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En Stor (big) Update – Gamla Uppsala October 4, 2006

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Whoa! What happened. It seems that life has been so busy around Uppsala that I have failed to get out an update in the last few days. Fret not thebigswede faithful, it shall not happen often! Where to begin. On friday, Sept 29th my good bud Ryan Avery asked my other good friend Meg Kreuger for her hand in marrige. And she said…. yes of course! Congradulations to the both of them and I’m looking foward to being a part of that wedding. Meg leaves for Seattle today and she will be starting a new position at Nordstrom; grats again Meg! That will leave Ryan quite ensam (alone) but we have some plans to hang out often in Uppsala when he is not busting his butt finishing the Ph.D. On saturday Ryan, Meg came up to Uppsala and together with Karl we went and visited Gamla Uppsala just north of the city’s centre. The museum there is a must see for anyone visiting Sweden and had a great deal of information about Sweden throughout the ages and specific history relating to Uppsala – a major cult and trade center for hundreds of years. The church which dominates this old area dates from the twelfth century and it was very moving to walk through a place where so much history has taken place. The foundations of the church are actually built on what used to be a massive temple to the pagan gods Odin, Thor and Frey which was described by Adam of Bremen in 1070. Many sites in Gamla Uppsala point to old cult which the vikings followed over a thousand years ago. Every nine years the leaders of the tribes in Sweden gathered at Uppsala for a massive feast and to offer human and animal sacrifices to their gods. They hung the corpses of these sacrifices in the trees of a sacred grove which was described by Adam of Bremen and also by Snorri Sturluson. Many old kings and tribal leaders were also buried under large mounds in Gamla Uppsala. Often important chiefs were buried in large viking style ships with their armor, swords, food, etc so that they would be ready to battle and lead even in the afterlife. The idea is not all that different from the Egyptian pharaohs. Up top you see a picture of me by some of the burial mounds. Below here are Ryan, Meg and I in a small replica of a viking long boat outside the museum.

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We really had a great time and ended the night by playing some kings cup then getting some much needed sleep. Oh! I almost forgot. The day before (friday) some international friends from hotel Uppsala invited a bunch of us out to celebrate a birthday and we went to a bar called Birger Jarls. The bar was so-so and we ended up going to Snerikies instead (which was a blast) but not before I took a great shot of the lady friends – looking nice!

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I think that is enough of an update for now. Stay tuned for more in a couple days.

Mike

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1. Capt. Gars - October 4, 2006

Yeow! Looks like you’re having fun. 😉


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