And off I go!

There doesn’t seem to be anything to blog about at the moment. I don’t have time to do it at work, and I can’t come up with anything at home, so that leaves the blog in some sort of limbo.

Yesterday was a much needed public holiday. The weather was awesome and we had in-laws visiting the whole day for belated birthday celebrations. Tonight we fly to Dublin for a weekend trip. (Yes, I am off again. I’m as surprised as you. But it’s only 1 day.)

Can’t wait!

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Sorry (not Sorry)

I’d apologise, but that’d be insincere. I went away (again?! How come it seems more often here than IRL?) and abandoned the blog just like that.

It was a test of friendship, also known as “let’s take a trip together”, and I’m happy to report that everyone is still friends and there were no disagreements whatsoever. Phew. Thursday 27th was of course King’s Day here in NL, and I took the Friday off to get a long weekend. Which I then promptly spent walking a lot, sleeping too little and generally having a good time (here. Yes Lisa, I know you’d hate it.)

I also discovered this drink, which will be this summer’s go-to in my house:

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3 parts prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part soda

Jukkasjärvi & the Ice hotel

40 (39?) years ago my parents got married. They didn’t want any hassle with this, so they found a pretty little wooden church in the north of Sweden and got married there all on their own (obviously with priest and witnesses, but you get what I mean).

We have visited the village the church is in twice since then, but my mom wanted to go back in winter when the ice hotel is there. So we did. All 3 kids and mom went to Kiruna, and visited the village of Jukkasjärvi to see the hotel (and the church).

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Even though (proper) winter is my favorite season, I’m not overly tempted by sleeping in an ice hotel. That being said, the place feels magical! There are art suites that are all different (since they were created by different artists) and some of they are just gorgeous.

And the city of Kiruna is a story of itself – the iron mine is still going strong. So strong in fact that the city will sink into it. Hence the perfectly logical (?) solution – let’s move the city! (But lol: “The moving of the town was started in 2014 and it is expected to be finished by 2100.”) That’s a huge project and most buildings will in fact not be moved because hello expensive, but instead new buildings will be erected at the new city center. One of the buildings that will be moved piece by piece is the pretty wooden church:

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Travel Tag

I’ll tag along with Lisa and do this travel tag that Laurenellen shared on her site.

Where was your first plane to?
Italy! My Italian class in high school did a 1-week exchange with an Italian school, so we flew to Milano. I was 17 and rather nervous.

Where have you travelled to that you would love to visit again?
So many places, but right now I dream of Lisbon and Curaçao. Just google for pictures of either place and you’ll surely see why.

Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?
They all have their merits, but after commuting by train it’s not my first hand choice for vacation travelling (although, at one point we took the night train from Amsterdam to Zürich and that was extremely convenient). Plane – so fast, and so uncomfortable if you’re tall. Trains – you get to see something, can move around freely and read or watch movies without problems. Cars – can’t read, but then again, you can stop whenever YOU feel like it and take your time.

Favourite travel website?
Expedia for finding hotels and tripadvisor to double check that the hotels are acceptable.

Where would you travel to just eat the food?
Thailand maybe? Or Mexico.

Is there a place you would never go again?
Not that I’ve been to yet!

Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat?
Aisle, easily. (Unless I’m travelling with 2 people I know then either is fine.) Sure you can’t lean against the window to sleep, but you’re free to go to the bathroom without having to climb over or wake strangers.

How do you pass the time on the air plane?
Reading, sleeping or watching movies!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

January 24:  FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

I thought I’d do one with favorite (touristy) cities. This will be Europe-heavy since that’s where I’ve seen most (have only ever been in Europe and North America).

  1. Reykjavík. To be fair, this is partially because it’s linked with Iceland Airwaves in my head. It’s a lovely little city!
  2. Lisbon. Oh, Lisbon. So pretty! And the food! And the wine! And friendly people (who speak English! Nothing to take for granted in southern Europe).
  3. New York. I mean.. yes. This should be self-explanatory.
  4. Zürich. I was just amazed. If you’re there in summer a boat tour on the lake should be mandatory.
  5. Helsinki. My last memory of Helsinki is from the summer I was there for a friend’s wedding. Cute city but just like with Stockholm I’d recommend going in summer.
  6. London. Obviously! The city we’d live in if money didn’t make a difference and Brexit wasn’t happening.
  7. Amsterdam. As much as the main streets of A’dam (as we call it) are horrible (packed with souvenir shops, “coffee” shops and tourists) the outer “rings” are lovely and the city is just so pretty.
  8. Florence. Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi! Amazing food, good wine and easy travelling distance to also see cities like San Gimignano, Pisa and Siena.
  9. Paris. My mom’s favorite city. First time I went I wasn’t a fan, but I’ve warmed up to it since and would even consider living a year or two there.
  10. Washington DC. The first city I ever visited in the USA. We had a great time, with lovely weather and even biked to mount Vernon in the sun on my birthday.

Oops or the Happy Holiday post

It appears I took an 8 day break from the blog! Not even Music Monday or Feminist Friday made the cut. I’d apologize if I were sorry about it, but I’m sure everyone was too busy with their own Holidays to notice.

Due to my job’s inability to give a proper head’s up regarding when we’ll be closed or not, I managed to spend a whole 3 days with the family in Sweden and there wasn’t even any snow.

At least Santa found the kids this year again (although, on Christmas day the middle kid told me he thinks his grandfather was pretending to be Santa) and they had the prettiest tree my brother’s ever managed to find. All in all a lovely time was had.

This is a love note

I’ve been to some nice cities (like Helsinki, London, Paris, Berlin, Lissabon, Florence!) but my favorite by far is Reykjavík. The first time I went there was in 2010, and we did the very touristy visit at Blue Lagoon as well as the “Golden Circle Tour” and learned how Icelanders (supposedly? according to Icelandair) are more likely to believe in elves than god.

This is a picture from my first visit:

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It was late October/early November and snowed. And I loved it still. 3 years later we took our mom there and did pretty much the same touristy things again, and I loved it no less. Plus I managed to take this picture which I still think is pretty nice:

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And then in 2014 my colleague uttered the words “you should watch the documentary about Iceland Airwaves on youtube”. And here we are – going every November since, and wanting to live there.