World Wildlife Fund’s Sweden headquarters is in a beautiful palace that they rent from the King of Sweden.
We met Dr. Tom Arnbom at the metro stop and walked through the Ulriksdal Park. Which was named for one of the Princes of Sweden a long time ago, the palaces on the property were bought for Prince Ulrik, which means “wolf”, and kept in the royal family even though the Prince died at only one year old. We learned that Professor English knows a lot about leaves and makes award-winning maple syrup! Part of the Baltic Sea borders the park and in the winter more than 10 miles of it freezes over. The ice is so thick that you can drive a car on it, according to Tom. He also said that people ice skate there, because they can go for such a long time.
The right wing of the palace and another building are rented to World Wildlife Fund. We sat in a large conference room in the other building and spoke with Tom. He was really knowledgeable about all our topics and gave us great information. After his lecture, the groups were able to ask questions about our specific project areas, and gather more information from the WWF’s point of view.
After the presentation, we took tons of pictures, as the backdrop was so beautiful and the sunshine was hard to pass up. In this photo, Kelsey, Jason, Nick, and Tim are in front of the palace, with the Swedish flag at the very top.
When we left WWF, we met up with Paul, a USC Master’s and Ph.D alum who now teaches at the Stockholm University. We found him wearing an Oxford sweatshirt and have decided to send him more USC gear after we get back!
As a group we headed to the Vasa Museum, which is a giant Swedish ship that sunk and was raised and reconstructed. Below is a picture of Reid and Jenny in front of the bow of the Vasa.
We were all shocked at the time and effort that went into raising the ship from the ocean floor and retouching the artwork and carvings that were on board. We had lunch at the museum and got to look out over the water at all the boats while we ate.