Monday, April 16, 2007
Min Mamma Kommer Till Stockholm, Linköping och Prag
Earlier in the year, after my Dad visited Linköping, I took advantage of the simply summarized weekend to show off on Linköpinglivin the results of my months of Swedish language class. However, this time around, especially as my self-imposed weekly deadline of Monday night approaches, I think English will do just fine.
Since I was successfully able to wrestle my blog back from my brother this week, I can share that a much-anticipated visit from my Mom took place over the last ten days. Arriving all the way from Southern California in time for “Påsk” (Easter) and traveling from Sweden to Prague, Mom made quite the effort and her time included a little bit of everything Sweden and the surroundings has to offer.
After a long flight here and with virtually no sleep, Mom arrived to Stockholm early in the morning, thus only just beginning her day that included a walk around Skansen Outdoor Museum, witnessing the spectacular Vasa preserved ship museum up close and walking the cobblestone and tourist-ridden streets of Gamla Stan. At least the bright arctic spring sun helped keep her awake until that jet-lag reducing goal of 9:00 p.m.
We were welcomed to Linköping with a fantastic Swedish “Påskbord” (Easter table) provided by friends Andreas and Sara. Soon after this, our delightful Swedish spring reverted about six weeks and a Swedish snowfall became a memorable part of Mom’s Linköping experience. Being from Southern California, this was one of the coldest climates she had ever been in, and it was "only" 0 degrees Celsius (32 Farenheit). Finally, among other Linköping adventures, Mom was delighted by Gamla Linköping and even tried a little Swedish at “min svenskakurs.”
Eventually, we were off to meet multiple family members in Prague for a mini-reunion including my Dad and cousins, the Filipek family (Mike, Julie, Ashley and Devin). In addition to the stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture of Prague, this trip included the discovery of Prague in warm weather. This city only improves as the temperature increases as I discovered Mala Strana and the natural beauty of Prague previously overlooked during cold weather visits. Great Czech dinners, National Theater opera, multiple-course European breakfasts, breathtaking views, reading about the incredibly tragic and triumphant history of the people of Prague, all this made for a memorable birthday weekend, in a most unexpected place.
This morning, Mom’s latest European escapade came to a conclusion. While she is currently in the air (probably somewhere over the Midwestern United States at this point), her trip will never be forgotten (especially now that it’s captured forever in blog lore). Thanks for coming all this way, Mom. See you in July!
1. Mom (Dianne), Dad (John) and I sharing in Prague's best version of a "French" breakfast.
2. Prague Castle across the Vltava River at night.
3. Cousin Devin enjoying the Mala Strana Park view over the old city.
4. Mom and I in Gamla Stan with the wind whipping through the narrow streets.
5. The "Dancing Building" structure in Prague.