|Hugo and I discussing how green it was. He thought it was just fine.|
I quit because I couldn't take the stinging nettles anymore.
|Chasing down the juniors at the sprint cup final.|
Monika and Baptiste even made numbers for everyone!
During the camp there was a sprint cup. Each training day there was a short (800m) sprint race with SI. At the end of the camp there was a chase start to determine the ultimate winner. I missed one of the sprints, so I started the chase start last. Julien tried to start without a map, which explains the amused smile on my face :)
|All the juniors at the ANCO camp.|
|Ma and Sandra pointing to the WOC 2012 terrain.|
|See you in Lausanne!|
My birthday was also this week, and I'm feeling a bit old. It doesn't help that many of the Linné members are years younger than me. I was able to celebrate my birthday twice. Once with Sandra and Marc (Marc came home for lunch and we made grilled cheese! Yum!) and once with friends from the club. I've met some fantastic people here, and last night we had a special visitor at the door:
|It's a donkey!|
|And the donkey brought me a present!|
|Lisa and Sebastian's cake. As usual, beautifully decorated!|
|Apple crumble is perfect fall food, my favorite for this time of year. My favorite cookies were the dying sheep.|
|And, as this was a very special occasion, we even bought wine. Which you can only do in about 5 stores in all of Uppsala.|
And, to cap off a great evening, they sang happy birthday in Swedish. It was great, but we all look a little awkward. When they all stood up at the same time I thought it was a mass exodus. And what does one do when everyone is singing happy birthday to them? I apparently wave the cake knife around like I'm conducting. Maybe the awkwardness is just part of the fun :)
It continues to be a beautiful fall. Yesterday morning I went out for a run at 9:30 and it was a balmy 0°C. Still it was beautiful:
Lisa and I went on a long line-o in the woods and we were breaking through a thin layer of ice in the swamps. We were smart (not weak) and avoided some of the swamps that looked extra deep. Somehow wading up to our knees in ice cold water wasn't appealing. This morning, fortunately, it was 10°C and it felt like spring. Winter isn't here yet!
As this is now getting long, so I will end, but I wanted to mention a few other highlights from this week:
1. Boris bought us Ticket to Ride Europe and a new game Agricola. We're played Ticket to Ride for three days in a row and I horribly lost all 3 games. Strangely, I almost always win Ticket to Ride USA.
2. Thursday was intervals this week and I think Kristina and I were the only ones to do all 5 intervals (ok, we did drag Boris and Ross out on the last one after they had finished). That makes us super hardcore. Consequently, all my muscles from my stomach down are sore. No pain, no gain.
3. Mari gave me the best book ever - Swedish Cakes and Cookies. All about baking Swedish desserts and it's written in English.
4. I've discovered that the Minuteman Library network has books you can borrow for your Kindle. I've read a lot of mediocre books lately, but they have all been free!
5. It seems that people are having trouble posting comments to the blog, but I have no idea how to fix that. I'll email Blogspot and see what I can do.