vacation in Andorra

My family have been on vacation in Andorra for almost a week. A couple of days ago they sent me this photo. I always ask them to send me so I can feel included. It looks so cozy! Like a ski lodge. Well, Andorra is a place you normaly go on ski vacation, but its perfectly fine to visit during summer time as well.

I cannot believe I’ve lived in Barcelona for years and never took the time to vacation in Andorra. Its just about 2 – 3 hours drive. And I bet you the drive is really nice too.
Oh well, I believe we will have a life half in Australia and half the time over in Europe anyway. So I get to take Ambrose with me and have a vacation in Andorra next time we are over there. That sounds good too.

But whats up with the portion sizes in Andorra!?? Hanie’s steak looks like something Fred Flintstones would order. and she is a vegetarian…well sometimes haha ) And Jasmin’s plate is a serve to feed an entire family. Looks yummy though, don’t you think?

Miss them alot. This lovely group of people.

Today we drove to the city because our car needed service. I decided to come too, because I can actually go and help out at Sister2Sister for the day.

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Asheley’s Hens night at pullman hotel

Just managed to get some blurry pictures from Ashley’s hens night at Pullman hotel on Saturday night, but that have to do 🙂
In just a couple of weeks its Ash and Stefano’s wedding so Saturday night we had been invited to celebrate Ash’s hens and Stefano’s bucks.
I dropped Ambrose off at the boys and drove myself to Kali’s place. Unfortunately my batteries decided that it had to absolutely run out during this drive (!) so I had to manage to find the way to Bronte without GPS. I was in the car for 2 hours…
No GPS and me focusing on driving on the “wrong side” is not a great combination!

I was still a couple of hours early before we had to leave for Ashley’s hens so me and Kali had 2 bottles of rose’ at the balcony before heading to Pullman hotels.
It was really nice to meet her friends before the wedding. We had a really good time, Hacienda is such a beautiful restaurant and bar. Thank you Melanie for organizing such good night and that you for my invite 🙂

Ashley is gonna be such a lovely bride. Cant wait for their wedding!

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Last days in Sweden

Here are some of the pictures from my phone from the last days in Sweden. I just focused on spending as much time with family and friends as I know I wont be seeing them for at least one year! Well, that is to say, if they don’t come and visit us here in Australia 🙂

Here with the lovely Mina.

Mona, Milton & John Glad <3
Persians… eating pickles and raw onion for breakfast!

After my own family went back to Barcelona, I basically moved in to Mona and John’s house haha
They are exactly “my kind of people”. We had soo much fun together.
Looking back now, I am so grateful that they moved to a house close by, and I could stay with them.
Otherwise I don’t think I would have enjoyed Sweden half as much as I did this summer.

Last lunch in Sweden. Was not even planed, we just happened to run into each-other. I ordered a very typical Swedish dish of course. Fish, potatoes and remolade sauce. With extra lemon. Amazing!

One great dinner was spent with Måne Beate and her lovely family in Wild Väsby (as she calls it)
We almost managed to get her daughter in the picture as well 🙂 🙂
Good good evening!

This little fatso has to end this entry on my last days in Sweden. Because I thing he was the person I literately spent the most time with !

Such great least days in Sweden. Relaxed and spent with people that mean alot to me. But I was super ready and excited to get back home to Ambrose.

Since Ive been back it has been one full beach day, next day a storm in front of our cozy fireplace. A surprise engagement party for two of our friends. A new gym and 4 upcoming wedding to attend to. I thought all of that has to be on its own entry. xx

 

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Reflect, refocus and decide

One stormy day at Bronte Beach

I haven’t been in here for many days now. I needed the time. Time to reflect. Time to refocus. Time to decide.
These three pictures, I believe represents my last days here in Sweden.

I have spend all my energy and dedication on doing just what these couple of sentences from Tony Robbins sais.

I should have been totally exhausted. Instead I just feel more empowered, enthusiastic and calm as Ive ever have felt before. Funny that. I don’t understand it but I think the explanation is that I am on the right tracks now.

Life; if your not who or where you should be, everything feels exhausting. When you are who and where you should be, nothing exhausts you.

The little time I had left I spend outside and with these crazy boys 🙂

Now I am 100 % ready to go home. My beautiful home. I could not be more excited.

xx

Sigtuna

Yesterday after I met my friend Måne for a long lunch I got picked up by Sara and her amazing little daughter Julia. The plan was to meet up with the rest of her family in Sigtuna for dinner. Its quite a drive to Sigtuna from Täby, about 40 minutes. Not in Australian terms haha but here in Sweden you usually don’t drive 40 minutes to someones house. In Sweden that’s like driving to another town hahah.

But I enyojed the drive, got to catch up with Julia who is one of my top five children I know. The way she looks, talkes and behaves is not like any other child. She is more like an character from a Disney movie.
And I’m not the only one saying that. An example of her is this; a family friend asked the other day if they could get a hug from her. Julia’s answer is this; ” No thank you, I don’t want to give you a hug, last time I hugged you, you smelled like farts”. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I mean how can you not love her!?

When we arrived we all went for a walk next to the lake, then sat down for some coffee and ice cream. I cant remember the name of this cafe’ but its just by the water and really cute. They had alot of salads and baked goods. All made at this coffee shot and it looked and smelled delicious. And their garden was super pretty. If you want to see pictures of something typical Swedish, this is it!

We had a late dinner at my aunty’s place, around 8 pm because nobody was really hungry and as usual she made food for an whole army and there was a take away bag for all of us as well. Family is the best.

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Korean lunch & Hotel Diplomat

Today has been a day spent in the city. I left to meet my cousin Sara and she walked with me while I did some of errands. Fist stop was the camera store where we kindly asked Mats (the owner) to take some pictures of us in front of one of their fancy light equipment. I love the light it puts in your face! This equipment  probobly have a pretty name but I just know it as “light thing that makes you prettier”.
Then it was lunch time and we walked down Kungsgatan towards a Korean place with one of the best Bibimbap in Stockholm. At least in my opinion. Sara tried their Bento Box and she loved it. The only “negativity” one can say about this place one could say is that their portions are too big. I never manage to finish it unfortunately. Then Sara wanted to do some shopping so I kindly walked with her for a while. I usually don’t like shopping, especially with someone. But I finally convinced her to have a coffee instead at Wienercafee’t. I always try and visit this pretty place whenever I am in Sweden. Love their interior design.
Around 5pm, I exchanged Sara for my friend Suzie. She left work early to come meet me since she is leaving town for a week and there is a big possibility that I am in Australia by the time she’s back.
We choose to eat something small at Hotel Diplomat. We sat and talked for an hour or two before heading back.

Now I just had a super hot bath, watched some Masterchef Australia, the only one worth watching. I am sitting looking at my Visa, Insurance and flight tickets. Soon time for bed. Alot going on tomorrow and I want to wake up earlier than my usual 7:30 am. Have a great day wherever you are. xx

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Summer in Sweden

Sorry sorry sorry for my absence. But these last days all my time and energy has been going towards spending time with family and friends. I released today that my sister and my mum are leaving in just a couple of days so I want all my focus to go to them. I will soon leave this place and go home, until then I think I will do alot of typical “Swedish” stuff. Promise that I am going to try to take you guys with me 🙂

Lets start with yesterdays lovely BBQ…

We had a bbq evening that never ended haha. When you live abroad as me and my sisters, its always extra fun to spend some time and just hang out with friends and family. Just wish Ambrose was here. Swedish summer and bbq. So many memories from growing up here 🙂
Some nice places I can recommend for when you visit Stockholm:

Hallwylska PalatsetHamngatan 4

Vau De Ville – Norrmalmstorg 6

Sturehof Stureplan 2

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sisters

Yesterday I drove to the airport ( way to early out of excitement ) to pick up my 2 sister !!
Had not seen them in about 11 months so was sitting here in the car counting the minutes until their plane arived from Barcelona. Also found one of my favorites on Snap while I was waiting hahaha So damn good!

This is tradition. I am always going to a hotel breakfast with Hanie and Jasmin when we are together in a country together. Always have, always will. This is Hotel Rival in Stockholm. Can highly recommend this place. Think they even have won an award for their breakfast.

After some shopping me and Jasmin sat down at Strandvägen 1 for a coffee break. Waiting for Hanie who had a meeting with the bride and groom to a wedding she is gonna be the photographer for.

I also got to see my dear friend Caroline. We released that we have not seen each other in 8 years. 8 years !!?!?!
She has 2 lovely children now and they live on the canary islands.

Recommendations from Helsingborg And Copenhagen

Lunch at Barfota. The cocktails, service, atmosphere, location and surroundings were 9/10. The food unfortunately only gets 5/10. Sometimes you just have to pick whats more important. Usually I would say ; The Food, but we had such a great time there and this place had so many good qualities so it was kind of okey that the food was not top quality.

Walk along the beachfront. Filled with ice cream bars and restaurants to pick from. Great for PW, biking, and sunbathing. Very child friendly as well.

Barfota

Helsingborg is filled with beautiful buildings and cozy little cobblestone alleys.
Reminded me those of small charming villages in Italy.

Suzie & Åsa 🙂

When you are drunk and trying to check out some of the art in Copenhagen 🙂

These are the last pictures from our short trip. Hope you guys got some tips. Let me know if you need more information. I think its safe to say that when visiting Sweden, try not just get “stuck” in Stockholm. The capital is truly beautiful and worth visiting but what I am trying to say is that Sweden has alot more to offer.

Happy exploring! xx
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trip to Helsingborg and Copenhagen – part II

Oh my God, its so much more pictures then I thought from our trip! I should divide this into THREE different posts, but I cant be bothered to be honest. You guys just have to be patient with me on this one 😉
Prepare yourselves for a picture marathon of me and my Swedish friends.
Lets do this.

I woke up at 5 am, released I would get punched in the face if I woke up any of my friends so I had a shower and then went out to buy breakfast. Åsa has a cute bakery close by so I bought sourdough with walnuts and seeds. Still hot from the oven! Prepared a mini breakfast buffet which we all enjoyed for a couple of hours. After breakfast we took the ferry to Helsingœr and after, Copenhagen in Denmark!

 

All of Helsingœr looks like this! Cute and charming.

It started raining (of course) as we were doing some shopping in Helsinœr so we hoped in to a restaurant for lunch. We all picked different dishes and were all satisfied. I am so use to sharing a couple of dishes with Ambrose so could not accept that I had to pick just ONE dish. Therefore I choose their brunch plater. Look at this!

 

Next stop – Copenhagen!

Nyhavn – such an cute area in Copenhagen.

After some shopping and strolling around the city we chose one of the restaurants on Nyhavn. A couple of bottles of Cava and dinner. Think we sat here over 4 hours! Clearly we had alot to talk about hahah
The combination of alcohol, amazing atmosphere and good girlfriends ♥

Think I have to take back what I said earlier. This trip need to be divided into 3 post’s. I am having Emilia & Alexander over and we are watching cartoons. Love spending time with them, especially now that they are leaving on vacation in 2 days, and will be away for 3 weeks.
As soon as they leave I think I will take a bath. You know, one of those with salts and aroma oils and stuff. I went to the gym again this morning and I can hardly move because of all the pain! Hot bath, some stretching and I get back to give you the rest of our Helsingborg and Copenhagen trip.

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Helsingborg and Copenhagen

Promised I would give you some pictures from our days in Helsingborg and Copenhagen. We took ALOT of pictures so need to divide this into 2 separate posts. Lest start.

We are on our way ! After years we finally are at the airport together 🙂 Its early in the morning, non of us managed to get some sleep the night before. Excitement was an understatement of what we felt.After about an hour of flight where we disturbed the all the poor passengers around us with all out talk and laughter we landed at the smallest airport. Åsa was there to pick us up and we went back to their place to celebrate with some pick champagne.

After a couple of glasses of champagne 4 tipsy girls and one boy went out  to explore this absolutely stunning town.

Told you…very excited. The whole trip we have been laughing about this picture. From the left, Suzie looks like a the happiest person on this earth, no legs but still. We called her YOLO after this picture. The second weirdo, after this picture Michaela’s name was changed to Michael Jackson. She looks like Michael with a bad wig on. haha Ugliest jump picture in history.

After a long sightseeing and lunch it was time for this pretty place. Called Tropical and right on the beach. Since we were still full from lunch we started with some Irish coffee’s here and continued with rose’ for a couple of hours.

The evening plans changed to cheese, wine and board-games. The original plans was to go to a music festival and have a picnic. But this is Sweden. So we go from sunny to rain in like 2 seconds. That’s Sweden for you!  You have to be ready to change plans all the time because of the weather. But we didn’t mind as you can see.

Now its time for some stretching. I went to a Tabatah class this morning and feel my body is in desperate need to stretch.
Rest of todays plans are that I am going to watch some trash TV. hahah I know its not a big deal for people, but I never watch any TV so its a huge deal. 🙂
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Crown princess

I loved these flowers, that’s why I am posing in front of them…. 🙁
Perhaps a normal person would just take a picture of the flowers…

Swedish weather…during a 30 min boat ride we had a mix of sun and sweating and rain and super cold I think about 5 times!!! Whats wrong with this country?

Back from the celebrations of the crown princess of Sweden! It was actually great, we saw them on their horses and carriage elegantly driving by (do you say “driving” by when its with a horse..?) It did go very quick though. Mum asked me to film the whole thing, I did…and somehow I failed. She has been going on and on about this! She is obsesses with the Swedish royal family… nobody knows why.

After that my auty came and met us up for a boat ride to a restaurant called J. You take the ferry from Strandkajen and get off at Nacka Strand. Its beautiful there so if you are in Sweden its a great place to get some lunch. In summer, in winter Sweden is….well lets just say you wont be outside a lot during winter in Sweden haha.

We just had something to drink at this place, took the ferry back after 45 min. By this time it was about 4pm so we were all starving. Walked to Hötorgshallen, a place you can by beautiful produce and its also filled with restaurants. We chose the the fish restaurant and had their fish and seafood soup wit saffron aioli. Its such a great place and their prices are great too if anyone is after a good lunch place in Stockholm. Its can get very busy though, so be prepared to wait for a table.

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Runway

Just wanted to go in and say hi ! I have since Tuesday morning been in in Skåne. Together with some of my oldest and closest friends we took a plane to visit our friend Åsa. Its been almost one year ago I spent time with these girls, so clearly we had the best time. I just woke up in the apartment in Stockholm and if I can mention just one memory from our days in Skåne is laughter. I just remember laughing until crying over an over on this short trip.

More stories and pictures from my days with the girls later today. Right now I have a very excited (and slightly irritating 🙂 ) mother who is stressing me to get ready. Apparently the crown princes of Sweden, Victoria, has her 40th birthday celebration today. The city is crazy of course, filled with tourists and swedes who loves the royalties.
Stockholm is giving us sun today so I am looking forward to spend the day with Suz (mum) in the city. Its gonna be great. Like always, the only thing missing, that would make the day perfect is Ambrose.

Spend the day outside if you guys can! Come in here later for to see my recommendations on Skåne and Copenhagen. xx

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Denmark

Today has not been exciting enough to take pictures of haha. I have been cleaning the house, running errands, grocery shopping, visit to my physiotherapist and acupuncture for my neck. Nobody wants to see pictures of me running errands 😉

I have also tried to look up some pictures from when I was visiting Denmark with Ambrose. Think it was end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. I am flying to south of Sweden with some friends in a couple of days, and we have decided to take the train over to Copenhagen while we are down there. I am trying to get some memories back from looking at our old pictures because we had such a great time there. I especially wanted to find this lovely restaurant where we had breakfast one morning. But I cant find it! There are too many pictures from our trip, here are some. How charming isn’t Copenhagen!?!

If we ever would move back to Scandinavia, I could seriously consider living in Copenhagen. Its the perfect mix of north and south of Europe.

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lazy days in Stockholm

Here are some pictures from Thursday (when I arrived in Stockholm ) and from Friday. It has has been a good couple of days. Relaxed, spent with family and friends. I notice I have been away for quite a long time from the children. They are completely different from last time I spent time with them, they talk and they walk.

Sweden is green and pretty as I remembered. I go from one house to another, not a dull moment. This time, I have put a note in my calendar the dates people are away on vacation. I came to visit in July, in Sweden, this is prime vacation days. Everybody is leaving somewhere. And as I mentioned before, I have, as much as possible, eliminated stress and unnecessary drama from my life. That is why I put as much as possible in my calendar. That way I can organize and plan so that I can spend quality time with every person, and enjoy it. Where as before it was all stressful, I often felt guilty for not giving time to one person. Or people felt that I was neglecting them while I was visiting. Now, I make plans, both for my own and my friends and families benefit.

One thing I realized recently is that I am really proud over how much I simplify Life in comparison to before.
How easy I react to different outcomes. How effortlessly I let go of things that no longer serves me. And how much more harmony I experience in my life. Really proud of that.

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