After almost 12 weeks of working my ass onboard I finally got the liberty to go ashore. Just in time to celebrate my blog’s reaching the 150k hits. Thank you all for flying by!
My plan is to stay onboard until I’m done with my 6months contract, but my iPod’s charging cable was kaput so I do not have a choice but to go out and buy one.
And then I got lucky with the timing of our vessel’s early morning arrival in the port of Norrköping, Sweden. I only have an hour of break after lunch time so I planned to go out alone and come back as fast as I can. But a couple of my colleagues wants to ashore as well. So we took the bikes and headed to the city without any idea which way to go. And we also need to be back onboard in a couple of hours bcoz our captain and some guys also want to go ashore and use the bicycles.
The normal 7 minutes rides from ship to city almost took us half an hour taking the wrong way.
And finally we reach the city center…
Clas Ohlson is quite famous for us sailors, its like a Lego land for the big boys!
My 50 euros was gone in 60 seconds inside Clas Ohlson.
And just near is the store of Cervera, it’s like heaven for a kitchen lover like me!
Going back I thought I new the fastest route because I was here before. And that was more than 4 years ago! I take the lead but I was going on the wrong direction and we get lost.
I was really worried who will take out the foods that I prepare for our dinner. Its already 4pm and I need to be onboard atleast 30 minutes before our 5pm dinner time.
Silently I was already praying to give us the right direction. And thank God we found it and got onboard just in time for dinner.
Our captain was quite irritated but what can he do, we got lost! Anyway he still manage to go ashore.
All is well that ends well… =)
Photos below are taken more than 4 years ago when I first visited Norrköping. It was already dark and all the shops are closed so I just took some long exposure shots as a memento of my visit.
Norrköping is a city in the province of Östergötland in eastern Sweden and the seat of Norrköping Municipality, Östergötland County.
The city is situated by the mouth of the river Motala ström, at Bråviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. Water power from the Motala ström and the good harbour were factors that facilitated the rapid growth of this once industrial city, known for its textile industry.
It has several nicknames such as: “Sweden’s Manchester”, “Peking” and “Surbullestan” (Surbulle [sour bun] was a local nickname for the textile workers, and stan is short for Staden, which means The City or The Town in Swedish)
Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this post
inspires you to visit Norrköping in your next trip to Sweden.
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