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Jun 23, 2013 - Feeling better

Yay! Eric is feeling better today. Yesterday we had decided that if he was better we would spend all day at the beach but looking out the window we came to the conclusion that it wasn't " spend all day at the beach" weather. So what to do? As I saw it we had two options, 1 stay home and do some much needed cleaning or 2 go to the mall and do some shopping. Guess what we chose? Well it wasn't the cleaning....:) No, cleaning will have to wait until another day. We went shopping! Both Patric and Julia found two really nice outfits that I...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Midsummer day

After having a really fun day yesterday we had planned on continuing the fun at the local swimming spot in Saltarö, a community not far from Kopparmora. Unfortunately I woke up at 6 am by the sound of Eric being sick. The poor little guy didn't make it to the bathroom in time and vomited all over the floor. So the greater part of the day was spent with him on the couch while Patric and Julia played outside. Late in the afternoon Eric was feeling well enough for me to leave him for a while and The other kiddos and I went for a short swim....

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Jun 21, 2013 - Our vacation starts with Swedish midsummer

Our first real day of our summer vacation started with the Swedish holiday of midsummer. We were lucky that the weather was nice and sunny since the whole celebration is held outside. We spent the holiday in Kopparmora. Kopparmora is a little community in Stockholm's archipelago. The area offers both forestry and wonderful spots for swimming and other water activities. On this particular day we went to a meadow where all the festivities were to take place. A midsummer pole decorated with birch leaves was raised and both grown-ups and...

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May 21, 2013 - high finance

Although Stockholm is a seaport, the sail in through an archipelago dotted with islands took five hours. It is hard to count exactly how many islands are in this area, because new ones are forever popping up. Sweden was pressed down hard by thick layers of glacial ice and now that they are gone, the land is gradually springing back up 3 mm/year. We also heard about this phenomenon in Alaska. It was a beautiful sail; many of the islands have summer home sites, some quite large. For the most part these islands have no utility services, but...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Stockholm.

Friday, 11 January. Jag har sedan flera år haft principen att tillbringa så lite tid som möjligt på Arlanda. Ska man äta eller dricka så gör man det bättre och billigare i Stockholm. I ett misslyckat försök att hitta en förvaringsbox både på stationen och på den intilliggande bussterminalen, så fick jag släpa med mig mitt bagage ut på baksidan och ut på Kungsgatan. Återigen en skräckfylld vandring på snöiga och isiga trottoarer till Kebab House på Vasagatan, som enligt min mening har den absolut bästa kebaben. Därefter gick jag vidare till...

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Sep 30, 2012 - Archipelago Excursion

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Just outside of Stockholm are a series of islands making up the Stockholm Archipelago. People who have both the time and inclination can explore the idyllic islands, discover Viking gravesites, wander through quaint fishing villages and admire sturdy former palaces. Ask a local how many islands comprise the archipelago and you will get answers anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 but realistically, there are probably about 24,000 islands that provide a buffer from the open waters of the Baltic Sea. It’s understandable that...

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Sep 30, 2012 - Ice Bar Stockholm

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The world’s first permanent IceBar was established in Stockholm on the premises of the Nordic Sea Hotel. The temperature is kept at a consistent -5 C all year long. The ice is harvested from the Torne River in northern Sweden, well above the Arctic Circle, at Jukkasjärvi, Lapland. Each year since 1990, the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi has erected an ice building that can accommodate 100 guests. The hotel also features a reception area, a bar, a main hall and a church, and it remains open from December to April. The...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Gamla Stan

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The original capital of Sweden was located at Sigtuna northwest of present-day Stockholm. A massive fire destroyed Sigtuna in 1187, and the decision was taken to rebuild at a different location. As the story goes, the city leaders put all their funds into a hollow log and set it adrift, vowing to begin again where ever the log was washed ashore. By 1250 a trade treaty was signed with the Hanseatic port of Lübeck and the city flourished at its new location. The grand Tre Kronor (three crowns) castle was constructed at the...

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Sep 20, 2012 - Stockholm

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Stockholm is spread across 14 islands connected by at least 57 bridges, but it’s surprisingly walkable. The city is compact, with distinctive neighbourhoods and the old town, called Gamla Stan, is its beating heart. The streets of the historic centre are razor thin in places, paved with ancient cobblestones and lined with shops of every description. If it’s modern your after, the modern Stockholm is only a short bridge away. The latest fashions, in clothing, accessories and automobiles, can be enjoyed by curious...

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Aug 11, 2012 - Down on the Farm

August 11 Down on the Farm Today was a travel day - about 4 1/1 - 5 hours from the summer house to Stockholm. But first we had to finish packing and cleaning and help Uncles Pelle and Hugo put the boat to bed for the winter. The first part of this was a surprise - a wasp nest in the boat house! Uncle Pelle got rid of it and then gathered some cousins to help lift the boat. Mia, Thomas, Grammar and I made this into an Olympic event by moving chairs down onto the lawn for ourselves and by cheering and clapping wildly. Grammar, Mia and I then...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Stockholm, Sweden

It is known that a castle and a church were built here in the 13th century. The church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the Patron Saint of shipping and is referred to today as the Great Church. In the 18th century, Stockholm attracted many scientists and scholars. It became a cultural, musical, and dramatic capital. During the last 100 years of Stockholm's history, the city has become industrialized and the government has changed from a monarchy to a full parliamentary democracy. Stockholm is built on fourteen small islands. Modern Stockholm...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Stockholm

July 30 - Stockholm We are now settled inTeslin and Hugo's lovely spare room. And Grammar's luggage did arrive today-- hurray. This is quite a relief for her when she starts to think of all the things she carefully packed for this BIG trip. To bad Grammar does not travel as lightly as I do. We all went to the beach today and made sandcastles and some of us (not Grammar the chicken) went swimming. It was lots of fun. Grammar has just figured out how to add photos. She does not know whether they will show up in the blog---they still don't???!!!!

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