:: STARTING THE SUMMER IN SWEDEN

June 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm 5 comments

Yes it’s me! I’m back blogging after a unplanned little break- which tends to be the norm for most bloggers from time to time. Sofie and I spent the long weekend in Gothenberg, Sweden where we stayed at her lovely mom, Ebba’s house. It was a such an enjoyable little break and with a solid 29 degrees from Monday to Friday, it was definitely the kick start to my summer.
To my friends and family, I’m not exactly known as the most outdoors type person, and Sofie was even shocked when I changed a tyre over the weekend, but lately I think I’m developing a bit of a love affair with nature. After to moving to the apartment last year, which is situated right beside a main road, I have a constant and real urge to just be out in the silence of a park, to walk on a beach, or even to go for a quick walk around the cliffs. Needless to say I was really impressed when Sofie introduced me to the two lakes behind the house. They were straight out of the story books I used to read as a kid, complete with Jetty and Ducks and Reeds. The water was way to warm not to get in, and even though the sun had just set I hopped in for a quick dip. There is something about the water in lakes that always seem to give me an eery, ominous feeling, but being caught in the moment meant I was oblivious to any potential late night, lake creature attacks!Following what has become one our little Swedish summer traditions, we bought 2 kilo of prawns and 1 kilo of shrimp, which you can buy over the counter cooked from the local “Fisk” shops. It’s the perfect sort of food that you can eat masses of, but keeps you occupied enough, to ensure that you can continue eating without feeling full! Does that make sense? Well bottom line, you can eat as much as you want, as messily as you like! Sounds like the perfect combination to me. We ate our way through the two bags with a little help from Sofie’s dad who took us on a quick boat trip through the archipelago of Sweden’s west coast.
Well Monday came all too quick for me and not even a phone call to the boss could guarantee me a longer stay. So after one last dip in the lake it was back on the one o’clock Ryanair flight to Dublin.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alex Rushmer  |  June 16, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Awesome post. My mum is from a little town near Gothenburg and I’ve just got back from Stockholm myself. It brought back some great memories.

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  • 2. Lo  |  June 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    mmm. Lovely photos — and just look at that shrimp. It’s gorgeous. What a nice break!

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  • 3. The Mood Food Blog  |  June 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Alex,It’s such a lovely place- we try and get over and back once every two months! Where in Gothenberg?Hey Lo,It doesn’t just look good- it tastes amazing too! YUM! You should definitely go! I should get a job with Swedish Tourism!

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  • 4. recipes2share  |  June 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Hi, This really brings back memories for me – we lved in Norway for 7 years and the scenery and life style is so similar. great pics!

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  • 5. The Mood Food Blog  |  June 17, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I can imagine it’s quite similar, Norway is next on list of places to visit! I just love those jetty’s!

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