Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Travel Day #1 of the Week: Palmanova, Spain to Upplands-Väsby, Sweden

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017:

The last few days of our EuroBall IX experience are upon us.

But before we discuss Exit week, let me touch on two things that happened yesterday on our excursion to the Cuevas del Drach.

First, on the bus ride to the caves, two 20-something British men sat behind us. We heard one of them complain that "All the signs around here are in Spanish."

Really, and in a civilized country like Spain no less.

The other note of interest occurred on the bus ride back to Palmanova as we passed near the Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca. We approached the Cathedral from the side opposite from where we visited the other day.

That is when we saw this unusual sight . . .

. . . an American football helmet
sculpture in Palma de Mallorca?

But why?

Maybe because . . .

In 2014, the local American football team, the Mallorca Voltors, were the undefeated National Champions of Spain's Serie B (Division II).

Could it be a tribute to that remarkable season?

I don't know for sure but I would like it to be true.

Now let's go on to discuss today's first of two Travel Days this week. 

Our week in  sunny, hot
Mallorca was done

The small village of Palmanova, about 20 minutes from Palma de Mallorca, was a GREAT place to just relax and watch the world go by.

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our week in the Balearic Island of Mallorca!

But, it was time to
return to Sweden

We will have Wednesday to say our final goodbyes and prepare for the trip home to California on Thursday morning.

 Laurie looked relaxed
as wee waited for our ride
to the airport

 At the entry to the Palma de
Mallorca Airport's Duty Free Store

I love Toblerone too!

Our flight to Stockholm
on Tui Air was on time

 One last look at the sunny
island of Mallorca

The three hour and 45 minute flight was another smooth one.

Once we landed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, we decided to take the train home to Upplands-Väsby.

Problem once we got
to the train platform

P.A. Announcer: "Until further notice, all train traffic to and from Stockholm has been shut down due to problems at Stockholm Central train station."

Oh, joy!

After about a 30 minute delay, we were finally able to board a train home.

Safely back in Aiki and Janne's home again, all was right in our world again.

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