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Stockholm airport Arlanda shopping: This is the way to the gates and lounge right after security at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. For years, the exit has been blocked by luggage carts.

Arlanda shopping trick—offensive

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Like shopping? Like to be forced into shopping? Ever feel like boycotting a store because of the arrogant manner shown towards its customers? Arlanda…

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Claes is kind. Claes is gone.

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Bob Arno writes about his brother. Bambi interrupts. Over the years I have written about my mentors, my old friends who have had a…

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Romanian beggars

Romanian beggars

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I recently wrote about beggars on the streets of Stockholm. I observed that an abundance of beggars are now stationed in the streets, and…

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Fresh Swedish potatoes

Fresh Swedish potatoes

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In Stockholm, it’s that time of year. Fresh, delicious, Swedish potatoes. Get them in the neighborhood grocery stores, dirt and all. I’ve never seen…

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Beggars in Stockholm; organized crime, organized begging

Beggars in Stockholm

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Beggars in Stockholm—everywhere! Just a few years ago, one never saw beggars in Stockholm. Today, one never sees Swedish beggars, but beggars from Romania…

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Ghost pickpocket or white-dressed beggar?

“Ghost pickpockets” – or white-dressed beggars?

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Are they just white-dressed beggars? White-painted, white-draped “ghosts” are picking pockets in Stockholm’s most beautiful district, the national paper blared. Police are quoted: “The…

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Kajsas fish soup

Kajsas fish soup, Stockholm

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Kajsas fish soup I dream of Kajsas’ fish soup! Since I started visiting Kajsas Fiskbistron (fish bistro) in the 90s, I always order only…

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Airport teargas box

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Arlanda airport, Stockholm—When I first saw this box from a distance, I took it to be some sort of dispenser. As in, get your…

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A Stockholm garden

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Every frequent traveler has a personal list of what he misses about home. The list varies depending on the type and length of travel….

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purse theft in stockholm

Street crime in Stockholm

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Beware, pickpockets are working here. That’s the first thing an international visitor sees when entering Sweden at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Face level signs are…

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Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

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I want to wail even in Sweden, because the country has long been perceived as enjoying a relatively low crime rate. And it did….

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fake police

Fake police, aka Pseudo-Cops

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In Bangkok, seemingly corrupt police are extorting large sums from foreign visitors. In South Africa, pseudo-cops are stopping drivers and pedestrians, requesting wallets in…

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Bob Arno in Swedish press

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Way back on July 7, 2008, I wrote that the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet interviewed Bob Arno, and I promised a link when available. The…

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How to cut down a tree

How to cut down a tree; Requiem for a tree

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t was a mesquite, 35 or so feet tall, graceful in an awkward way. Craving light, the poor thing crooked its trunk this way…

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Midnight sun in Stockholm

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A family visit to Stockholm turned into a media circus. How did they know we were in town? First was an interview for an…

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Bob Arno’s path to pickpocketing

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At the fork in the road I went left. I can thank the Parsis for my passion for photojournalism. Another man might have turned…

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Wanna be a pickpocket ?

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Bob gets fan mail, especially from teenage boys who want to do what he does. We used to get a slew of them every…

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