We’ve been without internet at the house for over 2 weeks now. Arrgh!! (In that time, coincidentally, I’ve learned that the Swedish for ‘angry’ is ‘arg’. Hmm…) Anyway, since this is an online blog (you know, weblog?), it has severely impacted my writing, and your reading, experience. I do apologize. Please hang in there!
I’m working online from a free-wi-fi hotspot in a coffeehouse, which is why I haven’t posted anything lately. In the time since you last heard from me, we’ve been to Stockholm for 4 days (half a day of Fulbright recognition ceremony, 3 days of sight-seeing).
My biggest and most exciting development has been my continuing growth in Swedish-language skills. I still usually speak English, for the convenience of everyone involved, but a few days ago I spoke Swedish for about 3/4 of a 90-minute encounter with my manicurist (captive audience?). Anyway, it worked! For the most part I was able to come up with words, in their correct form, as I needed them, and to pronounce them well enough to be understood. It was downright exhilarating!!
It’s still cool here–temperatures and otherwise. We froze for 90 minutes of the airshow–more in a later post when I can take my time at home–and then went home. We’ve had company over, and fed them a Swedish-American lunch on Swedish National Day (June 6).
Pictures and more details on all of the above will follow.
We got train tickets today to get us to the airport for our return flight to the States. We’ll take the train to Stockholm on Friday, 6/29, and fly home on Saturday.
With any luck we’ll have our internet back tomorrow. (hope, hope)