The first Swedish Project Video is done.

You can see the whole video here. It is a large download, so please be patient.

Dinner at the Urbz

Well, today's full house dinner went very well. Rose cooked, or I should say catered, a full dinner for our supporting bosses, staff, families, and students of the Swedish visit. Full bellies abound!

World's Oldest Tree

Swedish researchers have uncovered a stand of spruce trees with an 8,000-year-old tree root system in Dalarna, making it among the oldest in the world.

A week gone by...

Where has the last week gone? Well, let me tell you, it has been a blur! I honestly never had a chance to sit down and write a single sentence. I averaged about 4 to 5 hours of sleep per evening. So, you ask, what did I do that took all my time? LOL

We are all back in the U.S. with our Swedish guests. They are with us for the next 3 weeks. Lennart has his own
blog started. Here is a online URL translator, but please understand that the translation is rather loose.

In a nutshell, here is a abbreviated list:
• Snowmobiling (day and night sessions) & BBQing
• Spending time with Lennart and Yvonne at their Summer Home
• Ice Golfing
• Shopping
• Teaching
• Bowling
• Virtual Golfing
• Working on networks
• Visiting schools, teachers, and administrators
• Conducting interviews and gathering more video footage
• Organizing thousands of photos
• Working and Exploring with Mr. Nygren
• Meeting more wonderful people
• Skiing (which I have never done before)
• Watching a local Swedish movie called Varg
• and of course, enjoying Fika and Kaffé

I have posted a few more pics in the gallery, but I have so much more. Coming soon!

Jet lag has hit us all very hard. I think I caught a nasty cold from the trip home, and I find it hard to stay awake today (Sunday). We go back to work tomorrow. There is more AV work to be done in the next two months toward graduation than all of last fall. Stay tuned, because the incredible ride continues.


From Nicole Cory...

So right now I am sitting with Linda at her house, the both of us exhausted from a weekend at the cabin in the mountains. While we were there, we rode snowmobiles (or skooters in swedish) around the mountains, and it was too beautiful to describe. One thing that the Swedes have mastered that Americans forgot how to do is to have a good time without spending too much money and without a whole lot of effort. We had a great time riding around the mountain and chillin' with friends in a hotel. It was good to just relax and enjoy ourselves without stressing over anything. Sweden in general seems to me to have a much more laid back mood, and all the people I've met have been very friendly. Some maybe a little too friendly. For example, on my first day here, one of the boys in Linda's class bowed to me and kissed my hand, and then later asked me to dance. He then serenaded me by singing a Madonna's song. How touching, eh? They are all very good with speaking English to me, teaching me some Swedish words and phrases. For instance, when I want to take pictures of someone, I say "hej hästen" (pronounced hey hesten) instead of saying cheese. It actually means "hello horse," but it makes people look =). The school system here is so much better in comparison to American school, because the students actually get treated like adults. The teachers respect them and trust them, and it is more like a working atmosphere than a strict school (which we all know to be our school system...*cough-RIM-cough*). So, overall, I am rather enjoying myself here. I am considereing coming back next summer to stay with friends and visit people I met recently or have known from before. Many of the people I've met in Sweden seem already like friends I've known for years, and I hope to keep those friendships going.

--Nicole Cory