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Var Svensk Aventyr [Mar. 8th, 2006|01:27 pm]
My Study Abroad Adventure


"Var Svensk Aventyr". That means "Our Swedish Adventure"...or, rather, it kind of does...In order to really make it be accurate, you'd have to know how to make umlauts on the computer and stuff. And I am just not that adept.

Anyway, do you want to

...I thought so.

Well. Nancy and I went to Vaxjo, Sweden (pronounced Vequa) to visit Tim Baumann. He's just that cool. We left Thursday night, and slept in the Stansted airport, and then flew to Malmo, and then took a train to Vaxjo. Then tim picked us up, yay! We got to sleep at the University, on the floor of one of the other international student's flat. This is me and Nancy and Dana, the girl who's flat we invaded:

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She was really cool.

The night we got there, we went grocery shopping, and went out for pizza, and watched some Swedish television. Then we went back into town to see a Norwegian rock band that was supposed to be playing at this club...but the band never showed up. It was okay, though, because we had managed to duck the cover charge, so we didn't really lose anything.

The next morning we got up and ate our traditional Swedish breakfast:

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Okay, maybe not traditional, but all the labels were in Swedish!

Then we walked to town. It was a 45 minute walk! Yay excersize... On the way there, we took a little detour out onto the lake, because Nancy had never walked on a frozen lake before.

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We explored town for a while - we went to the Glass blowing musuem and the Smalands museum (which is like the Swedish version of the Minnesota History Center for the region of Sweden we were in). Then it was time to go to Tim's host dad's house for a traditional Swedish smorgas.

We followed Tim to his house...an hour walk in the other direction from town...

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And saw lots of cute little Swedish farms along the way.

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When we got to his house, we were served pretty much the most amazing meal of my entire life. There were Swedish meatballs and two kinds of potatoes, one with herring in and one without, and this cured Salmon thing that was like Swedish sushi, and beet salad, and really good bread, and probably other things that I'm forgetting. Then after we had cleaned up a little Dennis, Tim's host dad, gave us each a small glass of Cuban rum. It was all wonderful!

Then it was back to the flat for a movie...luckily we got a ride back, because I don't think I would've been able to walk that far with all of that food inside of me.

Sunday was our last day in Vaxjo. We went to Mass in the morning - all in Swedish, which was interesting. Then we visited Domekirken, which is the Lutheran cathedral in Vaxjo.

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It was really neat. Inside, they had a tree of life made all out of glass. Nancy and I each bought a candle to light and put in the tree because it was sooooo pretty.

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After Domekirken, it was time to go back to campus and get our stuff. We walked back and packed up, but we ended up missing the bus back to town by about 30 seconds. ACK! So we gave the heavy stuff to Tim and ran back into town...we made it to the train station with 2 minutes to spare. Here, Nancy demonstrates our jubilation at not having to buy a new train ticket back to Malmo:

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And that was Sweden. I liked it a lot. You should all go sometime.

Now, I have to go clean my room and do my laundry....because my mom will be here in 24 hours!

From: ladybugkatie
2006-03-08 05:16 pm (UTC)
You said "after we cleaned up a little Dennis,"

I got all excited cause I was thinking 'little Dennis' as in little kid. And you know me and little kids.

But then I read it again and saw you meant "little, Dennis" not "little Dennis."

Then I was sad.
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[User Picture]From: yayktk
2006-03-08 05:20 pm (UTC)
i'm just wondering...why would we have cleaned up a little dennis?
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From: ladybugkatie
2006-03-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
Because he was messy after eating? Like little kids with cake.

You generally have to clean up little kids after they eat messy Swedish food. Duh.
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[User Picture]From: christinetastic
2006-03-08 10:18 pm (UTC)
3 days and Ill be in Sweden!! Seeing your pictures makes me so excited!!!
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