Kickoff in Sweden

18012009709We stayed in Sälen, Sweden this weekend where I attended my first Kickoff with our new owners, over 90 new colleagues to say hello to, which I enjoyed a lot. They were fantastic!

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.

15012009687On 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.

17012009708On 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.

17012009700In 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 :

One of the lifts, the whole area was filled with lifts and hills, for all ages.

Sälen by night, outside the hotel. At the coldest we had about -16 degrees celcius.

I’m glad I didn’t have to drive to the airport, the weather wasn’t very good on the way back. My boss got us safely to the airport.

A fun car we met on our way home.

Our appartment, a very cozy one.

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

11 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    That sound like an awesome weekend :D!
    Do you think you can send me the address and Info for the dog sled rides?
    My Mom is in Norway right now and they sometimes hop over to Sweden for shopping.
    Maybe it’s somewhere close to where they are and she can convince her husband to try it 😀

  2. Looks like a fun trip. Now I’m hungry from seeing all that delicious food.

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  3. Monica says:

    Hi there! I haven’t stopped by your blog in a while and then WOW that’s alot of snow! 😉

    I hope all is well!

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  4. Debbie Lane says:

    what fun! I love the idea of drawing numbers for tables between courses. I will remember that for my next event. The dog sled ride looks like so much fun, especially to someone who lives so far from that reality. Lucky you, then again, you deserve such a great time.

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  5. Margaret says:

    What fun you must have had — the dog sledding was way cool! But then again, you probably knew I would like that 😛

    I sure wish I could have been there to enjoy that lamb. My mouth is watering just from the picture! I haven’t had a good dinner with lamb in a really long time.


  6. Karen says:

    hi, im droppin by from entrecard! saw your blog from my inbox, thanks! You got very good food pictures, Salen sounds like a really nice place to go to!

  7. hiphop says:

    more fun more fun and more fun 🙂 Is what I loved. And I got to see by entrecard!!!!!
    sounds best…nae..!

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  8. Alejandro Seguros Coche says:

    Sounds cool!
    It was a great weekend then. I am going to Sweden soon and hope I have the chance to see and experience everything you described here.

  9. peter says:

    i love Sweden…above all when there is snew there. And your fotos are very exiting. i hope that you had a lot of funny there.
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