Here we meet up with our Sonora friends Shannon and Stefan, who moved to Stockholm with their three fabulous sons last year. Arriving here is arriving at the true start of the Grand Tour.

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Entries from Stockholm, Sweden

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Hejdå Sverige

Goodbye Sweden–we’re off to the airport for the next leg of our around-the-world tour, this time to Budapest, Hungary.   If possible I’ll write from the airport, but there might

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Morning with Liam

On our last morning here in Sweden I nudged Liam out of bed so that we could bicycle to the boys' school and attend their opening ceremony. Here's a gallery of our ride, of the school, and of our rewa

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My breakfast with Liam

Back at the same café, this time with Liam. I promised him a treat that would change his life forever if he went on a morning bike ride with me to see the first day of school for the Lovgren boys. So

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A day out with the boys

School starts tomorrow for the three Lovgren boys. On this last day, then, we spent as much time as we could with them--strolling the old town, eating at our favorite outdoor restaurant, making ugly f

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Siren and a soccer match: The sounds of Sweden

Here are two sounds that you won’t hear in America: a police siren and the chants and cheers in a professional soccer match.Soccer and siren sounds,b    

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Sound of the Swedish language

  Here’s what the Swedish language sounds like through the mouths of the three Lovgren boys. It took them a year–well, much less than a year–to learn the language.

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Monday morning in Stockholm

Back again at the same café on a Monday morning, with the same latte and Parisbrulle on the table. The activity on the streets, however, is entirely different. On this Monday at 9:15am on August 19th

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Movie of Sweden

From jumping into the Baltic Sea to an outdoor concert at midnight with the Pointer Sisters, this movie captures some of our experiences during these magical two weeks in Sweden.      

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Stockholm Symphony

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Last weekend in Stockholm: soccer, festival, life

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Morning cafe in Stockholm

Saturday morning in Stockholm. We are down to our last five days here before heading off to Budapest, Hungary. I’m sitting at an outdoor café drinking a latte and eating something with “Paris”

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music at cultural festival

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Midnight in Stockholm

It’s nearly midnight out here on the streets of Stockholm. I’m sitting on a park bench outside Stefan’s apartment, looking up at the rare sight of a cloudless night. Some runners pas

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More Stockholm images

Soccer images, the cultural festival, bicycling in the park,... and donuts... plus, a late-night walk home.

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And again on the spot… in a Stockholm park

The rain and the thick Scandinavian clouds have gone away on this Thursday. Today is all blue sky without the usual hint of a gathering storm for the afternoon. Dolora and I jumped on our City Bikes a

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On the spot blog… in Stockholm

Dolora and I are in a park in Stockholm–she drinking tea, me drinking a latte–beneath heavy clouds that have somehow skirted us. Blue skies, leisurely afternoon, son in a soccer camp–

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Party night in Stockholm

A week of free cultural events has begun in Stockholm. Tonight: Afro-beat music.

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Soccer camp, biking, and Stockholm rain

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Stockholm–bicycling

Back in Stockholm after a week on the islands, and back on the internet after the rare experience of being disconnected for five days. We helped our friends the Lovgrens move into their new apartment

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Stockholm bicycling

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More island life–Swedish style

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I’m OK, You’re OK

But I’m not OK. I am trying to sleep in Stefan’s parents’ apartment in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. I am antsy and anxious, thoughts speeding around the course of my cranium, as turbulent as a

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We’re back… to Stockholm (Day 8)

Hello, blogophiles. We’ve been away from wireless for three or four days but we’ve kept up the writing. We returned to Stockholm and I had to learn the ways of the modern world: how to get

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No blog for a bit

off to a more distant island without wireless, so there probably won’t be any blogging for a few days. But please don’t disappear. We’ll be back, and we want you back. In the meantim

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Stockholm, Day 4

It’s 7:40am and I am down at the edge of the Baltic Sea in a rocking chair on a deck. I am the only one awake—odd, since I could’ve been down here hours ago. At 4:38am I rolled over in bed to lo

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Stockholm, day 3 (pt. 2)

How did this happen, us on a boat piloted by a strange Swedish man across the Baltic Sea to his cabin on the island of Uvo. Wasn’t I just in Linden, California, watching Liam play shortstop in 108 d

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I’ll Take Sweden, Ya Ya Ya

I’ll Take Sweden, Ya Ya Ya   From the air, Sweden looks forested and watery. Red farmhouses break up the expanse of green space. I learned later that red is a traditional color for Swedish homes, s

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Stockholm, Day 3 (pt 1)

Okay, out the door to go to a cabin on an island off Stockholm for a few days. They call it the “archipelago,” which is really a tasty word to say. Go ahead, say it. I can’t leave, h

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Stockholm, Day 2 (part 3)

It is now Tuesday, August 6, and still no answer to the toilet situation in Sweden. But if Woodward could unearth Watergate, I can get to the truth of Swedish toilets. Tenacious Toner, that’s what I

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Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air   We are on a big plane heading to Sweden. Eight seats across. Norwegian Air out of JFK.   The first sign of trouble is that each fabric-covered seat is stained. Not little vag

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Stockholm, Day 2 (part 2)

Just returned from a run, though “run” might be too inflated a word. “Stagger,” “mope,” “hobble”—more in that family of motion. Still, there was enough forward momentum to observe li

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Stockholm–day 2 (part 1)

Early Monday morning in Stockholm, 6am. The sun rises so early here in the summertime that it’s toying with my rhythms, tricking me into thinking it’s the 7:30 light of Columbia. But then again, n

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Stockholm–First glimpse

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Stockholm, Day 1

Early morning in Stockholm, getting caught up on sleep from our jet lag. We arrived 20 hours ago, and for all 20 of those hours Liam hasn’t left the side of Lukas, the Golden Child, he of the long b

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Sweden, Day 1: Arrival in Stockholm

Here are some shots from Stockholm

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NYC to Sweden

On our flight to Sweden right now, about an hour until landing. For Liam it means seeing his good friend Lukas again, his friend from Sonora. Their friendship began on the soccer field where his fathe