Sorry it has been so long, it has been a bit of a whirl wind since I have arrived back in the states. But here are some more pictures of the end of the year and visit from Val and Jenny:
Wednesday morning we had a coffee/goodbye get together at the factory and I got to say good bye to Rebecca who will be going back to New Zealand to open up her own hot shop! Here she is with Ake:
They also gave out awards of sorts at the end of the year to students. I got one for being open minded, hard working and achieving so much in such a short time!
Shiny jacks (a tool) from Merano!
And Kirsten will be a real glass blower next year working in Norway! I hope to visit her next year :)
And here is Stig-Allan and Rosanne with me. Stig-Allan had to stand on his tip toes to be taller and right when the picture was taken instead of saying "cheese" he yells "JESUS!!!" it was HILARIOUS!!!
And me and the "cool dudes" Rebecca and Tove holding my jacks up like bunny ears.
Afterwards I took Val and Jenny to the Orrefors crystal museum where they had a table set up with all the glasses and plates they use at the Nobel Prize dinners! So pretty!!
After looking at all the super famous and hard cold working in the museum Val and Jenny got to try their hands at some flower cutting:
Then we went to Gåtebo for the day with Eva and Anders! We got to ride around on the boat some,
played Kubb where Eva kicked our asses! haha
And in general enjoyed TONS of sunshine and good food! Thanks for a lovely visit to Eva and Anders!
Then we took a train to Copenhagen, ok after Val and Jenny helped me pack and store everything! Such good friends I have, I would still be there packing if not for them I think! In Copenhagen we stayed in this really nice and brand new hostel right in the middle of town.
Jenny and I shared this two person room.
We walked all over the city, dodging rain storms and enjoying a beautiful city.
All over town were these elephants which had been painted and were for sale to help save the Asian Elephants or something. They were very good for remembering if we had been somewhere before!
Friday night we went to Tivoli a big amusement park in the middle of the city.
And of course ate sausages and drank beer!
Then we decided it would be a good idea to ride these swings!
They were great even though we screamed the WHOLE time and afterwards were VERY dizzy. But also that night Aqua was playing in the park! Yes, the Aqua that sings "Barbie Girl" had a concert in the park and it was AWESOME!!! I think they are Danish, or some sort of Scandinavian...
This is us with Val's friend Eric enjoying the concert. The whole park was PACKED there were so many people!!!
The lead girl singer had some awesome outfits on! Even this huge feather boa mohawk at one point!!
I think it was midnight when the concert ended and it was great! The whole park was lit up and beautiful and it was super nice weather!
We went back to the hostel, changed and went to a bar right down the road. Thanks Eric for not noticing the bunny ears in this picture! Sheesh.. haha it was good times, we drank and danced and avoided talking to young people. Haha, sounds about normal right?
Saturday we had a big breakfast and continued wandering around town.
They have bikes you can rent and ride around the city! It was great!
This is a very pretty and famous canal with lots of sail boats and multicolored houses.
Me and David:
"I thought the real David had his junk knocked off" - me
"they always show him in pictures with a leaf covering him" - Jenny
"then you can use your imagination... imagine it just right" - me
"haha right...." - Val
and then we nearly all crashed our bikes giggling!
Here is the The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Anderson's story... he was Danish if you didn't know:
And finally, like real tourists we got our picture taken in front of this big museum with our bikes :)
walked around some more...
And had a Danish Smorgesbröd lunch, here we have egg with roast beef, Danish meatballs and then ham I thinkÖ
We went and got fancy drinks Saturday night then pizza and relaxed. Our trip had exhausted us! It was so fun but went waaaay too fast!
Now I am back in Virginia, riding Justin and working at the barn some and living with Sam. I will not be blogging much since I won't be working with glass much. Hopefully I will be able to do some stuff in Star and if I do I will post it!! Otherwise, HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!