i have a lot to tell you. gobs of things. jillions. it will take hours and hours to tell you. maybe days. pull up a chair, a cat, a bowl of strawberries, a cup of tea.
i arrived home on wednesday and immediately flew into a blur of motion and efficient activity. i finally conquered that mother truckin’ CLOUD and figured out how to move my photos from iphone to computer in nanoseconds. i swiftly caught up on email and online banking and finished my travel journal and watched every single RNC & DNC speech. i went grocery shopping, made pies and fluffy swedish cakes. i visited neighbors with baskets lined with blue & white flowered tea towels and perfect little mounds of princess cakes topped with flower petals and sprigs of freshly picked mint. i caught up on all of my utterly banal taped television shows, read 3 books a friend sent me, walked at all my favorite parks, cleaned house, and took naps.
my return home was exactly like that. except the opposite.
i’m actually moving in slow motion. my mind is somewhere out in the swedish archipelago lolling about in a rowboat.
oh friends, sweden was divine. lush & sweet just the way i left it last summer. only warmer & sunnier. our apartment was bright and breezy. set high above the treetops of an old neighborhood with wooden houses (first video below). at night we went for walks to various near-by overlooks to stare out at the glassy water surrounding stockholm’s 14 islands.
i relied on my trusty iphone for photos, although some of the distant shots, like the one above are grainy. since it was my 2nd visit to sweden, and since my sister was taking her big camera i decided against bringing mine. it was kind of nice not to have the added weight during our daily walkabouts.
i’ve decided it’s a really good idea to visit a place more than once. i saw many new things i missed last summer. if you like gardens, acres of green national parkland, amazing cakes & coffee, delicious meals, reliable efficient public transportation, scandinavian design, cool shops, ferries & old steamships, hundreds of archipelago islands to explore, really nice people, loads of interesting scenic neighborhoods & architecture, and day-trips galore. seriously. get your tuchus to stockholm!
i have half a dozen more trips to sweden planned in my mind. i want to rent a little red cottage on an island one summer and walk in the woods every morning, swim in the sea sunrise & sunset, bake bread, pick flowers, and draw everything i see.
i want to take a train the entire length of sweden, stopping at small villages along the way.
i didn’t blog this trip which felt strange, but i did post on facebook via instagram & youtube. loved reading your comments there while I was gone. as for my travel journal, i’m 5 pages shy of being completely finished!
i made 4 videos and have a few more to upload. you may have already seen them on my youtube channel or facebook, but if not and you’re interested here ya go:
and finally, here’s a piece of cake for you…
i have more photos and of course my entire travel journal to share. which i’ll be doing right here. i’ve missed blogging.
how’ve you been? any summer adventures i need to know about? spill this instant.
over and out from moss cottage. where all the women are smart. all the cats are good lookin’ and all the ideas are above average. or somethin’ like that! see you soon! xo