A vacation in Sweden

This summer I did something I seldom do. I spent my vacation in Sweden. Not at home, but I visited the largest island in Sweden: Gotland, with my family.

We drove down a Friday night and the got on the ferry in the morning. We arrived on Gotland around noon Saturday.

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We had booked a cabin about 20 km south of Visby. We’ve been there before, so we knew it was a nice place. The cabin was small for four adults, but we didn’t spend much time there, so it wasn’t a problem. The pool was just 5 meters from the cabin, and the ocean about 100 meters or so, so it was a very nice spot.

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We spent some time just relaxing in the sun, but we also did some sightseeing. Gotland is really a beautiful island well worth a visit, or two. Here are some more pictures.

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Amsterdam 

A couple of weeks ago I spent a weekend in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Had a great time! 

Since I didn’t have much time off of work, it was a short trip. I drove down to Arlanda (airport in Sweden), after work on a Thursday. The flight was two hours late, so I got to the hostel I was sleeping in at midnight. 


I slept at a hostel named Dutchies Hostel. Not the best location, about 5k from all museums and the city itself. But easily reachable by tram and bus. I also walked into the city one day, which is also an option. Or renting a bike, but that was more expensive than taking the tram (and looked dangerous, so many people out on bikes! I thought I would be run over!). But otherwise it was a really nice hostel. Clean, felt like a safe neighborhood, a nice (if a bit small) kitchen. I would stay there again if I go back there. 

During my trip I went to the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the public library, sat the I Amstersam sign, went on a canal cruise. I also had a bit of downtown at different restaurants and ate great , did some writing, had coffee and strawberries in the sun. 


Have to say that the public transportation system was quite confusing and difficult to understand. But I managed to not get lost and I got everywhere I wanted. I bought a 48 hour card (walked the first evening and morning). If you ever go to Amsterdam: remember to both check in and out of the bus/tram, otherwise the card gets invalid. Don’t ask me why, but it’s important. I was terrified I would forget, but managed to get it right every time. 


My favorite museum I went to in Amsterdam was the Anne Frank House. Just don’t do what I did: just show up there after 3.30 pm and plan on getting a ticket at the door. Book ahead. I had to wait in line for 2,5-3 hours. In the end it was worth it though. A must visit when you’re in Amsterdam! 

Unfortunately I only had two and a half day in Amsterdam, I would have loved staying there longer. I liked the city. I thought it kind of reminded me of a mix between London and Venice. I’ll definitively go back when I get the chance.