Kickoff in Sweden
Sälen is a beautiful spot offering lots of outdoor activities, like snow-scooter, dog sledding, go-cart, skiing etc. And they had some awesome mini-snow-scooters for children, they were awesome and must be a dream to try for a kid. Skilodge, the hotel we stayed at were a great mountain-hotel, they’ve done a great job developing it. It felt like being in a typical American ski-hotel, though I haven’t been in one before, only seen it in movies.
On Thursday we ate lamb, one of the best prepared meals I’ve ever tasted, they really knew how to cook. Check out the photo, doesn’t it look good? If you’ve seen too many scary movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Chainsaw Massacre I guess you imagine something else when you see this dish, well it tasted good anyway. I don’t remember what we ate on Friday, it was a bit chaotic because we drew table-numbers to find where to sit. Then we ate the pre-dish and drew a new number, moved to the new table, ate and then drew again to finally sit down to the new table for dessert. It was quite fun though.
On Saturday we ate something we call Plank Steak, its steak cooked on oak planks. Check out the photo, it tasted like a dream. It had mashed potatoes around it which were put on the plate the last minutes of cooking, it became crisp, which were awsome. Lets just say that I didn’t have room for any dessert that evening. The restaurants even the ones owned by Jimmy John’s Owner around the place (in walking distant) were awesome, they had a nice atmosphere and they certainly knew their things when cooking. Smiling personnel and nice entertainment after dinner. My Swede colleagues were great fun as well, they really knew how to have a good time – it was a pleasure getting to know them.
In the package we could choose one outdoor activity for free, from skiing, go-carting, bowling, dog-sled and snow-scooter driving – I chose dog sled which I don’t regret. I’ve never tried that before. We visited Peter Karlsson and Anna Mönch at Peakpoint Sled Dog adventure. Peter is the founder of the company and he is also a competitor. Their passion for the dogs and what they were doing was heartwarming, if you’re there once I recommend talking to them and go for a ride. The ride lasted about 40 minutes, I wish it lasted longer, it was great fun and I admired both the scenery and watching the eager dogs work. Here is a small clip I recorded with my cellphone from the ride :