I’m Sweet on Sweden

By Rosemary McDaniel
This item appears on page 43 of the March 2018 issue.

In our essay contest on the topic “I’m Sweet on Sweden,” our winner — with an unconventional submission — is Rosemary McDaniel of Trenton, Florida. She wins a 3-year extension to her subscription to ITN, and her essay is short and, well, you’ll see. 

My Trail is Australia” is the subject of our current essay contest for ITN subscribers. If you have been there, in no more than 300 words (note: 300 words), describe your own observations, experiences and encounters in Australia that evoke a sense of its people, culture and atmosphere.

Email your essay to editor@intltravelnews.com or send it to Essay Contest, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. Include the address at which you receive ITN. The deadline is April 30, 2018. A prize will be given for the winning essay, which will appear in ITN.

Now here is Rosemary’s essay.

What could be sweeter than exploring Sweden in a brand-new Volvo?

Mountains, meadows, moose and miles of wilderness. Evergreen forests, wooden windmills and houses with tiny windows to keep out the harsh winter cold. Gigantic woodpiles for winter warmth; rustling leaves of birch trees. The rocky Bothnian coastline and pristine lakes filled with boats, large and small. Ancient cathedrals, open-air museums with Bronze Age rock carvings. The Kingdom of Crystal, with the famous glassworks of Orrefors, Kosta Boda and Mats Jonasson. Brightly painted, carved, wooden Dalarna horses. Mosquitoes in Lapland large enough to carry away kittens. Menu items of elk (moose), reindeer and interesting flavors of aquavit. Clean and comfortable accommodations and clean, healthy air. Wonderful, friendly and helpful people.

These are my memories of Sweden, and that’s why I’m sweet on Sweden!

Trenton, FL