Our trip to Sweden – Hotel Tylösand

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My boyfriend has a scratch off map that hangs on the wall in our bedroom. Every country one has visited gets a scratch off on the map. The past months he has been obsessed with wanting to go to Sweden, as it would be a very good scratch on the map as Sweden is a huge country. I spent most of my childhood vacations and long weekends in Sweden because, I was blessed with lots of friends who had country houses in Sweden. And one thing is for sure, Sweden is an amazingly beautiful country. This is why we were really excited when invited to spend a night at Hotel Tylösand, a two hour drive from Copenhagen. We were invited to try the SPA & ENJOYMENT package, a very budget friendly package that includes a one night stay at the hotel, a three course dinner, entrance to the spa and gym, and breakfast buffet.

Around a month ago we were in Copenhagen, so it was the perfect timing to beg my parents to let me borrow their car and do a little road trip to Sweden. Sunday morning we made our way to Sweden, and a two and a half hour drive later, we arrived at Hotel Tylösand.

We were greeted with champagne, candy, and the nicest staff that briefly gave us a tour of the hotel. The hotel contains a great and award winning spa, several pools, a gym with lots of classes that are free to attend, four restaurants, a marvelous beach view, and last but not least, and very surprisingly, Hotel Tylösand also holds the biggest art gallery collection in Sweden. Everywhere you go in the hotel, there are paintings and great photography hanging on the wall. Together with the ocean view, it is all very inspiring. 

After the tour, we went to our room and were surprised once again. Our room was on the fourth floor, and when we opened the door, we saw the most amazing view right on the ocean, and we were both so astonished that we just went in to the room and stood quiet for a moment to watch it. Besides from the view that tops everything, the room was great – a soft and big bed, a bathtub and a shower, a nice couch and a lot of space. Just how I like it! 

After taking the view all in, we went to the spa that contains an outdoor heated pool (again with ocean view), an indoor pool, a cold plunge pool, a sauna and a steam bath. So good! We chilled here for some time before going back to the room to chill some more in bed. 

At 8 pm we had dinner reservations at one of the hotel’s four restaurants called Leif’s Bar and Grill. The menu spoke right to our hearts – pizza, steak, fish – literally all the good stuff. We ended up ordering a pizza to share to start with, and then I had a sirloin steak with potatoes and vegetables, and it was too good and too much food! So yummy, and I fought bravely to finish all the food. 

Needless to say, we had an amazing night’s sleep and woke up feeling well rested. We headed for breakfast, which also needless to say, had just as high a standard as the rest of our experience at the Hotel Tylösand

Next up was a challenge from me to my boyfriend – would he dare to jump in the cold, 7 degrees Swedish ocean? We walked the picturesque boardwalk to the beach and believe it or not – he made it in to the water, and luckily for me, I didn’t. 

It was then time to head back to Copenhagen, all though I think we agreed that we could have easily spent another night here. Our stay at the gorgeous Hotel Tylösand was simply such a great experience and just what we needed to wind down a little bit. 

For all my Berlin readers, there are great news for you! A flight route from Berlin-Halmstad which is the city where Hotel Tylösand is, just opened. This means that you will all be able to go here pretty easily, and I can only recommend that you do. Sweden is a must experience place and so is the Hotel Tylösand! And for Danes, get in your car and take the ferry or the bridge and head to Sweden. You really won’t regret it! 

Our stay at the Hotel Tylösand was a gift from the hotel, and we had the best experience here. Thank you so much! 

Beauty is fleeting: cherry trees

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Hvad siger I så? Lyserød for fuld hammer, og dem der kender mig godt, vil nok sige, at mit 5-årige selv, havde været meget stolt af mig som 21-årig-udgave. Jeg havde nemlig som lille en “lyserød plet på hjernen”, som mine forældre valgte at kaldte det. Alt skulle være lyserødt, især alle de kjoler, jeg havde, da jeg nægtede at gå i bukser. Det med den lyserøde plet, den sidder vist stadig fast på hjernen. Den var i hvert fald ekstatisk da min dygtige fotograf-veninde Irene Wissel foreslog, at vi tog billeder foran kirsebærtræerne. Jeg var på, og iførte mig glædeligt matchende lyserød kjole, neglelak og læbestift. Vi nåede lige akkurat at tage billederne inden træerne forsvandt (ja, det er jo det smukke ved kirsebærtræerne, at vi kun får dem at se i flor få uger om året), og inden jeg tog på to ugers lang rejse til de varme lande.

Jeg er heldig at have en veninde som Irene. Hun er nemlig en, der forstår, de problemer man får, når man forelsker sig i en by, der ligger et par hundrede kilometer væk fra ens hjemby, venner og familie, og tilmed ikke er et sted, man kan studere. Hun står nemlig i samme situation, og det er rart at have en, der forstår hvilken svær situation man står i, og hvilke store valg der skal træffes. Derudover er hun en fantastisk fotograf. Double win! 😉 Hun har lige lavet en side på FB, hvor man kan følge med i hendes arbejde. Det synes jeg så, at I skal gøre! 😉 Irene Wissel Photography finder I her. Solen skinner i Berlin, det er fredag, og i aften skal jeg til farvel-middag. Min søde veninde og kollega skal nemlig sige farvel til sit job, os og Berlin, og det er sørgeligt. Men solen skinner!

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ENGLISH: How beautiful are these photos?! Anyone who knows me just a little bit, will know that pink is my absolute favorite color. Therefore I was so happy when my (also favorite) photographer Irene Wissel proposed that we did a shoot together before all the cherry trees were gone. Throughout April and some of May, Berlin has been full of the gorgeous cherry trees, but before you know it, they are gone. The cherry trees must be the litteral meaning behind the saying “beauty is a fleeting”. Irene and I managed to meet up just before I left for the Caribbean and just before the flowers disappeared. Great timing!

Meeting with Irene is always so inspirational as the both of us are definitely struggling with some of the same issues that come when you are from the generation that has been told “that they can do and be whatever they want”. Together we discuss issues like “should I stay in Berlin, the city I love, or move elsewhere to hunt that good job or university or even love?”. It is good to have a friend that understands the difficulties that come when you have lost your heart in a city that is not your hometown. And also, she is a great photographer. Double win! 😉 Be sure to head over to her new Facebook page to see more of her gorgeous work.

Back in the real world

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Efter en ni timers flyvetur, en fem timers togtur og nogle af dem brugt på at sove, er jeg tilbage i Berlin og allerede tilbage på arbejdspinden. Heldigvis uden for meget jetlag, da jeg klarede at holde mig vågen til kl. 3 i nat, så jeg ville sove uden at vågne. Klap på skulderen til mig! Nu har jeg lige fået fri fra arbejde, og vejret i Berlin er så dejligt, så jeg tror, jeg skal gå en tur i aften og måske spise is, og nyde, at de lyse nætter er tilbage og at jeg er i Berlin!

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ENGLISH: After a nine hour flight, a five hour train ride and a few hours of them spent asleep, I am back in the real world aka my favorite city in the whole world, Berlin. My mom always told me that one of the beauties of traveling and leaving home is the excitement when you get back home again. Although it was a bit sad to leave ocean, beach and palm trees, but I am also very happy being back to my daily life.

Day trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Jeg befinder mig stadig i Karibien, og jeg har det skønt! På denne ø kan man kort sagt finde alt, hvad der er godt i livet – strand, sol, friske kokosnødder og ananas, søde mennesker og god mad. Hvad mere har man brug for? 😉 Hotellet vi bor på ligger en times tid fra Puerto Plata, som er en af “hoved-byerne” i den Dominikanske Republik, så der har vi været på dagsture til et par gange. Byen er billedeskøn, da den er fyldt med gamle bygninger og huse tilbage fra koloni-tiden. Sidste gang vi var der fandt vi en café, hvor alt var lyserødt, og selvfølgelig skulle jeg en tur derind. Caféen havde tilmed wifi, hvilket må siges at være noget, vi har levnet stort på denne tur! Hvilket jo på sin vis måske er meget godt for sådan en som mig 😉 Et faktisk meget interessant spørgsmål: Hvordan reagerer I, hvis I er på ferie uden wifi? 

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ENGLISH: I am still in Dominican Republic, and yes, I am still enjoying life and having a good time! Dominican Republic literally has all good things in this world – beach, sun, fresh coconuts and pineapples, nice people, and good food. I mean, what more can one ask for? 😉 The resort we are staying at is located one hour drive from Puerto Plata, which is one of the main cities in Dominican Republic, so we have been going there a few times. Puerto Plata has an old city center filled with old colonial houses and it reminds me of Cuba, and the houses are beautiful! The last time we went there, we found a cute little cafe located inside of a pastel pink colonial house, so we sat down, had a coffee and loaded up on some long lost wifi 😉 Have any of you ever been to Puerto Plata? 

Dominican Republic road trip

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Roadtrip Dominican Republic

I det sidste indlæg skrev jeg, at vi overvejede at leje en bil her i den Dominikanske Republik for at opleve mere af landet. Vi fandt ligesom lidt ud af, at 14 dage liggende på langs på en strand med et par daglige gåture fra all inclusive buffeten tilbage til stranden (eller måske poolen hvis man kunne bruge lidt afveksling) bare ikke helt er vores rejsestil… Det var helt sikkert rart for mig at prøve det i et par dage, for en gangs skyld at komme helt ned i gear, slappe af og ikke have nogle som helst planer, men så heller ikke mere end det 😉 

Vi besluttede os så for at leje en bil. Som til min store overraskelse kun fandtes med automat-gear, som jeg aldrig har prøvet før. Jeg er udelukkende chaufføren i vores forhold – min kæreste er true New Yorker og har ikke kørekort. Bil-udlejeren grinede, da han fandt ud af, at jeg ikke havde prøvet automatgear før, forklarede mig hurtigt, at jeg i hvert fald skulle lade være med at sætte begge fødder på bremsen og speederen samtidig, og med de ord blev jeg sendt ud på min første automatgears-oplevelse. Til min store overraskelse var det let som en leg (og sad but true – det er jo fantastisk! Jeg vil aldrig tilbage til manuel igen!)

Vi kørte en lang tur på cirka fire timer + stop. En tur der indeholdt en tur på værksted, da det ene vindue satte sig fast (god udlejningsbil og ikke så skidesmart, når man skal køre igennem utallige tropiske regnstorme af ukendt varighed), et frokoststop og et stop i palmetræsjunglen for at fange kokosnødder – rimelig lækker køresnack, hvis jeg selv skal sige det. Fire timer efter nåede vi til Samana, en by hvor det Atlantiske ocean og Karibien møder hinanden. En dejlig tur i højt humør med et kærestepar, der var yderst tilfredse med at opleve noget mere end gåture fra stranden til buffeten. 

På andendagen af vores roadtrip stod vi tidligt op (det går let, vi er stadig jetlaggede og vågner kl. 7, og det er fantastisk. Gid jeg også kunne det derhjemme!) Turen gik nu mod hovedstaden – Santo Domingo. Hold nu op – havde jeg vidst hvilken sindssyg trafik, denne by gemmer på, havde jeg aldrig indvilliget i at agere chauffør, men sagen var jo den, at vi jo havnede i byen og det var lidt svært at vende om, inden skaden var sket, og jeg var sprunget ud i det. Heldigvis overlevede vi et par timer i hovedstaden, både på gåben og i bilen, og ingen, hverken os eller bilen, fik så meget som en ridse. Her havde jeg sådan et “klap dig selv på skulderen”-moment, for ikke nok med, at jeg har lært at køre automatgear, nu har jeg også kørt i en millionby, hvor traffik- og køreregler er en by i Rusland. 

As we speak, befinder jeg mig på et mere eller mindre obskurt hotel i tilfældig by på vejen mod Santiago. Her er en seng, en fan og eget toilet og bad, så mere kan man vel egentlig ikke bede om? Jeg er træt, glad og har hovedet fuldt med mange gode oplevelser, og jeg kan nu understrege, at denne form for rejse, er meget mere min stil. Det stammer nok fra mine forældre, deres opdragelse af mig og vores familie-rejsestil med utallige roadtrips over hele verden. Tak! <3 

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ENGLISH: Since I posted last, I wrote that we’d talked about renting a car as we are just not as much into spending 14 days solely on the beach as we thought we would be. I guess I am a different kind of traveler. I need to experience things, see culture, meet the local people of the destination I am at. That just doesn’t happen by spending 14 days at an all inclusive resort, although a few days there was very nice, and it has definitely been good for me to relax and have a lot more time on my hand that I am used to! In order to experience more, we rented a car (I was nervous – my boyfriend is a true New Yorker and doesn’t have a drivers license). We got a very old car and to my big surprise it was one of the automatic ones – I only drive stick! We paid and got the keys and I was off for my first experience driving automatic and to my big surprise it was so easy (spoiler: I never wanna go back to driving manual again!)

We drove for around four hours in order to reach the peninsula Samana where the Atlantic ocean meets the Caribbean and supposedly a very beautiful place. And indeed, it was. Our drive took us through endless tiny cities, crazy rainstorms, and a climb up a palm tree to catch our own coconuts, and we were both so happy to get out of the resort and experience some more and I was happy that I now learned to drive automatic! 

Day two on our road trip we woke up early to catch the road again, this time heading for the capital city Santo Domingo, and oh by, what a crazy city! Well, crazy traffic that is! Had I known what kind of driving experience was awaiting me, I’d probably not done it, but as I didn’t know I ended up in this madness of crazy traffic in the huge city of Santo Domingo, and luckily (and to our surprises) we both survived. Even without a single scratch, not even to the car. The capital city was great to experience, and we are both filled with happiness because this is so much more our travel style! I guess it all leads back to my parents and how they raised me and how we traveled together as a family – usually with endless road trips all over the world. We are now at some halfway obscure hotel in some random city. It has a fan, a bed, and a shower, and honestly – what more does one need? 😉 

Big things are happening…

Best cafe in berlin

Som også forårsager  stilheden på bloggen. Jeg flytter nemlig webhost og design, og jeg spår, at det bliver super godt! Jeg har en masse godter i indlægs-posen, og jeg glæder mig til at alt det her tekniske er overstået (og forhåbentlig går godt), så jeg igen kan blogge på normal vis! Stay tuned <3

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English:…And this is causing my quietness on the blog. I am moving to another web hotel which means a improved and much more aesthetic and beautiful blog layout, and I can’t wait!!! <3 There is one difficulty with this though. I am a technician noob and the people who are technician pros have a communication issue so it takes a lot of time to figure out how exactly to do this, but hopefully it will be fixed soon so I can be back on the blog as usually. I have lots of posts to share with you! Stay tuned in a couple of days.

A mixed girl – Jane König jewelry

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Jane König jewelry from Copenhagen

Jeg er en ret så glad og heldig pige her for tiden. Denne følelse blev understreget lige lidt mere, da jeg den anden dag spiste middag med PR-pigerne fra Jane König, der var på pressetur i Berlin. Ikke nok med at vi havde en skøn middag med gode snakke og lækker mad, så fik jeg endda også de smukkeste smykker med mig hjem. Nemlig de smukkeste guld hoops, et par diamantøreringe, et par en love letter halskæde og et smukt skrue-armbånd. Vi havde en sjov samtale, da pigerne spurgte mig i en blanding af forundring og fortvivlelse; “jamen, hvad er du så, når du kan lide alle disse smykker? En guld, sølv eller oxideret pige?!”. Jeg tænkte kort over det, og svarede så, at jeg vidst nok bare godt kunne lide smykker. Haha! Hvad farve smykker bruger I? Blander I, eller holder I jer til en slags?

Jeg er så glad for mine nye smykker, og jeg tænker, at de skal hjælpe mig til at være bedre til generelt at gå med flere smykker og ikke mindst at skifte mine smykker lidt mere ud. Her er armbåndet altså godt, især til dovne piger som mig. Det er sådan et, der bare sidder. Det er smukt, det passer til alting, og man behøver ikke at tage det på og af. Det sidder bare. Love Letter halskæden er også så fin, og jeg tænker, at den ville være en super gaveidé, da man selv kan customize den og sætte de love letters på, som man synes passer, om det er symboler eller bogstaver, og om de skal gives til en, der kan lide guld, sølv, oxideret eller rose gold 😉

Tak Jane König, jeg er så glad for mine fine smykker <3

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English: I am pretty lucky and happy at the moment, and this feeling was just emphasized when I had dinner in Berlin with the PR-girls from the Danish jewelry brand Jane König the other day.  Not only did we have a nice dinner and a really good time with good talks, I also left with four new pieces of jewelry. Two pair of earrings and these with diamonds, a love letter necklace and a gold bracelet. We had a funny conversations when the girls asked me “so what are you? A gold, silver or oxidized girl?”. I thought about it for a brief moment and my answer was “I don’t know! I guess I just like jewelry”, and that is my answer 😉 So now, over to you! Interrogation. What are you? Gold or silver fans?

I am so happy for my new jewelry, and especially the bracelet I have been wearing constantly. It is so simple, yet beautiful and goes well with everything, and best of it all – it is just “there”. No need to take it on or off, says the lazy girl aka me. 😉 The necklace is also a perfect gift idea for someone you care about, as it can be customized with what love letters you decide. The love letters come in different colors and with different symbols or letters and can be combined however you want them.

Thank you so much Jane König <3