In between Oslo and Stockholm in Karlskoga
Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
25Trip End Jul 16, 2009
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Anthony took me to the bus station for my journey today to Karlskoga where I would be with the Spenser’s, Engholm’s and John Wennström. The Swedish bus I wanted was full, but I did get a Norwegian one half an hour later. Anthony and I then got some coffee and had a healthy discussion about unity and how various groups of similar beliefs can work together.
Off to Sweden! The countryside is so enjoyable to view and really reminds me so much of typical Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Our bus was pulled over at the Norway – Sweden border. I thought these borders were wide open. Well, there was a border check with custom officials. Three custom officials got on our bus, one a woman. Actually, there were four….one was a sniffing dog. The dog looked awful and smelled worse as he sniffed around all of our belongings.
The officials seemed to be particularly thorough for some reason. Then the dog stopped at one package and the owner was identified. A young Asian-looking lady was pulled off the bus and about three or four of her friends. I heard the hold below being opened. We continued to wait for about 20 more minutes. Finally, they all came on the bus and we drove on. The day was hot!
It was great to see Kira, their children Isak, Aron and Viktoria. And Marianan and Thorsten Engholm, Kira’s parents. John Wennström is coming tomorrow.
Paul took me out on the lake and we took his boat around the island in front of them and to other landmarks on this serene lake.
Then we had dinner outside. At a particular point the word “Fika” comes up. It means that coffee and cookies come out. This is a ritual done a few times through the day and can be done as part of a meal. It couldn’t have been more comfortable and beautiful tonight with good conversation and food. The night goes on and on as it refuses to get dark at this time of year. The Engholm’s summer house is rustic, in great shape with quarters for guests. It’s right on a beautiful lake with a view of close-by island with another summer house on it.