July 22, 2016 Live from the road

Bollnas - Sundsvall

Reported by Harita Davies 129.0 km

The start of another beautiful day in Sweden!

Neelabha taking a moment to absorb the peace before running.

This family is from Stockholm. They are on holiday enjoying their beautiful country.

When we got to Jarvso we ran as a team to our first meeting of the day.

Yes, we are definitely in Sweden!

We were running to a very special meeting, with the beloved Swedish singer and actress, Lill-Babs, at her cafe and museum, Lill-Babs Caffar. Apparently everyone in Sweden knows who she is. She is greatly loved.

As you can see, she literally embraced the Peace Run as soon as she saw us!!

Lill-Babs immediately delighted us all!

Right away she joined the team. We hope to see her again many times in the future1

We gave our presentation to all the guests who gathered at the cafe. Many people have been fans of Lill-Babs for many years and love her dearly.

we couldn't miss this opportunity to catch her on video!

Everyone happily held the torch and shared their dreams for peace

Lill-Babs treated us to coffee and sandwiches and entertained us all with her bubbly personality.

When Lill-Babs heard where we were headed, she pulled out her map to show us the fastest route. We wished she could join the team, she would make a great navigator!

She gave us a beautiful book about her life and wrote a special meassage for the team.

"To all of you wonderful people of Peace Run, All my love and some more love. Hope to see you very soon. Good Luck and Peace. Yours, Lill-Babs"

Kamaniya is from Sweden and has known of Lill-Babs her whole life, she was thrilled to finally meet her!

Next we were treated to a special personal tour of the museum. Believe it or not, at the age of 78 Lill-Babs is still tirelessly traveling and performing, sharing her joy and enthusiasm with everyone she meets. She has also opened several schools in Kenya and Colombia.

She has had am amazing life!

All her favorite dresses!

Is that Martina?

Yes, she even met The Beatles before they became super stars!

A fond farewell...

Lill-Babs stayed with us until the last moment.

We thought this was our final farewell, but as Shyamala was running some way down the road, Lill-Babs appeared out of nowhere, enthusiastically chatting and waving out of her car window, for a final goodbye! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ageless spirit of infectious happiness and dynamism with us all!!

We also sadly bade farewell to our local team member, Kamaniya. Many of us have spent time with Kamaniya in other countries, so it was really nice to see her in her own county...thank you for coming!

You can never anticipate what might stop you in your tracks on the Peace Run!

Beautiful Sweden!

There are berries everywhere in Sweden, yum!

We had some miles to run today, and it got hot in the afternoon...

Amur "enjoys" some unexpected terrain.

Back to calm roads for the last stretch.

You never tire of the roadside flowers in Sweden!

Harita is surprised by her strength during a powerful end of run stretch!

Time for dinner!

Neelabha is a seriously good cook.

Peace runners all love to eat...

yum!!

Some of us took a small evening walk to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Baltic Sea beyond the city of Sundsvall.

As the sun finally set around 10.30pm, the Peace of the Heavens descended and the view became breathtaking!

In the evening The golden sunset-peace Shelters me. -Sri Chinmoy

Torch carried by
Amur Bašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Kamaniya Palmer (Sweden), Marlen Bernhard (Germany), Martina Simonikova (Czech Republic), Neelabha Senkyrova (Czech Republic), Palash Bosgang (United States), Preetidutta Thorpe (New Zealand), Puruvaj Nikolic (Serbia), Rasmivan Collinson (Great Britain), Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov (Moldova), Shyamala Stott (Great Britain).  
Photographers
Harita Davies, Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov, Shyamala Stott
The torch has travelled 129.0 km from Bollnas to Sundsvall.

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