In previous post I told you about our family vacation and my claustrophobic adventures at the overnight ferry which we took from Helsinki to Stockholm (Sweden). Luckily this was just one aspect of that trip and on the flipside of this horror the rest of the trip was actually really nice. When we came to Stockholm at the morning and after breakfast we headed straight to Djurgården which is a beautiful small island at the center of the city. We had planned this advance since we knew that we only had about 5 hours in Stockholm and it takes a bit more effort with the kids. There is of course a lot to do in Djurgården and one could explore it for hours, but we had decided to go to this big aquarium (Aquaria Vattenmuseum) because we thought it would most fitting for as all and even Meri (11 months) might enjoy the colorful fishes there. I have to say that it was way better than what I had expected and I everyone of us were enjoying the underwater sceneries (gliding rays and jellyfishes were the best). Originally I had thought about going to the Vasa Museum which displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged (the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628). And in theory we could have checked both places as they were very close to each other, but with kids it's different and in the end we decided we should leave the Vasa Museum for the next time.
Being on trip, even as short as this was, is a great way to supercharge your inspiration. When one leaves his everyday surroundings behind there is a lot more to photograph, as I'm sure you already know. Personally I found this trip to be something that gives more meaning to photographic endeavors. It was Aura's first trip to other country and I felt that something worth photographing actually happens. When buried in every day routines in home I don't usually see the slow change that is happening all the time, but with short trips like these, there's a better opportunity to seize in the moment and create memorable photographs. We should definitely do more this kind of stuff as a family.
For me the best part of this trip actually happened at home few days later. Aura hadn't spoken anything about it since we came home, but suddenly after couple days of being silent about it she said at a breakfast table that 'Sweden was not bad and maybe we could go there again in some day'. From that I knew that it had been a successful trip for all of us.