I just got back from a long weekend in my old hometown (one of quite a few by now) and felt like digging up some old pictures ... I've taken plenty over the years!
There's no place like Gotland ... Honestly.
I booked my flights at a time I felt particularly homesick and in hindsight I did really well choosing the weekend of the 1st advent as the time to go back.
Not only is Visby ready for Christmas with decorations all over the place and stars in all windows, but more importantly, during advent there's so much to do in town and all over the island that literally everybody is out and about.
I hung out with my some of my most favourite people and bumped into quite a few others throughout the weekend.
There were Christmas markets, long and lazy breakfasts, morning swims and sauna sessions,
There was lots of glögg & pepparkakor, saffransbullar, a very ambitious apartment crawl, meals at my favourite restaurants in great company as well as an impressive julbord-style dinner at my hosts' house (love you Jenny!) and quite a few walks down memory lane ...
My heart is full and I feel like I've topped up my Swedishness-stores (if that makes sense).
I brought home Swedish things to decorate with,
my fridge and kitchen cupboards now hold lots of Swedish ingredients,
tomorrow I'll be making Swedish meatballs for the kids (I've missed lingonsylt!!!)
& I'm counting down to Lucia for a proper Lussekatt-baking session.
I find myself listening to Swedish radio again and seeing pictures of Gotland on Instagram doesn't hurt my heart quite as much anymore.
I was worried that my little visit would make me miss my old life but as one of my friends said ... "Gotland will always be here ... "
I'm so lucky to have a place to go back to that will always feel like home (as long as my friends stay put!), wherever my home is.
Jag älskar er!