A necessary few days in one place

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Flag of Sweden  , Swedish Lakeland,
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

After leaving wet Oslo we reached sunny Karlstad in the sun and found out hotel after seeing it from the highway.

Tonight ( 7th June) met a charming Swedish drunk in Bishops Arms Pub ( English) in an establishment historical Swedish Hotel in Karlstad who had been in HK for HK Telecom ( pre PCCW)  and others during 1996-1998 but who now at over 40 is a 'has been' according to Swedish corporate establishment. Charming, silver-spooned and yet conservative and Viking blooded he did his drunken best to preserve decorum against a tippsied Irish- Australian's relaxed and thirsty self. On the whole an enjoyable evening evidenced by a couple of pics.

Today (8th June) was an easy day driving out to Hammaro (with 2 dots above the 'o') on Lake Vanern  (with 2 dots above the 'a'). This headland accommodates many a summer house (so many it's hard to get to the lake without trespassing). All quite pretty. A daytime visit to the city permitted us to have that needed coffee at Wayne's Coffee after the remoteness of Hammaro.

The official account of the captioned 'cold Swedish miss' is written at the foot of the sculpture "The symbol of Karlstad, ever smiling, warm-hearted Eva-Lisa Holtz worked as a waitress in Karlstad in the 18th century. Her sunny disposition earned her the sobriquet "Sola i Kallista" (The sun in Karlstad).I discovered this later in the city map's points of interest.

Tonight, we will opt for an evening in instead of revisiting town for a drink after the complimentary evening soup and salad provided by our hotel (Hotell Wxns).

Today, weather permitting, is picnic day!

As my experience goes the weather was ominous but it was 1430 and I had slept enough and so we went to the place that has the franchise to sell all grog in Sweden ( government owned no doubt) called Systembolaget. Don't ask what that means but I suspect it has to do with some Puritan's idea of the evils of alcohol. Theerafter we went to the Maxi to get the vitals ( Swedish where possible which meant Susan's cold cuts, the cheese and the vegs and fruit). We made our way easily to Skutberget as advised and found a lovely spot to set up picnic and enjoy the scenery and our picnic basket. 

The cloudy skies were not the worry but the audible thunder. Eventually but not too soon a squall approached and sent us scurrying to the car. Despite the rain we ahd fun and returned to the hotel for the soup and salad and a other good nights sleep ( a few glasses of red later for medicinal purposes) before heading for Stockholm in the morrow.

Overcast but not raining, after breakfast it's off to Stockholm for 4 days. My brother Terry said he could not think what we could do for more than 2 days there...we'll find out.


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