Living La Vida Lunda: A blog abroad

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  • Canoe Camping in Åsnens

    Canoe Camping in Åsnens

    We went canoe camping. Yay! In the search for a Swedish BWCA rather than the average Swedish trail camping spots we found Åsnens National Park. While not quite the same as northern Minnesota, it came pretty dang close! The mosquitos were huge and extremely annoying, the water was calm and very rocky, and the trees…

  • Merry Month of May

    Merry Month of May

    Valborg and the First of May celebrations brought a distinct sense of Spring along with longer, warmer days. Our International Choir joined Gösta the director’s other, Swedish choir in Trelleborg to sing at the town’s Valborg bonfire ceremony at the Viking museum. It started with the “kulning” an ancient Swedish herding call by 3 women…

  • Sofia i Sogndal, Norge

    Sofia i Sogndal, Norge

    With Hil’s friend wrapping up her gap year folk school experience, our window to visit Sogndal with Sofia as our local guide was closing rapidly. On Sofia’s last free weekend at the folkehøgskule, Hil and I squeezed in a quick trip, traveling to Bergen by plane and then on to the village of Sogndal on…

  • Prague, Czechia

    Prague, Czechia

    Andrea and I have been teaming up lately for exercise, social events, Swedish practice, garden plans and now travel! We just returned from a short trip to Prague, where we managed a sampling of the city highlights. I learned a lot about Czechia, the Czech Republic in the process. The iconic Charles Bridge area of…

  • Puglia Part 3: Bari, Monopoli

    Puglia Part 3: Bari, Monopoli

    It’s coming up on a full year since our Apulian Adventure so I thought I’d better complete the record by posting the final installment. Last year I did two posts about the trip celebrating CJ and David’s 50th birthdays. Here’s a link to the second one… but left off just prior to our tour of…

  • Day trip to Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle

    Day trip to Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle

    One of my favorite family adventures so far! Seriously good tourism, right in our own backyard. On Saturday I was able to check an item off the bucket list. So simple and satisfying was it that I’m amazed it took this long. Three years ago my friend Lisa shared with me her brilliant twist to…

  • Pets and Pysanky

    Pets and Pysanky

    I’ve been walking a friend’s dog this week*. Lulu lives just a 5 minute walk over the bridge to the other side of the train tracks. Walking with her has been a nice way to explore a part of Lund I don’t see as often. She spends more time sniffing than walking, however, and quite…

  • Watercolor Magic

    Watercolor Magic

    This new AI photo filter is just too much fun! It’s free for the moment so I’ve been trying it on some of my favorite pictures. The results vary a lot. Weird things happen to parts of the image. it seems to struggle with people or if there are too many elements in the photo.…

  • Musical Interlude

    Musical Interlude

    Our Swedish choir leader seems to enjoy arranging opportunities for us to perform and socialize together. I suspect he also holds the goal of teaching us Swedish language and culture. This weekend he organized a retreat at a scouting camp in Österlen, Skane, a little over and hour from Lund. During our regular practices Gösta…

  • Musikaliska Interlude

    Musikaliska Interlude

    My époque française continued when I joined Carole, her husband François and the aforementioned Anita (yes, I shook the hand that shook the hand of the King and President Macron) for some musical theater in the nearby town of Hässleholm, a small town that is closer by train than by car! The town has a…