It has almost been a year since we won the free trip to Sweden. July 22, 2014 in the afternoon, Dragonfly received an email that said she had won the trip. When she read the email, she screamed. I couldn’t tell immediately if it was a good scream or a bad scream. While shouting and jumping up and down she finally got the words out that we had won. We both were soooo excited. But then she thought it might be a hoax.
Dragonfly then called the number from the email, there was no answer, so while she is leaving a message, call waiting comes through–it is the contest rep (from Backpacker magazine) calling back. They finally connect and it is true–WE WON A FREE TRIP TO SWEDEN!!!!
I had just about given up on winning–the magazine let us know two weeks before we had to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to be in Kiruna, Sweden to start the hike.
Information was exchanged to set everything in motion. Then logistics begin to take shape, plane tickets are bought, reservations are made and prizes are awarded. Work replacements need to be found, cat-sitters need to be called, gear needs to be gathered, sorted and packed.
I am glad that both of our passports were up-to-date. This would be my first trip to a foreign country. Not only am I excited about winning but I will be visiting the land of my ancestors.