On June 5th, my family woke up at the crack of dawn and drove off to Las Vegas from what once was our home in Northern California. The trip wasn't very eventful. We stopped at a few rest stops along the way and that was it. The one we stopped at for lunch was actually one we had stopped at many times before on various road trips.
|A song from U2' s Joshua Tree album played on random shuffle so I had this picture taken.|
In about mid-afternoon, we arrived in Las Vegas and checked into our hotel. We stayed two nights, walking done the Strip each day to find places eat dinner. We had been to Vegas before that, so we didn't go out of are way to see things, but we still did a fair bit of walking and I several photos.
|I find the Ministry of Magic!|
On Tuesday afternoon, we headed to the airport so we could wait for our flight, boarding the plane around 6:00 in the evening. Each seat had a screen where the passenger could watch movies(not so unusual, but awesome) and even track the flight of the plane(location, elevation, speed, etc). I watched two movies, but I also enjoyed tracking the flight of the plane. Though I tried to sleep, I only got a few winks of sleep. I have trouble sleep when traveling in cars, and apparently airplanes too, and once it was light out, it was impossible to sleep. Nevertheless, I was to excited to feel very tired. Once the plane began to land, I admired the landscape from above. The dark, snowtopped mountains and fjords of Norway were particularly stunning.
|I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again|
Around 3:00 in the afternoon, we landed in Sweden and took a train south toward Småland, where my grandma lives. We took a short train first, and then transferred to a train that we rode for several hours across the countryside. It was a comfortable train, equipped with tables and Wi-Fi, and it went at a speed of 200 kph. However, getting to the train, boarding, and unboarding was difficult. Between the four of us, we had seven large bags, four hand luggage bag, and a small purse. Each of the large back was filled to the limit set by the plane: 20 kilos, or 44 pounds, if you prefer.
When leaving the second train in Nässjo, we had to pile everything by the doors several minutes ahead of time to make sure we got off with everything. After the train ride, we were picked up and taken to a very small town south of Jönköping. Since arriving, my family has gone on at least one walk a day, exploring the area. We can walk to the grocery store, a cafe, and a small train station from where we're staying, but we mostly just explore. I now know the community very well. I have even found a hiking trail that leads to a lake. The path is about 8 km, there and back.
|This picture was taken at 10:00 PM|
Since it is summer, it does not get fully dark. At midnight, it is twilight out. The sun is down and a few stars are out, but it is light enough to see easily. Distant objects don't even appear as silhouettes. It was strange at first, but it's nice. I'm.but looking forward to winter lightning, though, when it gets dark in mid-afternoon. In Stockholm, there will only be 3 or 4 hours of daylight during the winter solstice.
|An old farm we drove to|
|After living in the drought-ridden California, it was amazing to see dozens of lakes in one area. This is the one we walked to.|
|This area of Sweden, Småland, has many of churches|
|I went to my first Midsummer Celebration!|
|Eksjö, a historic Swedish town|
|In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.|
I won't have any riding opportunities any time soon unfortunately, but hopefully I can once I get settled into a more permanent place.