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Monday Travel Update – Midtown Manhattan Edition


My ride in Sweden

My ride in Sweden

After spending the week in Sweden, I flew back to the US from Copenhagen last Friday and have settled in New York for the week. My week in Sweden was hectic, but I really enjoyed the country. Much of the landscape I drove through reminded me of rural Wisconsin and Minnesota…which is probably so many Swedes immigrated there.

I’d the pleasure of exploring the western and southern parts of Sweden in (appropriately) a Volvo. Not only was it the first time I ever drove a Volvo, but it is the first time I’ve ever really been able to drive in a modern, decked out car. Usually when I drive I’m in the cheapest rental car I can afford, which usually means no fancy electronics.

The Volvo had Bluetooth which automatically connected to my iPhone when I started the car, it had a detection system that beeped if I strayed too far left or right in my lane, integrated GPS and a cruise control that would automatically slow the car if I approached another car too quickly.

When I was given the keys (technically, it wasn’t even a key. Just a key fob type thing with a radio receiver) it took me about five minutes of fiddling to figure out how everything worked, including how to start the car. Once I figured it out, I was gold.

The reason for my visit was to check out the Volvo Car+Vacation program where you can pick up your car from the factory and then drive it around Sweden/Europe before having it shipped back to the US. I’m always a sucker for creative ways that people can integrate travel into their lives and picking up your new car in Sweden was a pretty clever one. I can testify that driving around Sweden as an American driver was not a problem.

Also, if you click on the above link, you can enter to win a trip to Sweden to explore many of the same places I did.

This week I’ll be in New York taking care of business stuff, meeting friends, writing and editing photos. On Friday I attended the New York Premier of my friend Adam Baker’s film “I’m Fine, Thanks”. When it is finally released online, I highly recommend you check it out.

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  1. Larissa says:

    Glad you were left with a nice impression of the country even though you had to deal with such a tough schedule!

    Having lived in LA before I moved to Sweden, I thought not having a car would be a benefit but more and more I am wishing I had one so I could explore Skane more. Trains are cool but I love the freedom you have with a car. Good luck with TCOB! (taking care of business)

  2. Spencer says:

    Pretty cool ride. A nice way to get to the factory.

  3. Hogga says:

    That driving your car from the factory thing is a pretty cool idea… never heard of it before!

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