At the airport I met Solveig Hammar. She lives in Stockholm part of the year and part of the year in San Antonio, Texas where her children and their families live. We had an enjoyable breakfast and conversation for a few hours. We have really appreciated knowing her on our trips to Sweden and her coming to the United States. We’ve met in Cincinnati when she attended ABC and in San Antonio in February of 2008.
In the evening I arrived in Budapest. This is our gathering point for going into Ukraine with them and Ken and Cherie Zahora. Our flights arrived about twenty minutes apart. We picked up our luggage and headed for the center of Budapest to the Ibis Hotel. The Harper’s found a much cheaper way to get into town which was by bus and metro. It cost less than $2 and was almost just as easy as with the mini-van that was more like $15 or so.
After checking in we went to a restaurant down the street that we had originally met with the Harper’s in December 2007. We fondly call it "Dan and Cindy’s Restaurant." We had dinner at 11:30 am. The streets are filled with open cafés and there is a happy Saturday night spirit prevailing. We have only about 3 hours of sleep though before getting up and going to the train station, meeting with the Zahora’s and making sure we get the right train to Ukraine.
Today the first part of the day was spent with John Wennström and Solveig Hammer, UCG members. John drove me to Stockholm. I could not get a bus and he was kind enough to get me to the airport city of Arlanda, north of Stockholm thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. It's been almost a year now since I baptized him in Leksand, Sweden at our Summer Gathering last summer. John has been able to visit the United States a few times in the past year including his first Fall Festival which he kept in Jekyll Island, Georgia.