Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Stockholm - day 2 - Chopsticks

I learnt the lesson of not expecting people to know what landmark you are talking about when you are arranging to meet them.

First you need to understand that T-Centralen (Tunnelbana Centralen, the main station) is a big place. In fact, it's two stations - one for the green and red lines, one for the blue line - and the various exits can be several hundred yards apart.

On my first trip into Stockholm from Kista, I didn't know this. Sue asked me to text her what road junction I would meet her on so, as I had come out of the Vasaplan/Vasagatan metro exit, I replied "Meet me by the huge orange crane". I was right next to the central station and it seemed a nicely visible target to aim for. Needless to say, there are a LOT of huge orange cranes in Stockholm city centre. At 35p a text, I was hoping to cut down on the need for communication and I'd already started off badly. Luckily, I finally caught up with my wife before she had walked past too many huge orange cranes so we could look for somewhere to eat.

I had a well-presented meal at the Hong Kong 'Chopsticks' restaurant - Orange Coral Beef. As I hope you can see, a portion of beef is sliced in a grid fashion (but not all the way through) and then cooked so that the end result looks like a lump of coral from the sea bed.

Why they initially gave me chopsticks and not a knife/fork to eat this with I don't know.

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