Karlstad

 

Erik the Red, Anders the Bald, Kurt the Shaggy

Erik the Red, Anders the Bald, Kurt the Shaggy

We drove to Karlstad in our new car today.  Its a red volvo with 170,000 miles on it.  It cost under $3000 and was worth every penny.  Our hero, our King, Anders swung a deal for us at the local Volvo dealer.  Before his job with the Arvika ambulance he worked at the dealers.  John Swenson (names have been changed to protect the not so innocent) the owner, and Anders bickered, cajoled, mocked, teased, and mock bluffed their way to the price for over an hour.  The body language itself was wonderful.

 

The day in Karlstad was a total bust.  We spent 2 hours at the car dealer trying to pay for the car.  A word to the wise: Do not purchase Visa travel Money.  Fast, convenient and easy to use!  Lies, all Lies. We haven’t paid for the car yet!  Thank goodness John Swenson trusts Anders!  It could also be that the profit he made on the deal was 70 kroner (@$12)

The goal of the day was to purchase bikes.  Nope.  Nothing anywhere within our price range.  There were no bike racks left at BilTema.  We did visit a second hand store where the girls bought a few clothes.  There are two second hand stores in Arvika as well, so we should be able to outfit the apartment fairly reasonably.

We have become devoted fans of Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury.  We love Jessica and with the swedish translations at the bottom of the screen, we can practice our swedish at the same time!

Our apartment comes available to us Sepember 1.  We will miss Camilla, Anders and Leia.  Leia has a wonderful throaty laugh and she adores the girls. 

I visited Stina, my host father’s mother, and had fika (coffee) with her and Rolf, her boarder.  He owns an antik shop in town.  Stina speaks no english and I actually find that I understand a great deal of what what says.  Of course, there is no way to make sure as I can’t ask her for clarification!

Kurt has been feeling ill, bad tummy and aches.  He was bit by a tick and so we’re all a bit edgy about Lymes disease, which is also found in Sweden. Anders and Camilla are both nurses and they think about these things. We still (yes, I know, foolishly) haven’t figured the whole insurance thing out yet. The human services guy at work hasn’t been around much to talk to.  And yep, it’s on the list for Monday.  Work is tough right now for him.  Nobody talks to him and there is no training program to speak of. 

Sunday we shall hike in the woods, look for dragonflys and lingonberries.

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3 Responses to “Karlstad”

  1. kiERstEN Says:

    hey, i hope everything works out! miss u guys, and yarrow should come chat when possible. we should figure that out, so, hope yarrow hasnt gone runnin into the woods to become some princess warrior of the forest or anything 😀 hahaha

    lots of luv!

  2. kari Says:

    I hope you feel better Kurt, and everyone have fun in the woods!

  3. Judy Says:

    Hope everything works out. It took me awhile to get to the blog. Now that I know the “ins & outs” it should be easier. Retirement is great!!! I can honestly say I don’t mind going to work, only the people. We’re headed down to Anita’s for the long weekend. No rain yet here, it’s very dry.

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