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Stockholm or BUST!

It takes 18 hours or so to drive from Stavanger to Stockholm. By some definite divine intervention, our plucky little station wagon made it to and from Sweden in one piece. We had some worrisome moments, but I tell ya…blessings come from going to the temple!

We carpooled with our friends Amerigo and Sarah and caravanned with the Steffensen clan. Amerigo and Sarah are originally from the Philipines, which meant that our car was full of a combination of English, Tagalog, and Norwegian the whole drive! So much fun!

Amerigo

 

Of course, we had to stop along the way for a Norwegian hot dog picnic.

Cousins

Rotten watermelon discus

Cousins

Mother and daughter.

 

We wound along the southern coast of Norway, stopping for church in Kristiansand along the way. It was a seriously gorgeous drive! We passed fjords, lakes, rivers, and countless waterfalls. I don't think I will get over how beautiful Norway is as long as we live here. We stopped for the night in Drammen (just outside of Oslo and about half-way to Stockholm) and stayed the night with our stake president's family.

Our stake prez. and wonderful son-in-law.

 

We crossed the border into Sweden the next day and the difference was strangely immediate. For one thing, the speed limit suddenly increased from 70 km/h to 110 km/h! (Go Sweden!) In addition, I had never noticed there were no billboards along the side of the roads in Norway until we started seeing them along the highway in Sweden. The landscape also suddenly became rather boring (sorry Sweden!). Where Norway is full of winding roads and small quaint towns, Sweden was one loooong tree-lined road. With red barns. Lots and lots of red barns.

Ikea in the Motherland!!

Speed bump tee hee hee! (yep, we're still 12 years old ladies and gentlemen)

 

Oh Christmas Tree
Awww! Our first Christmas tree as a married couple!

 

I know. It’s precious.

 

We discovered that not having a car makes it a little difficult to get a Christmas tree. It was quite the puzzle. Also, Norwegians decorate their trees much later than they do in America. (Tradition says on the 23rd, although some are starting to do it a bit earlier) Luckily, a tree lot FINALLY opened up within walking distance of our abode this week!  So, with only a week left before Christmas, we marched ourselves down to the harbor and bought our first Christmas tree off of a boat that brings trees from the north every year.
Now it’s officially officially Christmas!

 

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The Christmas Tree Boat

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Yup! Post-tree-picking dinner at Burger King! Fast food has become such a treat!

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Chris walked the tree all the way home. So hot :)

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Merry Christmas!