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Memories of this summer’s unforgettable trip
Scandinavian travel log

The Lutes gather near the Gustav Vigeland’s “Cycle of Life” fountain at Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway.
MAY 29: A group of 21 PLU alumni, parents, and friends rendezvous at Sea-Tac airport. We come from Minnesota, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

MAY 30: We’ve arrived in Oslo, Norway tired but excited for our Scandinavian adventure.

MAY 31: Our group went on a guided tour of city sights such as Frogner Park, and Homenkollen Ski Jump. At the Royal Palace, we tried to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth who was visiting King Harald and Queen Sonja. Choir of the West sang that night at the Margaretakyrke. Enjoyed visiting with Norwegian PLU alumni and parents at a reception following the concert.

JUNE 1: We spent a day of shopping on Karl Johans Gate, visiting the Akershus Fortress, the Harbor and the Viking and Kon Tiki Museums.

Larry Edlund, Bill and Donna Schlitt and Kathy Edlund ’64 at the Homenkollen Ski Jump.
JUNE 2: The group spent a fabulous day on the train from Oslo to Trondheim. Enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the opportunity to visit with the wonderful PLU student members of the Choir of the West. PLU’s President Loren, wife MaryAnn and daughter Maren Anderson joined us for the trip and for a celebration dinner, once we arrived in Trondheim.

JUNE 3: We went on a guided sightseeing tour all around beautiful Trondheim. The highlight of the day was hearing our choir sing in the Nidaros Cathedral. A beautiful evening of extraordinary sights and sounds.

JUNE 4: Travel to Bergen. After a bit of free time for shopping or a ride up Mount Floyen on the funicular, we enjoyed dinner together at our hotel. Jon Wefald, ’59, president of Kansas State University, who just happened to be staying in the same hotel and saw one of our signs in the lobby, dropped in for coffee. It really is a small world!

Choir of the West member Britta Hobbs ’01, enjoys time with her mom Marcia during the train ride from Oslo to Trondheim.
JUNE 5: Another great city tour that included time in Bergen’s Hanseatic Quarters, the Fish Market and the beautiful home of composer Edward Grieg. That evening we attended the “Fana Folklore” show where we were treated to traditional food, music, dancing and colorful costumes.

JUNE 6: The entire PLU entourage boarded the White Lady for a boat tour through the beautiful Bergen Fjord. That evening we all attended the Choir of the West concert at the Mariakirken. You might be surprised that we are still attending each concert. Actually, that surprised us too, but in fact, we were disappointed that we had to miss the last concert in Sweden in order to catch our ferry to Finland. Each concert was in a place more beautiful than the last and though the concert program was the same, each concert was like a new experience.

MaryAnn, Maren and President Loren Anderson on a guided tour of Trondheim, Norway.
JUNE 7: Traveled to Stockholm. Free time for shopping and exploration before meeting the choir for dinner in Old Town.

JUNE 8: Guided sightseeing tour that included the Royal Place, Old Town, the Vasa Ship Museum, and City Hall, where the Nobel Prize festivities take place. In the afternoon we traveled to Uppsala, Sweden where we shopped, toured and attend the concert in the magnificent Uppsala Cathedral.

JUNE 9-12: Our final days were spent in Helsinki, Finland. We boarded an overnight Viking Line Ferry and sailed through the amazing archipelagos to Helsinki. While in Helsinki, we visited the Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church, the Sibelius Memorial, Senate Square and the Lutheran Cathedral, the bustling Market Square, Hvitrask. And, of course, no trip would be complete without going to Stockman’s—Finland’s largest department store. One night we even enjoyed a lovely reception with Finnish PLU Alums.

JUNE 13: After a very long day and night of travel, we arrived home safe and sound. Although everyone went back to various careers, families, and other obligations, we were grateful to have had this opportunity to travel a part of the world together and to share our mutual affection for Pacific Lutheran University.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hopes to organize more travel opportunities in the future. If you are interested in group travel and haven’t already sent your feedback to us, we encourage you to complete the return reply card found in the last issue of Scene or check out our Web site at www.plualumni.org, and tell us what you think.

After enjoying an evening of traditional Norwegian celebration, we stop for a group photo.
Larry and Kathy Edlund ’64 are selected from the crowd to join the dancing at the “Fana Folklore” show.
Two of PLU’s most recent graduates, Sara Wolbrecht ’01 and Maija Durr ’01 take time from visiting with alumni and friends following one of their concerts. Fellow choir member, Gavin Jensen ’01 is seen in the background.
Carol ’57 and Chuck ’58 Geldaker can’t decide if they like the view or the ice cream in Stockholm better.
Zeynep Aydin ’98 and Hans Albertsson ’65 learn that they are both PLU graduates while attending the Choir of the West concert in Uppsala, Sweden.
Donna Schlitt finally convinces both Marcia Hobbs and Tom Barber to rub the small boy statue in hopes of improving their chance to return. Emma Foss ’45, Chuck ’58 and Carol ’57 Geldaker, Jan Reierson ’56, Ida Barber ’62 and Jim Lane ‘72 cheer them on.

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