From 04 June 1988 to 25 August 1988, 24-year Robert Boiten, a Dutch business student worked as a trainee at Trelleborg AB, in Trelleborg, Sweden.
Taking the TT-Line Travemünde-Trelleborg on 04 June 1988, Robert was accompanied by his supervisor Mr Ed J D de Leeuw who was manager of the Industrial Supply Products division of Trelleborg, based in Hoogezand in The Netherlands.
Mrs. Lolita von Sydow who rented out rooms at her home at Äklagaregränd 6 in Trelleborg. Sotiris Tserepis from Greece, another student.
Various employees of Trelleborg AB: Bo Persson, Peter Sevonius, D.Hamminga, Stefan Johansson, Birgit Norén, Anders Roubert, Gunilla Annehed, Peter Sevonius, Lars Höggren, Jan-Ola Norman, Gert Lindal, Jan Stenberg, Lennart Hedman, Roland Andersson, Ulf B. Löfgren, Tomas Paulin, Tommy Okblad, Anders Pettersson, Sven Norvall, Claes Sjölin, Gerry ter Laak, Lars Hedvall, Svenerik Nykvist, Kenneth Henriksson, Hans Öhman, Tor Svensson, Arne Delbeck, Kåre Hökmar, Oscar Harvidsson, Dick Lutmers, Lennart Mörking and Elisabeth Håkansson.
It wasn’t all work at Trelleborg AB. Robert had a warm reception from his colleagues, joining them at their homes for private gatherings and experiencing the local country and culture eg with Gunilla Norén visiting “Stortorget (Main Square)” and “Radhuset” (Town Hall) in Malmö.
On 24 1988, Robert joined Anders Pettersson who worked at the industrial supplies sector, Novibra Division to Anders’ parents’ home in Simrishamn to celebrate “Midsommarafton“ (Midsummer’s day). The next day 25 June 1988 they all visited Bornholm in Denmark, travelling on the Bornholm Express.
Ulf Grahn and two of his friends went to Copenhagen where they visited “Bakken”, the oldest amusement park in the world located in the woods of Dyrehaven. They also visited the Dragon fountain – rådhuspladsen – Amalienborg Palace with the Statue of Frederik V on Horseback, and finally Amaliehaven.
Lars Hedvall who was Försäljningschef at Trelleborg AB at Spärrgatan 6, 653 41 Karlstad, took Robert to one of Trelleborg’s major customers in Karlstad – Billerud that specialised in renewable packaging materials.
Robert and Ulf Grahn drove to Ulf’s “sommerhus” in Höllviken.
Kenneth Henriksson, Platschef Marknad Sverige, Trelleborg AB, Bultgatan 7, box 6028, 850 06 Sundsvall. Together they had lunch at the Södra Berget hotel & resort in Sundsvall.
Robert joined Mieczyslaw Ksieski and his wife Tora Ksieski- Fyrberg at Trebackavägen 7 – 182 65 Djursholm. They visited the The Royal Palace of Stockholm and watched the Changing of the Guard. Robert and Mike then visited Stockholm City Hall “stadshuset” and saw the “Rådsalen” and the “Gyllene salen”.”.Next was the Kanäs tower. Mike Ksieski visited the old town of Stockholm “Gamla Stan” and walked through Österlänggatan, and an open air museum and zoo at Skansen. Next is the “Wasavarvet” Museum. Robert and Mike Ksieski visited Millesgården, an art museum and sculpture garden. They then took a boat to Drottningholm Palace located on an Island in Lake Mälaren. During the boat trip they saw the Riddarholm church, the burial church of the Swedish monarchs, on the island of Riddarholmen.
In Sparreholm they see Tora’s brother Sven Fyrberg from Solna and Kristina Norin from Johanneshov. This was close to Mariefred – Lake Mälaren and Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Södermanland.
Tor Svensson, Försäljningschef Trelleborg AB, Vallavägen 14, 791 05 Falun. Together they visited the Great Copper Mountain (“Falun Stora Kopparberg”) in Falun, They were guided through by Göran Ahlmann.
From Kiruna to Narvik in Norway via the E10 they passed Lake Torneträsk (the seventh largest lake in Sweden). A “Lavvu” used by the Sami people. Robert visited LKAB in Kiruna, a Swedish company that mines iron ore at Kiruna and at Malmberget.
He then visited Jukkasjärvi church in Jukkasjärvi, built in 1607-08 and completed in 1785. The altarpiece is by Bror Hjorth (1894- 1968).Next was Nikkaluokta, close to the mountain Kebnekaise.
In Kiruna they came across photos on the wall from Emil Ragnar Borg Mesch (1869-1956)
They visited Vaxholm church and Vaxholm fortress This was followed by “Kungsträdgården (Kings garden) in Stockholm.
In Skellefteå he met Sven Norvall, försäljningschef Marknad Sverige Trelleborg AB, Nordlandergatan 15, 931 22 Skellefteå. Bonnstan is the area with 116 church cottages in Skellefteå; the oldest of which is from around 1732.
Robert visited Lolita’s son, Christian von Sydow. Christian was born in 1950 in Lund, and is a Swedish artist and designer. Christian von Sydow was at that time employed as a glass designer at Kosta Boda.
Robert’s roommates were Christian Brunner from Austria.
Trelleborg AB with Ed de Leeuw, Gerry ter Laak his wife Gun Nilsson and Dick Lutmers, Stefan Johansson, president of the industrial supplies division.