Finally, it's summer!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 04, 2009

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Kneippbyn Hotel

Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today was our full day to spend at the family amusement park and campground called Kneippbyn, on the island of Gotland.  This park includes a hotel, cabins, campgrounds, restaurants, mini golf, amusement park, and water park.  It is located on the west shore of the island, just south of the port city Visby.  Although it sounds like quite a big place, it was not as large as you might think, making all of the activities reasonably accessible.  We got wristbands for the day, allowing us to use the amusement park (Sommarland) and water park (Vattenland) as much as we wanted.  The amusement park had a small roller coaster, go-karts, paddle boats, and some other small thrill-rides.  It's a very scaled-down version of Valley Fair, but the kids had an absolute blast.  The weather was in our favor as well, as the cool breeze we felt the day before was nowhere to be found.  The warm winds made it a perfect day to enjoy Vattenland.  The kids couldn't get enough of the water slides, especially Annie, was our little dare-devil for the day.  It was also an interesting place to do some people watching.  It was not uncommon to see men in tight speedos and briefs at the park, not something we're used to seeing in the States.  Binnie thought this was quite funny, and tried desperately to get some pictures.  After a full day of rides, water slides, ice cream, pizza, and mini-golf, the kids were thoroughly spoiled and exhausted for the day, the sign of a good vacation stop.  We finished off the evening by walking down to the shoreline to throw some rocks into the Baltic Sea and see if we can spot some passing ships.  What a great day!  Unfortunately, the ferry leaves at 7:20 tomorrow morning, so we need to pack things up tonight and set the alarm for 5 am. :(

Tomorrow is the longest travel day of our trip.  After the 3 hour ferry to Oskarshamn, we have about a 6 hour drive to Copenhagen.  We also need to stop and get some more groceries and ice packs.  This is one of more puzzling things about traveling around here:  nobody sells ice.  The only way to try to keep our cooler food cool is to by some small ice packs where we can find them, but of course we haven't had a way to refreeze any of them yet.  Hopefully, our apartment will have an icebox.  In general, it seems that they don't like to refrigerate anything too much.  Even the sodas and beer we buy at our different stops aren't terribly cold.  I don't get it, but oh well.  One of the things we still have going for us is that we've been able to do laundry at both of our stops so far, so as we head to Copenhagen, we are pretty much caught up on that.  Copenhagen is a much different kind of place, so we'll see what we have available to us there.
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