08.11.2010 - 08.30.2010 70 °F
For the first time since I have been here I can honestly say that I loooove Chicago, this windy city that is known for its magnificent glass and steel architecture, its wonderful museums, and its fabulous mag mile.
And though those are all great reasons to love this city – my love for this city is because SAS offers direct flights to Stockholm!!
It’s been a couple of years since my last vacay and being in Sweden this time was the most relaxing vacation that I have had in a very long time! My only complaint was that I missed my partner in crime/travel companion Cassius Wellington (my little Yorkie who has taken several road trips with me in the States) if you are a dog lover you can read about his attempt to come to Sweden with me in Trans Europe Express: To Sweden We Go
After spending long hot, humid, summer days working, 7 days a week, up until two days before I left I just wanted a relaxing vacation. Joakim and I decided we would not plan anything so instead we were totally spontaneous and lived in the moment! Since we had no plans I was able to see a completely different side of Sweden – instead of seeing Jönköping and Stockholm I spent my time between Mariestad and Torsö! As a city girl, at heart, I was surprised at how much I connected to these less busy areas of Sweden! Perhaps it was because I was exhausted and a bit stressed from living in Chicago.
In any event Mariestad is a quaint town that is surrounded by water and historic architecture- there is also a museum, an art gallery, a theater, and several cafés - so it is sort of a small town with a big city heart!
And how can I explain Torsö – I guess it reminded me of being on a farm that is situated on a lake, or perhaps an island! The road to Torsö is long and narrow but the land is vast and green, and covered with farm animals! Sitting on the pier at the summer house was one of the most serene moments that I have experienced thus far in all of my travels!
As this was my second visit to Sweden it was so different then my first visit, but still incredibly enjoyable! I felt very comfortable and relaxed and though I do enjoy spending time in the city there was something about this trip that was very rejuvenating – I am now refreshed and ready to tackle my second year of graduate school.
Tack så for visiting and stayed tuned!
puss och kram (xox)