Trip Start Jun 13, 2004
Trip End Jun 29, 2004

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Sunday, June 20, 2004

View from Daniel's House - Barn and Lake:

Nestled beside a lake, with horses running in the pasture, such a warm family welcome, and dogs snuggling agaist your feet, who could not enjoy visiting Daniel's home is Lindesberg. This charming house, complete with stable meters away, has been in their family for 3 generations.

Girls and Their Horses:

After travelling through Sweden, one would think that the traditional food here was pizza, hotdogs and kebobs as these seem to be the staple food offered in most non-fine dining restaurants, not meatballs, herring and crayfish. It wasn't until arriving in the small town of Linsdeberg, Daniel's home town, for some home cooked cuisine that we were shown what we were missing. During our first night, while watching Sweden vs. Italy in Euro 2004 soccer, we feasted on traditional fare of pickled herring (featuring various yummy sauces), crayfish and Swedish beer. But the real treat came the next night with Swedish meatballs, mullberry sauce, potatoes with gravy, and fresh strawberries with whip cream and ice cream for dessert.

Paul was overjoyed that beside Daniel's house was a pruned, pine-filled forest with, yes, mushrooms! We went on a long, wet hike around the lake where we found a number of Birch Bolette prime specimens. The rest of our time here was spent exploring the city, visiting with his family and of course, working out in the local gym. Lindesberg is such a charming town to run in, making doing cardio a pleasure all that much more. What better than a good swim after the gym? Well, Daniel took us to a secret spot, a rock quarry pool with (feels like) ice cold water. Only the brave and crazy went in that day.

One interesting thing we learned was here is the law governing the flying of the Swedish flag. After noting the inconsistency from house to house, we learned that flying the Swedish flag was allowed only on the birthdays.

The stereotype that Swedes are talls does seem to be holding up, things are big here, unlike most European cities we've visited in the past. Even the dogs choices are big - great danes, rottweilers (Daniel's family has 3 in total), not a chiuaua to be seen.

With Krister (Daniel's father) and Big Dog #1:
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