Trips in 2014: Poland in December.

Slowly catching up with the updates I'm behind with... On the 13th of December my parents, Fanny and I headed down to Poland to visit my grandma for a day. 2014 was a bit of a record for me in recent years with its four trips to Poland, three of which were to visit grandma. This last trip was a bit of a let-down because we were supposed to take the ferry in the evening of the 12th but it was cancelled due to a winter storm. Because we had to postpone the trip until the next evening Per and Fanny's boyfriend were unable to come with us as planned. It was still rather windy during the two nights we spent onboard (i.e. on the way there & back) and I had a hard time sleeping, but seeing how happy grandma was to see us made it all worth it.




After spending several hours with her and showering her in gifts (mostly chocolate) we headed back to central Gdynia for lunch.



Since we still had the whole afternoon to spend before the ferry was due to leave in the evening we decided to go to the Christmas market in Gdansk. I'd never been there before and it was quite cozy.





Once we grew tired of the cold we headed back Gdynia and spent a couple of hours at the large shopping centre there before catching a cab back to the ferry terminal. The next morning we were back in Sweden again.

2014 Top 5.

TV shows


Mad Men | Call the Midwife | Halvvägs till Himlen | Historieätarna | Inte OK!

I actually no longer download any TV shows regularly, and these days I watch most of my TV on TV. The shows I used to download regularly have all been cancelled and I haven't found any new shows that appeal to me enough to actually commit to them. Mad Men and Call the Midwife are the only shows I watch that have been around for a while. Other than that I've started watching several Swedish shows that I greatly enjoy and look forward to each week.


Films


Still Life | Frozen | The To Do List | Hundraåringen | About Time

I watched more films than ever this year, another reason why TV shows took a back seat. There were many great ones and I had a hard time picking my favourite five but in the end I managed to narrow it down to these ones. I put this together a week ago and since then I've watched Gone Girl and I think that would have made the Top 5 otherwise though.


Books


En man som heter Ove | The Light Between Oceans | The Boy from Baby House 10 | The Snow Child | Between Shades of Gray

I read more than usual at times this year but since the summer I've had a hard time finding books that have drawn me in so my reading pace has slowed down significantly. I have a bunch of books waiting to be read on my nightstand though so I hope I will read more next year.

Around here: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.








I started preparing for Christmas and bought most of my gifts earlier than usual this year, but the actual day still managed to sneak up on me a bit... Can't believe Christmas is tomorrow! So much has happened in my life in the past week that Christmas had to take the back seat for a little while, but now things have fallen into place a bit more and the Christmas spirit is coming back to me. On top of everything else I got stomach flu the night between Sunday and Monday so I had to call in sick yesterday and today. I slept most of the day yesterday and fortunately I'm almost fully recovered today but they say you should wait 48 hours before you go out and meet people to make sure you're no longer contagious. I don't mind spending today at home finishing up the last preparations and packing though, not at all :) Of course I had to take some photos around the apartment before packing up the presents.

As soon as P gets home from work we'll drive over to my hometown where my whole family is waiting, I can't wait :)

Trips in 2014: Gothenburg.

The weekend before last we went to Gothenburg with our friends Sara and Oskar. We escaped work a couple of hours early that Friday and caught the train that would take us from the east coast to the west coast. All the food and drink supplies we'd brought along made the four hour long trip pass by much quicker than I expected. Soon enough we found ourselves in the bar at our hotel, which is where we ended the day.



Needless to say Saturday morning began with the obligatory delicious hotel breakfast. Once everyone had eaten more than they should we headed out exploring the city. To my great delight our means of transportation was not a bus nor train, but a ferry that conveniently stopped close to our hotel and took us into central Gothenburg. It was a grey and chilly day so my photos are rather dull and I let my camera stay tucked away in my bag more than I would have otherwise, but here are some photos from around the city:





The Universeum science centre (last picture) was the perfect place to spend a couple of hours and escape the cold. I especially enjoyed the aquarium and rainforest exhibits. I recognized quite a few of the fish we have in our (fresh water) aquarium back home and it was fun to see them in a more "natural" habitat. They are much too small to take photos of though.



After a late lunch (Italian food - yum!) we went to the Christmas Market at the Liseberg Amusement Park, the highlight of the weekend. I've spent several summer days there but it was my first time going in the winter and it was a quite different experience to walk around the park surrounded by Christmas spirit and drinking hot cocoa.



Of course there were far more lights than in the summer :)



On Sunday the sun finally made an appearance and I took the opportunity to snap a few final shots of the city before it was time to catch the train home and say goodbye to Gothenburg for now.


Life lately: November 2014.



Watching | Most notably I watched Interstellar at the cinema. I was a bit sceptical beforehand because it's not my kind of film at all, but it was definitely worth watching and did not feel long despite its three hours.

Listening to | I updated my 60s/70s/80s/90s playlists with some new tunes so I've been listening to those a lot, and also my Christmas playlist on Spotify :)

Consuming | Way too many unhealthy things I am sure. I blame the constant darkness.

Reading | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves which I bought when I was in Stockholm on the 11th-12th of the month. Really like it so far. I also bought The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult so I'll be reading that next.

Visiting | Jenny in Växjö.

Enjoying | The iPhone 6 I finally got my hands on. I am so in love with it. Also, the training I went on in Stockholm + staying at a hotel right in the middle of the city centre near all the shops :) And the cute heart-patterned dress I got from Oasis and have been wearing as much as I can ever since :) And, going on a mini-break to Gothenburg this past weekend with our friends. On a smaller scale, I really enjoyed seeing some sunshine again at the end of November, at long last.

Making | Progress with my Christmas shopping. I'm about half-way done now. Still have some tricky presents to figure out though.

Looking forward to | Some big news I'm expecting on December 19th, then December 22nd depending on what happens on December 19th... And Christmas of course.