Alfred Nobel lived here!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Flag of Sweden  , Swedish Lakeland,
Friday, July 3, 2009

The day begins with a shower. So, what 's the big deal?  Well, it's out in the middle of the yard.  The water is pumped from the lake.  You are told that you just shower -- stripped completely.  You are told not to worry—"this is Sweden."  OK.   Sweden survived.

Alfred Nobel. “Nobel” and “Nobel Prize”  are universally known in the United States and the world, Alfred Nobel's principal home is just a few minutes from where we're staying.  We would start the day going to a most interesting and unexpected, for me, museum.

Karlskoga was the last residence of the famous Alfred Nobel.  Hardly a person does not know this name and the annual awards given in mid-December for Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Literature and Peace. These are some of the most highly profiled awards granted annually and the Foundation to award these prizes was started in Karlskoga.  The first prize was awarded in 1901.  President Teddy Roosevelt was the first American given the Nobel Peace Prize.  The first four prizes are awarded in Stockholm with the King of Sweden present.  The Nobel  Peace Prize is given in Oslo, Norway.  In 1901 Norway and Sweden were one country. 

Now the museum.  It is housed in the manor house the Alfred Nobel lived in. Alfred Nobel was an inventor, humanist, brilliant business man.  His most inventions were safe explosives, the most notable being dynamite.  Nobel’s last will and testament was legally ratified at the district court of Karlskoga which set up the perpetual Foundation.

The museum was most interesting Alfred Nobel played by an actor conducts the tour of the home and about his life in the first person. It is interactive.  Questions are asked and replied by Nobel himself. ``  I asked about the connection of the creation of dynamite which was and still is the primary explosive of so much modern weaponry.  The answer was similar to that when you ask about nuclear energy.  It can be used for good and evil. Anything powerful will be used eventually in war.  We all got pictures taken with the “Alfred Nobel.”  He asked what we say for “smile” in the US.  We said “Cheeze.”  He then said that in Swedish you say “dynamite!”

In any event, the one hour experience with Nobel was most interesting as he took you through the various rooms in his private home and heard his story.  Never did I imagine that coming out here to remote Sweden to a summer house that minutes away we would come to the heart of the Nobel lore.  

From here we went for a swim in a lake.  As we walked out into the lake it was very hot. The sand on the beach was unbearable to walk on.  The all of a sudden a thunderhead appeared. We scrambled for shore.  Soon it started lightning/thundering and raining as I had not seen in a long time.  On the news later we learned that a few people and four horses were killed close by in this sudden squall. 

We eventually got back to summer house and started working on the barbecue for the evening . Paul made hamburgers, Kira made shish kabobs.  There was Swedish herring with cucumber and egg on top……learned new ways to eat it.  It’s interesting to see all

It’s interesting to look out over all the summer homes around the lake.  We were told that many have been around a long time.  The longest running family-owned home has been in the family for 500 years.  Karlskoga is about half-way on the Oslo/Stockholm highway. 

We had a great meal again. 

This we followed with and interactive Bible Study with the Spenser’s and John Wennström that dealt with understanding our times.  We talked about the prophetic identities of people and their migrations as well as Christian understanding and responsibility. 
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kzahora on

Hello Victor
We await your arrival in Budapest for our early train ride to Chop, Ukraine with Dan and Cindy Harper.

rogersma on

I love it that Sweden survived. LOL

I so wish to visit there someday, but I am not sure I could have eaten the fish you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.


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