Life trudge on in a leisurely pace and I am on the last workweek before my four weeks of vacation. It’s very warm in Stockholm, but I wont complain! Yes, it’s too warm for my liking but I’d rather have this sort of weather which spoils me with an abundance of sunshine, rather than Winter. Though, my favourite seasons are Spring and Autumn during which there still is lots of beautiful weather but with cooler air. But who’s complaining!
My brain is tormenting me as it’s taking out the vacation in advance. Getting up early in the mornings is pure pain. As the alarm clock rings at 4:45 am one part of my brain yells WHYYYY?! I’m on vacation!! As the other more sensible part makes sure that I get out of bed and get to work. Three more days, then no more alarm clocks for a while thank you very much.
I have had absolutely nothing planned for this vacation, but left it open for impulsiveness. Though, last Thursday Monica texted me asking if I wanted to tag along for a trip to Helsinki, the capitol of Finland. As the day for departure is on Sunday this week I wasn’t sure if I was going to have any energy to go anywhere at all… I must add that I have been working the early shift for three weeks in a row now, and it does take its toll on me. I had even played with the thought of spending the first week of vacation entirely on my own (ooooh the luxury). I was just about to answer Monica with a kind and loving “no thank you” when she phoned me and asked if I had received her text. She then told me more about the trip and as I actually never have visited Finland I became interested and by the end of our conversation I had decided that Yes! I’ll go.
I’m really looking forward to our trip on Sunday, it will be fun yet a short one as we will be back on Tuesday next week. Monica suggested that I google Helsinki to see what places I wanted to visit once we’re there, and boy did I find places hehee I printed out a map, so that we can find our way easily (thank goodness for Google Maps):
The green arrow points out where we “land” in Helsinki.
This sort of kickstarted my vacation planning and I’m pleased to see that there are quite a bit of activities that I want to do. As I’m not travelling anywhere abroad really (except for that mini vacation in Finland) I thought I’d do trips to cities I’ve never visited before. I think I had the same idea last year, but I plan to venture a little further away this year. As I don’t have a drivers license I want to be able to travel by bus or train. I looked at a map over the Svealand region of Sweden, to which Stockholm belongs, and decided for Örebro as the destination for my second trip on the 7th of August, you can read more about Örebro: here
Naturally I googled tourist attractions for Örebro as well and made a map. I will have six hours to go through these spots:
And I do have more in store. As there will be a festival opening soon in Stockholm I will engage in various activities there too, lots of walks! A zombie walk (hundreds of folks made up as zombies walking through Stockholm), a ghost tour through Old Town, and various other very interesting walks arranged by different associations. But I have spread out these and other activities evenly though August with plenty of time for rest, creativity and alone time in between.
I have bought a backup battery for my iPhone 5S so I hope to be taking lots of photos. Hopefully I’ll prepare these photos and upload them to my Flickr ablum. I haven’t been very good regarding photos, still haven’t uploaded the photos from my Gotland trip in May.
So there, that’s it for now. Over and out :)