Last night, Robert and I went to a National Hockey League game here in Stockholm. Although I have only been to two hockey games in my life, it somehow felt like I was back in the US – especially after the National Anthem was played. With my flag displayed next to Sweden’s flag, I felt rather inexplicably patriotic.
The St. Louis Blues played the Detroit Red Wings to a sold-out crowd of more than 13,800 hockey fans who heavily favored the Red Wings – no doubt due to eight Swedes playing for Red versus only two for the Blues. Robert and I had fantastic seats just behind the Blues thanks to our friend Jaakko, so we were in the midst of all their cheering fans. There were a lot of Americans with sports travel groups at the game and thus lots of team chants in English, so I really did feel like I had been transported to a US sporting event. But it was one with Crown Princess Victoria in the crowd.
Incidentally, the Blues won 4-3.