Staying close to home

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Hi everybody! We had a fun weekend and we didn't even have to leave the country. We took some time to explore Lulea. On Friday, we did what everybody else our age does-we went clubbing. We went to a club called "The Bishop's Arms." It was a rooftop bar with an indoor lounge and dance floor...actually a pretty interesting place despite all of the 18 year olds. Because nothing is free in Sweden (no, not even grocery bags) we paid $13 to get in and went through 2 rounds of ID checking by security guards. Once we were in, we danced to the tunes of Rihanna, Usher, Alicia Keys-everything you would expect to hear in the US. The Swedes love American music, yelling out the lyrics...passionately. Mixed drinks were $15, so we passed on that. The dancing was crazy, if not hysterical at times. With everybody dancing so close to one another, you are constantly being bombarded by someone's bouncing butt. And it's not, "Oh, excuse me...I didn't know anyone was behind me." But more like, "Hmm, something to grind on, perfect!" So after 2 hours contained in a mosh pit of skinny jeans, leggings, mini-dresses, and man capris...we went home.
On Saturday, we had a lazy day, caught up on some sleep, and I took Kyle on one of my favorite walks. We stopped at Lulea's beach, sat on some rocks and talked about our travel plans for July. At this point, we are thinking of visiting the UK, we have a few destinations in mind. We plan to backpack, leaving our suitcases at our apartment in France. We stayed up late Saturday night, surfing the internet, and I baked a chocolate cake with the following translated directions:
lubricating oil and bröa a form pour packet content in an bowl. added  coldly water whip to a even daub , for hand ors with elvisp Pour daub in designs. Cream in lower component of oven , approx 50 mine. Pull cake from ugen.
It turned out great.
On Sunday, we took a late afternoon ferry through Lulea's archipelago, a multitude of pine smothered islands in the gulf. It was breezy, kind of gray, but still I found it irresistible. We stopped at several docks to pick up or drop off people on remote islands, and at one island we were able to get off and walk around. Many of the islands housed cabins and small sandy beaches, perfect for summer get-a-ways. Our trip lasted about 4 hours, and now it's Monday.
Enjoy the photos and videos from this past week!
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