|The Swedish Flag flying proudly in the summer breeze|
|Linnea smiling for the camera|
This (above) is such a typically Swedish table with the flag, flowers and candles!
Notice the hands in the bottom left - that's how a true European eats - none of this shifting forks from hand to hand business we Americans do during a meal.
|My sister-in-law Kirsti with a relative|
|My brother Jay stood out in the height department, must be those Norwegian genes!|
And so was the food! Yum. Look at those tarts!
|The strawberry tarts look yummy!|
|The extended Blomgren family|
What an idyllic setting for a party! I love the lakes of Sweden, and how green it is there. I can see why Swedish immigrants settled in regions of America like Washington state, Oregon, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Those states must have reminded those early settlers of the homes they had left behind in the "old country".
I want a house with decking like this (below). That just looks so inviting for parties.
Inside is cosy with lots of light wood paneling and furniture from IKEA! (Well, it could be!)
|Nils (right) complained that the language barrier became a problem |
only when he was trying to get to know all the cute girls he met!
Although she is an American, my sister-in-law Kirsti was actually born in Sweden.
|Nils getting to know the Swedish relatives|
Don't you just expect a troll to pop out of the landscape above? Okay, maybe it's just MY cultural heritage talking!
Nils told me he was quite excited to meet another young man named Nils on this trip. And, amazingly, Linnea was one of three young women at the family reunion named Linnea! Yup. In the States, these are totally unique names! In Sweden, not so much!
|The three Linneas|