09 July 2009

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The trip to Sweden:
It was the perfect mix of familiar and new. Shay and I traveled down one side of the coast and up the other; did a lot of sight-seeing and wandering and hostelling. Later we spent several days in Karlstad, my Swedish "home," and we got to spend the midsummer holiday with friends there. All things considered (including the part where we had to wear SWEATERS and COATS for several days in JUNE), the trip was a sweet success. In a word, delightful.

Right this minute:
I'm huddled in a library cubicle at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Shay is working on a research project here, so we've been staying on the U of I campus this week. I've found Champaign to be a rather dull place. The city is small, and eerily empty in the summer. Luckily I brought books. Lots of books. Also looking forward to a day trip to Chicago on Saturday.

Up ahead:
Utah, we love thee! Shay and I are making a road trip out of our summer pilgrimage to the Homeland. We'll be in southern Utah for almost two weeks, from July 18 - 30. I would love to organize a get-together if any Utah friends want to get-together. E-mail me if you're interested and give me some dates and times that you're free. Alternatively, we can just assume that we will probably run into each other at least once at Cafe Rio.

And now:
I offer you my standard-issue slide-show travel report, complete with shaky, grainy video (thanks, Shay!) and mediocre snapshot photography (that's my specialty!) So wait for your motion sickness meds to kick in, be sure to use the restroom before starting the show (it's lengthy), and buckle up. It's going to be great.

11 comments:

jen said...

Do I have to e-mail or can this count as expressing my desire to get-together? I communicate best via blogspot comments.

Also, Carter may get blessed the 26th and Devin is for sure speaking in church that day so you should come.

Crystal said...

all i have to say: i love that you guys travel!!

Heidi said...

I'm with Jen - I do better via blogspot comments as well. I DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE YOU! I'll be with the fam at a cabin in Idaho from the 18th to the 24th so hopefully we can swing a rendezvous sometime after that. If not I will make a mad dash to the nearest Cafe Rio. :) Oh and I will call you in the VERY near future!

Heidi said...

PS Loved the slideshow! I especially liked your statue pictures. You're a natural. Really. :)

Heidi said...

(heidi stock, different heidi than previously commented)

very cute slideshow. and i would like to know the names and artists of these songs ppppplease :)

Ashley Lauren Trunnell said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this slideshow. It looks like you had quite a lovely trip. I agree with Heidi about music, I loved it. See you when we are both in Lawrence at the same time again!

Breona said...

WOW. sweden huh? It really is a beautiful country. I can't decide which star I liked visiting the most. But I did like the one with all the flowers gathered up in bunches on the table and I LOVED the last star with the AWESOME buildings and ships so close to each other on the ocean. What a great adventure.
I am a tad bit confused....Did you live in sweden while on a mission? that is my first guess. or did you live there for school? hmmm.
AND FABULOUS video. way to go. love it.

Matt Anderson said...

I would love to see you both! Have Shay give me a call 4354679177

jen said...

Yippee for real mail in my mailbox! Thanks.

Heidi said...

Can anybody hear me out there?! Where is a post my friend? We are really looking forward to a new one soon... :)

Tigger said...

Lex, thanks for the slide show. It was really fun to see you and your hubby! Looks like you two have lots of fun adventures!