Linda Löfling

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HELLO THERE STOCKHOLM!

My birthday started in the North and ended in the most beautiful city in the world : Stockholm. This is not me being patriotic, all people I know who have been in Stockholm, say it is a MA-GI-CAL place! I can only agree, the city is spread out on 14 islands and here you are surrounded by sea breeze and chirping seagulls as you walk around discovering the different islands and trendy neighbourhoods in the city.

I have so much to say about my country, I need to make a whole book one day! I am so, so proud of it and about how my people are one of the most educated, green, connected, innovative and creative people in the world (OK, now I am being a bit patriotic)! This little country in the North of Europe, with only around 10million inhabitants, and yet we are the creators of enormous enterprises, of world known music, of the most extraordinary nature, of high class fashion designers, top chef restaurants, and my people are one of the most happy people in the world (not to forget that Sweden is the no. 1 best country for women to live in!). Scandinavia is great and Sweden is the greatest, my home <3

Ok, enough of this love rush, just wanted to say please, please make sure you once in life go to visit Stockholm, you will not regret it!

I have a lot of Stockholm to squeeze in one day, tomorrow we are continuing our travel to Paris, so we gotta get moving! Check out my stories at instagram @lindaloefling if you want to see some snapshots from Stockholm today!

Happy thursday! <3

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WALKING ON A FROZEN SEA

Yesterday the sun was shining over a +3 degrees cold (or shall I say warm?) Luleå. We started the morning with an exhibition at Luleå library and cultural house. It was a very interesting theme about fascism and darker times, my sister in law has made one of the pieces there about the river of Luleå and the no longer existing streams in it. Beautiful! I like to bring Mini on museums and exhibitions, it is a nice way of opening up his senses and creativity about abstract as well as existential thoughts . Looking at a painture or sculpture and ask him if he think it is beautiful or not, and why, can lead to many interesting discussions about what beauty really is.

After the cultural experience, we went for a kicksledge ride ont he frozen archipelago of Luleå. A beautiful, sunny day, but very windy and hence extremely cold! The kicksledge is used as a mean of transportation during the winterperiod and is a really funny and rapid way of moving yourself around. We could not stand more than half an hour on the ice, despite our well adapted winter clothes, the wind made it impossibly cold. If you are travelling to Luleå or any other cold destination and you have a chance to try ice skating or kicksledging, on the sea, then you should! It is a powerful experience being on open water, the children loves it too! Just make sure you have many layers of wool under your coat, and some badass gloves to keep you warm while skating around! Jeans are not to recommend!

This morning we are once again lucky with the weather, and a sunshine sunday asks for more snow related activities!

 

Thanks for visiting here today! <3

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HELLO LULEÅ!

Yesterday afternoon, we finally arrived at our end destination Luleå, in the very North of Sweden, a travel of around 12 hours ( which feels like 24 when traveling with a wild six year old ). Coming from spring feelings and a never ending shiny sun, to drifts of snow, minus degrees and cars driving over the frozen sea. It is slightly (very) different, but oh so nice to be among my own language and people for once.

Look how far up in the North we are! My dear home country Sweden <3

I don’t know if other expats can relate, but I am rarely using my mother tongue in my daily life, so it takes me some time to adapt to speak good Swedish again, after being away from my country for months. I often fill in my sentences with foreign words, as my brain can’t catch up the Swedish word immediately as I speak. How weird, it is the language I’ve been using for my whole life and yet dissapearing when not used, that is why it is so important to keep up the usage of any foreign language you learn, or you may easily forget it.

No time for a long post today, I have a lot of work to do and a lot of snow to enjoy and maybe, if we are lucky, some Northern lights to admire! Hope your wednesday is as great as you! Thanks as always for reading! <3

 

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TODAY ONE YEAR AGO

…I was here, in Normandy, France. The place is called les Falaises d’Etretat and is as you can see, a very dramatic and beautiful place. In February, there are very cold winds blowing in from the sea here and the rain can feel like nails on your skin as it whips you in the face. Luckily, Normandy is famous for their magnificent crêpes, and there are many places serving you mulled wine and French specialties when you had enough of this splendid view and the wild nature outside.

At this time in my life, I was in the middle of a very big project. I was still working, studying, struggling with the renovation of my house, raising a child solo, having LOADS of private issues and commuting to Spain almost weekly, it was a nightmare now when I think about it. Life has been very rough against me at times. But looking at those pictures, I know that I also lived some beautiful moments. Actually, many of them, I must try to forget about the ugly parts of 2018 and remember views and moments like these. Standing in front of the storming sea, with the wind blowing in my hair, a croissant or two in my stomach and many dreams and inspirational thoughts about the future exploding like fireworks in my head. Beautiful moments, moments to bring you energy in darker times.

I have been lucky enough to explore many beautiful destinations around the world, but the country where I have found most treasures, is definitely France. Even the smallest little village, can be hiding something magical. Buildings looking like masterpieces, amazingly tasty food, the most authentic and rare personalities. I have not yet discovered the whole Spain, there is still much to see here and I have heard a lot about many magical destinations in this country so my expectations are very high, but so far, my dear Scandinavia as well as France are my favourite places in the world. <3

 

Wish you a fantastic friday and hey, we are almost there – THE WEEKEND!

 

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MY MADRID : GOOD CO-WORKING AT STARBUCKS ARGÜELLES

I am not a big fan of chains, and least of all Starbucks, but this spot is actually a really nice one to sit and work so I must recommend it for that reason! Food and drinks are as expected, but the location and the ambiance is really nice. I have not seen it very crowded ever and I normally arrive around 10am or so, so it is not super early and yet many of the good spots left to choose between.

There are tables upstairs too, so you can choose a calmer place if you feel like it becomes too noisy downstairs.

Maybe not the fanciest café tips for tourists travelling to Madrid, but a good tips for the ones who seek a place to sit and work!

Today I am in Aranjuez working, one has to travel while one can! Soon enough I’ll be sitting tied to a desk somewhere, being employed and not able to enjoy my freedom as I do today! God I really love to be able to work from everywhere in the world, so much more worth than a big, fat payslip! Freedom!

Carpe Diem etc, right? <3

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