We’re back home now after spending the past week and a half on holiday. I have written up our first week here.
We travelled to Sweden next and stayed at MJ’s Hotel in Malmo.
The hotel was super quirky and covered in flamingos. It reminded me of Hollister because of the dark lighting, perfumed air and fun atmosphere. We spent one night here. We were tired after a long day travelling from Oslo where we had stayed at Citybox again.
We had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant which was delicious (Sweden wasn’t as expensive as Norway). Take into consideration that a main is small and the waiter recommended ordering two. I had Brussel Sprouts and Barry had Fennel and Saffron.
We went for a little wander around Malmo and grabbed some cocktails. It was pretty cold and late, plus we had to leave early in the morning so we didn’t explore too far. We did find this random giant lamp in the square:
It was part of Malmo’s Christmas lighting. Christmas decorations seemed to be up throughout January in most places.
The next day was long and we ended up sitting in the wrong carriage of our train and went backwards. However, whilst waiting for the next train we found a nice cafe and shop, the Stationen. We passed through Copenhagen and ended our trip in Billund, Denmark where we stayed at the Legoland Hotel and visited the LEGO House.
It’s our last day in Denmark before flying back to Stansted tonight. We decided to head back to the LEGO House in Billund but unfortunately it was closed today. However, we stumbled across a little nature walk where we found some interesting sculptures.
Without realising, we had been walking through Skulpturpark, an outdoor sculpture museum. We would have missed this but I spotted the park on our walk into town.
I took some photos to share with you. There are meant to be 19 sculptures altogether, here are some of them:
We have planned ourselves a trip through beautiful Scandinavia. We have travelled around Norway so far and will be arriving in Sweden then Denmark next week.
Our first part of the trip landed us in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, the city is large with stunning architecture. We visited the Barcode Project, a new development in the Bjorvika neighbourhood which exhibits this.
We were fortunate enough to reach this district when the sun began to set, creating a romantic and memorable view.
We stayed at Citybox on Prinsens Gate (#6) which suited us just fine. The hotel is mostly self-service and has a hostel-feel to it but with the privacy of your own room and en-suite. It is perfect for a short stay and is within walking distance to most places within the city.
We spent two days in Oslo. The first night was my birthday and we had dinner at Bacchus Spiseri and Vinhus. The food was amazing. I didn’t take a picture but I had the duck leg confit.
We wanted to have a couple of drinks before bed but found that most of the bars and restaurants within range were closing. We did find a bar open in the train station but discovered how expensive alcohol was here, 160 NOK (£14.82) for a pint of cider. Food is also quite expensive in Norway due to the higher living wage. Be prepared for this if you’re visiting.
The second day we explored Oslo and walked to Grunerlokka which is considered to be the Camden of Oslo. We did find some independent second-hand boutiques. We even found a shop that let us make our own badges, Kool Kidz on Markveien (#56).
We also found the Oslo Opera House and walked up to the roof to see some spectacular views.
We travelled to Flåm the next day by taking the train to Myrdal and then the Flåm Railway. This is a popular tourist attraction and is considered to be one of the best train journeys in the world.
We arrived at the Fretheim hotel and had dinner at their restaurant. It’s the first time I tried deer, not quite reindeer as is recommenced on a trip to Norway but close enough. We spent one night here and then took the Fjord Cruise through the Nærøyfjord. This is one of the highlights of this trip.
We thought we had booked a flat through AirBnB on this side of the fjord but it turned out to be the other side. Double check locations before you go anywhere! It didn’t take us long to get back (half an hour including a shuttle bus and taxi).
Nevertheless, we arrived and explored Aurland the next day. It’s a small picturesque town on the side of the Sognefjorden. Our flat faces the fjord so we could wake up to beautiful views.
We explored the little town and had coffee at a local cafe and bakery. It was a laid-back day but we had a busier one the day after. We travel back to Oslo for the next part of our journey.
I will post the second half of our journey next Friday when we have passed through Oslo, Malmo and Billund.
For Christmas, Barry got me The 6-Minute Diary which is a bit like a bullet journal that lets you practice gratitude and improve your own happiness day-by-day.
Therefore, I have decided to look back on this year at the things I have been most grateful for. It has been a wonderful year overall. I have a lot of fond memories to look back on.
I started 2018 with a weekend trip to Berlin with my friend Charlotte. It was the first time I had visited Germany and Berlin was an eye-opener with plenty to see and learn from. We spent our weekend staying over in Alexanderplatz and visited many sites including the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate.
It was cold in early January but we wrapped up warm and kept ourselves busy with sightseeing. We tried the local cuisine such as curry wurst and sauerkraut. At the same restaurant I accidentally ordered a beer the size of my head. Of course, I finished this.
And then, 6 months later I went on holiday again with some more lovely friends. This time to Treignac in France with Kristie, Jane and their dog Wilson. It’s was a good year for travelling and I anticipate 2019 to be just as exciting.
For Starting This Blog
It’s been a couple of months since I started this blog and I have been able to put my thoughts into words and am grateful to have found freedom in doing this.
I hope to continue this habit into 2019. I’m also appreciative of all of the blogs I have found since signing up to WordPress. There are many talented bloggers out there who continue to inspire me.
For Family and Friends
I met Barry at the beginning of 2018 and into 2019 we are living together in our cosy flat. We’re very happy.
It’s been a very busy year for all of us. Barry and I moved in together, my parents moved house and then my sister and her boyfriend bought their first home. The new year has started and we have barely finished unpacking.
Despite how busy we all are I know that they are there for me and I have a lot of good friends I’m grateful for too who can clearly put up with me enough to go on holiday together.
For Random Acts of Kindness
Sometimes all it takes is a genuine smile from someone unexpected such as a customer or passer-by. I received a handwritten letter from a customer sharing what she has found helpful for dermatitis. I didn’t expect it and it was so thoughtful. It made me happy that someone would take the time to do this for me.
I’m very excited to be going on holiday to Norway, Sweden and Denmark in January with Barry. However, whilst planning our itinerary we got sidetracked. It just so happens that if you invert the world map (our exhilarating Monday nights in) the Americas looks like a duck.