söndag 15 juli 2018

Work work work

I can’t even begin to describe the joy I feel in my heart as I spend as much time as I possibly can writing on my new writing project. I feel like a winner even though it’s not a competition. The words keep flowing out of me and it stays with me even when I’m not writing. Even in my dreams. I love when I’m in this writing mode, it means everything to me. 

And my little family is the best! Totally understanding and accepting my lack of attention to everything else in everyday life. Of course I do take breaks, going to the beach with them for example, but always going prepared with a pen and paper if I get an idea for the book. 😬

So, a huge thank you to my amazing family, mini me and hubby, for accepting my lack of attention. I love you both to the moon and back! ❤️
And all of you, that visit and read my blog, I’ll be a bad blogger for some time. But I’ll be sure to check in now and then.

Laters babes!

Over and out 

torsdag 12 juli 2018

Writing again

Hello you,
My writers block are finally over. It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote, but tonight the words flew out on the paper (or screen, I rarely use pen and paper). I’ve had a picture in my head since my vacation in Spain and when I wrote it down the story was born. I wrote 15 pages tonight and it felt so good! I love this story, and I hope you will too. Eventually. 😜

Looking kind of crazy and with my headphones on. I need to tune out from my everyday life when writing. I listen to music, Melissa Horn, and nothing else. And yes, my beautiful family excepts my craziness. They know I’m working hard to live my dream!

Looking forward to spending the rest of this summer writing on this new project. And fingers crossed I get to the end without any more writers blocks! I know I’ve said it before, about my other projects (that I eventually gave up on or laid to rest), but I really do believe in this one! Maybe this is the one! The baby that grows up! Fingers crossed! 🤞🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 

söndag 24 juni 2018

Still on vacation

There hasn’t been much writing for me here the last few weeks, sorry about that. I’ve been busy doing nothing at all. Or at least trying not to. 😆
We just got back to our apartment after a three day trip to València (third largest city in Spain). We had so much fun and if you ever get the chance to go there you truly should, it’s such a great city!

The old bull fighting arena (still used unfortunately) in the old town of València.

I really don’t like bull fighting but I do like old buildings and it is a beautiful place.

Right next to the train station.

I took tons of pictures of old buildings but, I’ll spare you, you won’t have to watch through them all. Just know old town is amazingly beautiful and full of great architectural views!

And I like that it’s trees right in the middle of the city, every where. It gives the city another dimension of beauty. 🙌🏻

Even palm trees!

L’Umbracle. 🙌🏻

We also visited newer parts! Like these; L’Hemesfèric (their IMAX theatre), L’Umbracle (like a park with sculptures - first picture), L’Oceanogràfic (Europe’s largest oceanarium), El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (an opera house) and El Museu de les Ciències Principe Felipe (science museum). 
The opera house (I think) back in the picture.

The science museum.

Inside the oceanarium, which of course consists of equally grand buildings as mentioned and shown above.

And all the species living inside of the oceanarium. I was super exited being there!

So special.

And colourful.

And huge! A beluga whale! First time seeing one for me! I could have stayed there all day just admiring it. 😍

It was a great visit, and mini me said over and over again during the day; “Mum, I’m going to save all animals when I’m an adult. And I’m going to work as a dolphin trainer too!”. 

But of course there’s so much more to see and visit in this great city. We didn’t have enough time to see everything we had planned, so we’ll be back for sure.

I’ll be back with more entries about what I’ve been up to these last few weeks, but I think my València visit is enough for now.

Laters babes! 

Over and out 

måndag 11 juni 2018

Vacation mode

I’m slowly, but surely, finding my vacation mode and letting it replace my usual rhythm. It takes a while (mostly because I have a hard time letting go of work) but know that I’m getting there, I’m going to bed surprisingly early. I take time to read long stories for my baby girl and then we talk about all the fun we’ve had during the day before we fall asleep with happy hearts. And, for once, sleeping in in the morning. 

The days are mostly spent on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and ocean, but we have some sightseeing and adventures to look forward to as well. Tomorrow for example, we’re taking a ferry to Tabarca, an island just of the coast of Alicante. I’ll tell you more about that another day. I think it’s going to be a great day and I’m really looking forward to visiting this little island.

I hope you’re having a wonderful time too!

Laters babes!

Over and out 

torsdag 7 juni 2018

In short...

...I had a great day on the beach. 

And so did the kids and my bff!

Yes, that’s them, playing in the water. I really don’t like swimming in cold water, and it’s just not “my” temperature yet. Maybe in a week or so... 😆

Everyday at approximately at 4-4,30 in the afternoon (or at16-16,30 as we swedes say), the fishermen returns back into the harbour with the days catch. And always accompanied by lots and lots of hungry seagulls (I presume). Today we saw 5 fishing boats arriving at the same time. Some of these days I’ll go to the harbour to look at their catch!

Now I’m off to bed. Tomorrow will be another day on the beach and the last day here for my bff and her son. We’re going to miss them terribly, but we’re also overwhelmed with joy that my husband is arriving as they leave. Can’t wait to see him! ❤️

Laters babes!

Over and out 

onsdag 6 juni 2018

Sightseeing in Alicante

Hello you,
Today we jumped on the TRAM to Alicante to do some sightseeing. The train ride takes about one hour and it’s a beautiful view of both the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and it costs about €3 for a round trip.

We got off at the MARQ-CASTILLO station which is right next to mount Benacantil where Castillo de Santa Barbara is located. And the walk up to the castle is absolutely stunning. In parts quite a steep walk (or run if you prefer), but I promise, the views are so worth it when you get to the top.

Almost at the top, the restaurant is a welcoming resting place to take a moment and catch your breath. We had some water and ice cream before climbing the last steps to the castle.

I’m terrified of heights, so watching mini me so close to the castle walls almost gave me a heart attack, but the view, my God, totally amazing!

This is a birds view of the route we took from the TRAM station. The castle is situated about 170 meters above sea levels, so it’s quite a walk up hill.

Our 6 year olds hesitated when looking at the castle from below, but they did great! And we had so much fun!

We walked down the mountain on the opposite side, making us walk right down into the old city of Alicante. I’ve been here in Alicante before so I forgot to take pictures of old town, but I did take pictures of the grand entrance to the Basilica of Santa Maria. Absolutely stunning. I could look at it for hours!

From old town we ventured on to the harbour. The yachts here are ridiculously big. I mean, R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S.L.Y. Big! 

And when you see a boat you probably could afford to buy, it looks super tiny next to the yachts. Made us laugh quite a bit actually. 😆

I’ve seen these amazing (I know I’m using that word a lot in this entry) trees in Alicante but I don’t know what they are. Do you? They look old and more like something you would see in a fairytale rather than here. I love them! 

Mini me loved this street when we visited last summer so of course we had to show it to C and S. 

And it was a success. Both kids loved the mushrooms 🍄 and the animals on top of them.

Great fun for the kids.

Most shops on the street were closed for siesta, but we didn’t mind as we weren’t visiting Alicante to go shopping.

Well, I did end up buying something. Some candy for my two nieces. They love unicorns, as do my daughter, and this candy was just hilarious! I sent them a picture and they couldn’t stop laughing (and yes, I did show it to their parents first - and they laughed too).

When we got back to Villajoyosa we walked the bridge over the park I told you about the other day.  The small stream with freshwater from the mountains that runs out in the sea is almost dried out, but there’s still enough water to make the mallards 🦆 happy. 

And when we finally arrived home, we had a simple dinner; some tortilla, salami, Serrano ham and tomatoes and cucumbers. But it was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

How was your day?

Laters babes!

Over and out 

tisdag 5 juni 2018

A day at the beach

I started my day off with an early morning run. It’s been a while since I last went running, but it felt surprisingly good. For those of you who read my blog entries last summer you know I struggled hard to conquer a steep hill here in Villajoyosa (and I finally did before going back home), and of course I had to give it a try this morning too. But, it’ll be a struggle this summer too! I couldn’t make it all the way to the top, running that is. I walked the last 30 meters totally out of breath and with legs like spaghetti. 😆

And I guess running over one kilometre in the wet sand on the beach before heading for the hill didn’t help. 😆

We spent a few hours on the beach before lunch, but it was a bit cloudy and windy. 

The kids didn’t mind though. And the sun did some appearances now and then so we didn’t really mind the clouds.

I love my kindle. And some of you (mum, husband and close friends) know what a book nerd I am. Every chance I get I read. So the best gift I’ve ever gotten (or most used at least) is my Kindle for sure! Thank you babe for giving it to me! Love you! ❤️

One of my favourite authors, Pepper Winters, released her new book today, one that I’ve been waiting eagerly for. So every moment I got today, I sneaked off reading. 😋

And I might have bought mini me a cookie just to be able to read some more when she and S sat down for a Swedish “fika”. 😆

Tomorrow we’re taking the train to Alicante for some sightseeing. My bff has never been there so we’re spending the day there. And I’ll take pictures for you guys too!

Laters babes!

Over and out 

måndag 4 juni 2018

Shopping vs sightseeing

Hello you,
Much to our surprise the kids didn’t want to go to the beach today. A clear blue sky with no clouds in sight! To me that screams beach day! But no, not to our two six year olds! And it had us trying to figure out what to do instead while cleaning up after breakfast. 

Sightseeing or shopping? Another simple choice for a six year old... so shopping it was!
And I kind of understand why they love it, as the mall has a huge playground on the roof where we of course ended up after lunch.
We got back late afternoon and after a short rest in the apartment, we managed to convince the kids that sightseeing is fun too. 

So we walked through old town and went into the park that leads down to the beach.

Old town is very pretty and colourful. 

I see these flowers every where now (in gardens and in the park), and I’m guessing it’s a clematis of some sort, but if you know, please tell me. The colour is just so amazingly beautiful. 😍

Laters babes!

Over and out 

söndag 3 juni 2018

Beach mode

Hello you,
I’m in bed getting ready to sleep, but as I went through the pictures on my phone of today’s adventures I remembered I’d decided to post you some of them.

I woke up in the middle of the night as thunderstorms and heavy rain made the windows rattle off and on for hours, but in the morning the skies were clear blue and no clouds in sight! Mini me felt much better waking up  too so we decided on a day at the beach.

I guess we spent about one or two hours tops on the beach before the kids had had enough, so we went back home, made lunch and then took the train to el Centro Comercial La Marina Finestrat, a huge (for these parts) shopping centre outside of Villajoyosa. But, when getting there we realised it was closed on Sundays, so we had to go right back again. 😆

To compensate the kids for having to ride the train back and forth for no reason other than not thinking the trip through thoroughly before leaving home (looking on internet for the opening hours), we stopped at Valor chocolateria for a Spanish version of our Swedish “fika”. I had a nougat ice cream with chocolate sauce...

...and a cup of cortado, a very tasty small cup of coffee. 

My bff C had some churros and chocolate sauce served with her cortado. As I don’t eat gluten I don’t know what it tastes like, but it smells a lot like freshly made doughnuts, just a bit crispier. She assured me that they were delicious!

Later in the evening we walked to the neighbouring beach, about 2 kilometres from home. The kids love it because of all the beautiful rocks, and the views are truly stunning too. And comparing to our beach, there’s hardly any visitors. A perfect spot!

Mini me decided on adding three more pebbles to her “rock” collection, and as usual (although this time - clearly not a heavy task) I was the one that had to carry them back home. 

Now I’m off to sleep, I think I might be the only one of us still up. Tomorrow I’m starting my day with a morning run! And I’m both looking forward to it and dreading it. It’s been a while...

Laters babes!

Over and out