Archive - July, 2011

The flights to, arrival, and exploration of Stockholm


I got on the plane to London from Chicago at 8:05 Sunday night.  I was able to get a Emergency Exit seat, which makes Robert a happy camper with leg room on eight hour flights.  I sat next to Al and Kathy, who both work for the Olympics.  Pretty cool.  Al was an Aussie and Kathy was a Brit.  We discussed accents and our respective careers.  It was a peaceful flight over.


In London, I met Rachel… or she met me with a tackle hug from the back.  We hopped on our flight to Stockholm with the goal to not fall asleep.  We both had our copies of Rick Steve’s Scandinavia out and were trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible before we were actually in Scandinavia.

They had wifi on the high speed train:

I don’t drink coffee:

Stockholm is made up of 14 islands, which help make it ridiculously beautiful.  The streets are cobblestone and all of the buildings are four or five stories tall creating all of these alleyways.  When you look down a major alleyway you can usually see water.  Well, that is how it is on our island, Galma Stan, which is where the entire original town was.  I found a neat hostel online that had rooms with only two beds and is the nicest and cleanest hostel in which I’ve stayed.  The room was a little cozy though. Continue Reading…

Rachel’s Post: Safe & Sound in Stockholm

Everything you already know about Sweden is true.

Yes, everyone really is blonde (and beautiful).

Yes, all furniture is made at IKEA.
Yes, they really do offer Swedish meatballs in every restaurant.

We arrived in Stockholm after 15 hours of travel. My body is violently rejecting the notion that it has been hurtled forward through multiple timezones. Just add 7 hours to your current time, and youll find us, living in the future.

We are staying at a hostel, built in 1747, on the island neighborhood of Gamla Stan, where “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series takes place. Stockholm is actually a series of 14 islands, connected by bridges. Each island has it’s own unique flavor (Imagine Central Park, Brooklyn, Edinburgh, and Tokyo all in one city). Continue Reading…

RTQblog is back baby! What? It’s only been two years…

Hello friends,

It has been a while since I have blogged and I have missed it.  Sunday night I leave for a two week trip to Scandavia with my best friend and partner in crime, Rachel King Baumann.  So, I will be blogging about those adventures here with pictures and video.  And trying to get the ball rolling again so I can keep blogging year round.

One of the things that had been holding me back from blogging was that I wanted to redesign the blog and switch formats and such.  Well, lucky for me, I met the media tech at the Lutheran Church across the street from Knox and he is an avid blogger.  He came over this week and we nerded out on our macs.  It was quite amazing!  Graham’s blog is and about Apple products.  Check it out.

In other news, I officiated my first wedding today, which was a really amazing experience.  I am getting towards the end of my lists of “first” as an ordained pastor, which is a good feeling.  I built a great relationship with the couple I married and it was a joy to do their wedding.  Also, I learned that this is the third wedding in three years for the bride’s side of the family and apparently the other two didn’t go so well.  At one wedding, the pastor preached about “meeting other girls at the bar” and forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride.”  And in the other wedding, the Father was so old that he fell asleep during the service.  So, the bar wasn’t set too high for me.  With all of that aside, it was a beautiful service and I pray for a great marriage for Jay and Lauren.

I will write more when I’m in Scandinavia!


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