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From Chicago to Stockholm…

First Vacay in YEARS!!!

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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.

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Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate

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!

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And how can I explain Torsö – I guess it reminded me of being on a farm that is situated on 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!

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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.

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Tack så for visiting and stayed tuned!

puss och kram (xox)

Posted by CCFerguson 03:37 Archived in Sweden Tagged lakes travel chicago house summer sweden scandinavia hem cassius_wellington trans_global sommar

God Natt Stockholm

Och älskar dej älskling!

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During the day we explored a photography exhibit that I wanted to see at night, so we headed back out so check out - "Rites of Life"! These pictures do not do the exhibit justice, by any means.

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And as this is my last natt in Stockholm, I could not leave without a couple of evening pictures of this play that I hope to call home one day!
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puss och kram! (xox)

Posted by CCFerguson 19:53 Archived in Sweden

A Trip Back in Time

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After walking for about an hour we ended up at Skansen, which is located on the island Djurgården! Skansen is considered “the oldest open air museum in the world”! It was truly experiencing a trip back in time –the exhibits are predominately buildings/homes from different centuries, but there is also a zoological component!

This is the view from the top of Djurgården!
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Prior to walking through time we stopped to eat a yummy traditional Swedish dinner at Solliden, our meal included a herring appetizer – “yummo”!
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Posted by CCFerguson 20:15 Archived in Sweden Tagged food

Our Last Full Day!

No Plans = A Pleasant Surprise

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Today we slept in because we went out after the concert and walked back to the hotel. We finally made it back to our room around 2am!

So around 2pm we decided to take a walk on the harbor near the hotel!

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Next - exploring the small Island of Djurgården!
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Posted by CCFerguson 12:23 Archived in Sweden

Stevie In Stockholm

"Over Joyed!" with A Wonder's Summer Night concert

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Joakim made my first trip even more special - Tack så mycket Sötnos!

Finally the time arrived - Stevie Wonder!! I have enjoyed his music for as long as I can remember and to see him perform live in Sweden singing songs that reminded me of my childhood was such an amazing experience!!!

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The concert took place at the Globen, the golf ball in the distance - it is a huge arena! This picture was taken the next day during our walk through Djurgarden!
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Posted by CCFerguson 20:02 Archived in Sweden Tagged sweden concert events scandinavia stevie_wonder globan live_performance

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