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About harrynmelissa

We are enjoying a Swedish Adventure--5 months in Linköping, Sweden, where Harry is conducting research under a Fulbright Scholarship. He and a collaborator are trying to create a compound which can be used for radiologic imaging to diagnose neuro-degenerative diseases earlier, when they are more treatable. We arrived on January 26 (halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox) and will be here until June 30 (a week past the Summer Solstice), and are writing about our experience of Swedish life "up close and personal."

Reflections on our Swedish Adventure, as we fly home

We took the last train from Linköping to Årlanda Airport in Stockholm on Friday afternoon, spent the night at the Radisson SkyBlu Hotel inside the airport, and left for Chicago in the morning. As our plane made its way across the … Continue reading

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Friends

We’ve had a busier social life as a couple in Linköping than we do in the US. We’ve done the dinner circuit with Peter & Cissi (pronounced Cee-cee) and their 2-year-old daughter Elsa; Per & Åsa and their daughters Maya … Continue reading

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Harry’s retrospective

The University and the lab is slowing down for the summer and I am wrapping up my work; I gave a summary seminar on Tuesday. Even with the inevitable delays finding materials and equipment, thanks to the occasional Care package … Continue reading

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The June 3 Saab Air Show (late entry)

As I said earlier, the much-anticipated air show was, more than anything, COLD!! Although it’s probably less than a quarter of a mile from our house as the crow (or magpie) flies, we didn’t get to access it that way. … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Eve…

…is Sweden’s biggest festival of the year, a celebration of summer, the longest day, flowers, life, friends and family. It’s a time we’ve been looking forward to from early on, glad that we’d still be here to see it. It … Continue reading

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Tourists in the Capital—Djurgarden Museums and a Family Visit

We never did figure out why, but Saturday was a big day in Stockholm. We were lucky to get seats on the bus headed out to Djurgarden, where most of the museums are. The “parking area” near the back door … Continue reading

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Tourists in the Capital: Gamla Stan and the Nobel Prize Museum

Stockholm, on the east coast of Sweden, is located on several islands. Our difficult (or easy)-to-find hotel was perfectly situated for sightseeing, within easy walking distance of Gamla Stan (old town) on one island and a bus route to Djurgården … Continue reading

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