West Coast Kayaking

I’ve been kayaking before but last weekends winds where around 8-10 m/s so that where a decent challenge. Especially since it was the third time I was out kayaking at sea. However, I’ve spent more time kayaking in lakes.

The crew for the trip where 3 out of 4 members that will go to Lofoten in 2,5 week. It was me, my wife G and out Norwegian friend A. So we geared up and paddles out into the waves and it took some effort and about 2 hour before we reached the island Ängholmen about 5 kilometers from Marstrand that is a more famous location at the Swedish west coast.

There we set camp for the night and and had a really nice evening swimming, testing tents, sleeping gear and outdoor kitchens for the trip to Lofoten. Where a pretty nice test. Windy but rather warm temperatures in the air and sunny. Also got some pretty nice photos. And I had 24 hours without internet. I just sent texts telling my family when I arrived and left locations and took a few photos. Most photos however, I took with my GoPro camera.

Loved kayaking at the west coast so it might happen again.

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Next Stop London

Wheels up and I’m in my way to London, UK for the first time. Never been so excited but I’m getting there. So one of the first flight out of Gothenburg this morning and left a cold but beautiful city behind in the Scandinavian dark.

Why London? The main reason is that my wife G got in birthday gift when she turned 30 a visits to Harry Potter studios in London by me and her sister K. So that’s the main reason so we travel with Gs entire family including hers sister Ks boyfriend J.

Then is also a bit a reason for me for visit London for the first time. Then I hope to get the opportunity to take a lot of photos. Right now I’m on the plane and I will try to keep you updated during the weekend. But just thought it was time to kick off the weekend blogging already now. All recommendation in London for a first time visitor is more than welcome in the comment.

Most spicy beer ever

I’ve tasted beer with chili before but this one where really the next level. But why beer on a Thursday?

That’s a totally reasonable question. In Sweden we have summer normally from June to August. So when it today became a sunny Thursday with 20 degrees Celsius it’s a gift. It’s pretty much as Swedish summer in October!

So I just couldn’t let a summer evening possibility like this slip by without a beer on the balcony. The result ended up in me testing the Norwegian beer Habañero Helles Chilli Lager from the Ægir brewery. A perfectly good lager with a kick of Habanero. And that kick is spicy not just a little bit, it’s spicy for real unlike chili beers I’ve tried before. If you like spicy stuff you got to try it. Truly and experience and at the same time a good lager. However I would probably taste even better when it’s a bit more chilly outside (Yes, that was a wordplay and a Gothenburg-ish joke).

By the way the sunset where pretty good to!

However this years its been quite different and warmer than usually. The summers we are used to however has made us worship the sun and warm weather.

A sunny Thursday and 20 degrees Celsius outside. That’s pretty much as Swedish summer in October!

Sweden, we’re home!

We’re now back home living in Sweden together again. Yes, that’s right me and my wife G are finally living together again.

It where with mixed emotions we pack up the last piece of our Norwegian home in Oslo and drive it back to Sweden last weekend.

This chapter of our life became an five years long one, where both me and G really have fallen in love with Oslo as a city and Norway as a country. But don’t worry we already are planning a trip to Norway the upcoming summer.

Mixed emotions to leave Norway but to be able to live together feels just great!

Restaurant Review: Zocalo

Tried this place for lunch a Saturday with my dad. Zocalo is located in the shopping mall Frölunda Torg which translates into Frölunda square. Service where good, not exceptional and not bad but just what you should expect.

The interior of the place is classic modern and stereotypical Mexican not the Swedish taco Mexican but the more real Mexican way. It had potential to really become great with some minor adjustment such as more vibrant color and so on but I didn’t. Despite all this the interior where over what I’ve expected from this place.

However, the real deal for lunch is the food. The menu where full of Mexican dishes and flavors but the taste where just not what I wanted. The food where barley okay. I would so much like to write something else but I just couldn’t.

This is to sum up a place that I would not recommend.

Spa Review: Upper House Spa

The Upper House Spa is located near Korsvägen in the Gothia Crown Skyscraper in Downtown Gothenburg and I would say that is the most centrally located spa in a big city that I’ve ever visited.

The concept is brilliant. And outdoor pool 50 meters above the ground totally in glas which means that you can see through the bottom of the pool down to the ground and get a pretty amazing view of the city and the nearby amusement park Liseberg. And the indoor spa have huge panorama windows that gives you a beautiful view of the city. I think this part is pretty genius to be honest. The view of the city from above gives you somehow a kind of peacefulness. This is also the newest spa as I know about in Gothenburg.

The interior is clean, modern with thick ropes as hangers for your bathrobe and a lot of black stone and blue pools. It’s modern and beautiful. Just right for a spa in this location.

The spa itself offers three pools, an experience shower with different kinds of waterfalls. An ice bucket to cool of. Two kind of saunas and a Hamam. Which is like a sauna with hot stone benches. And there is also a relax room where you can lay down an drink water and eat fruit. Other spas I’ve visited had more to offer, but for a few hours which where the case for my evening visit here The Upper House Spa where just perfect. Not to much and to to little but just the right amount.

I enjoyed this spa very much and could definitely good back soon again. Highly recommended and among the best spas I’ve been to.

Lifeguard Thursday!

It’s back! Lifeguard Thursday! Back in Gothenburg and trying to get into good routines and good habits. Before I moved to Oslo I trained lifeguarding once a week and where even competing in it. After moving back to Gothenburg it’s been a bit difficult to settle in and get things to work with a new job and a lot of traveling to Oslo and finding an apartment among other things but now I’m hoping all of that is set and I’m good to get to start with the lifeguarding again.

It’s now everyone that knows that lifeguarding is a sport that you could compete in and in Scandinavia we got a lifeguarding competition called Nordic relay that’s adapted to indoors which I’m real great full for with our climate. However there is also international versions and competitions. Did you for example know that USA tried to get the international type of the sport to become and Olympic sport.

This photo is from the Swedish championships 2017.