Saturday, September 02, 2006

Adventures with Anders - Chapter 2 and a half

Anders and I biked into town to get some groceries and on the way we stopped to check out this church.
Orkestra Church - Judging from the runestones in the area, the contryside around Orkesta has been inhabited for at least 1,000 years. Orkesta church was built of granite in the late 12th century. The original building consisted of a rectangular part, a lower square sanctuary and an even lower aspe in the shape of a half circle. The vaults of the aspe in the sanctuary date back to the building of the church, while the brick vaults are from the mid 15th century. The mural paintings probably date from the 1460's. The crucifix is from around the year 1300. One thing is for sure, this church is old.

We went further down the road and passed these cows. Anders suggested we get sticks in case the cows decide to attack... I wasn't worried, really.

ok, maybe a little bit.

We made it passed the cows and found this ancient rock carving, an ode to some dude's father who had seatled on the land and died. It was a tribute to his memory.

Then, as we were leaving this cow attacked us! ... well, not came over and turned it's head as if to pose for the camera, but for a moment I thought I was going to get smashed. Then I thought, no it's just a nice Swedish cow being friendly. I shouldn't be so prejudice. After we left the happy cows we rode off to the store to stock up on groceries and do a little recycling... In the U.S. we smash our cans to save space... a big no-no in Sweden. They have these machines that read the bar code and spit out a receipt. If you crush the can, the machine can't read it and refund the deposit. Clink on the link below to see how it works.


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