I’ve always said that we travel serendipitously. We have general plans for the day, but totally open to what opportunities might present themselves: time to engage in conversation with fascinating people we meet; to explore something we never even knew existed before. And that’s how we came across Kingsburg Swedish Village. And even the Sun Maid Market.
Checking our route between Fresno and Tulare we decided it would be an easy drive-day and give us time to take care of laundry. Stopping by a McDonald’s to use wifi can help us locate what we’re looking for real simply.
And that’s how I got to The Laundry Room. With the wash cycle running and time to waste I was sent walking through a playground where I was told I would be able to find a sign with the password for community wifi. I discovered we were right in the centre basically of Kingsburg Swedish Village.
Anything Swedish stands out to us. Everette is second generation Canadian with ancestors coming from Lillhärdal. As a teenager I dated a guy who was from Stockholm…and his sister married my brother. So we always pay attention to Swedish stuff.
After the laundry was done we took a walk through Kingsburg Swedish Village. The Swedish presence was obvious, with Swedish flags flying from street posts, viking ships pictured on murals, and dala horses popping up all over the place.
I most wanted to find an authentic Swedish store and round it at Svensk Butik where we spent most of our time…and our money. The store owner is also second-generation North American, so Everette and her had some story-telling to do. We also talked about some traditions and holidays since St Lucia’s Day is just around the corner.
Just outside of town is a Sunmaid Market and info centre. The male gender in our family love their dried fruit, so we popped in to see what there was there. Not much for “information” though there was a video playing that caught Laars’ attention.
There was red everywhere…T-shirts, baseball caps, candy canes. Shelves of lovely red boxes with the sun maid…there were chocolate covered sunflower seeds, raspberries, and almost everything under the sun.
We left town as the sun was setting, bringing on a beautiful evening. We drove south for a while, letting the early hours of evening pass by…pushing our bedtime later. Too many nights we’re ready to climb into bed w-a-y before we really would like to, because we’re too cold even sitting by our propane fire ring. So driving some evenings helps us go to bed at a reasonable time, like 10pm.
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