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Traveling Around: Småland, Sweden
Can you relate?
- getting a private tour of a crazy Swedish man’s small moose park. The moose were so big and cute!
- staying at two different Swedish hotels (here’s one in Kalmar) that offered not only breakfast but also dinner as included in the price of the room.
- taking the trains to get around from city to city, and splurging by buying the First Class ticket for some more comfort.
- going to a local restaurant and being the only guests in it. It is hard to do, but you can be surprised by some tasty food!
- finding a unique Italian restaurant run by actual Italians (in a Swedish city of around 50000 people) and being treated to such a wonderfully authentic Italian meal.
- stepping into a small butcher’s shop and buying unique locally-made products like jams and crackers.
- driving around to find a castle that is also a hotel and realizing we should’ve stayed there instead!
- traveling to a water tower that also doubled as an echo chamber. I wouldn’t have believed it until we got there. It was super amazing!
- driving by a huge outlet area and agreeing to stop and check it out. We bought some discounted clothes!
- driving off the beaten path a number of times on very dirt, bumpy roads. Super exciting and fun!
- taking in the view of the beautiful nature. Even though it was winter and very cold, the sunny days still made the views so wonderful.
- getting a bit of a snowstorm one night and waking up to everything covered in snow.
- making sure to buy some local bread at a fancy Swedish bakery to bring back home with us.
- stopping by the local mall for some shopping. We bought a pot of a Swedish knockoff of le Creuset.
- having the easiest pick up of a rental car….EVER!
- wondering why we went traveling for a week in small-town Sweden only to realize that it was super relaxed and cozy…just want needed.
- taking the free pass from the hotel to the local “spa/pool” and then seeing that it was overrun by small children!
- stopping by the IKEA museum and learning about the amazing history of this iconic store.
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