I'm sure Stockholm is a fine place and worthy of a more fulsome report. It's not
getting one as all we did there was queue up at travel agents and ticket
offices. We got to know the main railway station and bus station layout pretty
There was no chance of an a flight home today or tomorrow. Useful internet
cafes at the stations helped there.
If you ask why not use the Blackberry? We did try:
- DNS seemed broken on the first few times the phone registered with the
network - "it got better".
- The Ryanair web
site uses frames - the Blackberry browser doesn't support frames.
- We know HTML</b>! Hack to main Ryanair page. The Blackberry browser
- Curse the Blackberry as YetAnotherProductThatsNotQuiteThereYet
So - no plane. All flights full, unless we wanted to pay full wack of around
An agent suggested a route home via Berlin using trains, a ferry and a
flight. We rejected that offer after a few moments of disbelief.
We went with the next option: cross Sweden using the
X2000 train to Malmo; get the "bridge" train to Copenhagen, cross Denmark to
Esbjerg, then ferry to Harwich. We should be home on time!
With the plan in place we didn't have the time (nor, bluntly, the
inclination) to took around Stockholm. We took the next high speed train (15:20)
to Malmo (19:45).
We had a "quiet" carriage, inferring mobile phones were verboten. We
joined 3 other sleepy travellers and a family of yelling kids. The kids were
eventually gagged, and we had some sleep. I was most impressed by the train -
the ride was very quiet. The tilting action was excellent - you could see the
tilting but couldn't feel a thing.
The connection from Malmo (20:04) to Copenhagen (20:39) took us over the new
Øresund bridge, that
runs between Denmark and Sweden. (I wish we had a few more spectacular pieces
of infrastructure like this back home!)