Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's the Red, White and Blue One (With All the Stars and Stripes!)


I just couldn't resist this title, juxtaposed with last week's submission because my Red, White and Blue blood is running high right now after a simply perfect weekend in Boston celebrating Shannon (Rapo) Kelley and Mark Rapo's wedding. What does Boston have to do with Linköping? Well, nothing except for me, so that's good enough for a blog entry!

After throwing one memorable party related to my work here in Linköping, I was off to Boston via Stockholm, starting a long weekend that included a smooth flight to Boston, spending good time with family (Mom-Dianne and Brother-Todd, see pic) and friends from both high school and college as well as parents of friends and others from La Canada(California), though we were in Boston--the perfect place and time for a small reunion of people for me, almost 3 months into this European experience.

Some highlights were walking around historical Boston (Boston Common), exploring Harvard with Frisbee in hand, a long walk along the Charles River with a patient and persevering mother, great food and company at virtually every meal, the frequent visit to Starbucks (nope, I've found the one place in the world, Scandinavia, that has yet to succumb to Starbuck's worldwide domination attempt), the wedding celebration of the couple unlike I had ever seen before, drinks and dancing till dawn or close to it. So to all of you reading this who partook in these events, thanks for a great weekend and a refreshing and renewing time of being at home in the States. You are missed already. See you in December!

As for the flight back to Sweden, let's just not talk about it. Safe to say that leaving apartment keys in checked baggage is a terrible idea, one that makes a long night and day of travel longer and more expensive--just another story on this unexpected European adventure. I wish I could include more pics below, but there seems to be an invisible Blogger picture limit--if any of you know how to overcome this, please let me know. See you next week.

6 comments:

Todd said...

I have two favorite things in Sweden...neither of which are my brother. The first...Marabou Schweizernöt (Swedish chocolate for those of you who don't speak the language). And the second...Akvavit (some Swedish schnapps concoction). I've already finished the bottle and I'm looking for a New York distributor (not really, Mom!). Thanks for the Swedish love, Sean.

Ronan said...

somehow 'having a great conversation with robo' didn't make it into the blog... thanks sean. glad to see i was a highlight of the weekend. and what about being in the states when the dawgs beat your bruins? and when brady quinn finally remembered how to throw a football and call a few plays? thanks for all of the love sean...

Mom said...

'Twas indeed a great weekend with everyone. Hope the memories of your "not to be talked about flight home" have faded (hmmm---I guess this doesn't help, does it?). In spite of having shoes with higher heels on (short ones, thank goodness) I enjoyed our 5 mile walk along the Charles - unique to be sure. RE: the last two entries -- great colors on both flags!!! Love, Mom

sarah said...

oh seany-----
i was on the east coast this weekend too...if only we would have planned better i could have seen your brother....i mean you..Nice picture, keep them coming and don't be afraid to crop.love ya

Gabe said...

WOW...when I first opened up the website I thought I was seeing double Sean action...good to see you got to come back to the States for a weekend. Boston is definately a good place to come back for.

Anonymous said...

It was great to see you Sean and have a long dance party. But those Naturalizer shoe commercials are a joke.. you can't dance for 5 hours, or play basketball for that matter, in heels. :) Glad I can now keep up date with life of Sean in Sweden. :) - Mar