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August 6 Denmark Copenhagen / Inger Pokel@(225j)

Canal of Nytorv

Go sightseeing in Copenhagen.
I used Hop-on, Hop-off 2-storied tour bus to know the outline. In the bus, each seat has a headphone. And we choose our language by turning the control dial in front of us. It is very convenient and tourist-oriented, I think.

It visit the statue of Little Mermaid, the first stock exchange building, canal of Nytorv, Rosenborg Castle, and etc.

After a round by bus, I got off and walked on the course to see places I got interested more.

Copenhagen is also a very beautiful city. there are still a lot of houses and buildings which were build in the 17th and the 18th century. New built buildings follow them by the height and the shape.   
And then I visited Erotica Museum (65 kr). Very nice, too. I recommend you to visit there.
Then go to watch a football match in the stadium and Tivoli Park.

August 7 Sweden / Lingongarden B&B (225SEK)

on Route 23

I came to Sweden through the new bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo(125kr for a motorbike, 330kr for a car).
It is maybe 20km long. For the first 5km, the road go underground, and after that it runs on Baltic sea..
I came to Scandinavia at last.
I went up to the north slowly. The wind is very strong today and my motorbike got unstable. I had to concentrate to ride.

In Sweden, main roads are very wide. But branch roads are often unpaved. It is lucky for me. I could enjoy off-road on ordinary roads.
I got a map and accommodation lists at the tourist information office near the border. And I knew that there are B&Bs in Sweden, not only Britain and Ireland. I checked the B&B list and headed for one near Vaxjo. 

August 8 Sweden / Lingongarden B&B (225SEK)
The girl (guest) and the owner
B&B is behind them

I enjoyed forests and dirt roads of south Sweden.
As my motorbike is for off-road, I am happy when I have unpaved roads.
And there are plenty of forests everywhere. I am so moved to this wonderful nature.
The land in Sweden is much different from that in the other western European countries.
I think fairies live in the Swedish forests, definitely.

August 9 Sweden  Katrineholm / Camping (60SEK)
When I left the B&B, the landlady told me, "if you are visiting Lithuania, I will tell about it to a friend of mine who lives there. You can stay there". It was very kind of her.h
The B&B was very cosy and I felt at home. It is managed by a woman who used to own some companies. It is not businesslike at all and we stay at there "living space". The place is very quiet and peaceful. 5 dogs and a cat are cute.
I ran 330km without stopping on the way. Setting a route on GPS, and it takes me the destination half-automatically. I wanted take some dirt roads and I didn't. it would have eaten much more time. Today I ran only on main roads. Even so, I saw a lot of beautiful lakes and woods on both side of the roads and I couldnft help slowing down and being fascinated by the natural wonderful art.  

August 10 Sweden  Stockholm / Backpackers inn (100SEK)
Night view in Stockholm
I came to Stockholm after about 150km run. I tried to stay at a backpackers hostel. But the first two hostels are both fully booked. I got a bed at the third. The hostel is originally school and my room must be for social study classes. There are some large map hung from the ceiling. It is an appropriate room for international backpackers!

After check-in, I went out to the city. I looked for an internet cafe. I walked for more than 3 hours but I couldn't find it, though normal cafes are too many. I could find it easily in most large cities but Stockholm was exception. I will to the tourist office tomorrow and ask about it.  

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