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Back when I worked Saturdays at my local McDonald’s, during my senior year of high school, one of my favourite things to treat myself to after lunch was a vanilla milkshake and an espresso - combined. I would pour the espresso into my milkshake and stir until it was all blended and smooth. Needless to say, the sugar and caffeine gave me an extra kick after eating, and I was running (and sliding sideways on the floor to save seconds per order, all you other McD workers will know exactly what that means) around in my sugar & caffeine high until my shift ended. It worked like a charm every time, and tasted amazing, too.

Fast forward to now and I cannot remember the last time I ordered a milkshake or when I last made one myself. So, when I got some serious coffee milkshake cravings the other day - I went all in.



And when I say that I went all in, I mean it - as you can probably see. This over-the-top milkshake is clearly not the version you end up making on a Tuesday night at 23.04, when you crave something sweet before bed. But if you want to feel extra fancy - or if your goal is to impress someone with Pinterest worthy creations, going all in with the extras will totally be worth your time and effort.

INGREDIENTS:
Vanilla ice-cream (the fancy kind with real vanilla)
Milk
A splash of strong, cold coffee
Whipped cream
Meringues
Caramel sauce
Cocoa powder

HOW TO:
1. Start by chilling the glasses in the fridge.
2. When the glasses are cold, line the insides with caramel sauce, and put them back into the frige.
3. Mix ice-cream, coffee & milk until you have a consistency you're happy with. How much of each to add? It totally depends on your own taste buds!
4. Lastly, the most fun part - decorating! Decorate by spritzing whipped cream on top, adding a meringue or two and topp off with a dust of cacao powder (easy to do dust over with a teastrainer). And take Instagrams! Ofc.


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The Swedish West Coast is grey again today. But, actually - I don't always mind the "bad" weather, as I find it so very beautiful up here when it's a bit dull and the colour of the sky & sea seamlessly float together - as one perfect shade of grey.

I'm such a Swede, I know. Many of us complain when it's not sunny, but also secretly love muggy weather. The West Coast is something special, come rain or shine. It doesn't matter how many paradise beaches or places I visit around the globe - the Swedish Bohuslän coast will always (to me) be of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. I'm so lucky to be able to call this place my second home.


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Rome and I have history. I spent some of my time at uni living in the city - sipping on endless cappuccinos and having a diet consisting mostly of pizza, pasta & gelato. And all that €2 vino my roommate and I consumed during our months living there...

We would sit in our sweatpants, with all the battered windows in our apartment as widely open as possible, desperate for a slight breeze to cool us down in that boiling Roman heat - drinking red wine and eating our own body weight in olives, prosciutto and cheese. We would talk about life and all that came to mind, while overlooking our bright coloured walls in our tiny kitchen. Our voices were drowned every few minutes from the sound of sirens or someone screaming their loungs out outside our building. Ah, memories! Haha.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I went back to The Eternal City - this time as a proper tourist. All my tips and tricks were once again tested and favourite restaurants were re-visited (and many carbs were eaten, like one shall when in Italy). I'm no means an expert on Rome, but hey - I do know a thing or two by now.

So, I've sat down, typed away on my keyboard and the result is this; a guide to one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been. Where the best gelato, pizza and pasta can be found? I have the answer, of course. Go and grab a cup of whatever you fancy and find someplace comfy to sit - you'll be here a while. Happy reading!

How to get there

I recommend flying into FCO (Fiumincino Airport) and then to book a car to your hotel. Taking the airport train into the city center is pricey and if you’re two people or more - it’s usually cheeper to hire a car to come and pick you up. And, let's be honest, it's very convenient to have someone waiting for you when you exit bagage claim.

A Google search later, my friend and I found this car service back when we lived in Rome and were flying home to Sweden for Christmas. We had so many bags with us, we couldn't even bare the thought of dragging them onto public transport - at the ungodly hour we needed to leave our apartment that day. So, a few days before we were leaving, we sat down and Googled down a car service.

We found Fiumicino Taxi. Their website may look sketchy, but the service is great and the cars they come and pick you up in are clean, new and with very polite (but very sparingly worded) drivers. You pay cash directly to the driver when you're at your final destination, and nothing in advance. I've used their service a few times now and it's been five stars every time! Book a car here.


Where to stay

This is of course totally dependent on your budget. In Rome, standards aren’t high and to be frank, most hotels in a reasonable price range are worn down and semi-clean. If you're like me, and you would rather spend less money on accommodation and more on exploring, I would look into the places that are central and cost around €100 - €120 a night.

If your budget is slightly higher than that, I would check out Hotel Ponte Sisto as it has one of the best (read: prettiest) locations in the city, if you ask me. I haven’t stayed at the hotel myself, but I know someone who has and she said it was rather swell. The next time I go back to Rome, I hope this will be where I end up staying.

If you have more money to spend, there are some stunning options, of course. However, I cannot tell you much about these myself. But, The Telegraph did an article on luxury hotels in Rome earlier this year, worth checking out if you have the budget for it - here.

Regardless of your budget, most importantly I would say; try to book something central. If you do, you can walk back to the hotel for mid-day naps (win!) and take a break before heading out again at night. Public transport isn't the most reliable thing ever, so if you can walk back - you're good.


Morning views in Prati & an afternoon Aperol Spritz - a must when in Italy!


Where to stroll & shop

Rome is one of those cities where the best thing really is to just start walking, since around every corner there is something new and amazing to see. Try to walk as much as you can, as this is how I think Rome should be explored - by foot.

Here I've written down a few words on some my fave areas:

TRASTEVERE. One of my favourite areas is Trastevere, with its warm light, cobbled streets and narrow alley-ways - it's an easy and enjoyable place to get lost. It's busy in a charming way, and not in the stressful big-city-way that I often feel when I walk along via del Corso.

PRATI. Another great area to stroll is Prati. One of few areas in the city with trees and greenery - which is why I think so many expat Swedes tend to live in the area. It's also one of the cleaner areas, which is a huge plus. If you're over the intense gatherings of tourists after a while - this is where I would go. You'll be bumping into locals here, and this is a great place to come and experience how Roman everyday life looks like. Here is where I went to school, for example. The area is also home to a restaurant which serves (according to me) the best pasta in Rome. Big statement, truly amazing pasta. More on that later!

ALONG THE RIVER. I love to stroll alongside the water - weather it is along a tropical beach, or like in Rome; a rather filthy river, there is something special about it. By strolling along river Tiber you'll see a lot of jaw-dropping architecture and views.


From inside the amazing Colosseo


What to see & what to skip

Rome is an ancient city, meaning the amount of things to see, places to take in and streets to stroll are endless. However, as with all cities, some things are more jaw dropping than others. Of course, I recommend strolling along the Forum Romanum, the Spanish steps, walk into Pantheon, toss a coin or two into Fontana di Trevi... - yep, all the classics that you walk by are a must. Then there are things that take up a day's worth of your precious vacay time - that might actually not all be worth your time and effort. Here I'm giving you my two cents on what you must see and what you actually might want to skip.

SOMETHING YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO SEE. Colosseo. Make sure to buy your tickets online beforehand (don't remember the exact site we used, but just google!), and pick up your pre-bought tickets first thing when the Colosseo opens. That way, you don't have to wait in line later either to buy nor to pick up tickets later on around mid morning when everyone else arrive. Tip: add the extra € to get a guided tour with access to the cellar of the Colosseo. It's quite the experience, I'm telling you.

SOMETHING YOU CAN TOTALLY SKIP. The Vatican museum. Okay, so this might be a somewhat controversial thing to say, but I actually wasn't that impressed by it all. Let me explain why; I don't like being pushed around together with hundreds of other tourists, being told by guards thirty times every second to "keep on moving". So if you're in Rome for a weekend trip, I would take those hours it takes to explore other parts of the city instead. If you're in the city for a good few days, however, I still would recommend doing this, as I believe that this is something we all should see once in our lives.


A picture of the best pasta ever & wine on a warm evening


Where to eat

We've come to the best and yummiest of points in this guide. It may be important, but let's keep it short. There are a lot of places to eat in Rome. And my best tip is a classic one, that can be applied to most cities around the world; wander off on the side streets, you'll get better food for a better price. And you'll run into more locals, too.

THE BEST PIZZA. Pizzería Ai Marmi, Viale Trastevere 53.
Un-impressive interiors, long cues, incredibly rude waiters - yet the most amazing pizza ever. My landlord Lorenzo took my friend and I here and it was an experience. Word on the street is that it's the best pizza in town. But if the line is a mile too long for your patience and your tummies are rumbling, don't worry. Pizzas all over Rome are great and you'll be fine sitting down at most places. Just that this place, well... it's something extra.

THE BEST GELATO. Gelateria del Teatro, Via dei Coronari 65.
Not many words needed - the best thing is just to go there and have a taste and you'll understand why I label this as the best. I recommend this place to literally everyone I know who are going to Rome, and to this day everyone has been blown away by their amazing gelato. Fun fact: you can sometimes spot them making the gelato, though the windows.

THE BEST PASTA. Mama Ristrotbistrot, Via Sforza Pallavicini 19.
No joke, you'll love their pasta. My fave is their amazing one with saffron and spinach. Again, I recommend this place to everyone, because yes; it's that good.

UNIQUE PLACE FOR COFFEE & COCKTAILS. Bar del Fico, Piazza del Fico, 34.
A café on Piazza del Fico with (you guessed it) - a fig tree standing a just outside. A more raw and genuine Roman bar - with a touch of hipster. Here you'll see a lot of locals and a few old men sitting outside, playing chess under the fig tree.

COFFEE WITH A VIEW. Vittorio Emanuele monument rooftop bar.
On top of the Vittorio Emanuele monument, there is a terrasse with a bar, where you can have coffee or wine with a spectacular view over the Foro Romano. Tourist trap? Yes. Still a great experience? Yes to that, too.


Coffee with a view, overlooking the Foro Romano


When to go

How well can your body handle the scoarching heat? That might be a question to ask youself before you go. My friend and I just went on a long weekend in end of June. If I were to describe our stay with just one word I would say: hot. In fact, it was so hot we had trouble sleeping. I would prefer to visit the city during April or May and then again in October or November. But the great thing about Rome is that even the winter works, it's still beautiful and the temperatures don't go that low. The only time of year I would say "no, don't go" is around August. Why? It's very hot in the city and many Romans leave town and restaurants and stores close.


Where to shop

VIA DEL CORSO. If you're all into the big high street brands, then this is where to go. It's the big shopping street in the city, starting just behind the Foro Romano and ending at Piazza del Popolo and the metro stop Flaminio.

SPAGNA. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, I suggest you walk the streets around Piazza di Spagna. All the luxe brands can be found here and like most people, I walk those streets just to window shop. If you want to actually buy things, keep in mind that you need to dress "appropriately" if you want to have a look around the shops in this area. Spelling it out short; dress fancy and leave the Havaianas and mini shorts at the hotel.

PRATI. As mentioned above, this is the area I went to school and with its greenery and authentic Italian feel - it's one of my favourite parts of the city. Nice little shops, a slower tempo and more locals than in other more central parts of town. Cannot recommend enough.

BUYING LEATHER GOODS. T-Nobile on Via dei Pettinari, 47
If you didn't already know, Italy is known for their leather goods. And a great place to get just that is in this little shop in Trastevere called T-Nobile. At a great price, great service (read: chatty Italians) and the couple who run the shop have a cute dog that's slowly walking around the shop or sleeping in the middle of the entrance. Adorable!


The oh-so-charming area Trastevere & one of many bridges along river Tiber


Other things worth knowing

RUSH HOUR AND THE METRO DON'T MATCH. If your life is dear to you, skip the metro during rush hour. Jokes aside, it's insane. With close to 3 million people and two metro lines, things are a little bit sweaty and not a good idea at all if you have anything even remotely close to claustrophobia. Try to bring comfy shoes and walk in the mornings, and take the metro during the day and early afternoon when it's less crowded.

DON'T OVERPAY FOR COFFEE. I’ve said it somewhere before, but if you’re paying more than €2 on a cappuccino, you’re paying too much. Around where we lived, and were we went to school, €1 was the price for a cappuccino and they were always amazing. Making it very sad to think about the fact that we have to pay around €4 for a very mediocre cup here in Sweden. Yeikes!

TAKE PORTRAITS. Make sure the make the most of your beautiful surroundings and take photos of your friends and loved ones. One night on my visit a few weeks back, my friend and I walked passed this spot at the end of Largo Corrado Ricci, as we had done so many times before. But this time, I realised how stunning the evening light was at that very spot. As usual I forced my friend Josefine to act as my model, found the perfect light and snapped a few pictures. And, didn’t they turn out stunning? The Roman evening light makes the entire city look like an awesome Instagram filter and the pastel buildings make the perfect photo backdrop. Rome is filled with narrow alleyways, making the light hard to catch and to photograph, so wide open piazzas and streets full of light are your solution.


Found the perfect light for photographing portraits at the end of Largo Corrado Ricci, one early evening in June


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It's Fri-yay! Even though I'm currently on my summer holiday, I reckon all Fridays should be celebrated, always. Am I right or am I right?

One of our evenings in Rome (yes, sorry - I'm still living on that Italy high), we saw something they called Summer Spritz on the drink menu. It looked like sunset in a glass, and since it was a hot evening, summer and sunset - what better drink to order? Said and done - and my friend & I both loved the drink so much that we had to stop our waitress and ask her for the ingredients. Back home, I re-created this and it turned out the same - win. But it did take me two tries to get it right, though. Why? Well, the first time I forgot the most important ingredient; the Aperol. And without that ingredient, it really wasn't the same at all. The Aperol is what really makes the drink, to be honest.



If you're not into the classic sweet summer drinks - this might be your new go-to. This is the perfect (slightly bitter & sparkling) drink for when you want to cool off after everything from a sweaty day out and about in the city, to when you've just come out of the shower after a day at the beach. Best served ice cold in a stunning place, like in a sun drenched garden somewhere. How does that sound?

The sweet Prosecco works perfectly with the somewhat bitter taste of grapefruit and Aperol. I'm not the biggest fan of drinking Prosecco as it is, I find it to be too sweet - but mixed with something else, then I find that Prosecco can be very good. Like in this case, for example.

INGREDIENTS: serving 2
5 cl Aperol
25 cl Prosecco
5 cl vodka
10 cl grapefruit juice
Ice
Fresh grapefruit to garnish

HOW TO:
Add all the ingredients to a jug, with lots of ice, and stir. Pour into glasses and decorate with a slice of grapefruit. If you want to, you can pour in the Aperol last after you've mixed the other ingredients, to get that nice faded effect when serving your drinks.

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It's summer! Well, it's been for a while now, but from now on - I'm officially out of office for summer. Also, I'm on the last day (I hope) of recovering from the worst cold ever and cannot wait until I can go out and enjoy the sun again (and get my own voice back). Looking forward to lazy mornings, many coffee breaks and the smell of the ocean. Well, why are we here? Oh, let's talk faves!

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Det är sommar! Och ja, det har det ju varit en bra stund vid det här laget, men från och med nu är jag officiellt out of office för att ha lite sommarledighet. Jag är inne på, vad jag hoppas ska bli, min sista dag som dunderförkyld (så oskönt att få en rejäl sådan i juli) och längtar tills jag kan bege mig ut i solen och njuta med alla andra (och få tillbaka min egen röst, det hade också varit najs). Jag ser fram emot en semester med slöa mornar, massa fikapauser och doften av hav. Och varför är vi här nu igen? Jo, vi ska snacka lite favoriter!


EVY DAILY UV FACE MOUSSE. I was recently away on a city break, and before I went I was on the hunt for some sunscreen, in particular I was after some for my face. One thing I always struggle with is finding sunscreen - such a task. Over all, we are fed with so much information regarding sunscreen; on one hand it's important to protect our skin, but on the other hand, so many of them are said to be harmful for our bodies. Knowing this, I don't even know where to start - but I hope and think I've found a brand that does good! If any of you know of a place where I can read and learn more on potential harmful ingredients in suncreams, please comment down below.

Back to the point; this sunscreen is in a mousse formula, is fragrance free and has won numerous awards. It doesn't clog up my skin and even after having worn it daily on my face for a week, my skin had no bad reactions whatsoever. That's a first. I think I finally found my new go-to brand for sunscreen!

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Efter att jag just varit iväg på en resa, så var jag innan den på jakt efter solkräm, mer specifikt kräm för mitt ansikte. Om det är något jag alltid har svårt att hitta när det kommer till skönhetsprodukter, så är det solskydd. Vi är ju så matade med information om solskydd hela tiden. Vi får höra om hur viktigt det är att skydda vår hud, men även hur mycket skadliga ämnen det finns i många solkrämer där ute. Om någon av er kan mycket om det här eller vet var jag kan läsa på mer, hojta gärna i kommentarsfältet! I vilket fall hoppas och tror jag att jag här har lyckats hitta ett märke som är okej.

Den här solkrämen är en mousse-formula, är parfymfri och har vunnit en drös med priser. Den stör inte min hud och efter att jag haft den på hyn varje dag i en vecka hade jag inte ett enda spår av någon form av utslag eller dålig reaktion. Något som är sällsynt, om ens ohört på min känsliga och kräsna hy. Jag har då minsann hittat mitt nya favoritmärke för solskydd!



SANTE MINT & LIME SHOWER GEL. The first time I smelled this I became so excited; a shower gel that smells like a mojito?! Okay - so without the rum that is. Still, this is the perfect shower gel for summer. I got this in my latest PureBox and it's all natural & organic and all that goodness. Cannot recommend enough.
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Första gången jag stack ner näsan i flaskan blev jag exalterad; en duschgel som doftar mojito?! Okej - fast utan rom då, såklart. Men ändå gör fräschören den till perfekta duschgelen för sommaren. Den dök upp i min senaste PureBox och är därmed naturlig och eko och allt det där gottiset. Denna rekommenderar jag starkt!


NARS SMUDGEPROOF EYESHADOW BASE. This won't take long, I promise. All I really need to say about this is that it's the only eye-shadow primer that I've tried that actually works. As a matter of fact, it works really great. I had an Urban Decay one before this and longed for it to come to an end so I could replace it (yep, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is that bad).

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Här ska jag inte bli för långrandig, lovar. Allt jag egentligen behöver säga om den är ögonskuggsprimern är att den verkligen gör sitt jobb. Och den gär det väldigt bra. Jag hade en från Urban Decay innan och jag längtade tills den skulle ta slut så att jag kunde byta ut den (jepp, Urban Decay Primer Potion är verkligen så kass).



THE ORDINARY 100% SQUALANE SERUM. If you haven't heard of the brand The Ordinary yet, where have you been? It's literally exploded all over the Internet and I, for one, am extremely interested in their marketing strategy, how did they totally get their name out there, everywhere, so very fast? Sure, all the beauty bloggers in the world helped, but still? Anyway, I had a serum before this with squalane in it, that was shamefully pricey. So much, that I didn't even repurchase it after it was all gone. The main ingredient in it had however done wounders for my dry skin, so I went searching for a more budget friendly option. And I realised that The Ordinary had a serum that is just 100% plant based squalane. To a fraction (and I do mean fraction) of the price. This product is very good both to my skin and my wallet, and I will re-purchase this as soon as I run out. For sure!
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Om du inte har hört talas om The Ordinary än, var har du varit? Märket har i princip exploderat över hela Internet och jag är så extremt nyfiken över deras marknadsstrategi, hur fick de sitt namn och sina produkter ut överallt på så väldigt kort tid? Visst, alla världens skönhetsbloggare där ute hjälpte ju såklart till, men ändå? I alla fall, jag hade ett serum för ett tag sedan med squalane i, som var skamligt dyrt. Så mycket att jag inte ens ville köpa det igen efter att flaskan var slut, trots att jag tyckte så mycket om produkten. Huvudingrediensen i produkten hade däremot gjort susen för min hy, så jag gick på jakt efter ett mer budgetvänligt alternativ. Och då hittade jag att The Ordinary har ett serum som rätt och slätt är 100% växtbaserat squalane till en bråkdel av priset, och då menar jag verkligen bråkdel. Den här produkten applicerar jag innan min fuktkräm och den har gjort väldigt gott för både min hy och min plånbok. Jag kommer helt klart stå redo och köpa en ny flaska när den här tar slut!


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My Roman holiday came to and end way too quickly - that's why it's such a good thing I snapped away with my camera and now have a bunch of photos to look back on. Yay. Lately, I've more and more fallen in love with photography and I'm excited to present another Visual Diary here on the blog - with my favourite photos from our four day visit to Rome. My last Visual Diary was posted last year and needless to say; it's time for another one.

My heart says; write a long post and tell them all about your trip, but my brain says; let the photos speak for themselves. Said and done, here are some of my favourite moments from my Roman holiday. Hope you like it and appreciate photos of coffee and buildings as much as I do, hehe.

And stay tuned for a more informative Rome city guide coming your way very soon...

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Mitt romanska lilla äventyr flög snabbt förbi, vilket gör att jag är väldigt tacksam över att kameran gick varm och jag nu har en massa bilder att minnas resan med. Jag kärar ner mig mer och mer i fotografins värld och jag är glad att jag nu presenterar ännu en Visual Diary här på bloggen - denna gången med mina favoritbilder från min senaste resa till Rom. Min senaste Visual Diary var någon gång under förra året och det är helt klart på tiden att det dyker upp ännu ett inlägg.

Mitt hjärta säger; skriv ett megainlägg och berätta allt om resan, men min hjärna stoppar mig och säger; låt bilderna tala för sig själva. Sagt och gjort, här finner du mina favoritögonblick från min lilla romanska minisemester. Hoppas det faller er i smaken och att bilder på kaffe och vackra byggnader uppskattas, hehe.

Är du sugen på ett mer informativt inlägg om Rom så kan du vara lugn, inom kort dyker det upp en matig Rom-guide här på bloggen...


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If you've ever been to Rome, I'm sure you've also visited Piazza Navona. It's in all the guide books and is hard to miss. Unlike many other huge piazzas in the city, the vibes here are different. Sure, like on all the rest of the piazzas (and in Rome generally) there are tourists everywhere (and yes, I know I'm one of them, hehe). But, if you manage to look passed the sandal & tube sock wearing tourists in practical shorts with countless pockets, groups of school kids in matching outfits and honeymooning couples taking kissing photos with selfie sticks - then you see the Roman magic. It's there, behind all the madness. I promise.

The magic are the men and women selling their stunning artwork on the square, families taking an evening walk in massive groups with all the cousins, aunties, ouncles and grandparents at once - speaking and laughing loudly. People who let their kids chase each-other (and the pigeons) around and around, just enjoying a warm Wednesday evening, not caring that their kids run around like tornados. It's so lovely, and real, somehow.

Those who claim that the touristy places aren't the "real" Italy clearly don't know what they're babbling on about. They obviously haven't just stopped for a second, looked around and taken a moment to find the magic. Maybe they should give it a try - and see what they find?



Om du någon gång varit i Rom, är jag säker på att du också besökt Piazza Navona. Det är en plats som nämns i alla guideböcker och är svår att lyckas missa. Till skillnad från många andra stora piazzor i stan, så är känslan annorlunda här. Visst är det så att även här (och i Rom överlag) är turisterna precis överallt (och ja, jag är medveten att jag också är en av dem, hehe). Men, lyckas du bortse från turisterna med sandaler & sportstrumpor och praktiska shorts med oändligt många fickor, grupper med barn på klassresa med matchande overaller och par på smekmånad som mest står och tar pussbilder med sin selfie stick - då kan du se den riktiga romanska magin. Den finns där, bakom allt det intensiva och hektiska. Jag lovar.

Magin är de kvinnor och män som säljer sin vackra konst mitt på torget, familjer som tar en kvällspromenad med hela tjocka släkten och pratar och skrattar högt tillsammans. Och de som låter sina små barn springa omkring obehindrat och jaga varandra (och duvorna) runt, runt - och njuter av den varma och fina onsdagkvällen istället för att oroa sig över att barnen röjer omkring som små tornados. Det känns så fint och äkta, på något vis.

De som hävdar att de turisttäta områdena inte är det "riktiga" Italien vet helt klart inte vad de babblar om. De har antagligen inte stannat upp för en sekund, tittat sig omkring och tagit det där lilla extra ögonblicket för att hitta det magiska. Kanske borde de ge det en chans - och se vad de lyckas hitta?


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Long time, no Today's Postcard. So, what better way to revive that category than with greetings (and two ice cold Aperol Spritz) sent to you, directly from Rome? Thought so.

We're onto our second day now, and I've come to realise that not many things are different. Or, who am I kidding? It's all the same! The intense heat (currently taking a break by cooling down in our air conditioned hotel room), the bad WIFI, the insane traffic, chaotic metro mornings, the amazing coffee, even better pizzas & Italians standing chatting (and waving their hands around) behind every corner.

Having spent a while living in Rome, being a temporary "Roman", made it really special coming back to the city. I didn't know what I would feel stepping off that plane, but it's been better than I could have hoped for. A part of me felt like I was "coming back home". Being back makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Anything else? Well, our diet so far has consisted of gelato, pizza, pasta, cappuccinos, cornetti, Aperol Spriz & vino. So, putting our existence down here in very few words; we're all good.       


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Yet another Midsummer passed, and things were surprisingly the same as always. A little bit of sunshine, a little bit of rain and a little bit of warm and cold. It's tradition, after all. I twirled around in a flowy skirt and had a flower crown for the first time in yonks. We also ate food most of the day, went for the traditional mid-day walk and fired up the BBQ around midnight. Just as always.

Today is all about packing. Why? I'm flying off somewhere exciting tomorrow. Can't wait!

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Ännu en midsommar är förbi, och saker och ting var sig förvånande likt. Lite solsken, en skvätt regn, lite värme följt av lite kyla. Det är ju lite av en tradition att det ska vara så på midsommar, trots allt. Jag snurrade runt i en långkjol och bar en blomsterkrans för första gången sedan jag-vet-inte-när. Vi käkade såklart mestadels av dagen, gick på traditionsenliga promenaden och tände grillen runt midnatt. Precis så som det ska vara och alltid är.

Idag står packning på agendan. Varför? Jo, jag flyger söderut i morgon. Längtar!


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Another weekend, another drink recipe. Can you spot a theme here? I like having them as a regular thing on the blog, as you may have noticed. What to you guys think about them? If you're looking for a nice drink or cocktail for tonight's festivities you can find all my previous drink recipes here. Cheers!

There is something special with a mojito. It has character, yet is very fresh and light. And if there are mint leaves involved, I'm sold. Just like I did a twist on a classic last time, with the Cloudy Apple G&T, I'm now doing a twist on another classic - the beloved mojito. But we were out of rum so I opted for vodka. But, next time I'm using rum!

INGREDIENTS: serving 2
- 4 cl of fresh lime juice
- 8 cl vodka
- fresh mint leaves
- 2 passion fruits
- passion fruit juice
- ice

HOW TO:
Cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out one half and put it in the glass, and save the other half to use as decoration. Massage the mint leaves in between you palms to release the flavours. Add all ingredients in a big jug with tonnes of ice. Stir until all ingredients are blended and the liquid is ice cold. Pour into glasses and add your other passion fruit half as decoration.



Ännu en helg, ännu ett drinkrecept. Kan du se ett tema?Jag gillar att ha dessa recept som en återkommande grej på bloggen, som ni kanske märkt. Vad tycker ni om dem? Letar du efter något mumsigt att dricka ikväll så hittar du alla mina drink- och cocktailrecept här. Skål!

Det är något speciellt med en mojito. Den har liksom karaktär men är trots allt fräsch och lätt. Och så fort det är mynta i en drink, så är jag såld. Förra gången gjorde jag en twist på en klassiker då jag gjorde en GT med äppelmust och rosmarin. Den här gången gör jag en annan twist på en klassiker, den älskade mojiton. Hade ingen rom hemma, så jag fick ta vodka istället, vilket också blev gott. Men, nästa gång kör jag på rom!

INGREDIENSER: till två drinkar
- 4 cl färskpressad limejuice
- 8 cl vodka
- myntablad
- 2 passionsfrukter
- passionsfruktjuice
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GÖR SÅ HÄR:
Dela passionsfrukterna på hälften och gröp ur en halva och lägg i vardera glas. Spara andra halvan till dekoration för senare. Mosa / massera myntabladen lite mellan dina handflator för att frigöra smakerna bättre. Häll i alla ingredienser tillsammans med is i en stor behållare eller karaff och rör runt. Rör tills allt är iskallt. Häll över i glas och dekorera med andra halvan passionsfrukt.


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