Over the weekend while we were eating breakfast. Okay brunch, but anyway my husband saw in the newspaper that the city of Stockholm would be handing out gifts to anyone riding their bicycle on Wednesday (today) at specific locations, one of which was on my current route. Presents? I love presents! As you can imagine I was one of those cyclists this morning. I figured it being a free gift, being handed out to nearly fifty thousand people, it would probably not be a handmade, ceramic coffee mug or hand knit scarf, but how fun to be appreciated for doing something I love. I road down to the spot, which was actually directly on the cycling path, and folks were standing on both sides of the path saying, "Tack för att du cycklar," as they handed out goodie bags. The phrase means "thank you for riding your bike."
You are welcome Stockholm. What a cool city I live in. I mean in the winter it is literally "cool" to put it mildly and in the summer it is just plain awesome to live here. When the sun is shining and it is warm out it is such a glorious place to be. You see nearly everyone out and about, enjoying the sun, having picnics in the parks, riding their bicycles or just sitting with their faces directed toward the shining sun. It's lovely. This time of year it seems pretty easy to be happy and positive all of the time. But it's not for free. As my husband says, "You have to earn your summers here." Right now, that feels okay but I'll get back to you on that next winter.
My free gift... a cycling map for Stockholm, coupons for discounts on cycling accessories, a cycling magazine and a cool, microfiber towel in a pouch that you can carry with you. Not bad.
Gamla Stan, the old town, has a specialty bike shop and they were there to help with your bicycle if you needed it. I love the old truck.