Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I have not been to many spa hotels in my life, but the ones I have been to have always been really good. I must admit that Skansen is most definitely my favourite. The last time I was there was on a weekday in November and although it was less crowded than it was this time in May it was still perfect. They do some great deals for a Spa day either with your friends or your partner. I didn't stay there this time, but I wished I would have as it would have made the experience of a spa day even greater. Both this time and last I had a three course dinner and a brunch, and I love their food! After having two children you can't spend your 'alone' time a better place than this. Båstad is also the greatest little fisher village. The first time I went there was a warm September day many years ago when I was out sailing with my dad. We stopped for the day and I remember it as being idyllic and peaceful. Even the ordinary stop to ICA to buy Kanelbuller was like being on a perfect holiday far far away. After that, it wasn't until last summer that I was back again when I was visiting my dad's summer house close by. It was the warmest weekend of the year (and nearly the only one that summer!) and although the beach was crowded Båstad still had that Swedish summerly feeling you don't always experience elsewhere.
This time Båstad seemed even more idyllic as it was still out of season and the weather was sunny and warm, but not too warm. Sunday morning we had the entire beach to ourselves and managed to spend a few hours suntanning after our delicious brunch and before heading back. I always stop by ICA to buy Kanelbuller and Godis. Sweden is much more advanced than Denmark on some parts of food in the supermarket so it is always interesting to see what they have. I have also thought about going to other places in Sweden for SPA such as Ystad, but at the same time I might want to go back to Skansen than to try something new. I'm secretly hoping that someone might also invite me for a SPA there in the near future.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Around a month ago I went to Båstad in Sweden to celebrate that one of my best friends is going to get married soon. It was a bit difficult to plan as she lives in London, and we first had to get her to Copenhagen and then go to Sweden without her noticing. We managed to surprise her in the airport and we then headed off to Båstad to start the day with a picnic. It was a bit of a struggle to come up with food we could all eat, but we managed to get everything she liked and had a picnic at the beach.
After our picnic we went straight to the ocean to take a dip in the water. It wasn't as cold as last time I was in the same place around November time, but still fairly cold. I went in a few times and afterwards we headed to the sauna and the hot tub. In the evening we had arranged a few games as my friend is getting married to a Swede and we then made it out at the hotel's restaurant for a three course dinner. I was really impressed with how well the day went and if I was ever to have a hen party myself that is how I would have wanted it to be. Relaxing, good food, good weather and with your best friends.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
For years M and I have talked about having a summerhouse by the sea. Although summer in Denmark is short, when it is there it is fantastic. I would have loved to live in a warm country, but I think that living in a country with a short summer you appreciate it much more than you would have when summers are always good.
The last few weekends I have been away with friends enjoying the seaside of both Denmark and Sweden. This weekend I went to my friend's summerhouse and although I have recently been to that area and weren't sure that is where I wanted to look for a holiday home I completely changed my mind. Perhaps it was also due to the weather and that the house we were in where set in an idyllic spot on top of a hill overlooking quiet fields and a lake. I have tried to search for similar spots nearby, but they are probably really hard to find. Our dream would definitely be to own something at a similar spot. It doesn't need to be a new house, we can always change that with time as long as it is in a nice spot close to the beach. Most of the beaches there are wide and long sand beaches which would be ideal for little A and little C. Hopefully this time next year we will be able to enjoy our own little holiday home. Or even before as the plan is to use it at weekends during winter as well. Until then I have the next few weekends booked up with going to summerhouses around Denmark visiting family and friends.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Although summer is my favourite time of the year, there is nothing like Christmas time where it is cold outside, but also dark and cozy. It feel ages away as I'm now sitting in a warm flat after a long day at the beach. I have only been away two times during Christmas in my life, one time when I lived in Seattle for a year, and another time when little A was little and we lived in London.
I live really close to the lakes and all year round it is my favourite place to go for a walk. During summer I often buy take away pizza and sit in the sunny side and during winter it's great to just have little A burn of some energy. I'm sure by winter time little C will be doing the same. Right now I'm just enjoying the little time there is left before little C is all over the place. One of my friends asked me yesterday if I could really go to the beach and enjoy an afternoon alone with little A and C. If it wasn't too much work. Since I was little I have always loved going to the beach at summer and I want my children to grow up like that. As long as they both like it I don't see a lot of extra work in taking them to the beach instead of for instance taking them to the park. As it is now it is fairly easy. Little A loves playing in the sand and little C just enjoys everything around him and he is also good at napping in the shade. The only thing I could wish for was living closer to the beach. Hopefully sometime this winter or by next summer we would have a second home right by the beach. Until then I will enjoy the summer because before I know it, it will be winter again.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Before heading off to Thailand for a month I went 'back home' to London. At that time London still felt more than a home than my home in Copenhagen. It is also the first time I have lived for 2.5 years at the same place since I was eight years old. On top of that it was little A's first home so although there were many things wrong with the flat it was also a home. I especially miss the area a lot, Kensington is a bit nicer than living in the red light district in Copenhagen. Although it is a hip place to live and really central, I could never really get used to living so close to a rough area.
Although I had a really busy schedule seeing all little A's friends, my friends and shopping for tea and other things I miss from Whole Foods it was great to be back. I wished we could have stayed for longer so we didn't have to be so busy but perhaps next time that might be the case. I wonder how long it will be before it doesn't feel like my home there. I have just been back last month and it still felt the same. I know that it probably wouldn't be the same still living there as so many things have changed and most of the people I know have moved away from London. I think that London, not for everyone, but for many, is a place you go to for a few years before moving on. Although I have physical moving London will always have a piece of my heart. And a piece of little A. She is luckily continuing on her English with being at an international Montessori preschool. I hope she will always remember where she was born and raised for the first few years of her life. As one of my neighbours said to me today 'it will forever be a gift that she is able to speak English'. I completely agree and hope that the little part of London and the UK will always stay with her.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
These pictures might look amazing, but I must admit it was even prettier in real life. Spending a month in Thailand while on maternity leave is one of the best things I have done. We didn't plan much from back home, besides from figuring out which island to go to after spending a few days in Bangkok, and I did also book our hotels. I did a lot of research and several times I was close to changing the location of the island we wanted to go to. I even had some advice from a blogger who spent 15 months traveling with four children in Asia and she recommended another island from the island we were going to go to. But everywhere else I looked, the hotels were more expensive to what you got. So in the end we decided to go to Koh Chang as we also originally had planned. Every where I looked the island looked less crowded than other islands in Thailand. And January is peak season so I'm glad we booked as everywhere was fully booked. Especially by Chinese tourists. They don't have any self discipline when seeing small children. They often took photos of both A and C and I now know how celebrities must feel. They had the whole family, even their old grandmom to pose next to them and would pose it straight away to their Chinese facebook.
We managed to rent out our flat and we lived like royals on our normal food budget. The hotel we stayed at in Bangkok was a bit outdated, but it was more than big enough for the four of us. We had a pool rooftop and breakfast was at the 43rd floor. After spending 3 days in Bangkok we got on the bus to go to Koh Chang. We spent the first 12 nights at a jungle hotel called Ramyana. It is definitely one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. The only downside was the location as the beach was a bit away but the hotel had a taxi service taking us to the beach. The staff were great and little A and C were treated as royals. Although that is mainly the way they treat children everywhere in Thailand. Little A got so used to people approaching her that as soon as we left the plane on our way home she took the confidence with her. Sadly children in Denmark are treated differently so she has sort of forgot how to be a 'royalty'.
The next 12 days we stayed at a beach resort being practically on the beach. It was great being that close to the beach, besides from the few days it stormed like crazy and we had to stay inside a whole day in order not to be blown away. The location was so much better than the last hotel being closer to restaurants. The only downside was that there were too many Danish people there and that our hotel room one day was occupied by the biggest cockroach I have ever seen. Luckily it was dead and I didn't see any after that.
We didn't go on many trips and I would have loved to go on boat trips around all the other islands nearby, but with two little ones that would have to wait. Another reason for coming back in the near future.