June 8th, 2007
A typical Swedish breakfast is a bowl filled with Buttermilk tasting yoghurt, corn flakes on top and lingonberry jam. Today I came to the realization that my visit to Europe is not only important for me to see their cultures, but for me to represent the United States the best that I can, although most of the people I have met understand that the policies in the US are not representative of all the people, they still do not expect much from us. I have made a conscious effort to be very aware of myself and how my words and actions might be understood.
We visited a small town today by the sea, and a restaurant called Hello Hello! - which was a very kitschy place, with a very funny owner. We sang birthday songs for 2 people in the restaurant and he found out that I was from
Later this evening was Ulla’s birthday celebration. Her friends prepared the food, Ulla made her cake, and we all had a beautiful time together. I felt that this dinner was very important for everyone to bond with each other.
The girls showed me how to play a Swedish lawn game outside called “koob” – its easy enough that everyone can play, but it definitely takes skill in aiming. You have to knock down your opponent’s blocks and eventually knock down a large king piece in the center of the field by throwing a block, but standing backwards and looking through your legs. We then had cake a played pictionary… I couldn’t have had a better time. They really know how to bring people together.