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Nobel day 2

December 5, 2005

I’m off on vacation for a while while I attend the Nobel Festivities. While this is my second trip to Stockholm, it will be rather different as a Nobel guest staying in a 5-star hotel. Last time I was here I was a poor recently graduated college student at the end of his backpacking trip. While pizza and kebabs were nice, I think I’ll get a better taste of Swedish food this time around.

I came rather early with my parents, thanks to a convenient business trip to the east coast. So while today is my second day in Stockholm, nothing really starts until tomorrow (when there is a tour of the Nobel museum). Eventually, we’ll end up with 28 family and friends here when all is said and done. But arriving with my parents did have its advantages. We got to hang out in a private room in the SAS business lounge during our layover in Newark. When we arrived in Stockholm, we were whisked away from the gate via limousine to a private VIP lounge with a respresentative of the Royal Academy of Sciences and my father’s personal handler. We handed over our passports and baggage tags, and half an hour later we were climbing back into the limo pre-packed with all our bags.

I haven’t done much as of yet, but I did walk around Skansen with my mother, aunt and uncle. This is probably the last time I’ll have a stretch of free time with my parents, as starting tomorrow my father is busy with receptions, meetings, rehearsals, and interviews. I’ll leave you with a picture from the top of Skansen, taken at 2:30 PM – we don’t get much light here this time of year:

I’m sure I’ll have more interesting things to report in the coming days. Be sure to check out videos from last year to get an idea of what I’m in for.

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