That was a very long trip home! 34 hours door to door! It didn't make it better that both K (stomach bug) and I (sore throat, fever and severe rib pain) were sick. I would say our daughter handled it best!
We had no jet lag whatsoever after we arrived in Sweden, and no jet lag it seems now when we are home. Sure I am a bit tired, but no problem falling asleep or getting up at the new times. I think a little has to do with I immediately adapt to the new time zone and follow that time's day/night cycle.
I had been worried S would have a hard time, especially after reading about Jacal's kids' jet lag problems, but no, no problems at all!
S went to school this morning, very happy to do so. If she feels tired she can always nap during nap time there. I have to get a Remicade infusion today, but I am not sure if they will let me, since you are not supposed to have one if you have any active infections. Either way I want to go, since I get to talk to my rheumatologist beforehand, and my ribs are killing me. It is just regular joint pain, but it is a real difficult pain to handle when it is in the rib cage, since you are constantly moving the sore area when you breath. We will see if he can do anything about it.
When it comes to our trip to Sweden I haven't had much desire to blog when on vacation, not that my dear husband would let me get access to the laptop that much, he worked quite a lot over there. I did take a lot of pictures, so I think I will add some of those in chronological order and write about some of the stuff we did.
My feeling is just that it was such a relief to see everyone and know everything is still there. Just being able to hug people and sit down and have conversations, to take in the beautiful landscapes, to walk barefoot on the grass, smell the wild flowers growing on the un-mowed road sides of Gotland. To pick flowers and wild strawberries wherever I wished. To eat a Top Hat ice cream and read Vecko Revyn. The list goes on.
The combination of Gotland and Stockholm was great, even though I think K greatly prefers city life of that in close proximity to livestock... Those flies in the country side of Gotland drove him nuts! (We stayed in Ardre, just outside Ljugarn on the east coast of Gotland).
S got 2.5 weeks without TV, but with lots of outdoor play, animals and just being a kid. It really amazed us how she and her Swedish relatives her age got along without any problems, even though they don't speak each others languages. No problems there at all!
I also managed to get all the Swedish goodies I bought through customs without them seizing any of it, and I have a huge number of Swedish pocket books as well as several new additions to my cook book collection. I felt like a tourist on Västerlångatan and Drottninggatan buying all kinds of Swedish souvenirs. A Swedish viking to hold your tooth picks, anyone?
More to come soon...