Good afternoon everyone! How are we? I hope you are doing well :)

Yesterday before I went to bed, I said to Matt, let's go for a jog tomorrow morning! But when he woke me up this morning, do you think I wanted to go? No, that's right, I didn't. I'm not a big fan of doing any sort of exercise before I've had breakfast actually, I feel like I can't perform if I don't have any food in my body. Are you the same? Anyway, after my breakfast I actually thought, no Caroline, you have nothing to do at the moment and there's nothing stopping you from getting outside, except yourself. So, said and done, I jumped in my trainers and went for a power walk/jog around Albert Park. It was actually a really beautiful morning to do this as the sun was shining and it was really hot. I mean look at this view! I'm so thankful that our flat is just around the corner from this beautiful park because it such a good spot to go running/walking or to just relax.

Are you also one of those people who has to listen to music when you're out running? I definitely am. I don't like hearing my exhausted breathing haha, it just makes me think of the fact that I'm doing something quite exhausting. If that makes sense :) When I came home I didn't want to eat lunch since we had planned to have a picknick so instead I had one of these Atkins bars. It was my friend Klara who recommended this one as it contains basically no sugar or carbs and still taste good. I've never been a fan of protein bars as I just think they all taste the same, no matter what the label says. "Salted caramel cookie dough" my ass! I'm sure you know what I mean. This is not an attempt to promote protein bars as proper food is always the best option but, if you're on the go or need some quick energy, these are pretty tasty.

Now I'm going to enjoy a cup of coffee and my home baked cinnamon buns that I made yesterday. Have a lovely afternoon!

xxx Caroline

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Hello my friends! How are you?

Today I woke up and felt so grateful. Grateful that it was Saturday and grateful to wake up next to my boyfriend. Nothing better than weekend mornings if you ask me.

Today my boyfriend surprised me by taking me on a little road trip! We drove to Yarra Valley which is a very famous wine region here in the state of Victoria. It only took us about an hour to get there but we still needed some road trip snacks since snacks is the best part of the trip itself, almost anyway :)

A mango, orange and passionfruit juice was accompanied by some Finish salt licorice that I got in Manly and a golden oldie, melon mint flavored chewing gums, These chewing gums reminds me so much, and always will, of my friend Julia who constantly would chew these when we lived together in Stockholm-memories!

The handsome driver and a tired passanger

The surroundings in Yarra Valley are truly stunning and it felt really good to get out on the country side and be amongst nature. For lunch, we stopped at a restaurant/wine yard called Yarra Wood. While we were waiting to get seated we were asked if we wanted a free wine tasting which we of corse said yes to! Our meal was very nice and you could tell the produce were fresh and local, something that's always appreciated.

The Autumn Harvest Riesling was one of the wines that we were fortunate to try. It's a white wine and one I can really recommend if you like your wine a little bit sweeter :)

So peaceful and green!

For dessert, we went to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. The make both their own chocolate (which you can watch live) and also their own ice cream. It felt a bit like the Willy Wonka factory inside with a lot of bright colors and tons and tons of different types of chocolate. These 'Great Balls'..haha, are one example. They also had a very nice selection of ice cream flavours like 'perfect pancake' and 'bubblegum'. We tried the choc chip mint which was deeelish.

The chocolaterie also overlooked this beautiful valley. Imagine sitting here on a warm sunny day with an ice cream in your hand, not a bad thought is it :)

Now I'm off to make my mandatory cup of tea for the evening. Have a wonderful day everyone!

xxx Caroline



Hello my friends, how are you doing?

Personally, I am in a pretty good mood as the best day of the week has arrived, it's finally Friday! The rain has been falling non-stop today but I didn't let that stand in the way of my happiness! I've also had one of those smooth, easy going days at work where everything just goes your way. You know what I'm talking about and you also know that it doesn't happen everyday, so I'm enjoying this as long as it lasts!

As for this evening, I don't have much planned. I think my boyfriend and I will have a relaxed night in, watch one or two movies and eat some sweets. The best way to spend Friday if you ask me. What are you up to? I'm trying to figure out what I should make for dinner..the fridge is not very inspiring at the moment but I think I have enough ingredients to through together a little pasta sallad, which btw is a very underestimated dish I feel! Ok, I just planted my butt on the couch, lit my candle and thought I give this new book I got from my friend Klara a go. I've only read the intro so far and it already seems promising.

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday, whether you spend it on the couch like me or out on the dancefloor!

xxx Caroline



Good Evening (and good morning to Sweden)

I am completely exhausted after today. I had a crazy day at work and it really drained me, am I getting older? Well, that's a given but do you know what I mean? Sometimes I feel like I used to have so much more energy than I have now. I used to be able to be up later, stay out longer if I was out and about and walk the stairs without having sore muscles but these days, my energy level is not what it once was. Oh well, that's not what I really wanted to go on about, my lazy ass is not very interesting to read about but maybe there is someone out there who feels the same? (sounded very dramatic) or maybe it's just my no-shows in the gym that causes this.

On a more positive note, Melbourne graced us with some sunny and warm weather today which is about time, I'll tell ya! This city is..well to put it nicely, it can't really make up its mind when it comes to the weather. You walk out the door in the morning and it's freezing cold but on your way home, it's all of a sudden 26 degrees and your winter jacket is no longer required. I am however glad that I brought all of my winter jackets from London when we moved here because it has been cooold. I thought I moved to sunny and warm Australia but people tell me Melbourne is not the same as the rest of the country (how lucky am I?) so it is colder down here in the south but I'm hoping that Spring soon will be sprung for real.

Talking about Spring when it's almost November also feels a bit funny. I know the cold has pretty much settled back home now and that people soon will start to light up their houses with candles, drink hot chocolate and get cozy inside. I will miss that part of Autumn for sure and as we're getting closer to Christmas it will feel very strange to wear less and less and to feel the weather getting warmer. The contrasts of life hey? :)

What season is your favorite? Do you prefer to celebrate Christmas amongst palm trees or do you enjoy the darkness, candle lights and evenings under the blanket? Now I'm going to make a cup of tea and eat some candy, m&m's is the favorite at the moment! 

What ever makes you happy, do it :)

xxx Caroline



Hello Everyone! How are we doing? 

The next place from my Sydney trip that I want to share with you guys is the restaurant Acme. We went here to celebrate my friend's boyfriend's birthday and we had such a great time there and the food was bloody AMAZING! The kitchen is Italian and Asian inspired which might sound like a weird mix but it worked surprisingly well. When you eat here it's all about sharing and that's exactly what we did. We ordered a couple of different starters and pasta dishes and I'm really glad we did as you get to try more than just one thing off the menu :) The atmosphere is very nice but the noise level is quite high and so is the music. In other words, this is probably not the place to bring your parents as they might (or most likely) will complain about the hip hop beats flowing from the speakers and tell you that they can't hear a word you're saying. On the other hand, this is a great place to go for a special occasion like we did, to celebrate a birthday or to get in the mood before a night out. Let's have a look at what we ate!

Started off dinner with a birthday toast!

One of the starters that we had was the burrata, poached rhubarb and konbu. Need I say more?

Charcoal calamarata, asparagus and green garlic. This was my favorite pasta dish, sooo good!

Fusilli and spanner crab mmm..

The macaroni, pigs head and egg yolk was also a hit

And as no meal is complete without dessert we had some of that too. This was the star anise ice cream with pineapple and mandarin but the coconut rice cream with white chocolate was definitely the winner!

xxx Caroline



Hello There! How are you?

Yesterday I arrived back to Melbourne again and it felt pretty good to come home if I can be honest, but then again it always does! I had some amazing days in Sydney and I'm really thankful that my boyfriend and I could take a little break from everything as it's been quite a hectic time the last couple of weeks (moving in, finding jobs, getting settled etc). Anyhow! I would love to share what I have done in Sydney with you guys and I thought I divide the trip into categories as I have a lot to share with you and I don't want to bore you with a 5-page long blog post!

So, I thought I'd start with our trip to Manly! Manly is a village/area located North East of Central Sydney. This is a great place for a day trip as it only takes about 25 minutes to drive there from the city. You can also go to Manly via boat, more specifically with a ferry which leaves from Sydney Harbor. This ride takes a bit longer, 48 minutes, but if you ask me it's worth it. From the ferry you get a great view of the city, the Opera House and Sydney bridge. I personally love the sea and to be able to see the city from a boat with the wind in your hair is a special feeling. So I would definitely recommend traveling via the ferry at least once :)

View from ferry

As for Manly itself, it has some nicer and some less nicer parts, like everywhere you go. What I think you should spend less time doing is walking on the main shopping streets that feels and are, very touristy. The main beach is quite nice and it runs along a promenade where you can go for a nice walk, join in with the other joggers or sit down on a bench and watch the brave surfers.

Trying to strike a pose in the wind is not easy hehe

But the one thing you can't miss out on when in Manly is to visit the Boathouse Cafe! This place, I don't even know where to start. It's like stepping into an incredibly beautiful beach house/surfer lodge and I just wanted to take pictures of everything, which I also did :) So the interior is what first catches your eye but this place has more than just a pretty surface. It also happens to have one of the most tempting and mouthwatering menu and food (a menu that offers scones with whipped cream and strawberries is a keeper!)

A delicious egg role with bacon and aioli..

Don't miss out on the very refreshing watermelon, raspberry and lime juice with mint!

As you can see this place is absoulety beautiful and as it's located just by a small beach, so you can enjoy your breakfast or lunch whilst watching the waves role in. Have I sold yet? Well either way, this is the place to visit in Manly and I can't wait til next time I visit!

xxx Caroline



Hello everyone! :)

I hope you all are doing fantastic and that you are enjoying your weekend so far! What have are you up to? Yesterday morning my boyfriend and I packed the bags and left Melbourne for a mini-vacation in Sydney. We're here because of work but also to catch up with my best friend! So far it's been lovely being here, we had 30 degrees yesterday and wow, it was hot. I'm not going to complain though because I've really been longing for some sunny weather. Today we're checking into our AirBnB in Darlinghurst and then my boyfriend is heading off for some meetings (and a few beers, he doesn't fool me anymore). I thought I'd take the opportunity to have some alone time, head out and explore a bit of Sydney on my own and maybe do a little bit of shopping if I can convince myself I deserve it.

Tonight awaits more birthday celebrations for my best friend's boyfriend which I'm really looking forward to!

I apologise for being a bit absent during these days but as soon as I'm back in Melbourne I'll give you all the details of the trip and give you a guide to all the good stuff Sydney has to offer!

Now go and have a great day! You deserve it!

xxx Caroline



When you move to a new place is all about finding your way around, explore the new neighbourhood and find new favorite spots.

We live in South Melbourne and the exploring has just begun for me. Since my boyfriend has a car and since he's the only one who drives (can't do left traffic), I'm trying to break free from being the comfortable passenger and go see things for myself.

I've started small by taking trips to the local supermarket by myself, having lunch at the cafe across the road by myself and walking around the lake, again, by myself. Although I'm a people's person and always enjoy having friends around me, I've appreciated these moments on my own. I found them to be almost meditative as I can be silent, think about everything or nothing and just be.

Something that I recently did to boost my independence and "get out there" was to join a Pilates Studio. I've been meaning to shape up my fitness routines for a long time and as I was talking to my boyfriend's friend's girlfriend (puh that was hard) she told me about the KX Pilates Studio (thank you Steph!). Not only is this the perfect match for me as it's literally across the road from our house but what also made me jump on the train of fitness (or at least trying) was thanks to their great introduction offer- 50 dollars for 5 classes. I had never tried pilates before but always been intrigued and since I'm not in a position to spend 250 dollars on a gym card, this was perfect. So if you're like me, and not quite sure how or what you want to work on, I think this is a pretty good way to start, not only exercising (which makes you happier, we've heard it all before) but to start something. It's all about getting out there and trying something new, especially when you just moved to a new country. It sounds so cliché I know, but experiencing new things is what going to take you to new places, new people and open up new doors. It's just about taking that first step, even if it sometimes feels like a thousand. Pilates or what ever it is that you choose to do, could be so much more than just a form of exercising, if you want it to be. For me, it is a way of trying to be a part of something- a group, a neighbourhood, a city and it gives me a since of belong. I know that to make this new place and this new home of mine work, I need to give a chance and to get out there, leave the comfortability of my boyfriend's car and go explore. And if I get lost? Well I'll just call my boyfriend to pick me up :)

I would love to hear what type of person you are. Are you in a similar situation like me, trying to find your place in a new city or country? Do you enjoy experiencing things by yourself or do you tend to hang on to comfortability? Please share :)

Sweet Dreams xxx


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​(Happy but oh so sore after yesterday's pilates class)



Good Morning Sweden and Good Afternoon Melbourne!

Today I thought I'd share this great recipe of mine that I have been making for years. I won't take all the credit for it as I originally got it from my roommate when I was studying in San Diego but I've modified it a bit so I think it's ok to call it my own :) I woke up this morning to a very grey and gloomy Melbourne so I thought, how can I turn this day into a bright and happy one? Yes, you are right, by making a lovely breakfast! This is seriously the easiest recipe and it even takes less time than making your "general" pancake.

So what do you need? 

2x Eggs

1x Ripe Banana (the riper, the better)

1 dl Oats (optional but it adds a nice texture)

Then you just mix everything together in a bowl, I use a fork, and it's ready to put in the pan!

What I love about this recipe is how easy it is and that anyone can make a lovely breakfast in no time, even if you're not a master chef. I hope you try this at home and if you do, let me know what you think!

Oh, I almost forgot the most important part, the toppings! Make sure to top these pancakes with everything you love. Today I had mine with some strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, hazelnut butter and honey. Delicious!

Check in later to find out about my new hobby and what I belive is key in order to boost your independece in a new place.

xxx Caroline



Good morning Monday and good morning to you!

I started my day in a very pleasant way as my boyfriend and I paid a visit to the mega-popular café, The Kettle Black. Every time we've gone here there's been about 40 minutes wait which has been way too long when you're starving for breakfast. So today we thought let's give it a try, it's Monday and the cue can't be that bad and it we were right! 10 minutes we had to wait before we were seated so that was a great result! Unfortunately, I was too full to order any food (we just had breakfast before we left, stupido!) but we had some lovely coffee, a very refreshing beetroot juice and some toast with orange preserve- all very nice!

As I was sipping on my juice I took the time to eye of the food that people were eating next to us and it's safe to say that I definitely will have to come back (with an empty stomach). Everything looked so good! The couple next to us were eating the hotcake which basically looked like a piece of art and on the other side another couple were enjoying poached eggs and avocado toast which also looked grrreat!

However, whether the food is worth the long wait, we'll have to see. I promise I'll let you know if it is as good as it looks. Now I'm off to get on with the rest of today!

I wish all of you a happy Monday, make the most of it!

xxx Caroline