Students in Gamla Stan: “The Old City”
The Skansen Baker
The final part of the Swedish Adventure: STOCKHOLM!
Stockholm: A City of Islands
The Drottningholm Palace
The Vasa Museum: Sweden’s 1628 War Ship
Student Spa Day: Fish Pedicure
Walking the city for the views!
Obligatory Stockholm Selfies
“Went to teach children, ended up eating a lot of butter and taking photos of nature instead.”
– Olivia Rodriguez, 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.
Prerequisite Swedish Moose
The pathway through the natural habitat zoo.
Momma Bear Fika in the cabin Wolf feeding time
Gabby, Kelly and Philip at the Jarvzoo overlook:
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.
You can view the website at: http://www.clg.se/Content-Web-Start/$2e35937b-c0b8-437a-8f70-108ea1b8ef6e/enstart.aspx
We the went to the copper mine in Falun called Falu Gruva.
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!
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.
Pretty much the Swedes were on the run…
They had to climb some stairs and cross the ocean in rough conditions to get to America!
However, with the good book and lots of rest they were able to build a new life in a new land!
After learning so much at the Immigration Museum were visited the museum shop and had fika!
Here are some views of the old farm houses we visited…early IKEA style:
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.
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:
We are not certain but Rachel and Gabby might be creating Polar Plunge gang hand signs here: