well, folks, that’s it. summer vacation/staycation has now come to an end. it’s the first monday back to ritual + routine. and, i have to admit, while i am mourning the loss of the last days of adventure + no plans, i am welcoming the joys of returning to regular life. mostly, i am excited about experiencing this indian summer that has taken hold of sweden now, and the anticipation of autumn + all of the coziness it brings.
my last week of vacation was spent on the road adventuring yet again. spontaneous, unplanned days filled with sunshine + fabulous people.
after our weekend in stockholm a week ago, we settled in at home for a few days. two to be exact. just enough time to sneak in some friends + family, and a few zola snuggles. then, we took the train down to norrköping – again! we spent a little time with family, lina and i both got to meet with dear friends of ours (together + separately), did a teeny tiny bit of shopping, enjoyed the august festival, and stayed busy from morning till night.
home again on saturday, but still filled up with activities. and then, on sunday, we made yet another spontaneous trip to stockholm for a free royal philharmonic symphony orchestra concert in a park featuring lina’s favorite singer/performer in the whole world. it was heaven!
so, here are my snapshots from last week! celebrating the end of summer vacation with a bang!
there’s nothing like taking a bottle of wine to a good friend’s home a block away for taco tuesday. am i right?
7 freaking AM train to norrköping. and a big of coffee.
hello, beautiful norrköping (fun fact: i once lived here for 3 years)
free concert! symphony orchestra plays ABBA!
i loved seeing my soul mate, midas
lounged in chairs to watch the meteor shower – and saw some!
i got a new (old) bike as an early birthday present! it’s really old, vintage, so retro + lina’s grandmother used it for years. i’m so excited + it’s such an honor to get it.
simplicity + love
deeee-licious burgers + fries. and good service too… in sweden!
this never happens: an outfit shot. but i just lovelilove my new t-shirt dress.
sunshine. parks. norrköping. ba-dump ba-dump (goes my heart)
american friends + bubbles! woo hoo!
sunset over downtown norrköping
country roads take me home – back to uppsala
and a stop on the side of the road for some goodies, of course
home!!! celebrated with some summer drinks made by my lovespontaneous trip to stockholm! // we waited for the bus with about 100 other people. a bus that never came. so we hailed a cab, jumped in, and two other random women jumped in with us. we split the fee 4 ways + all got to the concert in a flash. loved it!
so many people. so much sunshine. such amazing music.
can you dig it?
no more travels, zola. we are home now. xoxo
settling in + resting before the new “year” starts. it’s the autumn semester and even though we are not in school, my mind just automatically resets. ready for new beginnings + new opportunities…
B o o m!!
it feels really great to get back into my routines. my trusty meditation rituals (which were completely non-existent in their regular form during vacation) and new habits (to be blogged about later!). i’ve got lots to share with you all, and i feel so very inspired + motivated right now. a break really does you some good, and thankfully i live in sweden, where a break from the everyday is something that is deemed important to a good life.
stay tuned for new rituals + routines on the blog, including photography, music, travel, and spirituality. plus, i’ve got some very exciting professional adventures waiting in the wings as well. and, then, of course, there are all of the cozy life moments of autumn right around the corner.
wishing you a beautiful week, lovelies. hope that it begins with a bang + ends with satisfaction, love, and peace.
I love how you live life with such joy and wonder and love!
Oh, thank you so very much Louise. I really do try to! 🙂
Fantastic! I’m finishing my summer too, kids already started school and I start teaching one week from today. Also, I’m starting the “fall” (no real fall in Hawaii) with a bang, playing Mary Poppins in a local theater production of the musical! It’s exciting to start new things and get back to familiar routines.
Mary Poppins! That is absolutely wonderful! How very exciting + and I know you will totally enjoy it! xoxo
Staycation! I love it Liz. How many times have you heard someone complain that they’ve been to Paris or Rome, but haven’t visited the museum in their own town. It looks like a beautiful summer there, and you’re obviously taking full advantage before the change. Enjoy. ~James
Hooray for making the most of summer! xoxo
I know I have a kindred spirit in you! xo