We arrived in Sweden on the 14 of July and were amazed by the green and spacious landscapes, the fresh air, the tranquility and the somewhat cold blowing wind. We felt cold, but no wonder after having experienced constant warm climate for 3 and a half years. It felt great though to be back in Sweden.
For those of you who are not that familiar with Sweden, the country is located in the northern parts of Europe (you probably knew that already) and has roughly the size of California or Spain and twice that of the United Kingdom. Only about 9 million people live in Sweden, which means there is a lot of space! The Nordic country has vast areas of forests, beautiful lakes, scenic coastlines and idyllic islands. The wilderness areas of Norrland (northern parts of Sweden) have the legendary midnight sun in summer, where the sun never sets for several weeks, arctic mountains, marvelous hiking trails and….. lots of mosquitoes.
The day we arrived at the Arlanda airport in Stockholm (Sweden’s capital) we got a ride by Kurt, Fredriks uncle, who took us to Köping, Fredriks birth and hometown.
Köping lies in the province of Västmanland on the western shore of Lake Mälaren, Swedens third-largest lake. It is situated in a mineral and timber rich area known as Bergslagen. There are several forests at the outskirts of the city which has 20.000 inhabitants. Here you can do many sports and outdoor activities.
Fredrik’s mom, Helen, and dad, Lars, live in Köping as well as a big portion of the rest of the family and relatives. We stayed at Helens and Jonnys and enjoyed winding down after all that traveling on the American continent. We loved eating Swedish food (we probably gained about 3 kilos each) and spending time with the family. From time to time we went jogging in the nearby forest and enjoyed eating out for lunch with grandma (Mormor), Marie. We also visited Lars and Marita and their dog Sigge at their cute little summer house, now permanent home, at the Lake Mälaren.
We enjoyed it to the full!!! Who wouldn’t?
Lots of love,
Sabrina and Fredrik
PS: Kära familj, tack så mycket för den här gången. Vi kommer gärna tillbaka.