I know that you're not supposed to go out for a drink right now in Stockholm due to the pandemic, and I am not encouraging that at all, that's not the point of this post. All restaurants and pubs are closing by eight o clock and I can only imagine how hard that must be on the economy. I just want to give a bit of a shoutout to a few of my favorite places in Stockholm when it comes to cocktails, just to say "hey, even though Covid will not let us visit you right now, we have not forgotten you".
When I think of summer in the city center of Stockholm, I think of outdoor seating, people-watching, and having a great cocktail. But as of right now, we can only dream - so maybe this post can help you keep that dream alive!
Yupp, we started the year in Athens, Greece where we spent the first two days of January, but those two days were the only two days we spent abroad all year. We had a lot planned though, and then the first wave of the Corona-pandemic hit us which ment that we could only travel causiouskly within Sweden...
Gotland & Fårö Sweden
So we had all of our trips abroad canceled, we booked trips to Paris, Edinburgh, Tallinn, Cyprus, and then later on Rhodes in Greece, but as you all know they were all canceled. So we spent our summer traveling around Sweden, and don't get me wrong - I know we were lucky to be traveling at all.
And at the end of the summer, we thought that maybe, just maybe we can start planning ahead, and then the second wave hit us even harder than at the beginning of the year. That meant even more canceled trip, not abroad of course but the once we had booked for traveling within Sweden. We had another winter trip planned to the island of Gotland, a train trip to the south of Sweden to visit family over the holidays, and a New Years' weekend in Stockholm.
One thing we did throughout the year, as a substitute for traveling, was food travel. We explored the culinary scenes all over the world in our own kitchen, having small and big dinner parties. I have absolutely loved traveling from home, and that is one thing you'll most definitely will be seeing more of during 2021.
Just like previous years, we are going to sum it up, but this year we are going to add a category for canceled trips:
A number of trips: 4
Visited countries: 2
New countries: 0
Days traveling: 10
Trips canceled: 8
All in all, it's been a good year, not travel-wise though, but still, it's been good. With that said, I am so ready to start planning ahead for 2021!
We did a short review last year, from the Summer of 2019 so I thought we would do the same with 2020, even though this year has not nearly brought as many exotic travel destinations as last year.
Fun fact, this is the first summer, in TEN years that I have not been abroad. We have always had our summervacations abroad, so this is the first year in forever and then some that we are doing the entire summer in Sweden. Most days were naturally spent at home, chilling in the backyard with some barbeque, playing games, and having some amazing laughs.
Having a cocktail in the backyard.
Brittish pubnight, Hungarian street food, classic Greek food and Italian.
But you have all seen our food travel series right?
When Corona put a stop to the travel year of 2020 we decided that at the very least it would not stop us from having the amazing food experiences that we always have abroad. We just had to make it ourselves in our own kitchen, so that is exactly what we did.
It has really been a blast doing this Food Travel series, and we will keep on doing it regardless if we can travel or not. We actually have some things coming up on the blog shortly, that has yet to be published, so stay tuned. But if you have any ideas for fun foods, we are happy to receive some new ideas.
Chilling with an Aperol Sprits in Trosa.
A weekend in Trosa
We started off the summer with celebrating Midsummer in a small town called Trosa, about an hour from Stockholm Sweden. It gave us a bit of a road trip, which I haven't been on in years. I truly fell in love with this small town with all its charm, and I can't wait to go back again, I would really like to visit during the autumn when the leaves are changing colors.
The magical views on Fårö.
Visby and Fårö
We booked ourselves a weekend in Visby, on the island of Gotland. It a few hours boat ride with the ferry, that actually departures from our hometown, so it's super easy to get there. We really should go more often. We even took a daytrip to Fårö which is a little piece of heaven all on its own.
Days trips to Stockholm
Of course, we took some daytrips to Stockholm for some good food and drinks. It takes us about 45 minutes by train to get to the capital, and every time we've been in the city we always wonder why we don't go there more often... Going to Stockholm is really a treat for your inner foodie, the amazing restaurants we have visited!
Minivacation on the Island Nåttarö
We ended off our summer vacation with a few days of calm and quiet on the island Nåttarö in the Swedish archipelago, which was exactly what we all needed. We rented a small cabin and did the easy living thing for a few days without running water or bathrooms in the cabin. That was quite the weekend!
We had a trip booked to Cyprus, that was canceled and rebooked to the island of Rhodes in Greece for the fall, but you all know what's happening in the world, so of course, the trip to Rhodes got canceled too. As I've said before, I know its all for the best but it still a real bummer! So no trips abroad insight... and not really any plans for booking new once either, we'll stay put in Sweden for now.
So to sum it up... Even though we only traveled within Sweden this summer, its been quite the summer with a lot of adventures. One of the best really. We've seen so much of Sweden that I've never seen before, and I am so thankful for that, it's really been a great summer!
What about you, have you had a good one?