Holiday Wishes

Ron and Jeanine A brief update and holiday wish from us to you! Happy Holidays! 2018 has been a year of exploration, loss, and milestones. We finished 2017 with a trip to Paris and were delighted by the city, the food, and the people. This summer we enjoyed a trip to Norway and Sweden. We…

My Favorite Day Trips

Ah, fall in southeast Minnesota! The past week has been filled with beautiful colors throughout the southeast Minnesota region. I had a feeling this was going to be a colorful weekend, after a rainy and cloudy week. As I waited patiently for the sunshine, I started to make a list of my favorite day trips…

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…

A Day in Oslo

Our Oslo Experience We just completed a whirlwind tour of Oslo. The weather was unseasonably warm (80’s) and wind from the north. I loved it!  I could spend days here just studying the architecture. The area has a bit of everything for architectural design and style. Possibly my favorite public space is the opera house…

The nutshell!

Sognefjord: A day in the fjords of Norway. Ron and I went on the “Norway (Sognefjord) in a nutshell” tour. Wow! This day trip featured some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. Some describe it as breathtaking, I would say magnificent! Each step of the way added a new view and element…

Bergen

Bergen, Norway The ship horn blows, the fragrant fish market bustles, and vacationers gear-up for another drizzling day in Bergen. This city has seven mountains that surround the harbor, which is city center. We enjoyed our tour of the city today, wandering through the quiet neighborhoods, touring the grounds of Rosenkrantz tower and Haakon’s Hall,…

The Goofy Blue Orangutan

It is 2 a.m. and a soft voice whispers to the camp counselor “my tummy hurts”. The young camper is clearly upset and didn’t want to wake up her camp counselor – however her tummy hurt. The counselor and camper got dressed and walked from their camp site to the health center. Once settled into…