I love to travel and see new places, including revisiting some places I have been to. I would love to travel full-time but I do what I can with the time I have off. This time I’m in Sweden. I had hoped to pull off a trip to Italy in addition but could not find any last minute trips that worked out. Oh well, espresso in Italy will have to wait to next trip. Sweden has pretty darn good coffee too!
I’m visiting a town called Jönköping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6nk%C3%B6ping
It is a town surrounded by lakes, walking paths, nature and easy access to pretty much anything. I found this You Tube video that took some great photos of the area in the winter time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkiFZNgogNQ
Summer in Sweden is of course a more pleasant time to visit as the weather is warm and you have long days, while in the winter the days are short and the weather is cold. September is usually more rainy but Sweden is still having summer weather. I lucked out and have had perfect sunny 70 degree weather so far.
Jönköping is at the south end of a big lake called Vättern. There is an island about an hour from the city called Visingsö that has a lot of history. I went there the other day to explore. I love to visit historical places that are 400+ years old and that are still standing. Not to mention walk around in a town that is over 700 years old. Wikipedia again has great information and photos of the island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visings%C3%B6
Going to places like this reminds me about that my life span is so short compared to the earths. It also reminds me about how many have been here before me and that one day hundreds of years from now someone will be standing in that same spot wondering about the people before them. It also reminds me about how much I have left to see of the world and how each and every place is unique and has a great story. I hope you never stop being curious about what’s outside your daily world…