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the end of the holiday

December 27, 2018 - Christmas was a whirlwind of family and delicious meals and frozen walks in the snow. On the 24th, we had traditional Sw...
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Frost and fika

December 23, 2018 - We spent today running errands and preparing for tomorrow. Here in Sweden Christmas is celebrated on the 24th, right aft...
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Haparanda favorites

December 22, 2018 - After a quick visit by some relatives, the only thing I wanted to do today was get out to Taavolagården and have fika fo...
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FINALLY, WAFFLES

December 21, 2018 - We said goodbye to the posh Hotel Diplomat early this morning, and I just want to share that the Swedish word for elevat...
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Stockholm!

December 19, 2018 - I'm back in Stockholm with the Viking for another magical Swedish Christmas! This year we have just a couple days in the...
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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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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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