|Artwork in SFO|
To combat jet lag, I knew I couldn't go to sleep, even though I really wanted to. So I decided to visit Skansen today. A friend of many of my friends, Elisabeth, whom I've not yet met, left a transportation pass for me at my hotel, with a lot of maps. I figured out what tram to take, and made it to Skansen.
"Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south, with a real sense of the past all around in the historical buildings and dwellings, peopled by characters in period dress." They even have native Swedish wildlife in a "zoo" and there were Great Gray Owl's in the aviary.
When I walked the corner around the aviary and spotted the first Great Gray, I was amazed at it's beauty. I have waited for 17 years to see one, since my first Avian Sciences class at UC Davis where I was assigned the owl for a report. Even though it was a captive bird, I am so excited to see not one, but two, Great Grays on my first day in Sweden. I stayed for the 12:30 feeding of the Great Grays. You actually get to stand in the aviary with the birds!
The zookeeper even left the mice on the rail right in front of us to have the owls come right up close. I was standing about 4 feet away from one of the owls! I will never forget this experience. After the owl feeding, I wandered around and took some pictures of the wild birds in the park, then had some lunch and shopped at the Christmas market. By this point, even in all of my layers, I was beginning to freeze. I left and took the tram back to the center of Stockholm. I got a little lost on the way back to the hotel (there are some streets that are above others... I walked in circles, but found my way back).
|Christmas Market at Skansen|
|Cold day at Skansen|
|Glassblowing Studio at Skansen|