Stockholm

I went to book seats to Australia earlier this week and discovered that it was impossible without all of the passport details for the family. However, much to our dismay we discovered only a few weeks ago that all the kids Swedish passports have expired and also Isak’s Australian passport. The Swedish ones were no problem and they are already waiting at the police station for us to pick them up. But we need Isak’s Australian passport before we can book and getting an Australian passport in Sweden is less than straightforward.

So we dutifully filled in the forms and today Maria and I drove to the Australian Embassy in Stockholm to deliver them along with all the original documentation that is required. Needless to say there was one thing missing, which we sent in the post after we arrived home this evening. But it will still be a few weeks before we get the passport back again and can do the bookings. All a bit stressful, as we see our departure date looming ever closer without tickets in hand.

In the five years we have been in Sweden we have hardly been in Stockholm at all. The last time for me was November 2009 when I attended a Mercy Ships presentation at an Alcon eye nurse conference. The time before that was when we went to the Australian Embassy to renew Hanna and Samuel’s passports. That was over two years ago, yet the girl in the Embassy today recognised us. Either she has a very good memory or there are not many Australian families in Sweden who renew their passports at the Embassy.

Stockholm is lovely in summer. The streets were crowded today and flags were flying everywhere. It is Victoria the crown princess’s birthday today. She was probably not in town, but there were marching bands on the streets anyway. There were lots of tourists. We had lunch at Rosendal trädgårds cafe and went for a stroll around Rosendal slott afterward, before driving back to Örebro this afternoon.

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