Gamla Stan again. Lunch outside Nobelmuséet was followed by the Changing of the Guard before we visited the Cathedral, including their statue of St George and the Dragon, commissioned by Sten Sture to commemorate the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471, perhaps representing himself as St George and King Christian I of Denmark as the Dragon, and Sweden the maiden Sture was defending.

After a visit to Postmuséet (surely you don’t need a translation?) we headed into the main city again, got some food to feed Billy and Eva and some ice cream for us, and headed back to Tranholmen. Tomorrow we are going to head for some art galleries, and who knows what else in our last full day in Stockholm – on Thursday we head to Rättvig for two days.

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