My sister is getting married in December, so we're all going to Kiev, Ukraine to be with her for the occasion. Carina observed that since we're heading that far east anyway, we should make an effort to stop in Sweden for at least a couple days in order to visit her friends and family there. And so tickets were purchased, and vacation time was requested from work.
Lots of drama ensued between the purchase of the tickets and last night, when the final piece of the puzzle fell into place as Carina found our lost passports (I had already purchased a new RFID-enabled passport when I was unable to locate my old one). Other drama was caused by Carina's employer, but that was solved when she accepted a new job offer.
So, in mid-December we'll be flying to Sweden for a little over a week. After that we fly to Kiev for Ann's wedding. We're tentatively planning a trip to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone while we're there.
If anyone reading this is in Sweden or Ukraine (or anywhere reasonably close) and would like to get together, please let me know! I'd love to meet you.