Around here: Vacation!

Today marks the start of the highlight of my summer vacation, a little Scandinavian adventure that will take us up to Oslo and then down to Skagen in Denmark. I realize the bikini and sunglasses are a bit optimistic in light of the weather forecast, but I'm hoping for the best. See you in a week :)

Trips in 2015: Skåne part 2/2.

On our second day in Skåne we travelled on the old steam engine train from Brösarp to S:t Olof and back again. It was the first day of the season for the railroad, which of course had to be celebrated. We got there early and while we waited for our train we watched how the parking lots quickly filled up with vintage cars and motorcycles. Once on the train we were joined by an orchestra that played most of the way to S:t Olof. It really was such a joyous day, and to make it even better I got compliments for my 50s style dress :)

On our way home we stopped by the lovely Haväng area and it was just as beautiful as I remembered it. No matter how many times I visit Skåne I never grow tired of it, and there always seems to be something left to discover ♥

Trips in 2015: Skåne part 1/2.

As the saying goes, better late than never... In the middle of June we went down to Skåne for a weekend. We were very lucky weather-wise and I came home with lots of photos. I felt overwhelmed by the thought of editing and uploading them so I put it off, until now. I guess I do have some sense of self-preservation after all, because I am posting them on the verge of another trip, so I will be able to focus on the new photos once I get back home...

In any case, we started out by visiting the Söderåsen National Park. I wanted to visit it already back when I lived in Skåne but it always seemed like too big of an undertaking without a car. It was worth the wait though - there truly is something magical about beech forests... In the evening we visited Brösarps backar where I'd been a couple of times before, but it's a place always worth revisiting. We spent the night at a hotel in Brösarp and made sure we were well-rested for the next day's big event which I'll post about in a second entry :)

Outings: Southern Öland.

On Monday we headed across the bridge to Öland again. Earlier this summer we visited the north point of the island so it was only natural that we'd venture south this time around. It's always windy at the south point of the island, and this time was no exception. Nevertheless, we braced the heavy winds and climbed up to the top of the Långe Jan lighthouse. Once we got back down on solid ground again it was time to head back north again. On the way we stopped for a little picnic and visited some flea markets as well as the church of Smedby where we climbed up the church tower. It's usually not open to the public so this was a special occasion.

To conclude, Öland treated us to yet another memorable summer day :)

Outings: A ride on Dessi.

On Saturday, a.k.a. my first day of vacation (!!!) my friend Linda came to visit. I spent the day showing her around and have to say I greatly enjoyed playing tourist in my own hometown. Once we'd walked around the city centre we got on Dessi, the little ferry that runs across the strait. Seeing Kalmar from another angle was fun! Kalmar really is at its best right now. Obviously - the city wasn't voted Summer City of 2015 for nothing ;)

Around here: Midsummer.

I can't believe that I'm only getting around to sharing these photos now, over three weeks after Midsummer Eve... It seems like forever ago already. This was actually the first Midsummer I spent here in Kalmar. We celebrated it with our friends and started the day with lunch at our place. The weather was typical for Midsummer in Sweden, i.e. rainy and cool. However, it didn't rain all day and we made sure to make the most of the time that it didn't by going out to play mini golf at the court that recently opened in the park on the other side of the street. I never would have guessed that it'd be open on Midsummer Eve, our largest public holiday after Christmas, but it was, and since it was a holiday and rainy, we had the place almost to ourselves. It was so much fun, even though I lost as usual haha. Afterwards we went over to S and O's place to have dinner. Once we got there the sun even made an appearance for a while so we went outside to play kubb until it was time to heat up the barbecue. As it turned out this was the most traditional Midsummer I've had in a while, not just due to the weather but also the combination of traditional Midsummer food + good company + outdoor activities.

Around here: Strawberries.

Another summer weekend in the books... This weekend wasn't warm enough to go to the beach so we've spent our time out and about town instead. Among other things we finally went strawberry picking, and later on we went to the forest and found more wild strawberries than I've ever seen in one place. This means we can make berry smoothies for days :)

Outings: A day in Lund.

On Saturday my parents and I drove down to Lund to visit Cissi. It was a warm day, almost too warm, especially in Cissi's apartment where she had just baked cinnamon buns before we arrived. Of course those delicious buns made up for it though. It's such a strange feeling for me to visit Cissi because she lives in the exact same apartment building where I lived during my five years in Lund. A note with my handwriting is still stuck to my old mailbox, five years after I moved out.

Before long we had to go outside to get some fresh air... Not that the stifling heat outside was very refreshing. We tried our best to find shade to hide in as we made our way to the nearby botanical gardens. After lunch my parents headed off to visit my cousin while Cissi and I strolled around the city and hung out in the Lundagård area, where I spent so many of my days what feels like a lifetime ago. Lund has no place to go swimming but somehow we got the brilliant idea to go and dip our feet in one of the city's fountains. I am sure some people would frown upon it, but the water was cool and clean so why not? We liked it so much that we stayed there until it was time for me to head back home again. All in all it was such a fun day and I have to say I really enjoyed playing tourist in my old hometown :)