Our day started out in the best possible way, with a traditional Danish breakfast provided by our host, DA Denmark Chair David Miller. While indulging in delicious pastries, David explained that the sweets we’ve always known in the U.S. as “danishes” are actually called “Viennese” pastries in Denmark since they originally came from Austria.
David had been interviewed earlier that morning on local television about the Supreme Court health care decision. We watched his recorded interview but frankly the only word we understood was “reform”!
We hit the road, passing the Salt and Pepper islands as we took first a tunnel and then a stunning bridge to enter Sweden. Our intrepid driver was wondering if they were perhaps a bit too civilized in Sweden, with a maximum speed limit of only 110 km/hr! We had over 500 km to drive so we whiled away the hours admiring the bucolic landscape, surprised at how familiar the Swedish words on the signs seemed (at least half the furniture in my house has a Swedish name).
After experimenting with Swedish fast food for lunch (Quaide does NOT like pork with his Kipling) and marveling at how everyone we met spoke perfect English, we faced our biggest dilemma of the day: which was a better use of our only plug in the car – a GPS in an unfamiliar country or our iPod? Silly Rabbit – everyone knows every road trip needs a soundtrack!
We rolled into beautiful Stockholm just in time for a fabulous dinner with our host, DA Sweden Chair Carol Adamson.
We enjoyed getting to know a number of different DA members and want to thank everyone, including Tom and Ingrid Miller who hosted several of us in their home.