The Anonymous Widower

Velez Malaga Sends Its Trams To Australia

The BBC World today, was dominated by this story, about how Velez Malaga was sending its trams to Australia, as it can’t afford them.

I do wonder who is footing the bill for all these Spanish practices?

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An Inclined Lift

In one of the stations I passed through on the Stockholm Metro, there was an inclined lift.

An Inclined Lift

An Inclined Lift

Both Crossrail and the London Underground are installing some in the near future.

Hiss incidentally means lift and is easily remembered, if like me, you need the occasional pick-me-up.

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A Walk At Hässelby Strand

After I’d seen the Vasa, I thought it would be nice for another walk. So  I looked on the Stockholm Metro map and found a station called Hässelby Strand.  If Strand means the same as it does in German, then it could be a beach. I’ve just checked and it is.

So I went and explored.

It was a very pleasant place by the water. Sadly, there didn’t seem to be a cafe for a drink.

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The Vasa Museum

One of the reasons, I went to Stockholm was to see the Vasa.

I first heard about the ship in my teens, when it was raised from the floor of Stockholm Harbour. The techniques of raising the ship were also detailed in the Meccano Magazine.

It will be interesting to see how the Vasa compares with the Mary Rose.

I must have spent about three hours wandering around the museum and afterwards I felt a lot better, as the humidity in the museum was about 60% to keep the ship [preserved.

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A Walk And A Taste Of Stockholm

After  checking out the tickets, I went for a walk with lunch thrown in using my Walk and Eat Guide.

The pictures tell the story of the walk.

I actually had lunch in Cafe Rival, which is in the hotel of the same name. Again there was gluten-free bread.  I think, if I go to Stockholm again, I’ll try the Hotel Rival first.

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Buying My Ticket To Copenhagen

The Swedish ticket machines appeared to be very comprehensive, but trying to buy the ticket to Copenhagen was very difficult, so in the end I queued up and bought it from a person, who was very helpful and spoke English better than myself.

Swedish Ticket Machines

Swedish Ticket Machines

My first problem, was that like the touch screens in IKEA at Edmonton, my fingers had the wrong dampness to make them work. But by changing to another machine, I was able to work the system.

Then I found the problem, that turned me towards buying a ticket from a person.  Although, I was using the machine in English, the place names were still in Swedish.  How many of those who speak English as a first language, know how to spell Copenhagen in Swedish.

I’ve always felt that every town or city, should only have one name and those that live there should choose it. That way, we would probably all know the town names that didn’t confuse.

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What’s Wrong With A Large Map?

London, in common with many other cities, puts their city rail network on a large clear map.

Stockholm's Interactive Metro Map

Stockholm’s Interactive Metro Map

Stockholm Metro tries to be different and uses an interactive video map, which admittedly has other functions, but I found very difficult, as the station names were small. The information on the platforms is rudimentary, with no local maps or even a linear map of the line, which most metro systems seem to have.

Information On The Platform

Information On The Platform

But the two things, I found most annoying about the Stockholm Metro, was that all stations are labelled with large T’s and my tourist ticket had to be shown to the ticket office every time I entered the system.

I know the T stands for something like Tunnel-bahn, but most countries seem to use either M, U or as in London’s case, have a symbol recognisable all over the world.

My daily ticket, that I bought from the Tourist Office is being replaced, but it would have been so much better to have an electronic ticket, that most countries seem to have.

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A Good Hotel, But!

I stayed in the Stureplan Hotel in Stockholm.

Hotel Stureplan, Stockholm

Hotel Stureplan, Stockholm

It was a good hotel, for what I paid, and I couldn’t complain about the position, staff or the food, where I even got gluten-free bread for breakfast.

But it had various faults that annoyed me.

The first and one of the most serious was the intermittent wi-fi.  I couldn’t get it in my bedroom unless I connected first in the lobby that was on the way to the lift. Security on wei-fi doesn’t bother me, but this can’t be the most secure, if you have to use your device in the open.

I think the hotel had had a makeover from a designer.  Look at this picture of the shampoo and shower gel.

Shampoo And Shower Gel

Shampoo And Shower Gel

The only way to tell is to read the small writing on the back, which for me, means glasses.  But as I don’t shower in my glasses, I couldn’t tell which was which, when I needed them. Anbd trhen there was the shower controls.

Unfathomable Shower Controls

Unfathomable Shower Controls

it worked well, but which side was the water control and which was the temperature. The only way I worked it out, was by experiment, after giving it a good once over with my glasses. I still haven’t found a hotel shower as good as the digital Aqualiser Quartz, I had in Suffolk.

I think partly, my problem may well be my left hand, which doesn’t work that well and also because I need my glasses to decipher things like this. Surely, all controls should be obvious to someone who is virtually blind!

I wasn’t struck with the shower door, as water leaked underneath and made the floor slippery.

A Useless Shower Door

A Useless Shower Door

My balance is good for someone, who had a bad stroke, but I know quite a few people, who would have found the floor dangerous.

But it was the little touches that I didn’t like. The hotel seemed to have quite a few steps like this.

A Tricky Step

A Tricky Step

If my house can be designed with totally flat floors, surely a good hotel can. Luckily, I didn’t trip up badly.

I also didn’t like the tissues.

A Silly Box Of Tissues

A Silly Box Of Tissues

With my rhinitis, it was just one good blow and they were in the bin. Not very green!

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