Tomorrow morning, I will grab these two ladies’ hands, and go to Sweden for a month! I’m over the top excited!
Liz and I headed to the beach yesterday, which is about a seven hour drive, from Asheville, and this is where we’re gonna be for a week. Our days will be filled with beach life, sunshine, warm water, time with family, a lot of laughter, and yummy food. I truly love it here, and the house with its view is AMAZING! I’m sitting in the living room right now, eating breakfast, after spending some time on the porch, drinking coffee, and chatting. Gonna head down to the beach pretty soon and just relax! Hope you all have a great Monday! ♥
What are your plans for the summer?
Spend time at the beach here in the States, go to Sweden for a month where I will spend time in Gothenburg, the archipelago, attend my sister’s wedding, hang out in Uppsala and Stockholm, and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends! Then head back to the States, and my oldest niece and a younger cousin will tag along and stay here for two weeks.
What are you going to do for Midsummer?
Since Americans don’t really celebrate it here, it will not be the typical Swedish celebrations. But I might go out and drink a drink with a Swedish friend who lives at the beach, and listen to live music at one of the clubs there.
What is your favorite summer breakfast?
To sit on the dock at the beach, see dolphins past by, the weather is perfect – not too hot or humid. It would consist of coffee, home baked bread, fresh pressed orange juice, and blueberries/strawberries in the yogurt. OR to eat outside in the Swedish archipelago with a bunch of family and friends.
The best summer song?
Gaaah, there are so many! But I truly love Ted Gärdestad so one of his songs, for example, Sol Vind och Vatten. But also the typical hymns that symbolizes summer break from school, back in the old days.
Are you attending a summer music festival this summer?
Noooo, but I would have loved to.
What do you prefer to put on the grill?
Halloumi cheese, mushrooms, mini veggie burgers, and corn.
What do you love to drink during the summer?
Beer, sparkling wine, and water!
What are you going to read this summer?
I’m reading Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan right now, and planning on reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Pretty famous and classic books, I haven’t read earlier in life. Oh, perhaps The Book Thief by Markus Zusak too.
Which park is the best?
Hmmm..I’m not sure. I love Central Park, but I don’t live in NYC so I don’t get to hang out there very often…I think I’ll say Biltmore Estate and the endless beautiful nature around it! The amazing garden, the view of the mountains in the distance, the river, the small pathways, fields, animals, endless picnic spots….I can keep going.
I borrowed the list from, Julia.
Two weeks left, and I’m in Sweden! Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we moved to the States. Really excited about going there and having the chance to hang out with family and friends, eat Swedish food and just soak up the beauty of my home country.
However, before we’re heading to Sweden, the annual Reynolds family beach week is coming up! So. Much. Fun. Liz and I are heading to the beach on Friday and will stay there for a little bit more than a week! Since Liz’s aunt and her family don’t live at the beach, they have rented a house, where Liz and I are gonna stay too. Can’t wait for coffee on the porch with the endless ocean as a view, days on the beach, game nights, eating at our favorite restaurant, a lot of laughter, and craziness. Love it!
The view from the house’s porch.
Last Friday, Paige, Liz and I went to Carrboro, a 4 hour drive from Asheville, to see the Swedish band, First Aid Kit. I’ve made a 6 min long video of our trip, which you can check out here below:
In the beginning of May, right after my summer break had started, Liz and I headed to the beach where Liz’s parents live. I filmed a little bit (I’m a major amateur) there and put it together later on, but haven’t really shared it until now. Lesson learned: film in landscape instead. Oh, well. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Let’s check out what I’ve done lately!
One day I decided to make fresh pasta.
It’s so easy, and doesn’t take too long to do.
Mushrooms fried in olive oil, a little butter, garlic, and salt & pepper. Pasta boiled in olive oil and salt. I mixed everything, added some truffle oil, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese on top. Yum.
You can find Swedish style “filmjölk” here in Asheville, and I’m so excited.
We bought plenty of strawberries the other day. Have I told you I love them?! Like truly love them.
One evening, Liz and I played games on the balcony.
Another strawberry shot.
We hung out at the Wedge one afternoon too.
Love the yard.
Yep, that’s us. Liz and I. Gosh, love this girl so freaking much ♥
The best part…
Paige, a dear friend, has moved to Asheville, from Missouri!!! We celebrated her arrival and move with some champagne last night. Paige and Liz have been blog buddies for a while and we all met each other for the first time about 5 months ago. She fell in love with Asheville, and we all became really good friends, and now she lives here. She’s also gonna tag along on our monthly trip to Sweden! HOW FUN! Check out her travel blog here. She has also started a new blog about her life in Asheville, which you can check out here.
This pictures is just a couple of hours old and it’s where we’re hanging out right now; at Biscuit Head in West Asheville.