On this day, Morsdag (Mother’s Day) was celebrated. Many of the girls help plan a nice surprise for their host moms that have graciously taken them in.
Then, Brian took the gang to a World Heritage Site in Sweden called the Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland. Here, everyone was exposed to the traditional Swedish construction technique of using only wood in the old farmer’s society. Depending on who the house was built for, these farm house will range from the basics of architecture to the most elaborate and decorative themes.
The pictures above show the largest of the Hälsingland farms. This farmhouse is called Jon-Lars. It was built in the 1850s by a pair of twin brothers who had different decorative styles. So, they split the house in half and furnished their respective sides. The porch represents the distinctiveness of this house with its double pair of doors.
The interior walls were all painted by hand. One can see the work in detail when seen up close. It is said that the painters would travel looking for business across various lands. And when they did have work, they would purposely make a mistake to show that nothing is perfect.