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This optical shop near Sankt Eriksplan which still has an old-timey clock on the front of its building from when it presumably used to be a flower shop.

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Don’t be fooled by the inflatable swimming pool. This is not a photo from West Virginia. It is Tranholmen, an island near Stockholm. The real purpose of this image is to show the immense security measures they have taken — a gate and a row of low bushes — to

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Just like the soda and snack machines we saw earlier which allow you to purchase items by sending a text message to the vending machine, this box in Stockholm’s central subway station (T-Centralen) allows you to buy a magazine the same way. See also: Buy a snack with your phone

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As an amateur picnic planner, fan of Swedish industrial design pioneer Sigvard Bernadotte, and resident of Stockholm, with access to all its classified ad websites, it was only inevitable that one day I would come home with this. (Photo courtesy of the person I bought it from on Blocket) Swedish

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These billboards are now up in the Stockholm subway system, inviting tourists to come back to Egypt and Tunisia. The one for Tunisia advertises that they’re ready to welcome winter-frozen Swedes to their new country. One part reads, “Culture and narture’s beauty are a part of our history, like the

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This is a really old Swedish washing machine that uses metal punch cards. The various cards have different programs coded into them. For instance, the yellow card on the top is for color wash with a normal level of dirtiness. As the cycle advances, the different holes trigger cogs in

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This vending machine – and hundreds like it in the Stockholm area – not only accepts coins and paper bills, but you can also send the machine a text message to buy an item. Text the number on the machine then the code for the item you want to eat.

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Possibly one or the most amazing and hilarious things I’ve ever seen in my life. This 56-year-old dude Miljenko from Chile is such a big fan of Julia Roberts that he got a tattoo of her. Then another one. Then another one. I could go on, but just repeat that

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Huh huh huh huh huh huh huh huh huh.   Okay, it basically just means “the chef’s specials.” The price, 99 kronor, is about $16 USD.

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Thanks to the nice people at nbcsports.com, I was able to watch the Kentucky Derby live and in HD. I tuned in just as thousands of happy people were singing “My Old Kentucky Home” at Churchill Downs. It was just after midnight Stockholm time. Allmthe fun around Derby season is

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It is 7:30 in the evening and it’s still light outside. It’s not “warm” but it’s nice enough to have the windows open and to be laying in bed after a long day at work. I’m sure there will be other days of cold and rain before summer – maybe

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February 28, 2011, marks the 25th anniversary of the day that Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. In a moment that shattered the innocence in Sweden,  Palme was murdered on the sidewalk one night after leaving a movie with his wife. Many days when I go to lunch, I walk

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Almost all the police cars in Stockholm are Volvo or Saab vehicles. Here are a couple Volvo V70 wagons on Götgatan on Stockholm’s Södermalm. Off the right site of the picture is a Volkswagen police van. I guess there aren’t any Swedish auto makers building vans.

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