Ross and I headed into town in the morning with visitors Cristina and Melissa to watch the raft race, Forsränningen. In the week before Valborg, students gather on the festival grounds and build rafts that they will ride down the river and over two small falls. They are all creatively painted, with accessories and costumes. The highlight is watching these rafts try to go over the falls, but the crowd around the bridges in that area was too deep to see through. We went upriver and joined Johanna (a fellow Linné clubmate) and Emily Kemp, who was visiting from France. We sat with them on the bank, surrounded by people picnicking with champagne and strawberries.
I think Ross took better photos with his camera, but he has it with him at work, so here are the pictures I took on my iphone (yes, Ross bought me an iphone! I love it :)).
|Lots of splashing between boats - and we saw two capsize. Not too good since they hadn't yet reached the falls!|
|Down the river, toward the church.|
After watching about 120 of the boats (I don't know how many there were) we walked around town a bit and got Thai buffet for lunch (cheap(ish) and yummy!). Then we retired to the castle hill where Ross fell asleep and the rest of us played Hearts.
|Ross relaxing in the sun|
|People sitting on the castle hill.|
|The crowd gathers.|
That evening we had a cookout at Bloden. We taught the Swedes how to make s'mores :)
|Adding more lighter fluid|
|Giant American marshmallows!|
|Emily trying to get a bit of stick out of her s'more. There was nothing there, she just got all sticky.|