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Jun 25, 2014 - More Time in Sweden

I leave to go back to the USA tomorrow morning and don't have time to write, but there are so many things that have happened the last few days. Let me share some of the highlights and I'll add some pictures later. 1. Joel and I took a bike ride around the city. He wanted me to see this great view of the city from top of this new mall. The mall was closed. Mid-Summer Day. So, we rode the bikes up the car ramps to the top of the parking garage. Ha. We're lucky we didn't get run over, but it was fun. More fun riding down. Saw some pretty...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Sweden--Day 2

Today was a bit more relaxed. I got up pretty late and went upstairs to have breakfast with Joel, Sarah, and their kids. (I'm sleeping in the basement at their house.) Joel asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride. Sounded like fun. We took a long slow ride around Malmo. First, we found this little market/fair that he didn't know was going on. We walked our bikes through it, stopped to eat a little chocolate sugar cream thing I don't really know how to describe. I guess some kind of traditional Swedish dessert. Rode through the park to a...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Sweden--Mid-Summer Eve

Today was a big Swedish holiday--Mid-Summer's Eve. It is the evening before the longest day of the year. Apparently, the festival stretches back to the pre-Christian days in Sweden. It is fertility celebration--good crops, children, all of that. Joel and Sarah had planned to have friends over to their house to celebrate, but Sarah was pretty tired from the illness yesterday and one of their friends agreed to host the party instead. There were four families, plus me. Lots of children. And lots of food. As near as I can tell, the celebration...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 19, 2014 - Travel to Sweden

We got up crazy early to catch a cab back to Hungary. Surprisingly, Romanian cabbies work for cheap. Joel and I both fell asleep on the 4 hour taxi ride back to Budapest. Crossing the border by car between Hungary and Romania is about the most cumbersome border crossing I've had in Europe. They seem used to seeing Europeans drive back and forth from Hungary to Romania, but an American...well, that's a different story. Both ways, they have taken my passport and headed off to some hidden office. They seemed less concerned about me leaving...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Rock On Tommy!

We missed the car park attendant last night as we went for a walk. He wasn't about anywhere this morning & we couldn't find anyone to pay so we have up & moved on. It was another hot, sunny day so back in shorts again. We drove on in a South Westerly direction across Sweden towards the West coast. Trying to decide whether to go back to Denmark on the ferry from Helsingborg or via the bridge again at Malmo. We stopped for lunch beside a massive lake at Granna, apparently famous for it's pink & white striped rock, the eating kind. It was...

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May 19, 2013 - Day 11 - Recovery (phew)

It's a late start to the day - later than normal as we've had a very big night last night and didn't get to bed until after 3am. We're slowly getting ready but Rog has the tv on and (Swedish) SVT (or was it Norwegian NRK?) has the replay of the grand final on, and there are people at home watching the SBS show who are about two songs ahead of us which we (well, I) can't help commenting on. This means that we don't get out of the room until after 2, but that's ok. We're still tired, and our feet are still very sore after the big night of...

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May 18, 2013 - Day 10 - Grand Final is here!

After a late night after the rehearsal we have a sleep in - it's becoming a bit of a nice habit I have to say. Not much going on during the day that's noteworthy although we do go to an "modern" art gallery that has about two rooms upstairs full of crappy self indulgent shite including an installation showing stars with the voice over "people out there are still painting ... why?" repeating over and over again and a large print out of a random page of a book - so artistic. But we know that we have to get back to the Arena as early as...

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May 17, 2013 - Grand Final Jury Rehearsal

Another big day in a fantastic town. We have to be up early.. well early'ish. We need to be at the SBS meet'n'greet at 10.30. It's only about a 20 minute walk (if that) and the show is already under way. The producer gets up and gives a speech, and then follows with Julia and Sam. Whilst we don't actually get to talk to Sam and Julia (as people flock believing sam and Julia to be number A1 celebrities), we do talk to, we want to say Ralph, but I'm sure that's not his name, who is a camera guy (and the guy in the why Australians love...

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May 16, 2013 - Semi Final 2

Today was a big walking day. We decided to go to see the Ribersborgs kallbadhus. The weather is so sunny and everything is so green. We walk around the back part of Stottsparken which backs onto the Kungsparken area, before taking a few back streets of the real Malmö to get to Ribergsborgparken. This is a huge park that goes for some ways and there's a major walking/cycling track running from one end to the other. There's even a park for dogs to be allowed off leash which is somewhat big with some mini hills for pets to run...

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May 15, 2013 - Day 7 - Jury rehearsal Semi Final 2

Hello dear reader and welcome back to yet another day in Eurovision paradise. Today is a quiet day for us. We plan to post a parcel back (which in the end didn't happen) and have a general walk around the city but around 11 a word came from the tourist bureau that a pop up event was about to happen a block away from us so in case it does turn out to be Lolo (Loreen - you'll understand if you watch semi final 1) we should really turn up and see but really, we were about a metre from her twice on Monday and Tuesday nights so I doubt I'm going...

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May 14, 2013 - Day 6 - Semi Final 1

A bit of a quieter day to day, knowing what it is coming up. We need to get to the Arena earlier than the previous night as there'll be more fans coming tonight. Firstly, I don't think I posted up a couple of photos from day 5's activities. Like, the official water flavour of Eurovision - rhubarb and elderflower. What a combination and doesn't taste all that bad, though I'm not sure that I'd go seeking it out again. Yesterday, whilst we missed San Marino, they were handing out promo postcards, which we assume Valentina herself has signed...

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May 14, 2013 - Day 5 - Jury Rehearsal SF1

We did manage a sleep in today after not getting home before 1 last night. A late night for us since we're usually in bed by 10pm! A leisurely breakfast is in order and of course we keep seeing the Hungarian and Montenegrin delegations having breakfast. I need to find out during our stay here what they actually have to eat for breakfast. You know, hard hitting stuff. Do you think they'd mind if I snuck up behind them with a camera and took pictures of their food? Or is that just stepping over that fine line ever so lightly? Anyways, it's...

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