We've just returned from Falköping, Sweden, home of our good friend, Lars Nilsson.
Lars is a good guy:
He educated us on Swedish history, gave us a tour of Stockholm and the Gotenburg mall and introduced us to his really cool parents and their Swedish farmhouse:
They fed us well on Swedish country cooking, supplied us with plenty of hot coffee and gave us a detailed tour of their local church. The Nilssons are a great family.
We also heard stories of the more country types that lived around town. Those guys whose names end in -nny: Benny, Ronny, Kenny, etc. In addition to contributing mightily to the local flavor, Lars told us having a name like Benny gives you a significantly higher chance of finding yourself in the local Swedish jail.
Instead of wasting words, we'll let the photos speak for themselves:
We were lucky enough to be in town on the annual Cruisin' Night, which was a mind-boggling display of Bennies, Ronnies and Johnnies and restored American cars from the 50's...
If a conferderate flag in Sweden strikes you as funny, well it did us, too. To investigate, We had Lars interview two Swedish kids wearing confederate flag t-shirts. When asked about the flag, they responded that if you want to be a true car fanatic, then you had to embrace the entire classic car theme. (Based on our evidence, this means fuzzy dice, maybe a dab of pomade, Elvis music, and the Confederate flag)
Lars continued, telling them about the confederate flags history and asked, "Are you trying to say that you want to separate from Sweden?" All of a sudden, they got serious and responded "When hell freezes over."
Apparently, we shouldn't expect a Swedish secession anytime soon...
Here are some additional shots of beautiful Sweden: