What’s up in Uppsala

The first two days that we were in Sweden we spent in Uppsala, a small college town a few hours north of Stockholm. Here are a few of our adventures.

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Top ten surprises from Sweden

Dinner with the gang: pan roasted chicken, roasted sweet corn, broccoli, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh bread, fried onions and garlic, local Swedish beer. Yeah we are pretty awesome.

  1. People looked like ME! I was starting to feel comfortable with the fact that everything about Europe was different from me, including how people look. My first day in Sweden I was tempted to point at people and tell my friends “LOOK there’a another one,” every time someone walked past.
  2. Northern Minnesota and the Swedish country side could be twins.
  3. When we got to the airport we had to walk for like 3 min on the tarmac at night. Don’t believe Ryanair when they tell you the airport is in Stockholm.
  4. People kept expecting me to speak Swedish. I don’t, but I realized what it must be like for the people in our group with mediterranean blood who always get mistaken for spaniards.
  5. Halloween partying in Uppsala. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was surprised and had a FABULOUS time dancing the night away in a college town.
  6. 4:30 PM. That is when it got dark in Sweden. It was the closest I have ever been to the arctic circle and you could tell by the way the light changed.
  7. Diego. My uncle Dave’s friend who I had lunch with in Stockholm. He is a Spanish expat and we had an amazing meal and shocked all the swedes by talking loudly in Spanish.
  8. The food. There is not a lot in my diet back home that closely resembles Mallorcan food, the opposite was true in Sweden. Oh and the food was delicious too.
  9. “Family” Dinner. All of my friends and I made a giant dinner together one night. One of my friends even fried onions in butter for the first time in her life.
  10. Sweden. I never expected to see Sweden while I was here. It was beautiful, welcoming, and I LOVED it.

Monday Morning Sunset: Sweden

Sometimes sundays aren’t sunny, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful.

This series of photos was taken on a boat tour in Sweden. The rain was moving in around 4 and the sun was set to set at around 4:20. The contrast of lights and darks was doing amazing things to the city skyline and the the contrasting blue colors.

Monday Morning Sunset: Stockholm, Sweden

I spent the last five days in Sweden. Three of those days were in Stockholm, two more in Uppsala, and I have lots of things to share with you. But before I say anything else it is Monday and there was one really amazing sunset in Stockhom.

As I sat writing postcards to friends and family back home, this was my view. Nice enough, but then the sun began to set (at 4:15 pm!) and the view became spectacular.