Walk 'til you drop!

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Interesting facts:
Pedestrians have the right of way and cars will actually stop for them in crosswalks without lights.
Lazagna has meat...just like it does everywhere in the world.
Pizza has less cheese, less tomato sauce, and bigger toppings.
Lisa needs a pair of walking shoes.
Walking 3 miles takes 50 minutes.

Today we walked, like the last two days.  Our feet are blistered and bruised, and our legs are stiff, reluctant to move beyond the range they move for walking.  Stockholm is a great city, as long as you like doing all of your shopping before 6, including alcohol.  The walking is great because we get a variety of scenes, piers with sailboats, beautiful overlooks of downtown, old buildings and narrow streets, and modern manekin filled shopping areas.  The manekins are so lifelike here with makeup, hair, eyes...its freaky.

Hey guess what...its completely dark now!  Its about 1AM, and its the first time I can't see daylight in 3 weeks.  The sun is completely useless to me here in Sweden.  I don't even try to guess the time based on the brightness or position of the sun.  It seems to be dimest around 10PM which isn't saying much since you could still read with it, but by 3:00AM its almost sunny.  You could stay up for months waiting for dusk.

Tomorrow we head back to Lulea, where we will try out the dance clubs that Lee had so much fun in.  If you don't know Lee, then let me give you an intro.  One night, he went out on a walk around 10, and came back around 3AM saying 'Awesome' because he had found a dance club and made out with a gothic swedish girl. 

Heres a little info about the rest of our traveling companions:
Lisa:  The hot chick of the group, always the center of attention.
Aaron:  Beer loving, sword fighting, car driving mad machinist
Tyler:  The one with the crazy ideas and the ironic jokes.
Shaun:  Haven't spent more than 2 minutes with the guy, but he's a mechE, so he can't be that bad.
Dipika:  Biosystems engineer, wondering what the hell she is doing working on mechanical characterization of composites.  Quick to believe an elaborate story just to get a good laugh when the truth comes out.  Thinks that most babies are ugly...like sausage links.
Cassi:  Outgoing CivE who thinks cracks are dumb and that polishing composites is overrated.  Also thinks that most babies are ugly.
Jonathan:  Quiet but quick with a laugh.  Surprisingly energetic and jumpy in an outdoor setting.
Jared:  The goto guy for info on where we are going and what to do.  Good with historic events and trip planning.
Nick:  The crazy one who is the first to start yelling in a bar, an airport, or anywhere really.  Honest and caring.
Lee:  Quick with a story, card trick, or enthusiastic 'Awesome'.  Like robotics and swedish women.
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kyle-and-lisa on

not me
Just to let everyone know, Kyle posted this blog. We're leaving for Lulea soon, I'll post some pictures once we are back. Love and well wishes from the most beautiful city I've seen! -Lisa.

hparker1 on

Jumpy in an Outdoor Setting !
Loved the description of your travel companions especially the jumpy one. Lisa you should do one of Kyle. My Etsy site is up at woodarts.etsy.com and your beautiful neck is being beamed around the globe!
L - Pappa

maggiest on

too funny
I was actually thinking to myself, 'I cannot believe Lisa actually said 'made out with a gothic swedish girl', 'polishing composites are overrated' (what does that mean!?), and 'babies are ugly'.' It seemed very out of character! Ah ha! Kyle wrote the entry. Very good. It all makes sense now. :)

Storms are brewing in Nebraska...I'm jealous of your sunny skies and beautiful piers. How did the dance club night go? When I was in Brussels, I went to a couple dance clubs and had a great time! In fact, when the DJ saw that we were there, he announced 'There are Americans here! Americans!' And then (no lie) he put on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' and everyone got in a circle around us, the Americans, so we could dance to 'our song.' hahahaha Such a funny memory...

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