Pen Pal Update: Setting Off for Sweden

Updated: May 23, 2019 05:40 PM

Connie Male has been packing up for weeks. Just the other day, she and her husband Dan went to the bank to get some Swedish money. "It's interesting to see how different it looks, compared to ours," she showed us.


She never thought she'd head to Sweden. But the trip has been booked since last June, after her pen pal Gun Britt came to visit. They met for the first time, after writing letters back and forth, for 57 years. 

Now, a year later, it's been 58 years. And the two have written a few more letters. "Today, I have done an egg casserole for tomorrow," Connie read from a letter Gun Britt wrote in April. "I sent that recipe home with her! I'm so excited she did that!"

The couple from Carlton will be staying with Gun Britt and her husband, Hakan. The plan is to sight-see, cook together, and meet family and friends. "She told me on the phone, we will have 22 friends at our house to meet you!"

Connie laid out dozens of gifts she's collected for Gun Britt and her family. "I had fun planning this, and adding to it over the last couple of months."

There are can coolies for the adults, because Gun Britt was really intrigued by them.  A decorative dish rag with a Minnesota design on it, since Gun Britt brought her one that said Vedum, her town in Sweden. Plus there's jewelry, Christmas items, candy, and a few decks of playing cards.

"They loved Old Maid, and laughed so hard. It was a dead giveaway, whenever one of them got Old Maid. They would laugh so hard," Connie remembered. She got them that game and Go Fish, so the couple can play with their grandkids.

She's a little nervous about the long flight. But it will be worth it, to hug her forever pen pal, once again.

"It wasn't hard for her to twist my arm. I can't believe it's here already. That year went by so fast!" Connie said.

We can't wait to hear how it goes!

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