Myrorna made our rainy day worth it
Today was our first rainy day in Stockholm. We were all ready this morning to visit Skansen, (the world’s first open-air museum, a 74-acre wonder in downtown Stockholm), when it started to drizzle then suddenly poured. From the living room window we watched the rain propel itself sideways onto the patio with such force it bounced. (There must be a Swedish word for rain that bounces.) It was something to behold.
Living in California the last couple of years has made us blissfully oblivious to the weather. Naturally we have no umbrellas and silly me, I packed Maggie’s raincoat in our air shipment, which hasn’t arrived yet and probably won’t any time soon. The rest of us have brand new Marmot jackets we bought before leaving the US, but even those, I fear, are no match for this weather—our pants and shoes would have gotten soaked.
So the kids popped popcorn and watched Pocahontas (much to the boys chagrin but it kept Maggie happy) while I spent an hour researching boots on the Internet. Frankly I was clueless as to how many options existed for simple hiking boot: ankle, mid-size, Gortex, hydrophobic mesh, molded footbeds with microbe shields, fancy treads and steel toes. They even have videos of shoes on Zappos.com! Click on a shoe and people named April and Jennifer, looking like they just woke up and threw on a t-shirt, will tell you about their footwear. It actually was quite helpful. I placed an order with the realization, of course, that it won’t do me any good now. I’ll have to cope with whatever elements come what may, until our boots arrive at the DPO. At least I know this fall our toesies will be warm and dry.
After a bit the rain let up so we drove to Lidingo’s city center to the only theatre on the island—The Grand. It has two theatres that each seat 21 (yes you read that right, 21 people). Madagascar 3 and Ice Age is playing and although there were plenty of seats the show was dubbed into Swedish—I should’ve guessed. We walked around the nearby city shops, a little despondent, reminiscing about Irvine when we decided to get lunch at a café. The ham and cheese sandwiches we ordered were generously sized, accompanied with a large salad, however, one bite into the sandwich and we all detected something was off. Ham and cheese with sun-dried tomatoes? Don’t get me wrong, I love sun-dried tomatoes, but these large oily chunks were anything but working in this combination.
We ate what we could feeling, at this point, the day was awash, literally, when a friend called, my only friend—my sponsor from the Embassy. She’s obligated to be nice to me but she’s gone way above and beyond the call of duty to assist me from everything from getting fans for our temporary house to enrolling my kids in school. She’s an absolute angel. And since she had a free moment, she wanted to drive us to the local Thrift shop just over the bridge on the edge of the city in a town called Ropsten.
She recommended we check out Myrorna since it is a good place to find lots of odds and ends. She was right! I found the Nordic walking poles I’ve always needed…(ok wanted, but they all use them here when they’re out walking around the trails and it looks cool) and the kids each got a pair of soccer cleats. The trip was educational too since the kids saw a typewriter!
We had to be careful with Maggie in the extensive glassware section (she has a penchant for breaking things) but once we got our loot to our car the day felt like a success! Maggie even got in a nap on the way home while I was lost in the city making wrong turns. (Even better, she wasn’t awake to hear all those things I said while I was driving:) In fact the day turned out so good I’m almost looking forward to the next rainy day…just please, not until my boots get here.