Spring, Sickness & Stanthorpe

It’s here. Spring arrived once again. The sun is burning the skin during the lunch break and the leggings used for the last couple of weeks are starting to feel sticky against my pale legs. I am looking forward to warmer nights spent outside with friends in a lush garden with feisty possums. I am looking forward to that first day at the beach, there are flower festivals happening and people just seem more keen for life in general. With eased restrictions here in Queensland, it means we can have our traditional events such as Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving. 
Spring is not only sunshine, laughter, beautiful flowers and freckles. Spring is also the season of sneezes, runny noose and eyes. Not only am I feasting on antihistamine, I also managed to get a proper cold which has paused the outside world for almost a full work week. With a runny nose and stubborn cough feeling like paper cuts in an already sore throat it was time to do my first ever Covid test. With a negative result, I have happily tried to recover from this farmer’s cold which my childhood doctor always would call it. 
Before sickness and the arrival of spring, Jarryd and I drove four hours southwest to Stanthorpe for a weekend where we did hiking in the Girraween National Park. 
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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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Bunya Mountains & a sheep farm

A couple of weekends ago, Jarryd and I decided to leave a Friday stressful Brisbane and drive three hours northwest. We ended up at Rangemore Estate, a sheep farm run by Dave, where we had booked a cabin for the weekend. We also shared the property with his 200 sheep and goats, two dogs, one alpaca and wild kangaroos. The view from our front porch was incredible and in the distance, you could see the beginning of the Bunya Mountains, which was the main destination on the Saturday.  
But first it was time for breakfast and I had coco pops as entree while Dave was cooking our delicious omelettes (all breakfast was included in the accommodation price and Dave was a great and generous cook). 
The sheep and goats were also a hungry bunch and made sure everyone on the property could hear their disappointed screams when the breakfast was one hour late. Dave came to the rescue and gave his woolly babies the anticipated breaky. 
Taking a stroll on the farm and constantly hoping it is just a tree branch on the ground and not a brown snake…
The guarding alpaca, taking its role very seriously and always made sure to give you the angry stares when petting the sheep. 
Kevin and I. 
We left for the Bunya Mountains after breakfast and decided to do the longer hike in the national park. We swapped the dry farmlands for green jungle.
Bunya Mountains also has a surplus of wallabies. There are roughly 20,000 wallabies in the area according to Dave and you really had to watch your step to avoid stepping on one. 
One yellow chair, Joey, mama wallaby, parrot and tourists in one photo. Score!
Jarryd found a new friend. The poor, ugly bush turkey in the background did not get any love from the tourists.
On our way back to Dave and his sheep farm, we made a stop at Coomba Falls outside of the village Maidenwell. 
This is one of those perfect places to spend a warm summer Saturday. 
We managed to get back to the cabin and the sheep before the sunset. This was enjoyed with cold Coronas and homemade dinner. We said goodbye to Dave and all the animals on Sunday morning and made a quick stop in Toowoomba. Responsibilities were calling in Brisbane, but we felt ready for a new week in the big city after a relaxing and calm weekend on the farm. 
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Camping adventure in Whian Whian

A couple of weeks ago, Jarryd and I went camping in Whian Whian. The campground was situated in the beautiful state conservation area and was close to the hikes and waterfalls. We only stayed one night, but will definitely go back soon!
Our day started in the beautiful Byron Bay. We went to the lighthouse, which is the most eastern point of Australia, and of course we did a mandatory visit to the beach. After a couple of hours in Byron Bay, we continued our travel inland to the mountains and forest.
We had accidentally booked the camp furthest away from the actual campground and we were surrounded by trees and Kookaburras. It took us three camping trips to actually understand how to put up the tent correctly!
There was always one sausage addicted Kookaburra watching us. One did steal a steak from our neighbours.
Luckily, no fire restrictions!
Before heading home back to Brisbane, we visited the Rummery waterfall. There’s a beautiful track down to the bottom of the fall where you can swim in the water pools and enjoy the view of the waterfall from the other end.
Amazing  view over the conservation park. Maybe you can see Byron Bay if you look extremely close. Or maybe it’s on the other side? Anyway, mucho beautiful!
There’ll be a new camping adventure happening this weekend! It’s time to pick out the rain cover, rain boots and a good mood, because very bad wather awaits us.  
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