Knock on that Door!

Opportunity is knocking. A door, do you perceive it as as welcoming or a barrier? While touring Norway and Sweden, I started to take pictures of doors. Most of these photos are from Stockholm. As I wandered I kept thinking “these are exceptional”! Then I started asking people about there perception of a door. The…

Weekend Nature Break

Parks   The butterflies were catching the breeze and flitting from plant to branch, the bees were busy communing with the flowers, and we were enjoying a stroll. I took a deep breath in and remembered the days of my youth when we were busy cutting and bailing hay. I love smell of grass. There…

A Grand Finale

Stockholm Today we finish our time in Sweden with a lovely walking tour of Gamla Stan (Stockholm) and dinner at Magnus Ladulas. Ron and I enjoyed our time in Norway and Sweden and hope to return in the years to come. We enjoyed the exceptional weather and views, engaged with locals and tourists, and loved…

Swedish Hospitality

    The Erickson/Erkers/Erkes Family Reunion (30, June 2018) We were greeted by Ron’s distant relatives with warmth and hospitality. In all there were eight Gangeness family members at the gathering from Minnesota ranging from 65 to 4 years of age (roughly 50 overall attendees). Our itineraries varied, however, we all gathered in Leksand to…

A Swedish Village

The Leksand Experience  The lupine are in bloom in northern Sweden (Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine). Everything is beautiful. I kept asking, what is the word for beautiful in Swedish, and they would say skön.  My response, ah yes, this is a beautiful region. My most frequently stated comments were: “Beautiful” “Everything smells…