|Ross and Boris, along with many other teams, at the starting line.|
|And they're off!|
|Sam anchoring her team in second place.|
I broke from my tradition of running first leg and was assigned to anchor the second Linné team. Our first runner ran well and handed off in 5th. Our second runner had a great race and passed all the teams in front of her to hand off to me in first! I made a big mistake on my first control and the team behind me passed me. Luckily things got better after that and I managed to hold off the other teams and finish second. I stood on my first Swedish podium with my teammates and took home my first DM medal!
|My first medal!|
You can read an article about the relay here.
|Two OK Linné teams on the podium.|
Of course, we have lives outside of simply orienteering all the time! Before Patrick headed back to Ireland, we all played an epic game of mini-golf. This was the hardest course I have ever played and it took us about 2 hours to complete it. We were there far after dark! The Swedish family that started after us eventually just skipped past us, finished the course and went back to do the holes they skipped - all in about half the time it took us! We have some practicing to do.
|Uphill to the tiny hole that led into the roulette wheel.|
|Yes, you had to launch the ball off the ramp and into the basket.|
|Taking a careful shot to take the lead!|
|Patrick sending another team's ball down the hill.|
|Sometimes croquet can be a frustrating game...|
|Dark weather at the soccer game.|
|Boris wondering what one does with all the strange cooking supplies.|
This weekend we tested out our house and strange cooking utensils by inviting 6 people over for dinner. Bara and Martin are friends that Boris made when he was living in Uppsala and who are now living in Stockholm. They came to visit along with Andrew, an orienteer we met ages ago from Ireland, who is also currently also living in Stockholm. Our clubmate, Lisa, also came over with her boyfriend Sebastian. They live right across the street from us and were able to run home and get a larger pot when the chili was overflowing from our only big pot. And Mari also joined in on the fun. We baked blondies and Bara brought a chocolate cake, so everyone was quite full by the end. We then taught everyone how to play Taboo :) Major props to all the non-native English speakers for playing! I find the game hard enough in my native tongue, but they were brilliant.
|Intently listening to Boris during Taboo.|