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Sisters, Barcelona restaurants and Bucks party

sisters in barcelona

Oh these two <3

Without exaggeration, I truly think I have the best sisters in the world. I miss them everyday because we always have such a good time together. If only Barcelona was closer! All of us out eating and drinking at Ciudad Condal must be one of my top three hobbies. And yes, I actually DO consider eating out a hobby. Judge all you want…..

If you ever visit Barcelona, and I highly recommend you do at least one time. The you must must must visit this wonderful Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Click HERE more information. Also make sure to ask for their “Menu del Dia” which is their daily specials and only in Catalan but do what I did ; just point at other people’s dishes sitting around you. You wont be disposed I promise.

On the schedule today is Ambrose’s brother Leonard and sister Anastasia’s birthday lunch at 3pm. After that I am taking myself down to Bronte. All the boys are away for a three nights to celebrate Barts bucks party ( do you say celebrate??) so I am spending the weekend with Kali – the bride to be. Our weekend plan is simple : Rose’, trash TV, take away food and cheese. It’s such a shit weather so it fits perfect.

Earlier this morning was coffee with Ambrose followed by buying alcohol for the bucks party. It’s over 30 guys going to this thing, x three nights, so you can imaging how many cans and bottles Ambrose bought. He brought me to the shops as his side kick. I was pretty useless, did not carry anything, BUT I did put in a couple of bottles of champagne in the trolley. There is something about the popping and the bubbles that represents celebration. Nothing does that better than champagne. Perfect for a bucks party.

Alright enough chit-chat. Ambrose took our car so I need to find a train out of here.
I’ll see you guys again from Bronte. xx

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Walking on Sydney beaches

Good evening beautiful people. We just finished dinner and are sitting down with some red wine and dark chocolate in front of David Attenburg’s lovely Planet Earth series. Right now its about polar bears, my absolute favorite animals!
Me and Ambrose dad agree that David Attenbourg’s has lived the ultimate life. Just imagine what he has seen and experienced.

I picked Ambrose up from the station with our swimwear, we drove to Umina beach, hoping for a dip. But it was too cold in the water. Instead we took a walk on the beach. Oh Sydney beaches, walking on Sydney beaches must me on many peoples wish list. And I understand you. I remember all those travel shows always recommending all these amazing Sydney beaches, or Australian beaches I should say. They sure are beautiful.
If you have the opportunity, you should experience these Sydney beaches. Come visit us !
Yes, I say “us” now. Very close to my Visa 🙂

Okey I need to say goodbye for .now. My show and chocolate are waiting. Have a great Thursday. xx

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Kimberley & Nour’s Birthday Party’s

Here comes the stories on last night. And what a night it was! I honestly cannot remember laughing that much in a very very long time. It was fun from beginning to the end. We double booked and therefore had both Kimberley and Nour’s Birthday party’s going on last night. So we did what we had to, run between the 2 party’s and it clearly we made it work.

So we started here, at Jackson and Kimberley’s house. It was breakfast and cocktails at 10:30 am.  The cocktails were delicious (and strong!) After my 5th frozen strawberry, mint and lime daiquiri Kimberley brought out the champagne and mimosas and I knew I had to slow down a bit. Crazy Australians haha they sure know how to drink. I am still learning it feels like.
It was great meeting their friends who flew over from Brisbane. Such fun bunch of people, I had pain in my stomach from laughing so much with these people.

After a couple of hours of cocktails and laughter they went off to catch a boat and we went on to the next party, Nour’s birthday. We were a bit early so went to a couple of pubs with Kappa. Went back to his house for him to get changed. This took forever, here I am stuck drinking wine watching kappa ironing his shirt and Ambrose collapsing outside. I probobly mentioned this before but Ambrose needs like 18 hours of sleep and he probably only got 17,5 hours the night before. So he had to catch up some sleep… Zzzzzzzzzz

Finally we got to here – Cafe del Mar on the harbor in Sydney. Beautiful place with yes more delicious cocktails. Luckily we all ordered some finger-food.
I often remind myself how lucky I am that Ambrose’s friends are amazing. I really like ever single one of them. And all there partners. I am so lucky.

The clock turned 8:30 pm and like two Cinderellas it was time for us to join party number one again. Kimberley had made reservations at a restaurant called Meat District Co.
The guys were already on it as we walked in. After 5 hours celebration on a boat, and with us celebration with Nour at Cafe del Mar, it is safe to say that was one hectic dinner party hahaha. Actually surprised they did not kick us out.

After many hours we had way too much fun for any of us to want it to end so somehow we took ourselfs to a place called SlipIn, I was told this is the place Princess Mary met the prince of Denmark. Now after being at the SlipIn No idea how and why a prince was hanging out at this place?! We went in and the whole place was packed with Indians, without exaggeration, it was maybe 85 percent Indians. I blended in but my white friends looked like they were reporters from National Geographic lost in Mumbai hahaha.

So it was time to take some Ubers back to the house for whiskey, story telling and playing video games. The last thing I remember was laughing before falling asleep on Ambrose’s chest.

Thank you Kimberley and Nour for organizing such great night.

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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.

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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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