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The months have flown by since we first started to realize “Hey! It’s summer! Hey! Let’s get out!”. If you know anything about a Swedish summer, it is long-anticipated, it is short however it is absolutely magical! While listening to radio and Spotify adverts, the theme hemester ran strong through the marketing messaging. It played on the word: semester (which is Swedish for holiday) and the word hem (which is Swedish for home). Due to the current pandemic, we were urged to take our holiday in Sweden and enjoy what exactly this beautiful country has to offer.
Things that happened:
- The sun wouldn’t stop shining
- Made new friends
- Made awesome memories
- Explored parts of Sweden as if there was no tomorrow.
Yes, @outtaafrics took #Hemester seriously!
From Ludvika to Leksand from Göteborg to Västerås, there was absolutely no time to stop. Retrospectively, those were the best 3 months of 2020. I would do them all again in a heartbeat.
Below you will get a small peep into the adventure that took place during my Swedish Hemester.
Gagnef: This is where I spent Midsommar! Though everyone kept saying it was not as exciting as it usually is, it was exciting for me to experience such a wonderful time. My friend invited me to join his friend’s celebration where we enjoyed conversations and a typical midsummer lunch followed by a dip in a nearby lake. We then took the train back to Borlänge and that is how I celebrated #Midsommar2020
Falun: Right around the corner – at the beginning of summer I went there to enjoy some time with friends after a long day in Säter. We had a delicious lunch and then of course took some pictures and headed home.
Göteborg: I spent 2 nights in Göteborg and since it’s my favourite city (I wish to live there after my studies), it was just an effortless amazing time. From exploring the city to enjoying the cold waters at skärgårdsbåtar. Gothenburg will always be a 10/10 for me.
Leksand: From the onset of summer, my friend was adamant about Leksand. Every week she reminded us that we have to go to Leksand Sommarland and that we did and just before it closed for the season. What an awesome day, playing in the water and just enjoying a good day out in the sun!
Ludvika: Though this was a short trip, I got a chance to finally see where my friend hangs out and lives when she is not in Borlänge. We didn’t do much exploring of the city but a simple drive-through gave us a glimpse of what we would get to see, should we go and explore it. Stay tuned!
Örebro: That was a quick dip in and out. Nothing serious but a few hours of exploring, it was great to see the castles and read some history. A cool thing to mention was that there was a team of volunteers, cleaning up the water in the city centre. While I was standing there, they dug up a bunch of bicycles. (I always wonder how they get there :D )
Rättvik: One of my favourite little spots to hang out in Dalarna is Rättvik. It is different every time! I went maybe 3 times this summer with a different group of friends. The one time we decided to go, the moment we made it up to the rondel, it closed due to the rains. Needless to say, we will be back to take advantage of the view and the tickets that we still have!
Säter: From forests to dams to food that is off the chains, Säter is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to visit. During the summer, I got an opportunity to swim in many dams but Dammryn was one of my favourites. Also, I realised hiking is exhausting but totally worth the walk. Additionally, over last summer, my friend and I so adamantly hopped on the bus headed for the Silverberg we didn’t realise we needed a car to get to the outskirts where the lake was. Plus it was super snowy! Fast forward to summer 2020 we managed to cross it off our to-do list!
Västerås: A 2 hour trip out of my current location, lots of forests and other sightings, it was such a wonderful day exploring this county called, Västmanland. We got a chance to visit a memorial site with lots of viking history! The city also has a KFC – having KFC for the first time in a year was absolutely incredible and let me a bit nostalgic.
Borlänge: Back in Borlänge I took advantage of every lake, and also every bar I could find. It is home so, you can read more about what I get up to usually in this blog and more blogs to come.
Musings: So far, I’ve been keeping my travels very central Sweden but my next major trip is either very South or very North. Saving up as much and as quickly as I can because I have yet to find anything that makes me feel the way travel does.
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