iPhone Trip to Karlskrona & the Swedish Countryside

Dear SHABL,

Hej – Larissa here reporting to you live from Sweden. Strange that it feels like I was in Poland just yesterday but actually I’ve been back in my adopted country of Sweden for almost a month now.

It’s been a pretty intense month as I’ve been working nearly non-stop on my Master thesis, but thankfully last week as able to take a little break/mini vacation up to another part of Sweden that I had never visited. My roommate has been talking about this cozy little place where she grew up called Lyckeby ever since the day I met her so when she invited me to go up there with her and her dad for a few days, I was much obliged.

Lyckeby is located in the county of Blekinge, about 10 minutes outside of Karlskrona on the east coast of Sweden. I can’t even find the population of the place online, it’s that small.

We spent four nights there, mostly just hanging out with her friends and family friends, and one day she showed me around Karlskrona. I didn’t know anything about Karlskrona beforehand, but it’s actually a cool little city. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site as it’s a pretty pristine example of a late 17th Century European naval port. It’s also the only Baroque city in Sweden. It also has some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life.

I could go on and on, but instead am going to let my iPhone photography take over and do the rest of the storytelling…

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rob

    August 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Nice boots and that’s a huge ice cream cone!

  2. Larissa

    August 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Thanks, those babies protected my feet pretty well from piles and piles of sh…YEAH, those cones might not have looked too big sitting by their lonesome but next to our faces I believe you get a better idea of their magnitude. Will probably wait 3 years before I eat more ice cream.

  3. Kathleen Couch

    August 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Larissa,
    Last weekend we traveled from Linköping to Söderköping and then to Västervik. All those towns on the Baltic coast are such neat little towns. I love the harbor at Västervik, with a lot of wooden boats. We haven’t had time to go out in the harbor and explore the Tyrst Archipalego.
    Also, don’t you just love those typical barn shaped red houses that are all over Sweden, but especially in the countryside?
    I am an American living in Linköping.

    • Larissa

      August 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Oh, very cool! I have yet to make it to Linköping, but would love to. I’m a bit mad at myself that I haven’t spent more time exploring the country while I’ve been here but train and bus travel is just so (relatively) expensive. I’ve done the Gothenburg and Stockholm area numerous times, but it’s the small places like you’re describing that I’m more interested in seeing. And sailing around the archipalegos!

      Also, I do love those red barn shaped houses. The idea of owning one in the countryside someday has popped in my head a few times since I’ve been back in Malmö. Fully stocked with sheep and long-haired cows just like my friends’, of course.

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