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‘Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour’ – Morgan Matson

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What is this story about?

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Genre: Romance
Pages: 344
Released: May 2010

My rating? 4/5

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‘American Ultra’

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What is this movie about?

A stoner – who is in fact a sleeper government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Duration: 95 min

My rating? 4,5/5

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Stockholm: Sodermalm and Skeppsholmen

With a heavy heart we checked out of our hostel on Tuesday morning, not ready to go back home and have our holiday over.

Luckily the owner of the hostel allowed us to leave our bags at the hotel without paying for it until we had to leave for the airport. This way we didn’t have to try locating the lockers at the central station.

For our last day, we had planned to go sightseeing around Sodermalm. We took the bus to Slussen and then immediately headed to Monteliusvagen, which is –according to a friend of mine who’s been to Stockholm many times- the most beautiful view of Stockholm. It’s a 450 meter long walkway which is a bit higher up sea level. And she was quite right. It’s really breathtakingly beautiful.

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Stockholm: Drottningholm + Skansen + Ice Bar

On the fourth day of my trip to Stockholm the sun was once again accompanying us, so it promised to be another beautiful day.

We headed out early to catch the first boat that left from the City Hall at 9:30 am to Drottningholm.

This boat is an old steamer that takes you from Stockholm city center to Drottningholm in about 50 minutes. There is an outside deck, but you can also sit inside and even have lunch or dinner on the boat on particular hours.  With the Stockholm Card you get a discount of 65SEK, so that leaves 135 SEK to pay for the trip.

We really enjoyed the boat trip, as you could see another, greener, part of Stockholm this way. The only negative thing was that there was a lot of wind on deck (which we didn’t have on the way back) so if you’re taking the boat, make sure you have something to protect you from the wind.

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Stockholm: Cathedral, Royal Palace, Vasa Museet, Nordiska Museet and Gröna Lund

According to the weather forecasts, our third day – Sunday – in Stockholm would be one with the least good weather. Consequently we decided to do most of the inside stuff on that day.

First thing in the morning we headed to the Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan). This cathedral/church is the oldest in Stockholm, build in 1279.  It can be found right next to the Royal Palace. The interior is really stunning and it houses many unique objects. You can for example find the sculpture of ‘George and the Dragon’ which was made in the fifteen century.

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Stockholm: Kaknästornet, Gamla Stan, Opera, historic boat tour

The second day promised to be a very sun filled day, so we were up bright and early to go to the Kaknäs Television Tower. We took a bus from our hotel (number 69) and arrived at the tower after a twenty minute drive.

You enter the tower at the gift shop and buy your ticket to go up at the desk there. The entrance fee (which is basically the elevator fee) is 55 SEK for an adult. Once up, you enter in the bar, where you already have a stunning view, but from there you can still take a flight of stairs to go to the Observation deck where Stockholm suddenly lies at your feet.

We went up in the morning because then the sun is at its best position, and that view was just so beautiful. There also weren’t a lot of people yet as it was only a bit after nine so we could enjoy the view almost on our own. This is a definite must do when you’re in Stockholm in my opinion!

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Stockholm: City Hall and Norrmalm

Our first day in Stockholm started after we were -finally- checked in into our hotel around 3pm. We had gotten quite lost trying to locate the Stockholm Visitor Center (at Sergels Torg) to pick up our Stockholm Card and then gotten lost again trying to find our hotel. Saying that the area around the Central Station is chaotic would be a gross understatement. So if you plan on arriving there, make sure you have a detailed map of the area!

Anyway, after we were all settled, we took the bus (number 50) to the City Hall for a tour of the building itself. In about forty five minutes we were shown the halls of this beautiful 20th century building. In the Blue Hall, the Nobel Price banquet is being held every year, but the most impressive room is definitely the Golden Hall, which is adorned with golden mosaics. The City Hall can only be visited with a guide, but there are plenty of tours available so it’s not really that hard to get into one. The tour costs about 100 SEK, or is free when you got the Stockholm Card.

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