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I am dreaming of a Swedish summer

While many people are dreaming of a long stretch of white sand, the sea crystal clear and eating rice with spicy curry. I am dreaming of pine forest, lakes and eating potatoes with pickled herring. 

I am dreaming of Sweden! Or more correctly I am dreaming of Swedish summer!

I have not been back to Sweden since summer 2006. That is over 10 years ago. Every summer I keep telling David that this summer we are packing for a Swedish summer. But ofcourse somewhere else has always seems more exiting so Swedish summer has always becoming “next summer”!

So no, this summer we are not going but next summer WE ARE GOING! 

I miss Swedish summer so much!


I miss Stockholm where I used to live. I even miss HallundaAlby and Tumba where I grew up. I can’t wait to bike around Botkyrka kommun and swim and grill korv med bröd by Albysjön listning to The Latin Kings showing my Swiss husband and daughter my secret places and where I use to play as kid. Perhaps go and fish some gädda in Ekerö. I even want to show them ICAKonsum and Pressbyrån. And Skärholmens centrum where I use to shop as a teenager.

I want to stroll hand in hand with my family in Stockholm where my girlfriends and I use to make noises at every Vattenfestival. Or walking by Patricia in Slussen where I use to get drunk. Being childish at Gröna Lund. I miss the Spökhuset!

I want to jump onto a boat and get lost in Stockholms skärgård and eat rökta räkor, våfflor and Piggelin. And eat a tunnbrödsrulle at Sibylla but perhaps not at the Stockholms skärgård.

Stockholms skärgård

Tunnbröd! Mmmmm

I want to make a road trip from Malmö to Kiruna. I want to swim naked in one of the thousands lakes and make smultron på strå for my daughter to eat and a maskros krans for her to wear. And pick kantareller for dinner.


I want to sleep in a peaceful sommarstuga by a lake and dance around the midsommarstången while learning my daughter to sing “Sommartider” by Gyllne tiderIf we have time we could take a Silja Line or Viking line to Soumilandet

And eat Semlor!!

Ohh how I miss Swedish summer! 

Airport beach, Phuket

In december 2016 we were visiting good friends living in Phuket. We came by plane and was about to land when we flew over a long beautiful beach. Down on the beach some people were waving and some others were swimming in the sea like nothing -big -is -flying over their head. I wanted so bad to be the one down there waving up to the plane! 

How happy wasn’t I when the very same afternoon my friend proposed us to go to Mai khao beach where we could see planes slowly land onto the phuket airport. 

When arrived to the beach my friend pointed out the best spot to have a good glimpse of the planes. If you dare, you can even stand just right under the planes. Just beware of the noices from the engine! Or worse, something falling down?!?

Photo credit: Mai Ronsyn

Photo credit: Mai Ronsyn

If you want to know the arrival time of the next landing plane you can download the app Flightrada24

Mai khao beach, Phuket. 

It’s rarely fun to wait for something but sitting there by the beach waiting for a plane to land…it was fun! 

Warning!!! My friend in Phuket told me that since 2017 for the safety and security reason it is now forbidden to stay around the area where the planes land. Please make sure that it’s allowed if you decide to go there! 

Samet Nangshee viewpoint, Phang nga

In january 2017 we were two weeks in Phuket visiting good friends and relatifs. Phuket is known for being very touristic and during peak season it’s hard to find an unique and peaceful place out in the nature to calm your soul for a moment.

Wanted to visit this famous Phang nga bay I was not convinced of paying for an overpriced daytour and sharing a small boat filled with other tourist. I will one day but not this time…

Therefore my friend who lives in Phuket suggested us to go to a pointview where you can have a great view of the Phang nga bay. I really thought it’s going to be another tourist trap. 

Without any high expectation we drove 30km from Phang nga town to a small town Tha yu where you have to turn into a small road from the highway and drive another 11km to the car parking from where you have to do a short hike to the viewpoint. There were no cars parking! A good sign already!

For once the fee is 30 bath only, both for thai and farang (farang = foreigner). You can pay the fee by a small bamboo hut near the parking. If you need something to drink or eat there are some food stalls aswell.

You can chose to walk the approx 700 meter up, or for the more lazy ones drive the car to the viewpoints. There are actually two viewpoints. We walked up ofcourse and we did not even sweat a drop. Just a little bit but that was because of the heat! 😅

Once arrived at the first viewpoint we were impressed of the beautiful view but aswell because we were the only one there! Amazing! Nobody! 

From the first viewpoint to the second viewpoint is another 700 meter up. Not very difficult. I was happy to see that there were nobody again and that we could sit under a bamboo hut for shade while eating our exotic fruits and admiring the great view…for almost for free and alone. Perhaps this is not as beautiful as if we would see it from the sea but for us it was perfect.  A moment of peace.

What suprised me were the tents and the rustic bungalows! Yes, you can sleep up here! A tent is for 350 bath and a bungalow is 550 bath.

The toilets

We stayed there under the bamboo hut for almost two hours relaxing and talking. Next time, with a preparation we will sleep in a tent for sure….but next time will this viewpoint stay this sauvage and tourist free? I can already imagine in a couple of years resorts, bars and restaurants all the way up start from the parking.

 Not much really last this untouched in Thailand for long…

Do you know any good non touristic spot in Thailand?