Archipelago

During our trip to Sweden, I really wanted to show Jarryd Sweden’s western archipelago. We started at Tanum to see the rock carvings from the Scandinavian bronze age and iron age. The rock carvings in Tanum were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. You can walk around in the area and see the different carvings, and there is also a museum with free entrance.
This whale was my favourite rock carving!
We continued south to Fjällbacka, a small fishing village and tourist resort in summer. This is where Ronja Rövardotter was filmed and where Camilla Läckberg’s murder mysteries are taking place. 
Beautifully situated by the water and was at one point said to be the county’s busiest fishing village.  
The local gas station for boats. 
Enthusiastically waiting for my lunch on the jetty. We ate at the cafe/bistro called Bryggan.
Pasta with homemade smoked salmon and newly caught shrimps. Nomnom!
The best word to describe the archipelago would definitely be “Hygge”. 
Our last stop during our roadtrip was in Kungshamn and we stayed here for a mandatory fika. I do highly recommend to make a visit to the island Smögen if you are visiting. 
There are many villages and islands to visit on Sweden’s western archipelago, but it does not stop here. You also have the Stockholm archipelago and the Norrland coast archipelago!
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Twice upon a time in Gothenburg

Brisbane. You warm, sunny city I slowly fall for every day. You are truly amazing. You have given me so many memories and experiences that I would never have been able to gain back home. You have made it possible for me to meet my wonderful partner and all my new friends. For this, I am sincerely grateful. I know Brisbane is one of the places I will always call my second home.
Despite my love for Brisbane, I know that I eventually want to return to my country in the north. When this will happen depends on many factors. I need the right Australian visa that actually allows me to move abroad. Jarryd must feel ready to teake this exciting, stressful, overwhelming and truly amazing leap. I have to admit, my nostalgic and Sweden loving heart has secretly been thinking and planning this move a little bit in advance. This is definitely not written in stone, but one of my favourite cities in Sweden is without a doubt Göteborg (Gothenburg) and I believe this could potentially one day be the city where we decide to live. Therefore, I want to show you some photos from two occasions when Jarryd and I visited Gothenburg!
During Christmas 2017, we made a visit to Liseberg which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. As a child and annoying teenager, I spent a lot of time here with my family and friends. My hometown Borås is only one hour away and the trains stop just outside of the park. There are green bunnies running around the park and you can make a visit to the Bunny land (important, if you are expecting real bunnies or something from the Playboy magazine, you will be disappointed). 
Since it is basically dark from 3pm during the winter, I unfortunately do not have any daytime photos. But we were happy anyway because the best thing about Christmas at Liseberg is the cosy Christmas lights. 
After we had played the chocolate wheel, inspected the Christmas market and drunk too much mulled wine (non-alcoholic eh), it was time to leave Liseberg for this time. Next time, I will force poor Jarryd to join me in the FlumRide. 
Approximately five days later, we managed to survive Christmas Eve and had made it to Christmas Day. Unlike Australia, we do not really celebrate anything on Christmas Day (all celebrations happen on Christmas Eve) and many people are using this day as an escape from family, relatives, responsibilities, musts, traditions and expectations. Christmas Day is actually one of the biggest party days in Sweden. Of course I felt obligated to show Jarryd how this is done, and there is no place better than Andra Långgatan! The best party/pub street in Gothenburg.
We arrived by bus from Borås and we met up with a bunch of my friends who were already in Gothenburg getting mentally ready for a crazy night out. But before shots, beers and margaritas, we decided to make a short stop to get some food and let the warmth return to our cold toes. I ordered a mandatory Irish coffee.
Down Under Bar was one of many places we visited that night. I have an Aussie friend in Sweden who really wanted to show Jarryd this magical place where you can find Victorian Bitter and kangaroo pie (if I remember correctly).
It was a looong night and this is the last photo taken which summarizes the evening quite well. We magically managed to get the last tram and train back to Borås. This was Jarryd’s first, but not last, visit to Gothenburg.
It was finally time to show Jarryd beautiful Gothenburg in summertime. We had already been to the archipelago on the west coast, so it was time for some city life. Again, we arrived to Gothenburg by bus from Borås. 
Trams everywhere! Luckily we found the right tram and met up with Siri and Johan for a longed-for lunch together.
Strolling around the city and enjoying the Swedish summer. 
An old video I found on my phone, and even though it is not from this Summer, it does show you a little bit from the streets of Gothenburg. 
Of course I had to visit at least one second hand shop while visiting the big city and I really fell in love with this painting. It reminds me so much of Sweden and one of my old art teachers.
Mandatory Fika in the old neighbourhood Haga. 
Just like our last adventure in Gothenburg, we ended up on the party/pub street Andra Långgatan. Jarryd feeling extra Swedish on a pub called The Danish.
When we had enjoyed the last sunlight of the day, we moved to the restaurant where Daniella and Viktor were waiting for us. We enjoyed a dinner with massive pizzas and yummy drinks.
Hopefully we will have the opportunity to visit Gothenburg soon again, and hopefully one day this could potentially be a place we will call home!
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Grey monday

Monday again. It’s rainy, but I don’t mind. I have many things to fix before Friday (Midsummer’s Eve). I’m in charge of making a quiz about this magical holiday and I need to get everything ready for Uganda and Australia. Many exciting things happening.

Happy Monday!

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