Easter in Kalmar

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We had a lovely long weekend in Kalmar where we spent Easter with Victor's family. As I am sure that most students can attest, visiting your parents means good food. I mean I am a good cook, but parental cooking is always good and I usually don’t have to cook it and after a week of buying every meal, this was a nice change.

The weekend was filled with various activities which have been noted in my previous blogs. But this one is about Easter specifically. The first day we were there Victor’s parents invited us to go with them to an Easter buffet, which under any other circumstances we would have been all for. However, they wanted to pick us up from the train station and go….yeah not going to happen. So they picked us up and dropped us off at their apartment where we were able to take a nap and have a shower and then they went. That night I won both rounds of Risk….Victor, his brother Eric and his dad were not happy.

The Next day was Easter. There was a big family lunch on Monday, so we just had a small simple Easter dinner, which was very nice and relaxing. My favorite part was the dessert which I have pictured. It was a jelly roll covered in unsweetened whipped crème and half of a canned peach. It was delicious. Eric had to return home, so he left. However, that night I won risk again against Victor and his parents.

The next day was the big family lunch at Victor’s mother’s parent’s apartment. I had been to this event two years ago, but honestly I had forgotten how much food they make. They filled up their little table four times with two rounds of lunch and two rounds of dessert. Everyone there, (which included Victor, his parents, his uncle and two of his sons, plus a girlfriend of one of the cousins,) was groaning at the end and refusing a second slice of cake no matter how much pressure the grandmother put on us. This Easter was a bit better than last time because I could understand a bit more, thus the afternoon did not result in a headache from over concentration. The girlfriend, who was named Lovisa, was very sweet and since we were two outsiders we struck up a conversation. She is a few years younger, but is studying medicine.

During the second round of food a plate of meat appeared that I could not identify. It looked good, but I inquired to Victor’s grandmother what it was, she said something that I did not recognize and then asked one of the cousins to translate. He did not know, but said that the animal was brown and orange. Based on hand gestures I registered that it was some sort of animal with antlers that they called Bambi, but not Bambi. This turned into a hunt to find the word in English, no one at the dinner knew. After a search on a smart phone we determined that it was a species of European deer. The picture of the animal was not orange. I came away from that experience with a decision never to ask what the food on the table was called, at least when I am at Victor’s grandparents house.

We had to leave the lunch to go to the soccer game, which marked the end of our Easter festivities. If we had stayed any longer I may have gone for the second slice of cake.

The next day we had an evening flight, so in the afternoon we walked into town to check out a museum about another war ship that had been excavated, much like the Vasa. In fact, the wreck had been discovered by the same man who found the Vasa. This wreck was different, because it was actually a sea worthy ship, but it had so many cannons in its battle against Denmark, that while it was making a sharp turn a gust of wind pushed it too far and it turned on its side….and then exploded. The Swedish lost that battle, but won the war.

It was a fascinating museum and since they are still excavating the ship it will continue to change. This ship was different than the Vasa, because it had been full of men and supplies for war, while the Vasa had not been full of either because it was trying to get out of the Stockholm harbor where it had been built and be supplied somewhere else. It was a different kind of museum about a ship, but you would have had to have gone to the Vasa museum first, because they kept referencing that ship in this museum.

When the museum closed we walked back to the apartment and prepared for our trip hime.

The entire weekend in Kalmar was nice. This was the first time that I had seen the new apartment. I have to say, I liked the house, but the view from the apartment is nice. However, the cat seems traumatized and confused. She does not understand where the backyard went, this means she is stuck inside resulting in a lot more hair around the house. My allergies did not act up, but I was definitely sneezing more and picking cat hair off of my socks.

The trip to Kalmar was a bit of a vacation from our vacation. We both had to get back to our real lives, so we caught an evening plane and were back in Uppsala picking up our stack of mail on the floor and getting ready for the second half of the semester.
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