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Thursday

In our last blog post, we asked you to find the country that is located at 15 00 longitude and 62 00 latitude. The majority of those that voted said Norway. Norway is 62 00 latitude, but it is not located at 15 00 longitude. The country of Norway spreads across the degrees of 5 00 to 10 00 longitude. Meri searched a bit (she has learned a lot of map skills during this investigation!). She found out that those coordinates were actually Sweden (which is located at 15 00 longitude and 62 00 latitude). So Mr. Vuhn is now on his way to Sweden. Uncle GT's office in Sweden has three people that are currently in the office, the rest are still working remotely from home. Mr. Vuhn is bringing the security video. This particular office has the capability to use enhancement software technology to analyze the surveillance video. Hopefully, they can get a clear picture of WHO the woman is and why she took Dewey.


Mr. Vuhn has a 5-hour layover in St. Petersburg on his way to Sweden. He just called us from the airport in St. Petersburg, Pulkovo International Airport. He said that during his flight, he was scrolling through photos on his phone. A girl sitting 2 seats away asked him about the dog in the photos. She loved dogs. The girls' name was Alena, and Mr. Vuhn thought that she was about 13 years old. Alena was on her way to visit her father (in St. Petersburg). She actually takes the flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg every month! She told him that many call this city "Piter." She is a few years younger than we are, but she taught Mr. Vuhn (and us) a lot about St. Petersburg. He called and told us all about this cool place. St. Petersburg is both a city and a federal subject. Alena explained that a federal subject is sort of like a state in the United States. Russia has 83 federal subjects. Each federal subject has 2 delegates in the federal council. I guess this is similar to the senators that represent each of the United States in Washington, D.C.?


St. Petersburg has over one million residents. Among all of the cities in the world that have over one million residents, St. Petersburg is the furthest north. So I guess that makes this the COLDEST highly populated city in the world? I assume St. Petersburg is farther north than New York City, Mexico City, or any of the other highly populated cities we have researched during our mission. Alena told Mr. Vuhn that her favorite month to visit her dad is June. Right after she gets out of school, "White Nights" begin. Do you remember how Alaska had days that remained dark and without the sun? Well, St. Petersburg is similar. "White Nights" in June occur when the sun doesn't set until late evening (11pm) and it stays fairly light all night long. Complete darkness doesn't occur for a few weeks. So there is always a little sun - can you imagine? I wonder if it is hard to sleep when it isn't dark outside? Alena said that St. Petersburg has a huge celebration called the "White Nights Festival." They have fireworks and everything to celebrate the end of the school-year. Alena has a favorite place to visit in St. Petersburg - the Hermitage Museum. Alena shared a "virtual tour" of the museum. This museum is VERY FAMOUS throughout the world. We included a link to the virtual tour - enjoy!


The summers in "Piter" are cool, short, and humid. The winters are long and cold, with a few warm spells. St. Petersburg is known as a transportation hub. There are a ton of railroads that have St. Petersburg as their final destination or a connecting point for other locations. There are also several airports (the largest being Pulkovo International Airport - where Mr. Vuhn has his layover). You can really get to anywhere in the world from this huge transportation center. We included the map from our last blog post (can you find St. Petersburg?). We also included some pictures that Alena shared with Mr. Vuhn from her phone. Mr. Vuhn didn't go out and explore or anything, but he surely learned a lot... and so did we!

     - Geo


Here is the Grand Cascade. This beautiful fountain area is a tourist attraction in St. Petersburg.


This picture shows the harbor in St. Petersburg. Isn't the lighthouse amazing!


This is the church that Alena and her father attend.

 

Map of Scandinavia
Here is the map we showed you in our last blog entry

 

Hermitage Museum
Take a virtual visit to the Hermitage Museum.

 

Airpano
Take a virtual tour of Saint Petersburg!


Thursday Night

This afternoon Mr. Vuhn met with one of the agents at his Swedish office. Holy Idaho! I didn't realize that Uncle GT had an office in Sweden; he said he has over 10 offices throughout the world. Anyway, Mr. Vuhn gave the agent the video (and our phone number), and his technology experts are working on the case now. They are using special enhancement software to analyze the video. They are going to call us directly as soon as they learn anything. Uncle GT's associate was really kind and took Mr. Vuhn to an outside dining area near the office. He told him a bit about Sweden. Mr. Vuhn took notes on his tablet and then forwarded the information to us, so we could learn about Sweden too! Sweden is bordered by Finland and Norway (we already knew that from looking at the map). Sweden is a little bit larger than the state of California (about 450,000 square kilometers). Mr. Vuhn is currently in the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm. Sweden is divided into 21 counties. I guess this is kind of like the counties in Arizona. Phoenix is in Maricopa County. Each county has individual cities. Do you know what county you live in?


The climate in Sweden varies. The north experiences subarctic conditions. Do you remember what subarctic means? The climate in the south is temperate. The south has cold and cloudy winters, and cool and partly cloudy summers. I guess they don't have many sunny days like we do in Phoenix. About 6% of the land in Sweden is arable. Some of the most common agriculture products include milk, wheat, barley, sugar beets, and meat.


Sweden has several natural resources - zinc, lead, copper, iron ore, arsenic, uranium, tungsten, timber, hydropower, and feldspar. Do you remember we learned about feldspar a few weeks ago? Do you remember what feldspar is?


The people of Sweden work in a variety of industries to earn a living. Some of the more popular industries include motor vehicles, iron and steel, precision equipment (such as radio and telephone parts), processed foods, paper products, and several others. The main export from Sweden is machinery (35% of their total exports). Holy Idaho! That is over 1/3 of their total exports. I guess they can make machinery out of all the iron and steel. I wonder what exact type of machinery they are referring too? Most of the exports go to Germany, Norway, or the United States. Here are some pictures that Mr. Vuhn took of Sweden.

     - Meri


Look at this picture he found of the icicles in Sweden. It isn't as cold at this time of the year. I wish we could have seen the ice. Holy Idaho!


The waterfront of Stockholm.


This is a war monument that he saw. Geo loves visiting war monuments, he is a bit jealous!

 

Visit Europe | 360-degree visit of Stockholm, Sweden
Here is one virtual tour we found - check it out!

 


This is another cool video VR tour - enjoy!


Friday

In the words of Meri - HOLY IDAHO!! Uncle GT just called us. His technicians have zoomed in on the face of the woman who stole Dewey. We were shocked (as you will be) to find out that it was Phoebe Equator! Claude is still in prison in Oceania. He is facing criminal charges in the United States for stealing government property. Phoebe didn't get in as much trouble because she didn't meet up with Claude until he had already stolen Dewey and left the United States. But boy, she is going to get into a LOT of trouble now! Uncle GT has a database of all of Phoebe's aliases - she has seven! He even has the capability to see her credit card statements in each of the seven names. He checked all of the aliases, and several have had recent activity. He told us that Mr. Vuhn was packing his bags because a purchase was made less than an hour ago on a French airline! So Uncle GT concluded that she is flying from Moscow to France. We aren't sure exactly WHICH city she is flying into. Take a look at our map of France. Where do you think Mr. Vuhn should book his flight? We tried to think of some logical (big) cities that she might be traveling towards. Should we fly to Lyon, Paris, or Bordeaux? We have attached a map to help you decide.

     - Geo


The flag of Sweden


The streets of Stockholm (very narrow compared to the streets in our neighborhood).


Another picture of the harbor area of Stockholm.

 

Map of France
Where do you think Mr. Vuhn should fly next? Should he go to Lyon, Paris, or Bordeaux?

Tell Geo and Meri what to do:

- Should Mr. V fly to Lyon?

- Should Mr. V fly to Paris?

- Should Mr. V fly to Bordeaux?



 

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