sweden wilderness

crossing sweden: coast to coast

13 Jul 2014

hello! well, it’s been a whole week – or more, actually! – and i’ve been totally off the grid. no telephone. no internet. no nothing. only the bright blue swedish sky, the hot yellow sun, the shimmering baltic sea, and the dark green forests hugging the swedish archipelago. it’s been like living in a little sliver of heaven for a week – a little taste of how life is supposed to be lived, within a community of friends and family, laughing together, working together to take care of one another, and enjoying the peace and joy of simply being with each other and with ourselves.

however, before i show you the photos from my little place of bliss, i have a few road trip photos to share. before we ended up at the archipelago last sunday, we drove from norrköping (home) on the east coast to gothenburg, on the west coast. we left norrköping on saturday and headed toward gothenburg to watch our niece and lina’s cousin complete their confirmation – a big rite of passage in sweden. so, saturday was a little road trip day – complete with a roadside fika. how swedes do rest stops. we arrived in gothenburg mid-afternoon, which gave us a chance to explore the city with paige, who’d never been there before. fun times.

road trip car jonköping fika

ego me self fika fika

we strolled the streets of this city that i love, popping in and out of shops, and enjoying the super warm temps that were moving into sweden. we met an old friend for dinner, and then headed out of the city to a camp-retreat center where we were going to spend the night – for free! you gotta love connections, huh?

gothenburg

now this little camp lies only about 30 minutes outside of gothenburg, but when you are there, you feel completely immersed in a simple, slow life. even if you are staying for only a night. of course, just a short walk (and an even shorter drive) from the camp lies part of the west coast’s archipelago –  a rocky coastline and harbor, which reminds me a bit of maine’s coastline in the states. we headed over there to enjoy the scenery and give paige a taste of what was to come in the upcoming week at the swedish archipelago back on the east coast.

for our one night outside of gothenburg, however, it was a mostly cloudy, but warm summer night of endless light. it was just the perfect thing to get me excited about our upcoming week deep in the swedish nature.

harbor sweden west coast rocky coast sweden photo sweden west coast

self timer west coast

self timer west coast girls three girls coast sweden red house west coast west coast archipelago sunset west coast sweden boat gothenburg house west coast sweden harbor west sweden sweden harbor sunset sweden harbor

on sunday, we woke up and drove back into gothenburg for the confirmation ceremony/worship service at the church where i first met lina – so many good memories there. i’ll admit that being there stirred many feelings inside of me, from missing my grandfather, to falling in love with lina, to connecting with my past as a minister and a long-time methodist. all of the feelings were good ones, i might add. nostalgic and happy.

after lunch, we headed back on the road – this time from the west coast back to the east coast  – it only takes about 4-5 hours to cross sweden from coast to coast. nothing like what it takes in north carolina. hehe. however, it took a bit longer for us because, after the usual fika break on the side of the road, we noticed a weird sound outside the left windows in the car. we pulled over, and what do you know. a flat tire. luckily swedes can do anything – the perk of being a country full of practical and always prepared people – so it didn’t take long until we were on our way again. yipee.

road trip sweden flat tire sweden

then, finally, after criss-crossing the country twice in two days, a little mini-camp break, a less than 24 hour visit to gothenburg, and a chance to see the west coast a bit, and a flat tire, we made it to our destination:

skeppsgården! – the camp in the archipelago by the baltic sea that we visit with lina’s family and friends every summer. oh, i can’t wait to share with you the beauty that is this place. there is no week like camp week here in sweden.  if you just can’t wait, though, to see what it looks like, then you can always sneak a peek at some blog posts from the past few years: just click here and here.

trees skeppsgården sweden

love and peace, dear readers. xx

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  • Reply PaigeBrown 13 Jul 2014 at 11:26

    Love all these photos, but even more the people and the memories! Love you!

    • Reply liz 14 Jul 2014 at 04:27

      So much love!! I still can’t believe we are getting to experience all of this together! xoxo

  • Reply carissalick 13 Jul 2014 at 14:18

    I’m gonna sound like a broken record soon, but it’s SO wonderful getting a little taste of Sweden through your blog and photos. What a lovely place and such lovely people!

    • Reply liz 14 Jul 2014 at 04:27

      Haha! I am so glad that you are getting a little Sweden-fix through my photos. That makes it all worthwhile! Love to you and David (and the rest of the family!)

  • Reply SouthernHon 14 Jul 2014 at 18:24

    Sweden really looks beautiful and thanks to your loving descriptions, it also seems like a lovely place.

  • Reply NurseGrit 14 Jul 2014 at 21:17

    I just posted the same on my facebook page, but I’ll say it again: Liz and Lina’s Excellent Adventure… I’m traveling with you in spirit, and can feel my ancestors calling me from a distance. I so look forward to my own adventure soon. I wish you both the best! Life is short, so enjoy all the good things when you can. Say hello to Sweden from my mom, Eva Nancy Borglund (date of birth 12-15-29) and myself, from the US!

    • Reply liz 15 Jul 2014 at 06:23

      We have thought of you & your desire to visit Sweden during our travels – hopefully one day soon you will be able to see the country too! We try hard to embrace every single glorious moment of life – in Sweden and in Asheville. What a blessed life Lina and I lead, and we are so grateful. Thanks for the comment. See you in a few weeks!

  • Reply luggagelady 15 Jul 2014 at 23:42

    Love seeing the beauty of your happiness shining through. I’ve missed you and am thrilled to be back…

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