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So, as you can probably tell, our social media is a bit behind. I’ve been gone, and Kathy is so busy this time of year that she could hardly keep up! I suppose this is a good problem to have, but let me explain why I’ve been gone. For the past nearly two months, I’ve been in Sweden! About three years ago, I hosted a Swedish exchange student. I missed her so much that I had to stay with her for over a month. The trip itself was amazing, and feels a little like a dream now, but I am glad to be back.  Kathy let me borrow a camera for my trip, so I have some photos to show you!

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So, while I was there, we went to the quarry frequently. Their quarries are different than ours in the way that it’s much more secluded. It’s opposite of the Centennial Quarry. It’s also much taller. Take this photo for example:

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See that yellow dot towards the left? That’s a person! The quarry was so massive, it’s hard to show it all in one photo! My friends and I went cliff diving off of the area on the right, which was about 20 feet! It was one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life!

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Here is my friend’s cat. He’s a Norwegian Barn Cat, who was an absolute sweetie. I had fun taking pictures of him.

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Their nature in Sweden was gorgeous. It hardly got dark. Sunset was around 1:30, but their darkness is more like our dusk. Sunrise is around 3:30. It was hard to sleep in to say the least.

This was taken at around 10:00 in the evening, but it was still very bright outside! The sign says “Östrom” which is old Swedish for “East”. In today’s Swedish language, you would only say “Öst”. Today, “Östrom” means “Eastern Roman Empire”, since “rom” means “Roman”.

 

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Stina’s family has a rose garden. For Midsummer, we picked some and made flower crowns. Midsummer is a very Swedish holiday. It’s similar to how we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time to be around who we care about and eat lots of traditional food! Salmon, meatballs, potatoes, you name it! We also traditionally dance in a circle around a Midsummer’s pole to traditional Swedish music. So, there! That’s why everything has been a little crazy lately, but hopefully I will get caught up soon. Keep checking back as well for more Sweden pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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