It seems that fate had determined
1996 would be the year I fulfilled a childhood
dream of overseas travel, one way or the other.
Had I not already planned my trip to Iceland,
Sweden would have been my first trip to involve
flying over an ocean across multiple time zones.
As it stands, I visited Iceland in late July
through early August, went back to work for
less than two weeks, then headed over the Atlantic
again to Sweden where I spent a week primarily
on business, before returning to the USA by
way of England.
It is unfortunate that much
of my time in Sweden was spent battling what
was apparently a nasty case of food poisoning
I got shortly before leaving the US. Because
of this, I was unable to fully appreciate most
of the traditional Scandinavian food prevalent
in Sweden, and sought nutritional refuge daily
in a nearby burger joint. Although it
certainly slowed me down some, the food poisoning
did not prevent me from touring around Stockholm
after the business was done each day, nor did
it keep me from enjoying a truly spectacular
balloon ride over the city. I wish to
thank the folks at the Sterling
Commerce Stockholm office for sponsoring
this unique opportunity to see Sweden by air,
as well as by land and sea.