I left Stockholm and traveled north to Uppsala, an old university town.
I had the day to explore before giving my paper that afternoon. The city
boasts a castle with some pretty grounds, seen here.
A picture of the main university building at Uppsala University. The
city has a 'university town' feel to it - much like Tartu and Turku in
Inside the cathedral in Uppsala. The church houses several monarchs and
a few other famous persons as well....
including Linneaus (Linne in Swedish), the famous biologist/taxonomist
who developed the current system of binomial nomenclature that we use to
classify plants and animals today. It is hard to make out, but he is
After my day in Uppsala, I boarded a train and headed several hundred
kilometers south to the small village of Bodafors, where The Belfrages
live. The house across the lake is theirs - a lovely old mansion.
Bertil is a Berkeley scholar like myself and we spent three days
discussing all things early modern and a potential project concerning
the works of the Irish philosopher. Occasionally for a break we would
take a walk in the woods.
Bertil and I in his parlor - this is where we spent many hours
talking and working and thinking. Bertil is now retired from Lund
Bertil, Birgit, and myself on my last evening. The Belfrages were
wonderful hosts. I ate really well on the strength of Birgit's excellent