May 24, 2006
Aug 21, 2006
I wandered around town later in the day
. Despite being an old industrial town itīs really beautiful. I went through a really nice old residential neighborhood consisting of many wooden houses where the miners use to live, then checked out the city center, which was a bit more modern, though still preserved much of the old traditional architecture.
Anyway when I got back to Anna's house the first thing her mother seemed to say through the window was "It's a Boy!" Up to that moment I thought I had experienced almost everything on this trip, but I guess there's always something else! And a was also happy that I apparently hadn't offended Anna's sister, Karin, but she had instead gone to the hospital in the morning and delivered a baby boy after a whopping 23 min. of labor. (Isn't that impressive ladies?) Anyway everyone was super excited and the rest of the evening the phone line's where busy with calls the the relatives to tell them the good news. I went over the next morning to see the baby and it was so cute! They hadn't yet chosen a name for the baby, though Frida (Karin's 4-year old daughter) was pulling for Pontus and has already told several people that the baby's name was Pontus.
I've been hanging out with Anna and her family up in their hometown of Falun located in Darlana, which is the origin of many of the most famous swedish cultural traditions and is undoubtedly the most traditional region of sweden today. The day started off with a quick exit by her sister to the hospital in the morning (was it something I said?) and then I went to visit this cool copper mine. In fact this copper mine was appartently the back-bone of Sweden's economy for several hundred years according to the guide there (who turned out to be Finnish and seemed to enjoy bashing Swedes). At one point this mine accounted for 70% of the world's copper, though this was back in the 1700's. The mine was shut down in 1992, but remains open for visits. It was also a great escape down into the subbterrainian world where it was a nice and cool 5 degrees centigrade (40 F) as opposed to the 30 C everyone had to put up with outside. Anyway the pictures speak for themselves.