Last day in the North

December 27, 2016 - This was our last full day in Haparanda, and we were lucky that the snow finally stopped and the skies cleared for us th...
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sparklers

December 26, 2016 - It snowed again today and absolutely everything is white. It's breathtaking, if not the most fun to drive around or trud...
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Haparanda Time

December 25, 2016 - ​The last thing we did on Christmas was go to the cemetery to light candles for Robert's family members who have passed.
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White Christmas

December 24, 2016 - We had planned on relaxing at home today. Instead, we got an offer we couldn't refuse. Robert and Roland's uncle Lasse h...
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Green Christmas

December 23, 2016 - With only one day to go before Christmas (in Sweden it's celebrated the 24th), we had a bit of shopping to do, so took t...
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Northern lights, reindeer games

December 22, 2016 - ​I wrapped up my post of ice hotel photos about 2:30 this morning. Restless from a post-dinner espresso, I kept checking...
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ICEHOTEL

December 21, 2016 - We put up Christmas last night and went to bed early so we could head north to Jukkasjärvi first thing this morning. It'...
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Stockholm to Luleå to Haparanda

December 20, 2016 - My niece Sydney had to take a train through the ice storm in St. Louis up to central IL, then another train up to Chicag...
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Swedish Hospitality

December 18, 2016 - Jessica's kitchen window looks like it belongs in a magazine. She's got the whole house decorated so perfectly. Even on...
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Hooked on a Feeling

December 16, 2016 - The week before we left for Sweden I came down with a righteous sinus plague. The Saturday before our flight I went to t...
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The best kind of day

December 15, 2016 - The house where I'm staying is so profoundly quiet, and the blankets are so perfectly toasty, it's easy to just keep sle...
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Christmas in Sweden

December 14, 2016 - The Viking and I left LAX at 2:15 pm on Monday. We flew for about 11 hours and landed in Stockholm late Tuesday morning.
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