Sorry it's taken me so long to write!!
So.... (That's a typcal Swedish expression at a silence in the conversation.)
Copenhagen was nice, but I had a horrible experience with a rude shop owner in a yarn store and so that made me not so impressed with Danish people anymore. On the bright side, renting a bike was a perfect way to see Copenhagen in a day. There are thousands of bicycles and they blanket the city. My hotel rented me one, so I cruised and shopped all day. Even though it rained, it always stopped and so that wasn't much of an issue. I was excited to buy real teaspoons (for tea) which are totally impossible to buy in the US, but a standard part of a flatware set in Europe and the UK, and downunder.
Tuesday last week I took the train North to Kalmar to stay with Jesper and his family. I was greeted at the train station and got a quick driving tour of the city. When we got to their house, they had put up both the Swedish and USA flag. They were so welcoming and made me feel at home as much as possible. We brought Bisquick to make American pancakes for breakfast. One day we went on a tour of the Kalmar castle and I follwed the tour, but since it was given in Swedish, I got pieces translated by Jesper. One day we went to the glass area, very near Kalmar. We hit 3 towns, th last being Orreforrs. We have quite a collection of glass and crystal to bring home. One glass already broke, luckily it wasn't one of the special pieces.
The last day we were in Kalmar, we all went out on the family sailboat in pretty high winds and ended up having a pretty wild ride. It got even more exciting when the engine started threatening to die on the way back. We decided to turn into a nearby marina and the engine did end up dying, but it restarted and we were able to dock. Since the marina was downtown, we did a little shopping and Jesper's dad made a duct tape engine repair. I bought a cast iron griddle that has four heart shapes on it, I may regret it if I decide to carry it on the airplane to get my tax rebate. It's so heavy!
About Sweden... typical breakfast is open-face sanwiches. Or sandwich rolled in a bread similar to flour tortillas. Tea and newspaper reading. The big election is coming up, so there are debates on TV and posters everywhere. National policial change is a common topic of conversation. There are about 7 parties here, so it's hard to keep them straight.
We are now in Stockholm. I would call this city the Paris of Sweden. It is very beautiful and the old town is very neat to walk through. We've been staying with Jesper's friend he grew up with in school, Magnus. He and his girlfriend Jennifer are both professional photographers and are really talented. They have a cool flat where they just remodelled the kitchen. Very modern and sleek. We took a trip out to the water and went for a quick swim on Sunday and today we took a ferry out to an island and explored the beach and had a nice lunch. Last night we went to a jazz club, but it was improv jazz, so a little hard on the ears!
Not a ton of knitting done. I've ripped out about 5 hours of work on my colorwork socks and am still working on the other socks I brought. There is a yarn store here on the same block as we are staying, but they don't have anything really special, so I am not buying any yarn. I picked up my other Swedish souvineers yesterday, so I think I am a little sopped out.