I’ve been messing around with black and white conversion a little bit. This looks decent on my tablet.
A quick upload while waiting in Kastrup for our flight to Oslo (and then home). Note to self: the WiFi at CPH is very good for a free connection.
On Friday, the boys and I took the train from Copenhagen to Alvesta, Sweden. We had to switch trains twice – our original train from Copenhagen was cancelled and we had to pass through an ID check at Kastrup Airport before crossing the border into Sweden. It was a little stressful to have to figure out where to go, but at least the people at the information desk spoke English.
In Copenhagen central station, we met a French family on their way to Stockholm that spoke little English and no Swedish. They stuck with us for the train swaps at Kastrup and again at Malmo. Their daughter sat next to Will on the train ride from Copenhagen to Kastrup, thinking he was older. She was shocked when he said he was 13. She was 18. Of course, it embarrasses Will when I tell the story. But his new haircut makes him look older.
On Saturday, we had Isabella’s christening – Susanna posted pictures on Isabella’s website.
Sunday was an easy day. We cleaned up from the celebration and the boys took it easy.
Monday we went to Kosta and got fish pedicures and ate lunch. After lunch we took a guided tour of the glass blowing factory. In the evening, Susanna’s sister, Rebecka, took the train back to her home, and we headed out to Susanna’s Dad, Dan’s, cabin which is near Sävsjöström, Sweden on Alstern Lake. The boys and I were going to camp out for the night, but after dinner Will felt sick, so Will and I came home while Ben camped out with Dan.
This morning, Will, Susanna and I went back to the cabin and joined Ben and Dan for breakfast. Breakfast was followed by checking out Dan’s harvester, and Ben rode along while Dan took down a few trees. We spent this afternoon taking it easy and playing kubb while the boys took turns trying to figure out the antique (1960s) moped.
I’ve been a little slow to finish posting the pictures from St. Louis. We have had a busy 10 days since we got back from our vacation. Now I need another vacation.
Susanna, the boys, and I are taking a little over a week to drive to St. Louis and visit family. We spent a couple of days in the Ozarks camping in a huge cabin (so not really camping). We spent two days floating on the rivers down there, and even toured a cave (Cathedral Cave). Today we went to the City Museum for the morning, and tonight we will watch fireworks in Webster Groves. Here are some pictures from the trip so far:
More pictures from our family vacation to Cancun, Mexico last week. Just in because maybe someone isn’t sick of vacation pictures. Anyway, I’m almost done. Probably one more dump of pictures tomorrow night.
We spent the past week in Cancun, Mexico for the boys’ spring break. We took tons of pictures, and I’m sure it will take days to sort through them all. But here is the first bunch.
We had a wonderful week in western PA. I’m writing this from home – I forgot my adapter to download pictures from the camera – as well as a poor (sporadic) Internet connection prevented more posts from the trip.
The last two evenings after dark we played many rounds of “flashlight tag” with all the kids (both the young ones and the “grown up” ones).
The second day was just spent hanging around the house, playing in the water. I took the boys and we put life-jackets on and floated down the river from the back of our house to the takeout above Ramcat Rapids. It would have been fun to run the rapids, I’m just not sure we could have made it home from below the rapids easily. We even saw two Northern Water Snakes while we were wading in the river.
I also headed into town to find some beer. That was a challenge, the only package store in Confluence was several miles out of town, down a side road, attached to someone’s house.
The third day was our big outing day. We headed to Ohiopyle before lunch. We spent an hour playing in the rapids above the falls.
Even Felix (the Rwandan graduate student that my dad and Barbara are sponsoring) swam the rapids. He can’t swim, so he stayed in the shallows (there aren’t any lakes or big rivers near where he grew up in Rwanda).
We ate lunch at the Ohiopyle Bakery. I would recommend the bakery for lunch to anyone visiting the town. The prices were good, and the food was wonderful. It was a short walk from where we had parked and played in the water.
After lunch most of the group wanted to go for a bike ride (Ben included). Will, Felix and I stayed to play in the water. We visited the natural waterslide (and all went down the slide once – Will went more than once). It was a bit rough, bouncing off the rocks on the way down, but fun. I’m sure it would have been a lot faster if the water weren’t so low. We even saw a huge snapping turtle in one of the natural pools in the stream.
After the slide, we went back to the rapids above the falls and spent the rest of the afternoon playing there until everyone else returned from the bike ride (Ben rode 6 miles).
The final night we walked over to the edge of the property to watch the bats fly out of the man-made bat houses on the property. It was amazing to watch – I have never seen so many bats at once. We stood about 20 feet from the bat house and watched them fly into the evening over our heads.
Yesterday we headed into Ohiopyle for breakfast and then drove home.
Susanna and I are enjoying our last minutes in London at the SAS Lounge in Heathrow Airport (it is a nice benefit of being a Star Alliance Gold member – I can use the lounges on international flights). Next stop is Ottawa on Air Canada.
The last full day in London was a blast. We went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in the morning. It was well worth the time spent there – lots of fun. Susanna didn’t make the scream tunnel (too scary I think), but her mom, Charlotte, and I went through. I thought it was funny (not too scary), but the girls in the line behind me were terrified (they were holding on to my coat for dear life the whole walk – and I didn’t even know them).
We had lunch at a hamburger place nearby, and then off to shopping (okay, not the whole day was fun), We spent way too long at Primark shopping for clothes. Dan got bored and went for a drink. I eventually wandered outside and sat on the street to watch people walk by.
We returned home in the early afternoon. Susanna and I went town to the hotel spa. It was a little disappointing. The steam room was nice, but the hot tub wasn’t so hot (more of a warm tub). That night we went to Cafe Rouge for Dan’s birthday dinner (after drinks, games and gifts in the hotel room).
This morning we were up early and took the underground to the airport. I recommend getting an oyster card to get around if you go to London. It is a prepaid card – you are charged the lowest rate for each trip you do. No stressing about paper tickets.
As promised, pictures from the trip: