Swedish retreats

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Working holidays - more of these, please! I spent a glorious week up in Västra Götaland, Sweden, with my housemate at her family's summer house there. A week of soaking in the beautiful weather of this crazy hot summer, hopping in the lake whenever it got too hot, hopping in the sauna in the evenings if it ever got chilly, reclining amongst the great granite outcrops that make up this beautiful landscape, picking berries... yeah, if I didn't have to go to meetings, and if I could have relocated all my art supplies to Sweden for the summer, you had better believe I would have just stayed there!

Almost as much fun as the week at the summer house was getting there and back. My housemate and I took our bikes up overnight on the Kiel-Göteborg ferry, hopped on a train (bikes still in tow), and cycled the last 20 km across the (very hilly!) landscape up to the summer house. When I ended up having to come back to Kiel earlier than planned due to a new commission and some new deadlines that I couldn't turn down, I took a different (and equally exciting!) route back: I cycled 50 km north into Norway to catch a long-distance bus back down into Sweden as far as Malmö, where I got a ferry back down to Travemünde, Germany. I love how manageable this kind of travel is here! If you're willing to spend the time getting from Point A to Point B, and can get some work done while in transit, it is one hundred percent worth the adventure.

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 A seagull enjoying the view of the Kiel Förde on the Kiel-Göteborg ferry, before heading out into the open Baltic.

A seagull enjoying the view of the Kiel Förde on the Kiel-Göteborg ferry, before heading out into the open Baltic.

 Me getting ready to get onto the ferry back down to Travemünde from Malmö - they gave me a high-vis jacket so that I could safely cycle onto the ferry along with the cars and trucks!

Me getting ready to get onto the ferry back down to Travemünde from Malmö - they gave me a high-vis jacket so that I could safely cycle onto the ferry along with the cars and trucks!