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One of the days during our stay in Mexico we decided to go on an excursion to an adventure park in Playa del Carmen called Xplor Park. I believe they had over 14 zip-lines around the park, on different heights and thrill levels. There was also stalactite filled cave swimming, underground rafts, unlimited juice bar, hammock swing, amphibious vehicles and an all inclusive restaurant. We had an amazing day trip to this place and we felt just like kids again! Super fun! Since you do get into the water on most of these activities all of these pictures are taken with our Gopro and we left all other tech and valuables in lockers at the changing rooms.

Another fun thing that surprised me the most was how many Swedish people that where there. We could hear some already on the bus, then another couple at the restaurant and around the park. Always fun to understand people unexpectedly when you are on vacation.

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Good morning! Hope you all are having a great Saturday!

Since I haven't had this blog for a very long time, most of my post for awhile are going to be throwbacks to previous trips that I have done. Which is a good thing since I will have lots of fun content to put out to you guys and it's nice for me to write them all down to refresh the memories. One trip that I did almost exactly a year ago, was to Cancun in Mexico.

Last January I was flying out from Stockholm alone, had a layover in Frankfurt and then when I landed in Mexico, Mike was waiting for me at the airport and we took a taxi to the hotel together. We stayed at the Grand Oasis Sens All Inclusive Hotel for a week and had a great time! It had some good and bad reviews so I wasn't expecting too much but honestly it was a very clean and wonderful hotel. All the food was really good and the two pool areas were nice. But of course nothing beats the tropical ocean, so turquoise and beautiful! Sometimes just a few to many big waves for me though haha.


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One of Oslo's "must see" sights is the Opera House. A building inspired by the Norwegian nature to resemble an iceberg by the waterfront and the people on it is meant to look like tiny penguins. There aren't many places in the world where you are allowed to climb on top of a building, but the Oslo Opera house encourages visitors to head up on the rooftop for a great view of the city! There are two pathways up, which seems to be very accessible in the summer but since we where there in December it was very slippery and lots of ice spots to look out for. We visited the Opera on our first day but decided to come back the day after as well when the sun came out so we had a chance to catch the sunset from the roof.

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Hello again! I know it's been awhile since I last posted something. I've been busy with the new year and work has come in the way. But I'm here now to try and put together this post about the trip me and my fiancé Mike took between Christmas and New Years Eve to Oslo.

On December 27th we took the train from Stockholm to Oslo. It's a 5 hour train ride and we got to Oslo just after 4.30pm. We then had to walk from the Oslo Centralstation to our hotel Scandic Solli, for about thirty minutes. On our way we passed through the Christmas market and the Royal Palace and even though it was cold we still had a very nice first impression of the city.

During our 3 day stay we ended up doing a lot of walking, especially between all the sights and for dinner, so I would recommend to wear comfortable shoes if you are planning a visit!

Below are the sights we managed to see, and I know we missed some of the more popular ones but our days were packed with a hundred hot chocolate and coffee breaks to escape the cold. It was a lovely short getaway though and I would love to go back but probably in the summer haha! I always find it easier to enjoy city trips in sunshine weather.

Have a great day!

City Hall

The Opera house ( see separete post for more details)

Aker Brygga

Nobel Peace Center

Street Art - The Tiger

Akerhus Fortress

Damstredet

The Royal Palace

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Finally it’s the day before Christmas!! We’ve been prepping food all morning, wrapped gifts and put up the last Christmas decorations through out the house! Now Christmas can come! Hope you all are having a great holiday with lots of joy and love!


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in underground Stockholm

Exposed bedrock at Rådhuset metro station (The Court House)

This colorful sight can be found at Stadion station (Stadium). A tribute to the 1912 Olympic Games, where the rainbow represent the Olympic rings.

Blue vines underneath the city center at T-centralen station.

"Life Line" inspired by the heartbeats of a child on your way to the commuter trains. This installation is located underneath Odenplan, in Citybanan.

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This year I'm celebrating Christmas and New Years here in Sweden and my sister reminded me a while back that I haven't been home for this holiday in 3 years. 2014 I had my first Christmas in Toronto, 2015 me and Mike where in Thailand, and last year I was back in Toronto. And as if 3 years away didn't make it exciting enough to be home, this time it's also Mikes first Christmas in Sweden.

I want to say the biggest difference between our Swedish traditions and the North American ones are the dates. For us December 24th is the main day with a full day of celebration, you have rice porridge in the morning, everybody sits down at 3pm to watch the Donald Duck Disney special, then there's a dinner and gift opening usually happens in the evening. The way I experienced it the 2 years I was in Toronto was that on the 24th they have a big dinner and celebrate a little bit, but that the 25th being Christmas Day, is the real "big" day. And on that day you wake up to find your stockings full of gifts and some under the tree, and they open them in the morning usually in their pajamas. After that it is very common to have a big lunch with the family again to help eat all the leftovers and to spend time together.

That brings me in to the next big difference, which is food! In Mikes family for example the food is very influenced by their portuguese heritage, but they also follow the North American tradition of having a turkey. For us here in Sweden the tradition is to have a big broiled ham, lots of potatoes, sausages, meatballs, different herring, fish dishes, beet salad and the four main things you can't go without is saffron buns, gingerbread cookies, glögg (mulled wine) and julmust (a soft drink like coke but very hoppy).

For me the memories of Christmas is so dependent on the flavors from all these things, and it truly hasn't been the same Christmas feeling these past 3 years without them even though I've tried finding similar things to substitute those flavors with. But with that said, it doesn't mean it's been less of a holiday for me. It has been so fun to experience new things and to see how other people celebrate, and the biggest thing especially was to be able to celebrate it with Mike. Now this year I'm so excited to show him our traditions and to be able to enjoy all my favorite things while being back here in Sweden.

What is a Christmas tradition you have that gives you that holiday feeling? Please share! I'm interested to see if I'm the only one that have these connections with food.


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Stockholm Public Library - listed as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries!

Last Thursday I arrived back here in Stockholm, just in time for December and Christmas. I haven’t been home for Christmas in 3 years so I’m very excited to reexperience all the childhood traditions and spend time with my family! I’m also trying to squeeze in as many workdays as I can before the holiday and I can already feel that this month is going to pass by quickly!


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