Beautiful Värmland

During our first week of vacation we travelled to a province called Värmland. It’s a three hour car drive from Stockholm. We went there in order to 1) visit old friends from Colorado (they are visiting the area for the summer) and 2) stay at one of the best spa hotels in Sweden. We had a fantastic trip and here are some highlights from the roadtrip!

On a boat cruise along the canal in the town of Karlstad together with our friends.
On a boat cruise along the canal in the town of Karlstad together with our friends.
The beautiful summer house were our friends are staying each summer.
The beautiful summer house were our friends are staying each summer.
We slept in this cute little house during our stay with our friends.
We slept in this cute little house during our stay with our friends.
We visited the home of the author Gustaf Fröding...
We visited the home of the author Gustaf Fröding…
...and the home of another famous author, Selma Lagerlöf.
…and the home of another famous author, Selma Lagerlöf.
Statue of Selma Lagerlöf
Statue of Selma Lagerlöf
In the middle of nowhere an 1950's styled American diner is located
In the middle of nowhere an 1950’s styled American diner is located, called Diner 45. It’s amazing but it is actually required to reserve a table in advance because the restaurant is so popular!
They offered lactose free milkshake and the best tasting burger I've eaten in a long time!
They offered lactose free milkshake and the best tasting burger I’ve eaten in a long time!

Adios Espana

It’s time to say goodbye. We’ve checked out and are waiting for the bus to take us to the airport.

It has been a fantastic week. Sunny and warm most of the time. I’ve tried new types of exercises and have lots of motivation to continue on when I get home. I’ve also meet many new friends.

I could definitely have stayed a little longer in this climate but I’m looking forward to come home and see my hubby again.

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Windy!

Today has been an extremely windy day. This morning when we had Qi gong on the beach it was hard to keep the balance. It’s hard to keep the balance even without the wind so it was quiet challenging during some of the poses. I really like Qi gong and plan to continue with it when I get home.

I think my joints don’t appreciate the wind though because today I have had pain in several places. That has never happened during vacations to warmer climates before. I decided that I’d skip the afternoon exercises and only attended the two “lectures”, one about functional training and the other about staying motivated.

Tonight was the last night for some of the people so we had a little goodbye mingle and said adios. All trainers lined up for a photo session.

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There was a triathlon competition at the resort (and the island) today and we watched some of the competitors at the finish line.

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Rest day

This morning when we woke up we decided that we would take it easy today as yesterday was a very ruff day! After a spinning class and a dance class my hip did not appreciate life. Luckily I did not have any issues with it this morning but thought I better give it a break from exercising.

The afternoon we spent in a bus together with most of the other people in our group. We visited three places on Fuerteventura. First off was a aloe vera factory.

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Next was the medieval town of Betancuria. On our way there we passed a fantastic view point towards the ocean.

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Our last stop of the day was in a small fishing village where the have caves by the water. Lots of steps to get there but a very cool place so totally worth the effort!

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On our way back to the hotel three goodie bags where given out and I happened to win one of them! 🙂

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Sunny and warm!

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We have arrived! After a plus 6 hour flight yesterday–the plan had to take a longer route due to a flight control strike–we arrived to a sunny and warm Fuerteventura!

Yesterday evening we went on a little tour of the resort provided by the “Må Bra”-team–a Swedish health magazine which is one if the organizers of the trip. We also attended a little get-together before dinner. After that we went straight to the hotel room to unpack and go to bed. Traveling makes you extra tired!

Today we woke up, got dressed and joined the others in a Qi Gong exercise on the beach while the sun came up. Great way to start the day! I think the breakfast tasted extra good after this little exercise! 😊

We also attended a “lecture” about food and training before going on the second exercise of the day, a dance class called HouseMoves. Very intensive with difficult steps but fun. I only managed to attend for 20 minutes and then my hip and foot started to complain so I had to stop. I enjoyed listening to the music and watched the others instead.

In the afternoon we sat on the balcony and enjoyed the warm sunshine, great views and a nice conversation!

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There is an underground tram in order to not have to walk up all of the stairs to the different buildings (4 in total) along the hillside. It’s not the quickest transportation method so today we decided to find the stairs instead.

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The schedule of the week is quite intensive. They offer many classes each day! Too many for me as I’m not in a shape yet to attend several in a day. I’m hoping I’ll manage to attend two tomorrow. 🙂

Dilemma of the day

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I’m currently in the middle of packing for my vacation. I’m going to a sport hotel so I’ve got all the necessary things such as training clothes, training shoes, swimwear, and of course evening (party) clothes. Oh and lots of sunscreen! Every thing is pretty much done EXCEPT what book should I bring!? Normally I would opt for my iPad as that means one device but many books. I’ve decided to not bring it with me this time because I want my eyes to rest. I’m only going to use my iPhone for necessary things such as photography, checking emails (might get some very important house decision communication from my hubby) and, of course, blogging! So, maybe pick the one that fit best in the purse is the best method. But, then… I could have a few books in the luggage I’m checking in as well? Oh what a major and so important decision. Maybe I should go back to work and take it easy instead! 😉

Fun weekend

For the past 4 days I’ve enjoyed a mini vacation with my mother. We took the fast train to Gothenburg, approx. 4 hours ride southwest of Stockholm. I’ve not enjoyed a train ride since I stopped with my weekly commute to Linköping in June so it was nice to be on a train again and see the beautiful Swedish landscape pass by. Yeah, I know, it’s boring grey November and it’s not as beautiful outside as during the Summer or Fall, or when the ground is dressed in white, but I enjoyed the ride anyway. 🙂

We saw a musical (The Addams Family), went to a museum, the botanical gardens (only the greenhouse, it was way too cold and windy to enjoy the outside garden), ate lunch with a relative, visited a Christmas market (my first of the season) and enjoyed a simply amazing Saturday dinner at a restaurant called Norda. I found the restaurant because the guy who won the Pastry Chef of the year award came from that restaurant. I need to take my hubby down to Gothenburg sometime so he can enjoy the food as well.

We bought a city card so we could enjoy most of the town for a good price.
We bought a city card so we could enjoy most of the town for a good price.
My mother enjoying the views from the streetcar.
My mother enjoying the views from the streetcar.
The view from our hotel room. The lights in the distance is from the amusement park Liseberg where we went to the Christmas market.
The view from our hotel room. The tree lights in the distance is from the amusement park Liseberg where we went to the Christmas market. In the right bottom corner is the theater for the musical.
Christmas at Liseberg
Christmas at Liseberg
Believe it or not, but these are actually made of chocolate!
Believe it or not, but these are actually made of chocolate!
The restaurant Norda is located in a hotel building that used to be a post office so it was very appropriate to folding of the napkin.
The restaurant Norda is located in a building that used to be a post office so it was a very appropriate folding of the napkin.
We shared a plate of the dessert tasting menu. The three desserts were based on different kinds of cocktails. An Apple mojito (top left), Cosmopolitan (top right) and Singapore Sling (bottom). Both beautiful and tasty!
We shared a plate of their dessert tasting menu. The three desserts were based on different kinds of cocktails: an Apple mojito (top left), Cosmopolitan (top right) and Singapore Sling (bottom). They were served on a cold stone slate. Both beautiful and tasty!
Beautiful sunrise the last morning in Gothenburg.
Beautiful sunrise the last morning in Gothenburg.