Monthly Archives: June 2015

Day 11: Trucks, Cars, Boats, and Strawberries

We got to “sleep in” today, meaning I didn’t have to be up until 7:30. Woo hoo! I did have to do some work before we got on the bus but for the most part it was a relaxing morning. … Continue reading

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Day 10: Paper, paper, and more paper!!!

6am came bright and early but we had to be on the road by 7:15 to make Stora Enso by 9am. Allison and I completed our on-board presentation as we were rolling up to the plant. I’ve been in various … Continue reading

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Day 9: Swedish Outdoor Activities – I think I’ll keep my day job

Today was an “off” day that was spent at an outdoor adventure area. We got to Ramkvilla at 10am and first had seven teamwork activities. My team competed valiantly but sadly came in last. However, one of the activities was … Continue reading

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Day 8: Crystal, Glen Campbell, and My Next Career as a Glass Blower

It was nice to not have to set an alarm until 8am! We didn’t have to be on the road until 9:30 as we headed south. Since I got such a great night’s sleep I was able to work on … Continue reading

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Day 7: Skylab is closer than we think!

Buckle up everyone – this is a long one! This was our earliest day so far. With a two hour drive ahead of us we had to be on the road at 6:45. Still coming off of the oversleeping debacle … Continue reading

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Day 6: Little Purple Pills and My Next Vacuum

Today was the first site visit after the ferry from Stockholm. 5:45 dawned bright and early but after my last oversleeping I wasn’t taking any chances. We were on the bus to promptly at 7:15 to go see how the … Continue reading

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Special Update: It’s Not a MN Accent, It’s a Swedish Accent!

I grew up in Minnesota and to this day retain certain major characteristics. I’m “Minnesota Nice” to my core and, though I don’t have the heavy “Fargo” accent, there are certain words and phrases that to the day I die … Continue reading

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Day 5: Design Failure as Public Tourist Attraction

Everyone successfully made it off the boat and onto our tour bus. We had a great guide who gave us a great overview of Stockholm’s history and all the major highlights of Sweden’s rise and plateau to what it is … Continue reading

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Helsinki Day 4: Scissors, Axes, and Why You ALWAYS Pack the Night Before

Oh what a day. The biggest lesson learned: have a back-up alarm set. Let me back up. So, last night I was at the hotel bar working on yesterday’s blog (go read if you haven’t) until 11:15 when I went … Continue reading

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Helsinki Day 3: Elevators, Watches, Scissors, and Jackhammers

We finally started the site visits. Overview of things I learned: elevators are much more interesting than I ever knew, Euro skinny jeans actually look decent on men, and Finns get bitter when passed over for promotion. Let’s start at … Continue reading

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