To all bookworms

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If you haven’t read it, read it now. If you haven’t watched it, watch it now. One show, which has received great reviews and loved by many, has been Big little lies this year. It was limited series consisting of 7 episodes if I remember correctly. Great cast such as Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

I must admit I watched the show before reading the book and I loved both. Quite interesting also what they chose to focus on in the series and what has been added which wasn’t in the book. Still turned out great though.

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This was definitely one of favourite reads this summer. It was written by Liane Moriarty and I also bought one of her other books, Three wishes. Lets see how I will feel about that one.

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31ST OF AUGUST

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Earlier this year, I decided to move forward with undergoing an eye surgery. I have/had quite bad vision (-9,5 and -10) and I thought that now that I can actually afford it and my eye sight has been stable for some years now so it felt like a good time. 31st of August was due date and as you can imagine I was quite nervous on the day. I did it at Memira in Malmö, Sweden and they had recommended me to do ICL treatment meaning that they would insert an artificial lens in my eyes. This lens can be taken out or it can remain forever.

We arrived there 9 in the morning. They gave me some pills which would calm me and my muscles and then they started with eye drops which would enlarge my pupils and numb my eyes. After a while, I was directed to the room they perform the surgery and I received another couple of rounds of eye drops. At that point, I was a bit out of it and all I could see was the light. The staff there were super nice and held my hand during the whole time as they could tell I was a bit tensed. I didn’t feel a thing during the procedure (thank god). Afterwards, they just told me to sit up and see and I did. It was a bit blurry but I could actually see which was weird. I went to the resting room and actually managed to fell asleep there for a while before they did a check up to see if my eyes are alright. They were and I could actually head back home. It was a weird feeling, I must admit, I don’t think I actually believed that I don’t have my normal lenses on and this feeling remained for 2 weeks. I still felt bad when I would fall asleep because I was thinking that I hadn’t removed my lenses and when I would wake up I had to remind myself that I actually had the procedure and I can see.

During the 1st week, I saw fine however I saw halos from strong lamps or the sun. The eye drops that I had to take for 3 weeks were hurting a bit and my eyes were feeling tired, dry and heavy. On Friday, I will have my check up for the 3rd time. Last time, my left eye sight had worsen a bit and the eye pressure had gone up a bit. So I hope that it hasn’t gotten worse. usually they say that 10% of people will have to do a small laser procedure afterwards.

Overall, I am very happy that everything went well. For me, this is a big ordeal and to wake up and see immediately is still weird but amazing at the same time.

Someone told me that I was given a miracle and I would like to treat it like that or think about it like that. Its quite amazing thing to correct someones vision like that. Let´s not take anything for granted, I hope I won’t.

Croatia, summer 2017

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Hi blog,

Miss you long time. Time for a recap I believe. These weeks have been busy. Been working, gymming and travelling.

I had my mini summer vacation (18th to 25th of August) and it was spent in beautiful Croatia with my mamma. We had talked about heading to Croatia for many years and finally we decided it would be this year. Destination was the island Brac (3rd biggest island size wise in Croatia). We stayed in a little city called Bol.

One of the reasons why I picked Bol and Brac, was because I wanted to visit Zlatni Rat. Sharing some photos from Bol. Water was crystal clear (really important for me :D) and the beaches were mainly stone beaches so remember the shoes or you can always buy some there for a reasonable price.

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Once there, we signed up for some trips arranged by the travel agency. One of them took us around the Brac island. We went up to Vidova Gora which is the highest peak on the island. Offered the best view and it was truly spectacular to see Zlatni Rat and the islands around Brac from above.

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Second trip we did was to Krka national park. Its one of the more popular spots in Croatia so it is quite crowded. However, the waterfalls are amazing. I haven’t really seen waterfalls like that before so it was an experience for me. Its too bad you can’t really swim under waterfalls there. On our way back we stopped at Trogir for while and got to walk around the little village there.

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The trip was super nice overall and hope that I will return to Croatia. There are so many places left to visit there like Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes, Hvar and many more.

Also managed to click this incredible sunset when we were at Split. Sky is on fire. How can we not be amazed by this earth we are living in. Important to be thankful and to remember that we are all blessed everyday.

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SUNDAYS

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So it is Sunday. The day before Monday. The day before work.

This week has gone by fast. Manage to work out 5 times this week mainly doing bodypump and Cxworx (wohoo!) but today I also tried out Bodyflow for the first time. Bodyflow is a mix of many e.g. yoga, pilates etc. There is a faster pace to bodyflow than yoga which might suit me better. I am usually bad at stretching before and after work out so I hope going to bodyflow will help me out.  Saturday I also saw some friends over dinner which was very “hyggeligt” as one would say in Danish. Had a bunch of delicious food. Yummy!

For the week coming up, I booked core class, bodyflow and body pump class which I am excited for. Otherwise, just prepping for work ahead.

 

YSTAD SALTSJÖBAD

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I had been wanting to head to Ystad Saltsjöbad, Sweden since many people I knew had been there and recommended the spa. So beginning of June, I booked a weekend there. It is rather expensive but thought to give it a try. Took the train directly from Helsingborg and once we arrived it started to rain. Typical.

The hotel and spa is by the water so the views are really beautiful and calming. When we arrived we are welcomed with bathrobes and slippers and we also got the room on the highest floor. In the package, we had the option to get either a face massage or a body (and face) massage so I booked tranquility massage which was so relaxing. The spa area has a jacuzzi, swimming pool, inside warm pools and two outside pools on one of the sides. The bigger outside pools were closed due to the rain. The rain didn’t bother us so much because we could spend time in the heated pools outside which is quite cool when its raining. The spa is quite big which is nice because then it doesn’t feel so crowded. After being spoiled there a couple of hours, we were spoiled even more and had dinner.

They also have two big rooms where there are beds around and a fire for relaxation. One can just lay on the beds and rest, read a book and simply just chill. Its super cosy. The day we were supposed to leave, the sun decided to come out so turned out to be a beautiful day. We had our breakfast. So impressive, they have so many options and you could eat forever.

I provide some pictures of the place below if you would like to see how it looks like 🙂

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LONDON IN 4 DAYS

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… I haven’t been here for a while. Busy w. work, gym and travels I guess.

I was in London for 4 days, end of May which I really enjoyed. In Sweden, we celebrate Mothers Day last sunday in May so thought we would celebrate this with a trip to London. I have only been there once before but it was a couple of years ago and during winter and I wanted to experience it when its sunshine and just a bit warmer weather 😀

4 days in London was just nice enough to see the main attractions. We stayed at Hilton by Canary Wharf which I found super nice and location was great for us. There are 2 lines (Jubilee and DLR train) very close to that hotel which made it really easy to reach inner London city quickly. There was also a really nice breakfast place nearby called Bar One which we absolutely loved.

1st day we took the hop on hop off bus and looked around a bit the main attractions. I do enjoy taking those hop on hop off buses. I think it is a nice way to see all the touristy stuff and then if I want to explore more I just hop off. During the evening I had 2 tickets for Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty´s Theatre which was simply extraordinary. It is quite a small theatre which I loved and the voices by entire cast were amazing. Truly recommend to everyone who likes musicals. This is a must.

2nd day we were on foot. We went to see Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and the list goes on. Buckingham Palace is super impressive every time.

We were so lucky with the weather. It was sunny and warm. Energy in the city was great and loads of people out. I had served a table at the Ivy later during the evening and we had delicious dinner. Its a bit more expensive but so good.

3rd day we went to have some fish´n´chips by Piccadilly Circus and then over to Hyde park and Green park. We took the boat on Thames from the Westminister to the Tower. It was a really fun experience due to the staff on the boat. They were hilarious. We saw London Eye, Tate modern, OXO and London Bridge, Tower bridge and Shakespeares Globe Theatre amongst others. Also headed back on London bridge to take the tube back.

4th Day and our last day, was spent to see St Pauls Cathedral which was also one highlight of the trip. It is marvellous. Walked to Tower of London and then over London Bridge to Borough Market to have some food.

Overall it was a great long weekend and everything went so smooth which I am always thankful for.

 

FEELS LIKE SPRING…

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IMG_1856IMG_1854IMG_1855IMG_1853As always, this weekend has gone by too fast. But it was well spent. Saturday was nice and the sun decided to come out. So headed over to Nyhavn for a bit before having sushi for dinner at Izumi (Østerbro). I do have a weakness for sushi :). For Sunday, we had brunch in Helsingør before taking the boat back to Sweden. And there goes the weekend.

US WEST COAST 3

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On the road…or was on the road to Los Angeles meh.

Los Angeles was pretty great. Meaning, warm weather, food, nice houses, palm trees and Hollywood. Very chill atmosphere and it was also the last big city so we took it very cool and just enjoying driving around (a car in LA is a must). Seeing Malibu, Venice beach, Santa Monica, Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills is amazing.

Also went hiking up on Runyon Canyon which provides fantastic views over the city, same thing as Griffith Park and Mulholland Drive.

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Some places to recommend for lunch or dinner in LA are Urth cafe and also Pizzeria Mozza.

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We left the LA and drove along the coast line since we had to head to SF again to take our flight. On the way, we stopped by Monterey which is quite small Fishermans city. Also drove to charming Carmel-by-the-sea which I really liked.

In Monterey, eating seafood is a MUST. So delicious, the best I had. I ate at a place called Scales Seafood and Steaks.

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US WEST COAST 2

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After San Francisco, the plan was to head to warmer weather. We rented a Mustang and our destination was Las Vegas through Death Valley National Park. Really recommend to see Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point.

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In Las Vegas, I also took the opportunity to see Celine Dion live (!!!) at Colosseum, Caesars Palace :O. There are so many and different shows to choose from. I had troubles choosing between Celine Dion, Britney Spears and the Chippendales hihi :D. Had to go for Celine though.

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IMG_0937.JPGAfter being in Las Vegas 3 days, we drove to experience Grand Canyon – such spectacular views. One fun fact – Arizona is actually one of those states that has decided not to follow daylight saving time.

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After Grand Canyon, we head back to Las Vegas for a day. Before setting our destination to Los Angeles we also drove to see Hoover Dam. Always think of National Lampoon movie when hearing Hoover Dam :D.

 

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First blog post – US WEST COAST 1

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Hello,

So I decided to start a blog… let’s see how this will turn out 🙂

Just arrived back from my vacation, so I thought I would share a bit about the trip I did in the west coast of US. I arrived 30th of March in San Francisco and spent some days there. It’s a cool city with steep hills. Had to of course see Lombard street, walk around Fishermans wharf, painted ladies and up to Twin Peaks where you can see the view of the entire city.

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Lombard street which is famous for being quite crooked..

Also ended up biking on the Golden Gate bridge and over to small very beautiful Sausalito (really recommend this place!). It has a mediterranean look and very different compared to San F.

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Sausalito. Beautiful, isn’t it.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Sunset by Golden Gate bridge

 

For eating, I really liked Haight Ashbury area. Quite hipsterish where you can find really nice food. Ended up eating at two restaurants (same owner), one of which focuses on Puerto Rican food (Parada 22) and the other on Mexican food (Cha cha cha) and they are just next to each other. Both very delicious, yum.

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Parada 22

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Puerto rican food – Really recommend it!

 

Over and out for now.