A sunny day in Stockholm ended with a long sunset; lengthened by walking up a hill near the hostel to see the sun above the city centre buildings.
So the last night ended similarly to the beginning in Bergen.
In the morning, as I walked to the bus for my return flight, May blossom drew crowds of Saturday morning strollers.
I got lost once more before finding the bus station.
The sun was still shining.
My flight was from Stockholm Skavsta airport, 100km to the south. I saw lots of nice open countryside on the journey.
From the flight I saw a long bridge. I researched it afterwards, and discovered it was the Øresund Bridge; linking Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark; the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.
My first cultural introduction to Sweden was probably Abba winning Eurovision in 1974, when I was nine years old.
Now, I left Sweden flying westward with the sun, somewhat like an eagle; the subject of my favourite Abba song.
That week, Agnetha Fältskog of Abba released her comeback album ‘A’. It was successful.
The End of the On The Road
It was the end of my 25th anniversary tour, that had begun in Brittany, September 2012. One year ago now.
This month I am due to turn 48, a year older than Jack Kerouac‘s final age.
But fifteen years younger than Agnetha.
Here’s some photos from my last day in Stockholm: