Part 1 of our 3 country European tour.

Sweden- Let me preface by saying this trip was a complete surprise and none of the family we were going to visit knew we were coming. This is family that we hadn’t seen in over 20 years. Two of my uncles that we visited lived here in the states with us while my brother and I were younger and then came here with their families. 3 of my grandmother’s sisters live here, the majority of their children and grandchildren. Lots of family to see in 3 days and since it was rainy most of the time we were there we didnt do much site seeing. HOWEVER, Im counting the days until our next trip! Hopefully soon because I miss everyone so much! You know how you meet someone for the first time and it feels like you’ve known them you’re entire life, yep that was pretty much everyone we met while we were there.

My brother and I always joked with our cousins here that we don’t look like them. We’re the darker ones and everyone here is super light. People have actually questions my cousin and I if one we’re really related and two how we’re related because she’s light skinned and Im dark, we just laugh it off and say yes we’re really related. When we met certain family members here, we were in awe of how much we resembled them and how my brother and two of our cousins could pass for brothers or triplets! It was crazy. Don’t worry the picture is in here to see for yourselves.

This is one of my uncle’s family that we stayed with while we were there. He lives out in the country area and its breathtaking. It reminded me a lot of Idaho when I visited a while back for work.

By the way, this kid decided to X the bottle on the first day we were there. Ill be doing a post about traveling with active toddlers later.

The sunsets here were magnificent. A photographers dream! But it also doesn’t set until 10pm. So theres that.

Jet lag at its finest.

Everywhere is so lush and green!

These are my uncles that lived with us in the states. Let’s just say that my uncle in the middle was shocked when he saw my dad.

Day 2:

We did a little more sightseeing on day 2, drove around and went to a couple of different places in between going from house to house.

Everything is very Scandinavian and so unique, every house looks different with the pointed roofs and colorful housing. The art history/designer nerd in me was really happy.

We went to a huge mall, turning torso and a local park that went on for miles. It definitely rained the entire day but we didnt care. Hopefully next time it won’t be raining.

This was inside the mall. Let’s just say our malls need to step it up. All natural and so lush. Think of the emerald city from the Wizard of Oz inside of a mall.

So my cousin, pictured below, his grandmother (dad’s mom) lives here in Sweden. We were all going to Italy at the same time but the day he left and go to Italy just wouldn’t add up. Well someone not only surprised his grandmother but surprised us as well and it was such a great surprise.

My beautiful aunts

Incase you were wondering, yes we grew up eating big family meals like this. Trust me its the best way to eat.

This kid is always in someones pantry.

Here’s the picture I was telling you about.

Day 3:

Day three was our last bittersweet day. The fist day was filled with happy tears seeing everyone and the last day was filled with lots of laughter, hugs and we’ll see you soon!

My dad meeting some of his cousins for the first time.

Until next time Sweden! We’ll see you soon!