Goodness I feel like so much has happened since we last spoke. Time is flying by here and I assure you it's not because I'm sleeping the time away! It's past midnight now and I can't wait to go to bed after a long and eventful day.
I'm in my third host families home now. I will have about eight by the time the trip is complete. We are moving about twice a week. Right now I'm staying at a couple's farmhouse which is beautiful and very Swedish looking in terms of the architecture. The house, like most homes here, has just one bathroom for the whole family. They asked how long I needed to get ready in the morning, to which I replied, 'about 40 minutes' and they looked in shock. "My goodness" they said "you'll look like a raisin when you get out after that long." I quickly understood they were planning shower schedules and assured them 5-10 minutes was plenty of time. It's funny some of the miscommunications that happen with these language differences.
Today we did our fifth Rotary presentation in a city called Skultuna. They served us an amazing meal comprised of schnitzel, mashed potatoes or as I call them 'mashies' gravy and peas. It was delicious! Finally a meal I could truly enjoy. Each member of our five member team discusses a different topic at the meetings. I chose to discuss agriculture because I am so familiar with it from reporting. I also am in charge of talking about industry and business in our state. Everyone is curious to know how the oil spill will affect our area which makes me feel like this is a small world. People in Sweden truly care about how we can recover from this tragedy.
We left the luncheon and headed to the next city on our list, Turping. They treated us to an excellent dinner of salad, potato salad, pasta salad and lasagna. We're not talking about the kind Garfield loves to indulge in. This was quite unique but tasted great, especially on an empty stomach :) You'll never believe what the musical act was- a tribute to Billy Holiday! The singer was actually from England and had an amazing voice. It was funny to be in a smaller Swedish town and be greeted by songs that make you feel at home. One Swedish man in the crowd kept hollerin' 'yeehaw.' Guess that's a catchy phrase to yell since it's made it's way across the ocean.
Alright time to bid you farewell. I've got to call it a night....oh I almost forgot. Surely you are wondering about me birthing the babies. The home I'm staying out has a pig who is expecting tomorrow morning. I've volunteered myself to help deliver the more than a dozen piglets. She told me it can be rather graphic, we'll say, but I am game! I can't imagine a more special experience- delivering baby Piglets on a Swedish farm. I can't wait to hear their first little oinks. Wish me luck!
Tonight we headed to a local pub to enjoy dinner and a live musical performance. For dinner I had
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