Kool down in Kalix

Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
Trip End Aug 05, 2009

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My grandma's House

Flag of Sweden  , Norrbottens Län,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From Kelly's Blog:
We took a train and a bus to from Abisko Emelia's grandma's house. She
lives in an apartment in a little retirement village called Kalix. This week went by really fast with a lot
of relaxing. Emelia's grandma is really sweet. Her apartment was pretty
nice as well. She lives on the fourth floor of the building, pretty
high for her! The little village is about 5 minutes away. It's very
peaceful there. The library is so nice, it's like a book store. We also
saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at the little theatre for 20
crowns. That's like a couple dollars. Emelia and I did a very hard
puzzle we were glad to complete. We also tried violet ice cream, which
was delicious. They sure have some cool food here.

One day, Emelia's brother, his wife, and his sons came over, so we went to
Emelia's Grandma's farm, which was pretty but not taken care of. It
consisted of two fields, a lot of houses, and a lake. It was all very
nice. Then we
went to the lake where we walked the dogs (which is after this.) We
went swimming there. I've never swam in a lake before. The sand under
water was red, gold, yellow, tons of colors. We walked almost all the
way out to the swimming barge. It had a little later and was tons of
fun to jump off of, if you don't mind the mud at the bottom. If you
jumped with little acceleration, that was all that was required to go
Plunk! and squish right down into it. It was definitely an odd feeling.
Em's nephew Michael even came up with a big black clam once. Once we
got out, we enjoyed pear cider and cinnamon buns on tire swings pulled
almost into the lake, where your feet skim the water.
 We also visited Agneta's farm. I can't remember how she's related
to Emelia; aunt, I think. Agneta has a farm as well. She has two cats,
six dogs +, 3 ponies and tons of sheep. She makes cheese and sells it to
stores. Emelia and I walked the sheepdogs to the lake, or the dogs
walked us. They pulled so hard, they dragged us all the way through a
forest. There's nothing like sprinting at high speed through a forest,
believe me. It was amazing and terrifying at the same time. We picked
some flowers for Em's gram and came back.

A few days
later we spent two days and a night at Em's uncle Leif Ericssons'
house. His adopted indian kids Martin and Moa were really nice. They
took us out to a village soccer game. That night Emelia and I had a
little cabin to ourselves. In the morning, though, we got locked in and
she had to climb out the window. That morning, we went to a large craft
fair and swap meet. They had long ropes of candy in every color you can
imagine, hot dog and waffle stands whose scents wafted around the whole
place, bone and wood crafts, all sorts of little stands. When we
returned, we went for a bike ride. We used some really old European
bikes that are very tall with splayed handle bars and flat metal seats
over the back tires. It was peaceful and fun to bike with the forest on
either side, and the lake on the right. We went down the way and found
a long run with a herd of reindeer. They are beautiful, majestic
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