A beautiful story

I was shared this short but very inspiring story today which really gets you thinking.

Goethe once said: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

In order to achieve that you need to give them one essential part of your life: Time!

That story really made me think, do I really give my kids enough quality time? Or am I just there… well here is the story:

SON: â€œDaddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: â€œYeah sure, what is it?”
SON: â€œHow much do you make an hour?”
DAD: â€œThat’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: â€œI just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: â€œIf you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: â€œDaddy, may I please borrow $50?”
The father was furious and said, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day for my money.”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.
The man went to the door of the little boy’s room, and opened the door and asked his son if he was awake and the boy replied that he was.
DAD: â€œI’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling, and said, “Oh, thank you daddy!”
Then, reaching under his pillow the boy pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. As the little boy slowly counted out his money, his father asked, “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”
SON: â€œBecause I didn’t have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I have $100 now; can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

Interesting way to make you think about your priorities in life huh? Like they say, don’t forget the reason you are earning money in the first place. Time is the most precious commodity you have to give to those that are close to you.


5 things to know before you visit Stockholm

1. Fika is life! Fika is often translated as “a coffee and cake break”, which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

At many companies it’s mandatory for all workers, from Malmo to Stockholm, to have a designated time during the day to sit down and do fika.

2. Your Kids will love it! Stockholm is a child-friendly city. There is an abundance of children’s attractions and museums with activities and exhibits, especially for children.

At DjurgĂ„rden, many children’s attractions are very close to one another, making it the perfect starting place for a unforgettable vacation for you and your kids. Here you will find the fairytale world of Junibacken (often Called Pipi Longstocking world) and the amusement park Gröna Lund with plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.

Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and has a unique collection of historical buildings, a children’s zoo with Nordic animals, an aquarium, play areas and an amusement park — an excellent place for visitors to celebrate Midsummer, Easter and other festive occasions.

3. Island hopping is one of the best activities. One of the many ways to experience the Stockholm archipelago is to travel by ferry from island to island. Lapping waves, sunny rock ledges, and unparalleled scenery await you.

Even if you’re just in Stockholm for a few days, taking a day trip into the amazing archipelago that stretches east from the city can be one of the most rewarding parts of your visit.

The Stockholm Archipelago is made up of tens of thousands of idyllic islands. They are definitely worth exploring if you have the time, especially during the warmer months, when there’s endless potential for barbecuing, swimming and overnight stays.

4. Midsummer is the biggest party of the year. In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer.

Originally June 24th. Now Midsummer Eve is celebrated between June 20th-25th. Midsummer in 2020 is on the 20th of June.

Where should you spend Midsummer Eve, my suggestion: Skansen! We bind birch wreaths‚ raises the leafy maypole (midsummer eve at 2 pm)‚ we dance and play games around the maypole‚ enjoy folk music and folk dance. You can also dance both old and new dances on our dance floors far into the bright Swedish summer night.

5. Get on the Subway! Stockholm’s subway system opened in 1950 and currently has 100 stations. It is often called the world’s longest art gallery since 90 of the stations are decorated with art.

The Stations with the most fascinating art:

Red Line:

  • T-Centralen
  • Stadion
  • Tekniska Högskolan
  • Universitetet

Green Line:

  • Hötorget
  • Odenplan (Stockholm Public Library)
  • Thorildsplan
  • Fridhemslplan

Blue Line:

  • Solna Centrum
  • Hallonbergen
  • Radhuset
  • KungstrĂ€dgĂ„rden
  • T-Centralen

The best time to tour the Stockholm subway is outside of peak commuting times. Makes sense right? You want to see the art and take photos of the stations and not have to worry about crowds. Think in between 11 am and 3 pm. Otherwise, weekdays after the evening rush hour and weekends will also have fewer people.

Smoking in Sweden

Smoking in Swedish bars and restaurants has been banned since 2005. A new outdoor smoking ban in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms, has taken effect since July 2019. The new ban, includes e-cigarettes.

According to “Tobaksrökning, daglig” Smoking in Sweden is at a very low prevalence; only 11% of the total Swedish population (8% of men and 10% of women) smoked daily in 2016. Around another 10% smoke occasionally.

According to the new law, the goal is to make the Scandinavian country smoke-free by 2025.

Fishing rules in Sweden

Swedish citizens may fish without a licence in public waters. Foreign citizens may fish without a licence in those waters as long as they use hand gear.

The basic rules of the Right of Public Access always apply: show consideration, don’t disturb, and don’t destroy.

Fishing is prohibited within 100 meters of stationary fishing gear, including fish farms. Fishing with nets, trolling (with or without motor), tip-up fishing and the like are not permitted without a license.

Sport fishing without a licence is allowed in certain private waters along the coasts and in Sweden’s five largest lakes—the VĂ€nern, the VĂ€ttern, the MĂ€laren, the HjĂ€lmaren and the Storsjön (in JĂ€mtland).

The Swedish coastlines, rivers and its largest lakes, such as VĂ€nern and VĂ€ttern, boast excellent salmon and trout fishing. Just as the waters in downtown Stockholm which are teeming with premium salmon and sea trout.

Try your luck 😀

Swedens alcohol policy

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In most Swedish municipalities (Kommuner) it is strictly forbidden to drink any alcohol in public. Getting caught could lead to a fine of 500 SEK (ca. 50 Euro). But in many cases the police confiscates your drink and simply pours it out.

Sweden is pretty strict when it comes to accessing alcohol. One has to be at the legal age of 18 to be allowed drinking any alcohol. Buying beer or wine in a restaurant, pub or night club in Sweden one has to be 18, too; same if you want buy a low percentage beer/cider (<3.5%) in a supermarket.

Shopping at Systembolaget often leads to the cashier requesting to see your ID to verify your age – unless you look older than, say, thirty. The cashiers have to check everyones’ ID if they believe that a customer could possibly be age 20 or lower. So, yes, if you’re older than that and you get asked to show your ID, you may take it as a compliment 😎

Systembolaget is a government owned chain of alcohol stores in Sweden. It is the ONLY retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol. The main motive is to minimize alcohol-related problems by selling alcohol in a responsible way, without any profit motive.

Stockholm Besichtigungstour : Luxus Style


Hallo und Willkommen zu einem weiteren Stockholm Guide Video. Heute gehen wir mit einer Limousine auf Besichtigungstour!

Mats Södergren von V.I.P Limousine nimmt uns mit auf eine ganz besondere Tour.

Unsere Reise fĂŒhrte uns von der Stockholmer Innenstadt zum Nordiska Museet, Schwedens grĂ¶ĂŸtes Museum fĂŒr Kulturgeschichte. Von dort aus gehts zum ABBA Museum, dann auf ein Eis nach Gröna Lund und auf Entdeckungstour in DjurgĂ„rden – die schönste der 14 Inseln in Stockholm.

Ja, Stockholm besteht aus 14 Inseln! Eine Stadt die Dich zum Atmen kommen lÀsst, Ihn dir aber auch zur gleichen Zeit wieder rauben kann =) Eine Stadt aus der Steinzeit, deren Bewohner mit dem Land arbeiten und nicht dagegen!

Jeder Stockholm ReisefĂŒhrer bringt dich irgendwann zum Königspalast (Kungliga Slottet) =) Errichtet 1967 die offizielle Residenz der schwedischen Königsfamilie. Wir sind zufĂ€llig auf eine MilitĂ€rparade gestossen und haben ein paar schöne Erinnerungsbilder gemacht.

Die Königliche Garde bewacht die königliche Familie seit 1523. TatsĂ€chlich sind sie die persönliche, die Kavallerie und Infanterie des Königs. Ich hoffe dir hat dieses Video gefallen! Falls Ja, vergiss bitte nich meinen Kanal zu Abonnieren und mir ein “like” zu schenken =)


Stockholm Sightseeing: Luxury Style

Today we go Sightseeing Luxury Style!
Mats Södergren from V.I.P Limousine is taking us on a very special Sightseeing Tour.
Our journey took us from Central Stockholm to see the Nordiska Museet, Swedens largest Museum of Cultural History.
From there we took if to the ABBA Museum, have some Ice Cream at Grona Lund and discover the beauty of DjurgĂ„rden – The most beautiful of Stockholms 14 Islands
Yes, Stockholm consists of 14 Islands! A City in which you can catch your breath and have it taken away at the same time! A city build during the Stona Age in which its inhabitants work with the land and not against it!
Every Stockholm Guide will lead You to the Royal Palace. Build in 1967 the official residence of the Swedish Royal family.
We happened to crash into a Military Parade and took some nice Memorial Pictures.
The Royal Guards are guarding the Royal family since 1523. In fact they are the Mings very own Cavarly and Infanrty.
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Darf man in Schweden Alkohol trinken?

Schweden ist sehr streng, wenn es um den Zugang zu Alkohol geht. Man muss 18 Jahre alt sein, um Alkohol trinken zu dĂŒrfen. Um in einem Restaurant, Pub oder Nachtclub in Schweden Bier oder Wein zu kaufen, muss man ebenfalls 18 Jahre alt sein. Gleiches gilt, wenn Sie in SupermĂ€rkten nur einen geringen Prozentsatz Bier / Apfelwein (<3,5%) kaufen möchten.

Wenn Sie im Systembolaget (staatliches GeschĂ€ft fĂŒr alkoholische GetrĂ€nke) einkaufen gehen, verlangt die Kassiererin in der Regel einen Blick auf Ihren Personalausweis, um Ihr Alter zu ĂŒberprĂŒfen – es sei denn, Sie sehen Ă€lter aus als beispielsweise dreißig. Die Kassierer mĂŒssen den Personalausweis aller Personen ĂŒberprĂŒfen, wenn sie der Meinung sind, dass ein Kunde möglicherweise 20 Jahre oder jĂŒnger sein könnte. Wenn Sie Ă€lter als 20 sind und aufgefordert werden, Ihren Ausweis vorzuzeigen, können Sie dies als Kompliment betrachten 😉

In den meisten schwedischen Gemeinden ist es verboten, in der Öffentlichkeit Alkohol zu trinken. Wenn Sie dabei erwischt werden, mĂŒssen Sie eine Geldstrafe von 500 SEK (ca. 50 Euro) zahlen. Aber in vielen FĂ€llen beschlagnahmt die Polizei einfach das GetrĂ€nk und schĂŒttet es aus.

Alkohol am Steuer? Wer mehr als 0,2 Promille im Blut hat muss mit saftigen Strafen rechnen. Ab 0,3 Promille wird der FĂŒhrerschein direkt von der Polizei fĂŒr zwei bis zwölf Monate eingezogen.

Stockholm Hotel Guide: Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden

Today I am introducing to you the Grand Hotel Saltjöbaden, located in the beautiful Archipelago, just a 30 minute trainride from downtown Stockholm.

The hotel dates back to the late nineteenth century when the Wallenberg family had the hotel built with the idea of a Swedish Riviera. Since then the hotel has been visited by royalty and movie stars alike, as well as guests enjoying their holidays and attending conferences.

We had the honour to stay in the Frank Sinatra Suite. On 10 May 1953 Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner checked in to this suite, which was later named after the famous musician. A spacious 100 square metres, spread over three floors, with magnificent views of the harbour and the archipelago gave us an unforgettable experience.
The first floor offers generous natural light from the large windows. With both a lounge suite and dining area, it is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. The second floor has a walk-in closet and spacious bathroom with private jacuzzi. The bedroom on the top floor of the suite features a fabulous view of the marina.

The grand Spa at offers you a peaceful experience in a calm environment. You can take a swim in the 15-metre pool, perfect for a workout. After your swim, you can relax in the jacuzzi and you will find a steam and dry sauna.

The restaurant is perfect for summer dining out on the terrace.

In total I would say the Grand Hotel Saltjöbaden is the Top Hotel of the Archipelago and one of the best in Stockholm.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel in Stockholm

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel in Stockholm oder SL, ist fĂŒr Busse, U-Bahnen, NahverkehrszĂŒge, Straßenbahnen und bestimmte FĂ€hren im Großraum Stockholm verantwortlich. Die U-Bahn ist der einfachste Weg, in der Stadt herumzukommen. Tickets können in SL-Centern, an U-Bahn-Kassen, an Zeitungskiosken, per SMS oder ĂŒber die SL-App erworben werden. In Stockholm ist es nicht möglich, Tickets in den Bussen bar zu bezahlen. Wenn man wĂ€hrend einer Kontrolle (welche sehr selten sind) kein gĂŒltiges Ticket vorzeigen kann, wird eine StrafgebĂŒhr von 1200 SEK fĂ€llig. Ein Einzelfahrschein ist 75 Minuten gĂŒltig und kostet 44 SEK (31 SEK, wenn Sie stattdessen eine Prepaid-SL-Karte verwenden). Es ist auch möglich, 24-Stunden-, 72-Stunden- und 30-Tage-Tickets zu kaufen. Ein Elternteil mit einem Kinderwagen kann im Bus kostenlos fahren. 

Die Stockholmer ihre U-Bahn Stationen auch die lÀngste Galerie der Welt. daher mein Tipp eine 24 Stunden Karte kaufen, die U-Bahn Kunst betrachten und mit der FÀhre die Inseln erkunden.