Friday, July 30, 2010

Trip to Møns Klint

Before moving to Sweden, we had a week to spend in Denmark (this was 3 weeks ago). We stayed at Kasper's parents house, and one day we borrowed the car and went south of Copenhagen, to a place called Møns Klint (Cliffs of Møn). Møn is an island and the point facing east and the Baltic Sea are covered with white chalk cliffs. The highest point measures 123m above the sea! Read more here (in English).

We had made a little picnic basket and went down to the beach to eat and watch the cliffs and sea. As you can see, I didn't have the right type of shoes on for walking on the beach, so after our little lunch we went back up again. Easier said than done.. 500 or something steps in the stairs later we were back to the car. Eventhough the sun almost had passed by the beach and cliffs, it was very beautiful and powerful to see and I think I got some nice pictures (click to enlarge):

Going to Møn, typical Danish landscape

Walking down was no problem..
A part of a cliff called "The Queens Chair"


No walking shoes..

Møns Klint

Kasper and Charlie on the beach
Patterns in the cliffs

Me and Charlie
On our way back up trough the forest, and of course we chose the warmest day of the summer to climb stairs.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm back!

And I have so many blogtopics and pictures to show you! But I think I will devide them into different posts, but first an update.

As you know, we have now moved to Sweden, to Helsingborg, because I'm going to study at the University of Lund this fall. We have during our time in Barcelona had our old apartment in Denmark rented out, so the first week in Sweden, we didn't have any furniture (they were in the old apartment). But last weekend the guy who had rented our apartment moved to an other place, so we could move the furniture to Sweden. So at least now, we got furniture but there are still some movingboxes and things that need to be done.

There are just so many things that has to get taken care of when you move and especially to a "new" country. These are just a few: Registration, insurences, registration of dog, getting Internet, getting mobile nr, choosing health clinic, change address, choosing electrical supplier, signing contracts.....
And of course you have to find "your" new supermarket, farmacy, postoffice, petstore, health clinic,, hairdresser, pizzeria ;) etcetc

Well enough about the wining, I love moving to a new place and city, and I'm looking forward to live here in Helsingborg! Already liking it!

Now to something else. Charlie the dog has been to the hospital. After we had been in Denmark, picking up the furniture, he had started to cough and making through-up-movements when eating. So we called the hospital on Thuesday and went there Wednesday morning. The lady I talked to thought that maybe it was the "kennelcough" which is highly infectious, so we had to wait outside the hospital. I thought he had something in his throat, and I was right. He had got a thread (probably from a sock) around his tongue and down his throat.
They took him in and we went home. Unfortunally they didn't have time to operate the same day, so he had to stay during the night. They put him in anasthesia and then went down the throat to look. If the thread went all the way to the intestines, they had to open him up.
But luckely, it ended in the bowl so they could just pull it up again.

Puh. Poor Charlie, poor wallet, poor my nerves. We got him home today and he is fine, just tired.

Good to be home and is pleased to be allowed to be in the bed

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hello University of Lund!

Just a quick post; I got enrolled to the Service Management - Retail programme! I'm starting after the summer at University of Lund, but in Campus Helsingborg, where we are going to live. Going to get access to the new apartment in Helsingborg on Thursday!

Whohoo :) I'll give you an more detailed update soon!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ByeBye Barcelona

And so came the last day for our year (or almost year) in Barcelona. I have actually been looking forward to this day. It feels like I have done everything I wanted here, and I am ready for a new chapter in life. But even though, it feels a bit sad leaving. Especially all "lasts". For example today was the last day I babysat Gabriel, last time I went by the metro, last time I looked over a sunny Barcelona from our balcony..

Of course there will be things I'm going to miss about Barcelona and Spain. One obvious thing is the sun and weather, moving up north again means colder climate and more rain. But to be honest, right now I'm looking forward to Scandinavian summer weather, in which you actually can do things and be outside without melting (but I bet in 3 weeks I will be whining and wanting to go back.. ;)) Here some things I will miss:

- Living 1min from the beach and everything that comes along with it (chiringuitos, bars, restaurants…)
- But at the same time living in a metropolitan city that really has everything; sports, culture, gastronomy, 1,5h to ski-resorts, nightlife, fashion and shopping..

On the other hand, there are things that I won't miss and that I'm looking forward to in Sweden:
- Swedish food!
- Elementary things not taking forever, like getting Internet installed (or canceled; I will tell you about it later), getting registrated in Spain etc.
- Not being seen as a tourist
- Commodities like having a dishwasher, living in a building with elevator ;)

But what I'm looking forward the most to start a new school, meet new people, living in Sweden and a new city. It will be exciting to see how I will cope with life in a "little" town now. I grew up in Stockholm, then lived in Copenhagen for 3 years (both around 2million inhabitants) and Barcelona (4million) for one year. Now I'm moving to Helsingborg in Sweden, a town on the west coast with about 130.000! But that will be an experience and I'll have Copenhagen 1 hour away in train.

The apartment got filled up with moving boxes

I must finish of by saying VIVA ESPAÑA, en domingo VAMOOOS! Our last night, we spent on a beach bar watching the semifinal of the World Cup between Germany and Spain (and for you who didn't see the match, Spain won and are now going to play the final on Sunday against Holland).

Last night in Barcelona, before the game

Spain is happy to be in the final

Well, good bye Barcelona, at least for this time. We will probably be back for a short visit in November when Kasper is graduating, but until then; take care and I will miss you!

An olive twig from Gabriel and his mom & dad, which means good luck and as a little reminder of Spain and Barcelona.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Found this picture on Jennifer's blog. Not only is it a really good picture with a lot of wonderful colors, but I also love the H.C Andersen-quote!

"Just living is not enough, said the butterfly,
One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

40/100 - Still some to go!

Found this one on Kelly's blog :)

BOLD what you have done in life.

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars

3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more to charity than you could afford to

7. been to Disney
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sung a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run (at least in Brännboll!)
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara falls in person (well no, but the Iguazu falls)
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted/drawn/sketched (cut)
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. been sky diving
66. visited a concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. kissed a stranger at midnight on new year’s eve
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. gotten a tattoo
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person
96. swam in the great salt lake
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant (I think so, didn't we mom in Kolmården?)
How many did you get? Write your number in the comments :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just a thought...

..Why is olives called aceitunas in Spanish, but olive oil is aceite de oliva???

I have a theory, but what do you think?
Pic from Wikipedia