Moose Park

Hej all!

As you know from my last post, I visited Småland’s Kosta Factory. On the same day, I also went to a MOOSE FARM! No Swedish adventure is complete until you see a real live moose “up-and-personal”!!

The Moose (Elk) is called “Älg” in Swedish. It is one of Sweden’s national animals; it’s very popular as an icon for tourism. Whenever you go to a souvenir shop in Sweden, you will see something (be it a keychain, mug, magnet, t-shirt, etc.) that has Sweden’s national animal on it. Guaranteed! 🙂

Here is a picture I took which gives a little bit more information about moose:

Information about moose

Information about moose

In particular, I went to Grönåsens Älg Park. It’s not too far away from the Kosta Factory. It is 60 SEK (currently around $9.16 USD) per person. You get to walk around the vast park, walk into a err, “kind of sad and gruesome” (in my opinion) moose museum, and have the ability to enjoy your *fika. There is even a farm that is filled with pigs, goats, chickens, and even a scary turkey!

*Fika: in Sweden, a “coffee break” that you can take in the middle of the day with others. I will make a post about “fika” later on! 😀

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Look out for this guy! He's vicious!!

Look out for this guy! He’s vicious!!

There is also a souvenir shop; you can buy a lot of things… even MOOSE SAUSAGE! If you are only used to eating chicken, beef, and pork like me, it may seem weird to eat moose. But it is definitely worth it to try once.

I saw about 8 moose while I was walking around the park. Be sure to respect the nature around you and don’t be screaming and shouting. Loud noises in particular will scare the moose away and your chances of seeing them will be greatly diminished. Towards the end of my walk, I was so close to a moose, I could even touch it! I didn’t though because I was too scared..

Here are some pics of the moose I saw:

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“Why hello!”

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It was nice to take a stroll around the moose park and see one of Sweden’s amazing animals. If you are from California like me, a moose isn’t the type of animal you see every day. Not even in a zoo! If you ever want to check out this moose park in particular, here is the link. Enjoy! 🙂

That’s all for now! See you again soon!!

Kosta Factory

Hi every one! 😀

I’m sorry that I have been MIA (Missing in Action) for the past month; being an exchange student has kept me VERY busy! I am now officially done with my academic semester at Linnaeus University (hooray!). Time to get ready for summer vacation!

During the month of May, I traveled to a really cool factory. There is one thing that Småland is known for world-wide:

Glass pieces (a.k.a. “The Kingdom of Crystal”)

 This area of Sweden has a ton of glass factories you can check out!

So yes, I visited a glass factory…. KOSTA!

Kosta Glass Factory

Kosta Glass Factory- working since 1742

Unfortunately, since we went to the Kosta factory during it’s “off season” (the less touristy time of the year), there weren’t any tours. But, we were able to watch workers make beautiful glass pieces.

Here are some photos of their creations:

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My favorite glass pieces were “cosmetic” masterpieces!

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Glass cosmetic set with “hot lips”, lipstick, and nail polishes.

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The Kosta glass factory even has a couple of outlets (so you can buy glass pieces at decent prices), an art gallery, a shopping mall, and even a hotel! You can check out the details from this website:  http://www.kostaboda.com/about-kosta-boda/the-glassworks

If you are traveling from Linnaeus University or Växjö, it is about a 30-45 minute drive. Also, the Kosta factory is very close to a …. MOOSE FARM! 🙂

Stay tuned for my next post. We will be searching for Sweden’s national animal!