Saturday, 2nd August

Today started with a traditional breakfast with the Swedish family who provided our accommodation. It was great talking with them and I’m sure they enjoyed practicing their English. They are really nice people and it was great to see how the actual locals live.

We set off in the morning for a pretty boring drive – most of the way was highway and it was unavoidable. There were some cool rest stops like a deserted Asian Restaurant Theme Park and a camping place on a lake with little trails through the forest to get to the picnic areas – but the photo issue with the camera got worse and the photos are pretty much just a white blur.

We reached Stockholm in the afternoon and settled in to our accommodation run by – much to our surprise – a Sydney North Shore ex pat! It was a great unit and comfortable so after all the driving we again had an early night.

Before we went to bed we did a little exploring – thank goodness for iPhone cameras!

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Ps. Happy 1st Birthday to our beautiful nephew Wyatt xoxo

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Friday, 1st August

With a hat-tip to Alan Moore, today we drove From Hell to Sunsdvall, across the Norwegian border into Sweden.

Leaving Hell, I noticed that there was a cool Hollywood-type of sign in the forest on the hill…

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We drove on and stopped here and there to take photos. Unfortunately, there was something of a settings error on the camera and most of the photos for today turned out really badly. I have tried to do what I can with an image correction programme, but they are nothing like they were in real life. 😦 Oh, well. Sometimes things go wrong….

IMG_2228 IMG_2243 IMG_2252 IMG_2222 IMG_2268IMG_2258 Then there was that time when we thought we had started to get the feel for understanding Swedish and the sign seemed to translate to Chocolate Factory. The screech of car tires and the slams of doors were all that could be heard. We bought the most amazing, melt in your mouth coconut flavoured chocolate… and sampled our collective weight in other flavours.

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We finally reached our final destination for the day – our Air Bnb accommodation in Sundsvall. This was a pleasant surprise as the flat is basically in an old renovated barn with views over the local lake and forest. We settled in and realised a storm was brewing! We ran around madly trying to shut all the windows preempting the down pour… only to have about 6 drops stir the dust up. Got some cool pics, though.

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We decided to have an early night, kicked back, watched a movie and did some blog work before turning in for the night.

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