1.31.2013

Stockholm: Changing of the Guards!

Continuing in my tour of my favorite city on the planet, I wanted to share some photos from the Changing of the Guard that I watched earlier this year! The Changing of the Guard in Stockholm is a tradition that goes back centuries, and still happens today. Every day, in fact, when the Swedish military sends guards to relieve each other's watches of the King's castle. It was cold as all hell, and the crowd was large but I imagine that the summer crowds would be tenfold what they were.  That castle is literally right on the ocean and man, when it's cold out there, IT'S COLD.  Sweden in January is no joke!! But we (Henri and I) toughed it out like true touristy folk. Minus the fanny packs. Sidenote, it's so wonderful that he shares my love of culture and doesn't mind being dragged around by an American to go see the sights and smells and everything wonderful about Sweden.

They presented the flags, marched around the square, played the 'signals' with drums and (trumpet? I don't know horns well, haha) and a speaker gave a little bit of background history on the tradition for the visitors' sake. I loved watching, and I can't wait to go again when it warms up because in the summer months, you can follow the guard as they play music and march to the castle! Check out the Changing of the Guard and if you're in Stockholm, hit me up and we can go be touristy together!


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  1. Amazing. It's always awesome to see something patriotic :) I saluted all the guards when I was on a school trip to our Navy's Museum :)

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    1. I agree! I get so fascinated with things like this. I would have saluted these guards but I have no idea what a proper Swedish military salute looks like!

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  2. That's so cool! It's crazy to think that there are still thinks like this that seem so pointless, yet are so traditional! And what?! You live near the ocean?!

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    1. I knoooow, they are adorable with their customs that go back hundreds of years more than our country's birthday LOL. And yes! Stockholm is an archipelago so there is ocean everywhere :D And my bosses have a summer house in Stockholm that is literally on the ocean. Like, it is pretty much built on a rock on the ocean. I cannot freaking wait to go.

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