Day Two: Skara Sommarland This was my favourite day of the Live because it was the day that I discovered these: Ed was also pleased to discover the park sold lacto-free fake Cornetto's. You could call them Cornotto's. All in all, it was an ice cream win for Skara. I also enjoyed it because the day featured all of my fave activities: sitting on benches, sitting on grass, sitting on rocks...etc. Don't think I've ever had such a relaxed day at a theme park before. If you love to loiter, Skara Sommarland is definitely the park for you. Tranan was a fun, unique coaster - really glad I got to ride the only S&S Freefly in the world! Fun fact: Tranan is the Swedish word for Crane. Just imagine if it ever breaks down, they may have to use a crane to get people off The Crane! The Spinner didn't do anything. Some people went off to do the CF Grand Prix. But I wanted to get a bit more sitting and chatting done instead. Faffle occurred, I won a magnetic puzzle of Plopsaland - complete with 50% off sticker and missing piece! Then we ambled over to the kiddie area. One of the Tranan ops I spoke to in the morning promised a 'surprise' on the mine train. I could see as we approached it that it went into a shed... this made me secretly quite excited for what was to come. If by 'surprise' they meant 'nothingness' then they certainly hit the nail on the head with this coaster. One and done. (Although, they were playing the Swedish language version of Sweden's 1999 Eurovision winner 'Take Me To Your Heaven' in the ride station; which almost made up for it) Dodge Them's, Moser drop tower and Darren's beloved log flume followed. It had fab whale boats. We had a whale of a time on it. The whole ride was beautifully orca-strated. More sitting occurred, this time sitting and eating. I was pleased that they served Falafel at this park, makes a nice change from burgers n chips. Then it was time for Skara's best feature - their Waterski Challenge. Which involved yet more sitting down (this time under a tree!) as I watched 4 brave CFer's have a go. Naturally, I scientifically documented the results: I could happily sit and watch people attempt The Waterski Thing all day, it's such a great spectator attraction. But the black clouds were looming and it was starting to rain - perfect time to visit the waterpark! We managed to go on one slide, and splash around in the pool for a bit - which was awesome in the rain. I found a sloped shallow bit where I could have another sit down, as Richard and Darren did the hilarious zip wire into the pool. Then we got evacuated from the pool due to lightning. I was gutted that we didn't get to ride any of the big slides, especially the half pipe one, as they looked really good. Had a bit of faff trying to meet up with all the sensible people who didn't go swimming during a thunderstorm. We left the park early as it was now hammering it down, but there wasn't anything left for us to do there anyway. Skara is a pleasant enough park, but it feels a bit sparse. In my opinion they could really do with: 1. A ghost train 2. A thrilling coaster 3. Music for the rides / areas 4. Skara Sommerland themed MaSkara in the tat shop Enjoyed the long drive across Sweden with Jordan, Conor and Mouse. Most of which was spent trying to save my Now That's What I Call Sweden mix cd. I had tried to be all impressive by sticking a cd label to the disc to make it look like a professional cd, but accidentally stuck it on the wrong side so wouldn't play. Je suis une idiot. Got changed into my snazziest dress to go out for a meal in the evening. Then Ian pointed out that my green dress / blue cardigan combo was exactly the same colours as the hotel we were staying in. Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be an Ibis! During the day someone also pointed out that my green spotted blouse looked like the disgusting Liseberg poncho. It was not a good fashion day for me. The meal was nice- thanks to Nic for swapping her burger for my ribs when I realised they were hotter than the sun. When we got back to the hotel I found the children's box in the lobby - featuring drawing pads, crayons and toys. So me, Jordan and Sue had a nice arts and crafts session whilst everyone else (ie: Richard) got told off for being loud...what a surprise!