Tuesday May 17
Upon arrival in Gothenburg, we discovered that only one of our two bags had made it to Sweden. On the bright side, out friend Lars was at the airport waiting patiently for us to come out of the baggage hall, which we eventually did with one suitcase and a ‘lost baggage tracking code’.
After this delay, we had a one-hour drive to Lars’s place in Timmele, 8 km from the town of Ulricehamn , a municipality centre of about 9000. On arrival, Lars served a much-appreciated cup of tea with treats from the local bakery. Taking advantage of some glorious sunshine, the three of us walked to a neighbour’s house to view his garden. Bengt Olsson is the chairperson of the local gardening society, and his garden, which is still in the ’early spring’ stage, surrounds his bungalow with incredible beauty and diversity.
Back at Lars’ house, Heather and Lars prepared a pasta, blue cheese, ham and fresh vegetable salad for dinner while Gary worked on this entry for the trip journal and poured the beer!
Before retiring for the evening, a last check of the baggage tracking system provided by SAS (Air Canada’s Swedish Star Alliance partner) indicated that the lost bag had been found and was in the hands of the shipping company who would “endeavour to deliver the bag as soon as possible”. We think this is good news, but we will have to wait and see what “endeavour” and “as soon as possible” means!