Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2009

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Monday, April 27, 2009

Today we got an early start on our day, which felt like a big change from the weekend. We ate, changed, and headed off to the airport in Bromma to catch our flight to Gotland. Gotland is an island off the east coast of Sweden. It is well known as the home to some Astrid Lindgren books, as housing the medieval city of Visby, and as home to a large wind farm called Nasudden. We arrived in Visby around noon and got in cars to head down to Nasudden to see the wind farms. The area had over 100 turbines of all different sizes. It had been there since 1983 when the country started doing tests to see how effective wind turbines were in producing energy. We also learned that Sweden is building a large wind farm in the sea between Denmark and Sweden. That area should produce enough energy to light 60,000 homes. Unfortunately, our guide Dan said that we couldn't go up in a turbine but he did provide an in depth presentation. The kids seemed very interested and Joe Stoos especially brought up some excellent questions.After spending over an hour in Nasudden, we all hopped back in cars and headed back towards Visby. After a brief lunch we walked along the inside of the medieval city, but it was soon time to go back to the airport. However, we managed to see some medieval ruins and a large Russian church before it was time to go.The flight back to Stockholm is only about 40 minutes long and is usually quite smooth. We did experience some strong turbulence right before we landed, which rattled some of us, but everything was fine. Since we had such a late full lunch in Visby (5:30-6:00pm), Charlie decided to take everyone out for snacks and dessert around 9pm.Today was our last full day in Sweden. The kids seem to have had a great trip and some have already started talking about other trip they would like to go on and possible study abroad trips in the future. Tomorrow we head back out on a 2pm flight back to Boston. The kids will be free to call parents from the van and we will be back at the Met around 9pm.
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