On Sunday I hugged my parents goodbye at Arlanda and got on a plane back to Amsterdam again. I've had such a chill week off, relaxing and just enjoying spending time at home. I really needed it to get some energy back again, was feeling so stressed and just out of it the last couple of weeks. But, I feel much more calm and grounded now, and ready to take on school again! Had my first couple of classes of the block yesterday, don't think they're going to be my favorites, but I'm really motivated to focus on school these coming weeks. Make sure I catch up on all my resits and pass the new courses. And to start taking better care of myself - starting with signing up for a trial week at the gym today. Five weeks or so of focus, and then it's time for Christmas break already. Shouldn't be too difficult. How crazy is it by the way, that the year is almost over? Anyways, not going to get in to that now. Going to finish cleaning up my room a bit and then head of to meet up with Carlotta. Hope you're all having a great start to the week!
Now that it's cold and grey outside, let's jump back into the wonderful world of summer and our Puglia road trip! Day five, here we go.
After a long nights sleep and some breakfast in the morning, we headed out and walked through the small historical center down to the port.
We had decided we all finally needed to get in that turquoise water, so down to the beach we went. We stayed for a couple of hours, spending most time in the water, but it didn't take too long before we all felt ready to head back up to the city. The sun was burning hot and in all honestly, the majority of my family are not really beach people - me included. I wish I was, but sand just gets EVERYWHERE and yeah... Drives me a little crazy.
I'm looking at these pictures now and oh, how I miss Italy. Gallipoli was such a cute little town and I drove my family crazy wanting to stop every few steps to take pictures. "But Johanna, what are you even taking pictures of?". The colors!!! The buildings!!! The scooters parked outside every other door, the laundry hanging out of every window, the cute little Italian grandpas!!! How can I not stop every second to take photos?
Anyways, the sun got a bit much, so we went back to the B&B to relaz for a while. I sat in the shade outside, enjoying a campari soda and laughing to myself at how my brothers green and white shorts on the red chair made a perfect little Italian flag. Can you spot it?
But soon the drink was done and my legs getting restless again - I wanted to go see more, more, MORE.
So I hung my camera around my shoulder and told my mom she's either coming with me now or I'm going on a photo round by myself. We set off, just walking around without any specific direction, so I could stop at any door or wall or street I wanted to take pictures. And it's kind of embarassing but those photos are still on my camera and not on my computer - hence all the mobile pictures.
This was the most random thing. Earlier in the day we found a little Christmas bar and shop (left) and in the afternoon, me and mom found this life sized christmas crib inside a house (right). Obviously, we had to go in. We walked around as fast as we could though because the inside smelled like some weird combination of stable and sweaty feet.
When afternoon turned into evening, we went back to the hotel, freshened up and brough the rest of our family out with us for dinner. We were looking for this little restaurant the lady working at the hotel had told us about and we walked around for probably and hour before finding it. We were all hungry and warm and about to kill each other when we finally spotted the little entrance (that we had walked past twenty times already, of course). But, let me tell you, it was worth all that searching. Had one of the best meals of the vacation that evening. So much seafood and so FRESH. Straight from the ocean. A gelato on the walk home later, we all fell asleep the second we put our heads on the pillow. And that was another perfect day in Puglia!
I'm currently back home in Stockholm enjoying a well deserved week off from uni. Always good to be here. Yesterday morning I got up pretty early for a day off, got myself ready for the day and headed in to the city to meet R. It was such a grey and rainy day, but Stockholm was as beautiful as ever.
We walked around for a bit before we sat down for some coffee and catching up, and then headed to the destination of the day!
Nationalmuseum! We walked around for a couple of hours, spending half the time admiring the art and half the time just laughing at what people used to look like a few centruries ago. I have this thing for museums, always loved them. Doesn't really matter if it's art or history or the freaking sex museum in Amsterdam. A day at the museum is always a good idea. How great is it by the way that so many museums in Sweden have free entrance? You can just walk in. Absolutely amazing.
After our little museum visit, we just walked around for a bit before heading home again. I'm always a bit surprised by how beautiful Stockholm is when I come home. Such a contrast to Amsterdam. When I was living here, I didn't appreciate it half as much as I do now. But it's so nice to get aways from the crazy tourist mess that Amsterdam can be and just enjoy how calm and quiet Stockholm is. Not nearly as much pushing through crowds and noise everywhere. And while Amsterdam has the charm of it's canals and dancing houses, Stockholm offers impressive buildings, spacious streets, beautiful water views and nature just around the corner. They deffinitely both have their beauty, and I consider myself very lucky to call them both home!