Well well well. Look who came to visit! I’d gone almost a full year without visitors and I couldn’t have been more insanely happy that these two broke the drought. A WHOLE WEEK with Megan and Devin?!?! Hooray!
Blurry arrival picture because I was jumping up and down so much (not really, my camera can act a fool sometimes).
First cottage meal, Grilled chicken salad with feta and blueberries, compliments of The Pioneer Woman. I did my best to keep them awake so they could adjust to the time change but despite my best efforts they were out by 8.
Little drool action from the Dev.
The next night they lasted a bit longer and we went out for drinks with friends!
Megan’s boyfriend, Craig, was also in Sweden visiting his Dad who lives on a farm about 3 hours Southwest of Stockholm. So OF COURSE we went to visit and ohmygosh I’m SO glad we did! It was a slice of Swedish heaven, so different from Stockholm, but still so very Swedish.
Megs and Craigs.
True love, nearly 15 years strong.
I think I told them about 15 million times I was SO so so so SOOOO happy they were visiting!!!
The most insanely large and gorgeous dandelions I have ever seen in my life.
Yes, fries come with the shake.
These fences are so typical of rural Sweden and I love them. When I own a big ranch out west someday, I’m going to fortify it with this kind of fence. It can’t be that difficult to build right?
Craig’s family has two horses, whose names have escaped me. They loved us.
After awhile it was time to make dinner – Megs, Craigs and I were in charge of peeling potatoes (Devin was our moral support). Potato peeling isn’t Megan’s forte so she soon joined Devin in providing moral support.
After dinner, we all got cozy inside the cottage to watch my favorite event of the year, Eurovision! After some pretty disappointing finishes the last couple of years, Sweden FINALLY did super well and got third place with my main man and musical genius, Eric Saade, performing his new hit, Popular. (More to come on my borderline teenage obssession with him in an upcoming post.) The next day we drove to Gränna, a little town about 25 km from the farm. Gränna is famous for its peppermint sticks and views of Lake Vättern, one of the largest lakes in Sweden. It’s also famous for some interesting playground activities that we couldn’t resist…
I actually gave him the money to purchase this grill from a vending machine. What a good friend.
Swedish red-neck waterpark.
The famous peppermint sticks! Tempting, but I got ice cream instead.
Oh, so close Saade!
Back at the farm before heading home to Stockholm.
After our weekend adventure to the countryside, we made plans to see as much touristy stuff in Stockholm as possible. First stop: the Vasa Museum. The only museum in the world I like.
Devin is a special boy. Bear with him.
A little background on the Vasa: it was built in the 1600’s and was supposed to be the greatest ship in the world. She set sail, made it about 1 kilometer and sank right in the middle of the waters surrounding Stockholm. However, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that she was rediscovered and, in pretty much one piece, brought back to the surface, where she now sits in a super cool museum that I’ve been to 5 times. So these scary looking cherubs are what the decorations along the bow were thought to have looked like.
We picked each other out from these cartoon images of what the Vasa crew might have looked like. This is Devin.
Megan. Missing a leg haha.
Closest thing I have to a brother.
Wuv you Devie.
And the rain. Megs and Dev didn’t get the best Swedish spring weather, but they were troopers nonetheless. Onward to Gamla Stan!
Had to, just once.
On Mårten Trotzigs Gränd. Gränd means alley and this is supposedly most narrow alley in the world.
The next day we ventured around Södermalm, which I like for its elevated views of Gamla Stan and other parts of Stockholm.
A church I had never seen before, Katarina Kyrka.
Supposedly near where the Vasa sank. We were eager to see if this ship would have the same fate…thankfully it made it through alright.
Deep breaths. I thought my tidiness OCD would kill them.
But I won’t lie, having people stay in my tiny little cottage for a week really made it feel that much more cozy!
Megan liked this candy which is pronounced DIME. She thought it was DAYUUMM.
Devin has a mild chip addiction, especially at 2 in the morning.
Last day in the city, heading this time to City Hall, a place I had never visited before.
City Hall is most famous for playing host to the Nobel Awards Banquet every year. Every prize (except for Peace which is given in Oslo) is given in Stockholm and the dinner is held in the Blue Hall (which is really all brick). We didn’t have time to go inside, so we can tack that onto my ever-growing Swedish bucket list…
“And don’t trample the pansies!” Name that movie.
Our jumping pictures didn’t turn out so great but this one was our favorite because it looks like I have thrown Megan into the air!!
AND THEN we found a goldfish and knew that other Americans had been at City Hall. The O’Malley’s love their goldfish and were shocked they don’t exist in Sweden. We searched for the toddler who dropped this treasure, hoping to bargain for his stash, all to no avail.
Two words: Klara’s hair. My favorite picture of their visit! I was sad to see them go but had such a great time with them! Now it’s my turn to go visit Megs…back to Park City. Twist my arm.
This Time Last Year: One With Nature.
Books I’m Reading: NONE! Wow. I’m actually on Season Three of Dexter, both whom and which I love. Watch it.
Music I’m Loving: David Guetta. Also, Lady Antebellum because warm weather makes me want to listen to some country!