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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 13 juni 21:16

When we woke up this morning it looked like it would start raining any minute, so we waited around thinking it’ll get better before we start riding the bike into the city centre. The weather didn’t change so Mom got the brilliant idea of taking the train with me in my carriage, and I was up for that.

Either we had a language issue again or Mom didn’t understand directions how we get to the station, so we, (read she) walked and walked asked for directions twice got different answers, so we walked back and called a cab.

The cab driver spoke perfect English and was born in the city so Mom asked him to drive us around and show us the sights. He did and asked for less than $10.00, so why bother with the train Mom thought, and I concur.

 

   


Poznań is among the oldest and largest cities in Poland The city population is about 550,000,


and the centre of trade sports, education, technology and tourism. It is an important academic site, with about 130,000 students and has the third largest Polish university. 


Poznań has often topped rankings as a city with a very high quality of education and a very high standard of living. It also ranks highly in safety


The cabdriver first took us to the archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in which is


one of the oldest churches in Poland and the oldest Polish cathedral, dating from the 10th century. 

 

 


There was a statue of the Pope too but Mom forgot to look at which one since she was more interested in the gorgeous flowers planted all around him.

 

 

   




The Imperial castle It was constructed under the German rule in 1910. We saw the Opera and many more very impressive buildings. 


     

 


Finally, we were dropped off by the market in the old town, and I caused quite a stir riding in my wagon. I suppose people have never seen a ShihTzu with his own ride before so many wanted to come and say hello thinking I must be very famous. What a great colourful place, we enjoyed every minute to the max. Mom bought cherries

 

   

 

Birds don't care about color..

 

 

2 bean bags placed outside a store for waiting husbands

 

  

 

We continued our walk to the Old Market Square. The Renaissance town hall, old houses, charming side streets, numerous museums, monuments, cafes and people walking about - all of them create the unique atmosphere of the place. and there was a flea market. Mom bought a colourful trivet.

     


At lunch, Mom asked for something typical Polish and was served BIGOS with 2 slices of bread. It was delicious. 

 

 

   

 


People here are very friendly and almost all younger people speak English. Mom spotted this lady in gorgeous purple hair and had to strike up a conversation, She saw me and fell heads over heels in love. I don’t think she ever wanted to put me down and I felt quite comfortable in her arms. She was from England so there were no communication issues. I thought they never stop, and why didn’t Mom introduce the Swedish custom of “fika” if they had so much to chat about?

 

     

 

Like I said, I was a HIT as always

 

 

 


The pigeons were almost tame walking and flying very close and I’m pretty sure they would have landed right in my carriage if I had something to offer them.

     

 

There were so many things going on everywhere, just sitting around people watching was fun.

This guy is blowing giant bubbles and of course, expecting money for the entertainment.

 

    

 

several fountains in every corner of the square..

       

 


the Lesser Basilica of St. Stanislaus, had a sign of No dogs allowed but since I’m special we walked in to take a quick look, I’m pretty sure God didn’t mind and it was totally empty.

 

 

 

 



The most impressive structure on the Main Square is the Town Hall at its centre. First erected in the early 14th century, it truly flowered in mid-1500s when Italian architect Giovanni Quadro of Lugano added the Renaissance loggia, attic, and classical tower, earning the structure acclaim as “the most beautiful Renaissance town hall north of the Alps”. Unfortunately, a catalogue of historic disasters - including a 1675 fire, 1725 hurricane, and WWII bomb damage - have resulted in the sad reality that today little of the original structure actually remains, though it has been faithfully rebuilt to retain its status as the city's showpiece.


Every day at noon two mechanical billy goats emerge from a door above the clock at precisely noon and proceed to butt heads twelve times. Simultaneously, a trumpeter plays the town’s traditional bugle call from a balcony. The bugle call dates back to the 15th century, and the goats have been ramming heads since 1551. Replaced and restored over the years, the present pair has been at it since 1954. Of course, there’s a half-baked legend to go along with them: when the clock was completed in 1511, the governor of the Poznań province was invited for the unveiling. The hapless cook preparing the celebratory feast burnt the venison, so he went out and managed to steal a pair of goats to serve instead. Alas, the goats escaped and traipsed up to the top of City Hall, where they began butting heads, amusing the collected crowd and the governor himself, who decreed they be added to the clock. We missed that event but instead met two talking goats.

   

 


see what you can create form a couple of pallets.

 

 

 

young brothers playing the accordion for money, the youngest 6 years old

 

 

 


There was so much to look at and such an interesting place, 

 

 

 


in the middle of all these sausages, something was burning? It was coffee stuffed inside bread which gave off smoke to keep bugs away


 


       

 

Mom and this man had some kind of talking with the hand's conversation, I think he tried to tell how he got a bump on his head.

All Mom could do was smile and wish him good luck

 

 



Finally, I think it was time to return to the campsite where Lucy was waiting for us. The moment we were ready to get into the cab this sweet old lady showed up to love me. She spoke Polish, German and English and told Mom she was 92 years old. It was pretty close that Mom was going to let the driver go because she wanted to know more about this sweet lady. I was glad she didn’t because I’m bushed and wanted to go home. Mom said we sure missed out on many interesting stories…………….oh well, next time I’m bushed.

 

 

 

we got home safely although we got a ride from a taxi driver that'll put the Manhattan cab driver in the dust. It was rush hour, cars everywhere and cable cars, and bike cyclist and people ............did I tell you I'm bushed?...............

 

 

Good Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNONS
Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 13 juni 08:12

We didn't leave the camp until noon despite Mom getting up before 5 am, she said she had so much to do...…haha.

We took a long early walk on the dock looking at all beautiful sailboats. Mom admired this wooden ship the most. 

     

 

This is a good way to live on a boat without getting seasick says Mom, but what about the afraid of hight issue?

 

 


The owner of this camp sure loves gardening, it was like walking in a botanical garden and many trees had labels with names and origins, so we ended up making more than one walk around it all. As we were leaving we saw 2 ladies on their knees planting more flowers, and we didn’t think they could make it any prettier.

 

   

 

we saw a big RV which Mom thought was an American because of the signs, but they only spoke German, anyway he had really cool hubcaps.

   

 


We have a new window box with a talking road map, Last years Alice has retired and now we have a lady named Linnea who tells Mom when it’s time to turn. Linnea is talking a lot more than Alice ever was, so Mom is getting a little irritated when Linnea tells her to slow down for a sharp curve or warns of a narrow road and tells her to mind her business. I bet she’ll apologize to her when she gets lost though.


We told Linnea we wanted to go to Poznan, which shouldn’t take more than2.5hours driving on a highway. As usual that bored Mom to sleep, so she went against Linnea and took off an exit and kind of winged it, and that immediately perked her interest. ..............………..whooopie, my old Mom is back to normal


We drove through small villages and a lot of farmland and forests. The road was pretty bumpy at times but so much more interesting according to Mom. We drove through miles of pine forests, Very tall trees that were planted in exact straight rows Some trees younger and also planted perfectly in line so they looked like a Korean army.


The supermarket has a ladybug as a logo so that’s easy to find, and as you all know that is Moms favourite kind of shopping. She finds it so exciting looking at all the different delicacies not having a clue what she’s buying, and the language is impossible to understand. Polish people do not speak English, German or Swedish, at least not in small villages. So far Mom has only learned to say Thank You………...Dziekuje?? it is pronounced jen-koo-yea………

 

 

 


An excellent woodcarver must be living in this town which was called Kwilcz,

Seems like every word and place in Polish includes the letters Z and C, often more than once which makes it impossible to pronounce 

 

 

 

When we finally arrived in Poznan Mom drove around the city many times trying to find a legal place to park for the night. The Polish language is impossible to understand but the picture of a tow truck picking up your car is international, so in the end, we drove to a campsite and paid14 Euro for a night.I’m glad we did it’s a gorgeous place with a security guard and the lady in the reception spoke great English.

 

For a while, Mom thought of staying here for the night but after a walk around she spotted the towtruck sign again.

This girl was jogging with her dogs lead strapped around her waist..............not a great idea because as soon as he saw me he wanted to stop and say hello, and pulled her down on the ground. Good thing she didn't get hurt and at first, the dog looked ashamed and sincerely apologised to her with lots of loving kisses.

 

   

 

 

Supper was new potatoes (with a dab of Hellman's)from Sweden and herring from Poland……………...Looked gross to me so I didn’t give that a second look, but Mom seemed to enjoy it……..

 

 

 


Pretty soon we'll be biking into Poznan, it's only 4 km so I'm sure Mom could handle that, hopefully, she will not get lost this time, like she usually does in bigger cities.

 

later alligator

 

 

 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Måndag 11 juni 11:16

After a very dramatic weekend are we now in Poland and it looks like Mom will survive the ordeal.

Saturday night Mom got violently ill, vomiting and………….well you know. She was sweating and shaking freezing at the same time, and when her hands and arms started to tingle I got really worried. The ambulance guys showed up and checked her heart with a machine and put a cuff on her arm to check the pressure, which was through the roof. Not knowing what that means I was afraid she’ll blow up? I was so scared I forgot to beg for treats like I always do when we have visitors.

As it turned out Mom is ok and the guys suspected a food poison. They said they’ll take her to the hospital but what about me? Mom stayed and after a day she felt a little better. We are both very grateful we hadn’t left Sweden and got help so quickly.  

On Sunday morning she felt a little better so we continued driving south, following the coastline which is beautiful. We made a few stops to enjoy the sights and Mom trying her shaky legs.

   

 

We arrived in Ystad which is the city the ferry departs to Poland and we had no plan to get on it until Mom feels 100%. We parked and watched other ferries leave but when Mom checked the tickets she noticed a great deal on the price so there was no question about it, Mom figured she can rest on the ship

 


The ship still wasn’t full and there were mostly men in their gigantic trucks, We had a little room to ourselves so after a shower, we both went to sleep and woke up in Poland.

 

 

The ferry was pretty nice they even had a litterbox for me............some people seemed to think it was their ashtray, so it was also full of cigarette butts. Seems like every single truckdriver smokes a lot, cough and smoke, cough and smoke it even sounded like some of them were going to get sick all over themselves.

   

We arrived in Swinoujscie (try pronouncing that) around 8 pm and was looking for a place to park for the night, and we found it in a small town called Wolin. Probably the only name in Poland that doesn't include a few Zs and Cs............It was raining which we decided to send north since the Swedes really needed it.

Me sleeping on the floor under the table so I can keep a close watch on Mom

 

 

We awoke to the sunrise and went for a walk in an almost deserted town.

 

   

 

we met 2 fishermen sitting by the river, I don't think they caught anything because neither one of them were smiling when I tried to strike up a conversation.....

      

As we walked under the bridge we heard a scary sound, like it came from deep down somewhere. It turned out to be pigeons doing their thing, and the echo from the metal beams made it sound spooky.

 

 

 

This stone marker commemorates the death of Danish King Harald Bluetooth on what may have been the site of the legendary Viking fortress, Jomsborg, located in a park near the Dziwna Channel of the Oder River, year 986, which, according to legend, was the result of a fight just outside the gates of the fort

 

   


Harald Bluetooth, who may have gotten his nickname from a bad tooth, he was also known as Gormsson, because his father’s name was Gorm



   

I have no clue what this thing is, but it looks mean and dangerous

 

 

We continued south and since Mom couldn't log on to the internet she tried stopping at a McDonald (free internet all over the world) but didn't get help there either. For some reason, her own modem didn't want to connect? and there is free roaming within the EU countries. 

We ended up taking into a campsite that had WiFi so that problem is solved now through tech support and hopefully it'll last for the rest of the trip.

This town is called Szczecin ........a tongue twister for sure. 

 

The roads here aren't very nice from what we have seen so far, it's like driving in Queens NY bumpy patches everywhere. That doesn't stop the Polish people though, they drive like they are on AutoBahn in Germany. 

We are taking it very easy and leaving the road as often as necessary.

 

now it's time for an afternoon nap for both of us. Mom is almost back to herself so tomorrow we'll be up for new adventures 

 

bye for now  

 

 

 

 

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 8 juni 20:45

Thursday around noon we said "see you later" to Lotta and her roosters and drove south.

Driving slowly enjoying the gorgeous countryside stopping for weewee brakes for me and stretches for Mom. We drove until she got tired since she really wanted to get to the Baltic Sea. This is a moose we didn't have to worry about running in the road 

 


The first night we slept at a big parking lot very sandy and dusty, and even if it was pretty lonely there it was ok for one night.

   

 


weather still sunny and it has become extremely dry, which shows on the fields which are turning yellow. I feel really sorry for the farmers who don't have artificial watering systems.


We continued our drive very early in the morning before it gets too hot and finally arrived at our destination which was Ale stones. 

Before I tell you the amazing story about that, I have to talk about the gorgeous road we're on. It's a small narrow road winding around the rolling hills where fields of wheat and other grains are moving slowly from the breeze. A lot of bright red poppies line the road.

     


Driving along on a narrow road we spotted a small vegetable stand where we stopped. It was self-serve, take what you want and put the money in the box. Mom bought tomatoes, potatoes and the sweetest most delicious strawberries, none of any interest to me, as everyone knows by now, I prefer shit. 

Yes, I am cute, but a shit eater, I like it all and to Moms horror I found sheep shit and dried cowshit a delicacy too. There was plenty of both on our walk to the stones


tones.     

This most southern part of Sweden is very different from the rest of the country. It's mostly farmland and the barns are built of bricks and often whitewashed, compare to North where barns mostly are wood and painted red.

Many roofs are made from straw, which is an old craft that unfortunately is dying out

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The Ale stones is one of Sweden's most enigmatic sights. Some believe that the 59 stones is a burial monument. Others claim that the stones has served as an ancient astronomical clock , as they are positioned so that the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter.


However, there is a consensus that the stone ship is the largest and best preserved in Sweden. The 59 stones are placed with the formation of a ship and are 67 meters (219feet) long and 19 meters (62feet) wide at its widest point. The monument is believed to be originated from the early Iron Age (500-1000 AD).

 

 

 


One thing is for sure: You can not help but feel amazed at the history when you are standing on the hill 37 meters(121feet) above the roaring Baltic Sea, looking out over the monument. There are so many theories why these stones were placed here over 1,000 years ago. I didn't really feel it but made sure to make my mark by giving most every stone my scent.

     

The path up the hill was a little strenuous in the heat, and Mom was so proud of me walking along without complaint. The view was breathtaking she said and she stopped often to take it all in. I believe it was to catch her breath and take pictures, but I was on a mission since I caught the scent of sheep poop.

 

     


After looking at the stones Mom ordered one of her favourite Swedish dishes fried herring with mashed potato. It was delicious she says. I did get a small taste and I have to admit I've tasted better things............oh like chicken shit? Mom says with the look of disgust on her face. 

 

 


Mom usually doesn't buy souvenirs on our trips, but she couldn't resist this gorgeous mug. She said it makes her smile? I say we'll see about that tomorrow morning at breakfast, and if she isn't smiling, I will remind her

 

 

It's bedtime now, Good Night all, see you later alligator

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 



Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 6 juni 22:04

Today is Swedens National Day and the King Queen and all the princes and princesses are dressed up and waving the flag outside the castle in Stockholm. That's pretty much all there is about that.

Every year we visit with Lotta it has become a tradition to visit Blankaholm Guesthouse and eat potato pancakes with bacon, carrot, and lingonberries. There’s no place on earth that makes them better than here says, Mom and Lotta. I liked them too, they were good but not as good as the bacon.

   


We drove around the inlet passing several small villages and took a walk through the woods to the beach. The water didn’t look inviting at all, not even for Lotta.

       


Today Mom moved Lucy to a neighbors yard (to get away from the cock-a-doodle-doo)and a bee farmer showed Mom his bees.

According to Mom, it was very interesting, buzzing bees aren't my thing so  I watched from Lucy.


 

Mom got to hold the bees while the farmer took out the queen to mark her and cut a little tip off her wing so if she would get the idea to leave the hive she wouldn’t get too far with her gang so the farmer can get them back.


 


I thought it was pretty brave of Mom to hold a bee on a finger but she knew it was the kind in the gang that didn’t have a stinger, the farmer had told her so


 

It has been a very interesting day, now it's time for a tinkle and then to bed............



Av EvaLena Hallgren - Tisdag 5 juni 22:32

After a lot of difficulties about loading the modem, we're finally having wifi again. Mom tried all morning to figure out what was wrong and finally realized the girl at the store installed the 20 G that Mom paid for on someone else's modem. It took several hours to correct the mistake while I was left alone guarding Lucy.

 


 We are at Lotta's house now and this will be the third night.


As soon as Mom turned on to the country road to Lotta’s house I knew we were almost there. I stood up in my seat looking at all the horses and was super excited to get to the surprise she had promised me, hoping she had bought those delicious rawhide bones Mom never buys because Dr. Grigsby said they’re no good for me.



Lotta wasn’t home when we got there but I found the surprise on my own, it was 2 roosters and 4 chickens. They scattered in all directions when they saw me, so I had to chase them to say hello but they were so stuck up they wanted nothing to do with me.

 

 

 

 

I quickly lost interest in the chickens when Morris caught my eye. I’m pretty sure he remembers me because he didn’t hiss at me like he used to but he didn’t allow me to get as close to him as I can get to Lilly.   



  

Selma who was a kitten when we first met was pregnant and had run away, maybe she planned to have her babies somewhere else. No one had seen her for two days and everyone was worried about her but all of a sudden she showed up, kittens still in her belly. We don’t know why she ran away but maybe she was looking for the Father to her babies to tell him to take responsibility for his actions, we’ll never know

Although I lost interest in the chickens I quickly discovered they shit everywhere and since I’m a big shit eater and to my Moms horror I quickly munched on a few. That resulted in a bath and my freedom is gone. I’m on lock up and on 24/7 surveillance. Mom says it’s for my own good because chicken poop is very bad for me and her. As a matter of fact, I may have to visit a doctor today since I’m not pooping for the second day and Mom is worried.

     


I haven’t been eating well either, (according to Mom) but I eat everything in the morning and take my medicine without a problem, but when my evening meal is served I flip the bowl over and refuse it.

I quickly learned to beg for goodies from Lotta and her friend, especially her friend can’t resist me and he pretends he doesn’t hear Mom’s scolding and gives me as many goodies as I want, and Mom doesn’t have the heart to tell him NO

Swedish people do swim in icy lakes all the time and Mom said she used to also, but now when she tries she freezes as soon as her feet get wet which she get teased about a lot. Lotta jumps right in like a polar bear.

 


The weather is still amazingly wonderful, sunny and no rain in sight, which many now are asking for, The grounds are dry and there’s a huge fire hazard everywhere. Temperature drops considerably at night which is great when it’s time to sleep. I wish the roosters would sleep in, yesterday morning they started crowing at 4 AM and never stopped. Mom said she was ready to kill, but instead she had a serious talk to the rooster at bedtime, and this morning he kept quiet until 7AM which is ok we think.

 

These bird poops everywhere and my coat was getting pretty gross, so Mom threatens me for not being allowed in her bed unless I have a bath. I contemplated sleeping under the table but after a second thought I gave in to the bath.

The bath water was freezing ...................it's not easy to be Moms dog all the time

 



The dryer made me warm very quickly and I sure slept well cozy up in the big bed. 


 

The temperature here is now in the eighties during the day and only 50 at night.............

All is well,

Good Night all 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Lördag 2 juni 22:29


The backup camera is in place and Mom is really happy about it and the help she got was invaluable because it was no way she could do that herself. Can't really call it wireless when there were cables and drilling involved, but if you think about it, the camera needs to get a signal when Lucy is in reverse, which means wire connected to the backup light

 


It’s done and it works wonderful, many thanks to the lady who lent me her husband for a few hours.

 We left in the afternoon before the dance started, and I was pleased not having to listen to a lot of noise.



 

I thought we were going to be at Lotta’s house today but Mom got too tired so we had to pull over and sleep.

Sweden has never ever been this hot for so many weeks in a row, and it's all people talk about. It has been in the 80ies every day and since Lucy does not have AC it becomes pretty tiring. Mom bought me a small table fan that connects to the cigarette lighter, and it helps a little. Mom tells me it's cooler in the back on the floor, but I prefer to ride shotgun so I know what's going on. We're staying by a lake


 

There's a cat living here too but not a very nice one. He/She follows me around and every time I stop to smell the flowers He/She sits down to stare and hiss .....I do miss Lilly

 

 

 

As soon as the sun goes down at 10 pm, it cools down considerably and that's a blessing so we can sleep. Of course, the new ceiling fan helps a lot too.

This is the sky at 10 pm

 

 

I think there's always ducks at lakes so I have seen them so many times I find them completely uninteresting. Mom thinks the babies are so cute so she just HAVE to feed them.

   

 


time to turn in Good Night 

   

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Lördag 2 juni 09:38


Yesterday we said goodbye to Ove, Elvy, and Helge and drove south a couple of hours to meet up with a gentleman that offer Mom help with the backup camera she bought.

The ad of the camera said it was cordless so Mom thought she could just slap it on and it’ll work but after reading instruction it turned out to be a lot more involved, like drilling and wires for a sender and other stuff Mom doesn’t understand. Here's the first casualty for the season.


 

We met up with this gang of super-gigantic buses which was remodeled for luxury living. Our Lucy looked like a little ant in this company.


   


We are parked on a field next to a big barn that once housed several hundred cows, but since having a milk farm aren’t very lucrative anymore these smart farmers made the barn into a dance palace, so every weekend people show up to listen to their favorite band and many do line dancing. Last week it was a Pink Floyd cover band. Too bad we weren’t here than Mom says. I say I’m glad not having to listen to so much loud noise.


 

Early morning we went for a walk exploring and a very friendly cat came and made figure eights around Moms legs and purred very loud. He was bigger than I so I kept my distance and the cat respected that.


 


A lady in the barn saddled her horse and went for a ride, and as Mom watched she was dreaming about doing the same, but from experience she knows she's unable to do so. Se’s afraid of heights hahaha

I got a whiff of those delicious meatballs that horses make, but unable to get a taste since Mom watched me like a hawk.


   

This place is so idyllic now, but I have a feeling it’ll get much louder tonight, so I hope Mom drive away before the band shows up.

   

At the moment the camera is being installed and I got locked up in my carriage because the drilling terrified me. 

Mom thinks this man is amazing who so kindly offered to help a complete stranger. I licked his leg for a long long time to let him know I appreciated it too.

That's all, for now, folks........................love Buttons 





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