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Exhausted...but can't wait to share stories with you

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Stockholm and viking's graves makes this reporter overjoyed!

So I must start by apologizing about yesterday's nonexistent (at least to you) blog.  I sent it but for some reason it didn't post.  I think we have The problem resolved though so we should now be good to go.

Just so you know going into reading this blog that I am writing it at almost 1 in the morning and I got up at 6 o'clock this morning.  I'll be brief because in just a few hours I'll be up to travel to another city and give my fifth presentation of the trip...thanks for bearing with me.  If my sense of humor seems quirky you should attribute to my lack of sleep- but if we're both honest here we know that I am and will always be a bit off-kilter.  They love me for that here, or so they say :) 

Brief recap of yesterday's Houdini blog- I visited a Swedish television station where I learned that we use very similar equipment.  The reporters and photographers were very kind and spoke  in English so I would understand what was going on.  I will say when we went to the castle to interview the governor I was lost with no clue what the interview was about- I did surmise it was a positive story (because he chose to meet with us) and I think it was about fishing because there were posters of fish in the room we interviewed.  The nice thing is, you have to to trust me because the story won't air in the U.S.  I may really start to love this blogging...I can take all sorts of creative liberties.

The big news in Vesteras yesterday was the murder of a 16-year-old girl.  Murders are infrequent in this country, although that may be surprising as the average sentence for a murderer is  only about 10 years.  Rape will get you just 5.  I participated in a story about a man who worked as a "healer" helping people with ailments by calling on the spirits.  He molested and raped 7 of his clients, one as young as 14.  He received just 5 years in prison,  served only 4 and now is back in practice in the same city he was arrested.  The journalists here now can't show his picture for the story because he 'paid his dues' already.  We should feel lucky in the United States that we are able to get as much information about stories as we do.  I am also more thankful for our justice system, although I too realize it has its flaws.

Tomorrow I will be moving to a new city...oh the wine tasting from the night before was great.  I forgot to tell you in this take-2 of the blog.  I loved an Australian wine but didn't so much like the French. The entire table agreed with me which was nice.  Oh and I got to take a sauna in my host families home last night.  So far that has been one of the highlights of my trip.  I now know I need to work toward having one of those in my home.  They truly believe in the health benefits of using a sauna here in Sweden. 

Back to moving...I'll pack up and be in some other town.  I'd like you to know now that we are not promised Internet access in every city so if you log on and don't find an update know that I most likely don't have a connection.  I promise to you that I will make every effort to update this daily though since you are making the effort to keep up with me. 

OK now it's time for bed and an attempt to continue getting rid of this jet lag.  This cold weather and lack of sleep is starting to get the best of me.  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Enjoy the warm weather enough for the both of us.

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