Last week I spent four amazing days on Visingsö at my parents house. I grew up on this small island in the south of Sweden – here there are around 700 people living all year around, it’s 14 kilometers long and mostly known for the nature, old castles and their horse carriages that take you around the whole island together with a history-lesson.
So, this is how I was welcomed out. My mum made us Toast Skagen (recipe here) and we ate outside in the evening sun. I never wanted this evening to end. I don’t see my parents as much as I want to and this evening the Sweden showed itself from its best side. It was just perfect in all ways possible.
Also, I got to enjoy four sunsets like this. Somehow sunsets look so much better out here, it is like the sky explode in colors every night.
We aslo spent a lot of time out on lake Vättern, my dad just bought a new boat and we needed to break it in properly. Four trips later and my muscles are still aching from all the rowing. But isn’t it just beautiful?
Off course we got some fish, these European perch ended up on the smoker and was eaten the same day with a french potato salad and some veggies. It tasted great but the whole house and all its residents smelled like a bushfire the next couple of days…
In all honesty this is probably how I spent the majority of the time – reading in the sun. The weather was spot on and I wanted to savor every last minute of it since you never know for how long it will last. I somehow managed to finish three books in four days and it was amazing. I just love to be able to read from the first to the last page without caring about how many hours pass.
So tell me, where is your favorite place to spend your summer days? In Sweden we call these places ‘Smultronställen’ which translates to ‘places to find wild strawberries’. It really has absolutely nothing to do with wild strawberries – it’s more a concept of a place where you find eternal summer, stillness and ease. It’s like the Swedish peoples unicorns, rare places you dream about in the wintertime. So, whats your ‘smultronställe’?