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The other day my family and I took Zack to see the the Swedish bunkers from World War II, which are located in the forest of Höljes, close to the Norweigan boarder. Even though Sweden remained neutral thoughout the war, we still had men placed by the border in case the Germans would decide to attack us from Norway. I don't know much about these bunkers, since there wasn't many signs put up, but basically it looked like safe places for the soldiers incase of an attack. They would also be able to fire their weapons from within the bunkers because of the vantage points in the ceiling that would provide an accurate shot, no matter the angle. The bunkers can be visited at Höljes Skans.
 
Zack sitting on the rocks that were put up to stop tanks from passing through.
A small information sign to one of the bunks that said : "Safe room for 12 people".
 
The vantage points in the ceiling to shoot from.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Water well for the soldiers.
Towards the end of the field you could see this little house down from a steep hill, I'm guessing that it's been put up for tourists.
 
Stream that passed by the little house.
Our puppy, Ari, got to join us on out walk in the woods.
So did his brother Azzi.
Mom and dad peeking out from one of the barricades.
 
 
 
There was several of these bunkers placed out along the area.
They were open so tourist can see how they look like from within.
Dusting off after a climb back out.
My brother Erik and Jake's best friend Zack.
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8 juli 2017

4th of July 2017

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So even though Jake moved to Sweden from America, he still needed his beloved 4th of July! With his friend Zack visiting from Kentucky we of course had to throw a small garden party on the 4th with some close friends. My friend Janne was also here from Germany so it felt really special for me that we all four could be present since we all were such good friends in High School. Janne and I were living with the same family during our exange year so I consider her my America, and it truly meant so much that we could be together on this day. I had many ideas for this day but because of work and home projects we had to simply make a relaxed and simple evening of it all. We barbequed burgers, hot dogs, there was Budweiser, Coca-cola, and everything you might expect at an American cookout. We bought the garden game Kubb, and taught it to the Americans. Different for a 4th of July party, but we all had a lot of fun. We divided everybody into two teams and it ended up being very competetive and there was a lot of laughs! I was not able to get as many pictures as I wanted from the evening, matter of fact I feel like I barely have any, but it was alot of fun and I already have many more ideas for next year! A big thank you to everyone that came out, we are blessed to have so many good friends!
 
Sister love.
 
We missed our home in America a little extra on this day.
 
 Always force her to be a model for my camera.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 "Make Love Not Walls" T-shirt from Gina Tricot.
 
Zack and Jake being patriots.
 
Our good friend Fredrik went all in, loved it!
 
Hahaha, truly had best outfit and spirit, gave us all a good laugh. America will you adopt Fredrik?
 
My amazing friend Maria, so happy she came!
 
 
 
Present from Maria and Fredrik to us, they are simply the sweetest.
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4 juli 2017

Reunited

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On the 2nd of July I finally got to reunite with my german sister! I call her that because we lived in the same family in America during our High School year in Kentucky! We had not seen each other in two years so the happiness was indescribable! I also got to meet one of her gorgeous friends from Germany! They had been in Oslo for a weekend and I got to spend the Sunday with them! They actually ended up showing me new parts of the city that I hadnt seen before. Among them was the buildings at Aker Brygge and the street Youngstorget with it's beautiful view! I thought it was so cute how the food trucks were lined up on Youngstorget and the buildings around were all so beautiful! We had dinner at Peppes Pizza, which is a Norwegian chain of pizzerias! Next time I go, however, I have to try the food at the Taco Truck 4Gringos!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Make sure to visit Janne's blog www.janneseidel.wordpress.com