Mats and I we have been talking about buying (if you ask me) or renting (if you ask Mats) a house on the warmer parallel for quite some time now and we have agreed on looking at Spain. There are millions of houses on the market right now but the most important thing for us is to live in a nice, cosy, picturesque area. I can see myself sitting at the local restaurant, sipping my sangria and eating my tapas in a narrow alley with the bougainvilleas hanging like pink clouds over me.

So the house hunt, or rather the area hunt has started. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and take a trip to Spain in conjunction with my 50th birthday. I said, "Let´s go down south to Malaga and start there", he said "Let´s go up to Alicante and start there".....so Malaga it was. We stayed at Malaga Barcelo Hotel just behind the Maria Zambrano station which was an excellent outpost for our excursions.

Arriving to Malaga was a bliss, the weather was like a fine Swedish summer day, +24 C and a warm breeze. We stayed on the Malaga coast, Costa del Sol, for 5 glorious days and visited so many villages, small towns and beaches that we lost count. But there was some of the places that really caught our eyes and hearts. La Colina, Torremolinos, El Pinillo, Benalmadena, Torreblanca, Los Boliches, Fuingerola, La Cala and Calahonda. The place that I fell in love with was Nerja.


We decided to go to Spain this time of year to see how the small towns were off tourist season, if they were dead or alive. I mean we do not want to live in a closed down village half of the year. But to our surprise it was still pacey at most of the places. Costa del Sol - checked.

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Day 4 in Nashville was spent at the Johnny Cash museum after having a fantastic breakfast at Biscuit Love. The original location for Biscuit Love opened in 2015 in a popular shopping and dining area of Nashville known as The Gulch. Lauren and I went here earlier this week just to have some "fika" and we loved it so we thought we go back for a breakfast.
The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. We spent a whole afternoon walking through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more. Exhibits spotlight different periods in Cash's life, including his years in the Air Force, his marriage to June Carter and his famous prison concert tour.

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Nashville has always prided itself on its music, food and an overall amazing atmosphere. But now its insanely talented wall art has taken a hold on much of the culture. There are countless Instagram photos dedicated to showing off the street art Nashville has to offer. If you ever find yourself in Nashville and have some spare time between visiting amazing restaurants and taking in the country music history, stop by some of these beautiful works of art.

For example in The Gulch, the artist Kelsey Montague has painted big angel wings on a black wall. See more of her here http://kelseymontagueart.com/nashville-whatliftsyou-wings/

Lauren and I spent a whole day mural hunting and we found some amazing art on the walls of Nashville (see pics below).

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Today we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, also called the “Smithsonian of country music”. In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The exhibition is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touch screens. Here you can find all there is to know about country music.



The museum also has a "Hall of Fame Rotunda" and it was designed to recognize Hall of Fame members in a style befitting the high honor of membership. Everyone recognized here is an equal. The reason why the room is round is round to ensure that every Hall of Fame member has a place of equal importance.

Read more at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/

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My friend Lauren and I make a trip somewhere every year. For no reason our trips have been to different places in the USA. Last year we explored the Grand Canyon since she conveniently live in Phoenix, just a couple of hours from Sedona. This year we planned on going to Nashville, the Mecca of country music.....and we do love our country music. Lauren listen mostly to Georgia Florida Line, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean but I am more into Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.

Lauren had booked a Mustang for us to get around in, however when she was picking it up at the airport she got a yellow Camaro instead.....potato potato. We named the Camaro, bumblebee. The first day we explored downtown Nashville. We checked out the most famous Honky Tonks like Tootsie´s. Tootsie's has three stages that host live local talent day and night; covering modern day country music. If you haven´t been to Tootsie´s you haven´t been to Nashville so naturally we stayed there to have a drink and burger. Everywhere country music were playing and the atmosphere was just great.

In the afternoon we drove to Lynchberg to visit Jack Daniel´s distillery, it was just 30 minutes outside town. We had the best guide ever that told us everything about whiskey making. Good whiskey and a good story go well together, and we enjoyed both as we were walking through the Jack Daniel’s Hollow guided by one of their seasoned storytellers. The tour ended with a little tasting session. The visit was so worth the drive, read more at https://www.jackdaniels.com/


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The banana tree is the largest flowering herbaceous plant in the world so that makes the banana a berry. Bananas are grown by millions of small-scale farmers and plantation workers in tropical regions. They are the staple food for millions of people in developing countries and the favorite fruit in our grocery basket. But when buying bananas do you think about the working conditions of the farmers, if the bananas are organically grown or do you just care about the price?

In Sweden we eat 17 kg bananas pp/year and as a consumer it is you who have the power, the power of choosing the right banana. There is really just three things two choose between, organic, Fairtrade or cheap. The organic banana stands for sound, natural environment, solid care for animals, good health and social responsibility. Fairtrade stands for bananas that has been produced by small farmer organizations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. And cheap stands for "I don´t care".

If you hesitate watch the film, Bananas, that is recorded on behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers, tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. After watching it you will never ever eat a non organic vegetable again.


http://www.bananasthemovie.com/ see the whole film here!


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One of my favorite Swedish fashion designer is Gudrun Sjödén. Her concept is to have as many of her products as possible produced in an environmentally-friendly way, not just a limited and exclusive line. One of the trademarks of her work through the years has been the focus on sustainable design and the inspiration she finds in nature’s flora and fauna.

Environmental awareness has evolved over the decades, wandering in and out of fashion, Gudrun says. From the first tentative, almost unfeasible efforts of the 1980s, through her first eco-collection in the 1990s to today, when green is taken for granted. Gudrun Sjödén Company believe that the small steps enables to achieve the big results.

I just love the feministic, flowerish patterns her clothes offer and the fact that all clothes are manufactured in an environmental material does not make it worse. Go green, go Gudrun🌷

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My father-in-law and his sister owns a beautiful place by the lake Eklängen, called Mastorp. Mats grandfather had it built decades ago, and today it is a big family place with 1 main building and 3 small guest houses. Mats and I have spent many summers here before we built our own house but we still spend time here. The place is the definition of tranquility.

Mats older brother came up with the idea that we all shipped in this year when it comes to setting the place together for the summer. And we did, now all outdoor furniture is in place, the summer water is connected, the lawns have been raked and the boat is in the lake. We had a nice barbecue lunch and the weather gods were very good to us. A well spent Sunday!

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Today we are finally going to Stockholm to celebrate 5 birthdays. It has been hard to get a date that fits everyone in the family but 6th of May was the date everybody could make it. We went to my brother-in-law and his family in Stockholm and it was a big birthday party with a three course dinner. However when I am sitting here blogging I just remember that it was no cake? Anyway it was a nice gathering with many laughs.

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It is Friday again and it has been a short sweet week. Tonight Kirsti, my co-worker, has invited me to "fredagsmys" with Yin Yoga at the the studio where she works as an yoga instructor and I am looking so much forward o it. The studio is at an apartment down town and it is the first time I have been. The yoga session was 1 1/2 hour and as usual when you do yoga, time flies. After the yoga I went home to the deck and had a glass of wine with Mats. It was 24 degrees Celsius and a perfect way of starting the weekend. Happy weekend everyone🙏

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