Sweden, continued

The final days of our trip were spent on the island of Lokholmen, which was about a two-hour ferry ride outside of Stockholm.  This was a very neat experience for us!  The island was a fairly secluded spot and we absolutely loved the rustic, adventurous experience.  Our friends planned a really fun evening for us – a crayfish party!  (Check this out to get an idea of what we were going for: https://www.thelocal.se/20140807/swedish-crayfish-party)  It was a blast!  We also enjoyed the saunas and jumping into the Baltic Sea.  We loved getting the privilege to have such unique and fun experiences.  It was a true blessing to us to have these guys host us so well.

Also, super cool, check out who joined us for our crayfish party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kjell_Oscarius

The following day was our final day and my birthday!  I had the longest birthday ever, since it started in Sweden and ended in Denver…it lasted extra long!  Mike and I had a breakfast date that morning (boys went to our friends’ house) and then we all enjoyed time at the park, my birthday cake (thanks, E, for making it for us!) before saying goodbyes and heading to the airport.  Such a fun way to celebrate my birthday!  Thanks, friends, for making it such a memorable one!!

We really enjoyed our time on the Scandinavian peninsula.  Seeing our friends made it extra special for us and we were so thankful for that opportunity!  Mike did a fantastic job planning it from start to finish and I am SO thankful for him!

Sweden

Our final country to visit on this wonderful whirlwind vacation was Sweden.  We chose these countries partly because of friends of ours who are living there.  Mike had met them back in his Bermuda days with IBM and we’ve stayed in touch over the years.  We also checked in with our friends from Switzerland and we were able to see them while we were in Sweden, too!  They happened to be on their summer holiday and were traveling in their VW van throughout the Nordics at the same time that we were!  Unreal!  We were thrilled to spend a couple days with them, too!

We stayed at an airbnb a couple blocks from our friends.  We joined everyone at a park nearby for a picnic dinner, playing sports and Kubb.  (We are thankful to Uncle Jason for having taught us the game, by the proper rules, a couple years ago!  Our friends didn’t think Americans would know the game. ;))

The following day we spent with our Swiss friends exploring Stockholm.  Our Swedish friends (well, technically they are Canadian and German, but we’ll call them our Swedish friends for the sake of this blog) fed us all a delicious breakfast and gave us helpful hints and directions for our adventure.  We met all together that evening for a fantastic pizza dinner.

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The next morning some of us walked (while others biked and others drove) to the king’s old hunting grounds nearby.  We chatted and enjoyed the beauty, while the kids played games.  This is where we said goodbye to our Swiss friends.  We are hopeful that they will travel to Colorado in two years to keep up our every other year plan. 😉

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Stockholm.  It’s an absolutely lovely city and the company was lovely as well.  We really enjoyed getting to know them better.

Final days in Sweden will be in the next post.

Thankful for friends who have stood the test of time.