Summer,  Thoughts,  Travel

Grinda Island

hello! i have returned from sweden yesterday. deciding not to post or really spend that much time online was a conscious decision so i could spend all of my time in the moment. and i am so happy i did! sweden felt very familiar to me– it was friendly, welcoming… and even their word for “hello” is “hej” so it sounds like everyone is greeting you like a friend: “hey!” instead of the formal “dobry den” (good day) that i’m used to here.

first i wanted to share about one of my absolute favorite parts of the last eleven days…

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i stayed in a cozy cabin on a little island called grinda in the stockholm archipelago. it’s only a bit over an hour’s ferry ride from inner stockholm but it feels years away.

pine needles, wild blueberries (blåbär), heather bushes with tiny purple flowers.

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little pinecones and big fat raindrops. flat glacial rock and fluffy green moss.

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the mild brackish sea of the baltic and mustard-colored seaweed plants.

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cozy wood cabins and drenched rain jackets. downy white comforters and the smell of wood-burning fires.

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cheeky birds and hidden smooth snakes. soft brown friendly dairy cows and a cat on the lap.

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fresh croissants, loose-leaf tea, mrs. ingeborg’s fried herring.

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sunshine, peace, the drag of waves on rocks. serenity.

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i am indisputably an island girl.

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