Torsdag: 4 June 2015

The final part of the Swedish Adventure: STOCKHOLM!

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Stockholm: A City of Islands

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The Drottningholm Palace

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The Vasa Museum: Sweden’s 1628 War Ship

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Student Spa Day: Fish Pedicure

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Walking the city for the views!

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Obligatory Stockholm Selfies

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Fabulous Food:

“Went to teach children, ended up eating a lot of butter and taking photos of nature instead.”

–   Olivia Rodriguez, 2015

Olivia Kanalbullar

Stockholm 32 Heart fika Stockholm 31

Tisdag: 2 June 2015

Helsinki, Finland Bound!

Rachel, Philip, and Gabby took the overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki:

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The Old Church or The Autonomous Church of Finland

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Ferry entertainment                          Students’ cabin                       Karaoke with

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Måndag: 1 June 2015

The Edsbyn and Alfta time is coming to a much too quick closure. The students are finishing their teaching in the schools and preparing to leave their host families over the next few days.

Here are some pictures of the Edsbyn and Alfta countryside:

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                     Kelly 1                                       Kelly 9

Alfta rainbow

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Swedish Pride:

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Swedish Humor:

Oh Shit Not You Again

Söndag: 31 Maj 2015

As usual, it is hard to believe that the end of May has arrived. This trip is going by quickly! Today Olivia and Rachel went to Söderhamn with their host family (Stina and Benny). Philip, Gabby, Kelly, and I went to Jarvzoo. When we left Alfta we it was raining steadily (as it had been for all of yesterday and through the night) so I was not certain what the conditions would be like at the zoo. The students were steadfast and focused to see the animals at the zoo no matter the weather. As we arrived the rain lightened (it did not ever really stop raining until well into the adventure) and we set forth. The animals were very active…which we attributed to the fact that they had been able to get week rested over the past 2 days of constant rain.

Jarvzoo 1

Guess who?

Jarvzoo 2

Prerequisite Swedish Moose

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The pathway through the natural habitat zoo.

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Momma Bear                                           Fika in the cabin                                     Wolf feeding time

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Gabby, Kelly and Philip at the Jarvzoo overlook:

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Lördag: 30 Maj 2015

Today the entire group embarked on a sightseeing excursion extravaganza! It was a bit gray, cloudy, and continually rainy…but we persevered and had a wonderful time. This is one terrific group of students.

First we went to the homestead museum of Carl Larsson.

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Carl Larsson 3   Some of the Carl Larsson painting and settings we were able to see in person include the following:

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Carl Larsson 5       Carl Larsson 4

We the went to the copper mine in Falun called Falu Gruva.


Copper Mine 1    Copper Mine 2

Fredag: 29 Maj 2015

Hello Followers:

This has been a busy week in Alfta and Edsbyn, Sweden for all of the students. They have been deeply immersed in teaching in the Swedish classrooms and out-and-about on excursions of all types. Along the way we have collected a few pictures I thought we would share. Please enjoy and tack så hemskt mycket för att du tar dig tid att läsa bloggen!

Alfta rainbow

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Sweden 5    Sweden 3

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Söndag: 24 May 2015 – World Heritage Day

Today the students visited the Alfta Emigration/Immigration (depends on your point-of-view) Museum. This museum documents the story of one of the largest flights of Swedish citizens to America.

The emigrants seemed a bit stiff…                               … but they brought many of their old world crafts with them.

 Swedish Emigrants           Quilting

Pretty much the Swedes were on the run…

Gnome on the run

They had to climb some stairs and cross the ocean in rough conditions to get to America!

Gnome on steps      Gabyy ship       Gnome ship

However, with the good book and lots of rest they were able to build a new life in a new land!

Gnome bed 1 Gnome bible Gnome bed 2

After learning so much at the Immigration Museum were visited the museum shop and had fika!

Gift shop Immigrant Fika Gnome Fika

Here are some views of the old farm houses we visited…early IKEA style:

Blog house 1   Blog house 2

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Heritage House 1  Heritage House 3 Heritage House 4

Heritage House 10  Heritage House 8

Lördag: 23 May 2015

Today was an open day with Kent Olsson hosting an evening party for our students and their host families. When I say evening party it is difficult to distinguish from and afternoon or even morning party because it is currently daylight here in Edsbyn, Sweden (Latitude 62 degrees north) until 11:30 pm! Yikes it is hard to get to sleep yet easy to have the sun wake you up at 3 am!

So we were busy today preparing for the party that I did not take any pictures. I am hoping the students will fill in some details of the day here. To encourage them I am posting their group picture at the Alfta Immigration Museum.

Group Picture

Fredag: 22 May 2015 – Are You Tough Enough?

Word of the day: Ljus (y-oose)- candle. Candles are a big deal in setting an ambiance. Candles are a vital part of the atmosphere here in Sweden. And I am a fan!

Today included another teaching day in the schools with the students meeting with students at the local gymnasium (Swedish High School that covers grades 10, 11, and 12). The Swedish students divided into groups of 4 to guide our students on an English speaking tour of the gymnasium. It was a wonderful time.

Later in the afternoon, we all went to the Englund’s cabin (not too far from their house). It is by a peaceful,large lake. In this sauna, you sit in the sauna and get very hot. So hot that you cannot sit in it any longer. Then, you walk outside and down to the dock and slowly immerse yourself into the freezing lake. You then get out and go back into the sauna. We did this 3 times. It was very relaxing and not nearly the hypothermic experience than we had anticipated.

Here is a picture of Håkan and Margareta’s lake cabin and view:

Lake House  lake scene

We are not certain but Rachel and Gabby might be creating Polar Plunge gang hand signs here:

Gabby Rachel plunge