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Sweden Update #3

Tjena! I’ve realized this morning I last blogged about Sweden in March so let me amend that right away on Sweden’s National Day. The Swedes aren’t so big on the national day and there isn’t much going on in town, except for everything being closed. We have, however, had about two weeks of literally the best possible weather so I have no doubt everyone will be sprawled out on laws and rocks across the city just hanging out.

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Yes, my friends, the “euphoric Swedish summer” has arrived in Gothenburg and it is indeed euphoric. Temperatures hanging around 25*C/75*F, lots of sun, 4am to 11pm daylight. We suffer through the long, dark winter but when Spring arrives, it really arrives. I was so worried it would just never be warm, but this year it seems we are going to have some nice weather. There are plenty of cold-weather photos in this update because we start in April.

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Poland | Warsaw to Gdansk

Hej, it’s me – your wedding photographer travel blogger! I’m getting better at blogging right away, since that’s when I have all the memories and the motivation to process photos.

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I got back Saturday from POLAND, an incredible country rich in nothing quite so much as history. I learned (and forgot) so many things about Poland, about Europe, about communism and its fall, about the War. My travels in Europe make me long for an intensive European history course. If only the history books weren’t so damn boring. (Well, maybe actually visiting places is going to be more exciting than reading about it in any book).

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Travels | Budapest

Ok, I realize I still owe my readers a Copenhagen post. But that’s old news by now. Let’s talk about Budapest! Budapest was … amazing. Everyone is always comparing Prague and Budapest and that makes zero sense. They should be comparing Vienna and Budapest and Budapest wins hands-down.

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My favorite thing about the city is the architecture. Budapest had a shittton of money going into the 1900s, so they built scads of beautiful palace-like buildings and apartment complexes and mansions and opera houses and things all over the city right around the end of the 1800s. And they were riding high for 60 some-odd years until the first war, when Hungary lost 2/3 of its territory. Then WWII came along and that was something of a death knell for many years. But Buda is back in a big way and has been rebuilding, cleaning up and ready for action since the fall of the Soviet Union. Now it’s a damn tourist playground but retains so much character (in a way that Prague, frankly, does not).

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