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Travel Diary: Hillared

Having a hard time keeping track of where I am?
Well, I do. I always end up traveling a lot during summer and this summer has not been an exception. I went from Gotland (more post from that coming soon!) to Sunne and then I traveled to Crete (more posts is on its way!) and now I'm back home again (before my next trip on Friday) after spending some time in Hillared on the west coast of Sweden. At least I'm going to have a lot of blog material in the autumn with everything I don't have time to post straight away, haha.
Anyway. After my trip to Crete, I landed in Gothenburg instead of my hometown Stockholm because me and my boyfriend was going to spend some more time with his family in Hillared. All of them was on the Crete-trip, but there's a big difference in hanging out on a trip abroad than it is staying over at someone's house for a couple of days, and since we probably won't visit them again until Christmas we wanted as much quality time as possible. Most of the time we just spent time in their garden, playing with both dogs and nieces, eating great food and playing card games - which might explain why I only took a handful of photos during our four days in Hillared. It was a trip with complete relaxation.
One day we also went into the biggest city nearby, Borås, where we went to an outlet called Åhaga Outlet who sells clothes and interior from brands like NA-KD, Ellos, StayHard, Gina Tricot, Esprit and more. We were there during their last opening weekend so it was 50% off on everything - but I still only managed to find two knitted shirts, haha. Apparently believed I needed that this summer which has been the warmest one in many many years ;)

Travel Diary: Sunne

I'll take a break from my Gotland-updates to write about this weekend which I spent in Sunne.
Sunne is a small town in Värmland with around 5 000 citizens and is probably most famous for the writer Selma Lagerlöf who lived there and won a Nobel price in literature 1909. The town is located next to the lake Fryken so you pretty much always see water.
I honestly didn't get a great feeling about Sunne, but I might not be the best person to ask anyway since all my focus was on competing in the Swedish championship in a sport called varpa and not to explore the town. I was there for four days and only took like 30 photos which are extremely low in my standards, haha. Anyway, here is my travel diary from my time in Sunne!
I had a fever the day we drove to Sunne from Stockholm, but I somehow managed to survive the car ride and got to Sunne in the afternoon of July 19 were we checked in at Hotell Frykenstrand before heading out in the central parts of Sunne to find some dinner. We looked at Google Maps and choose the best-rated restaurant in the area which honestly looked quite shabby at first, but the food was surprisingly good! We got back to the hotel quite late but I still had time to find out that they had a hot chocolate machine in the reception of the hotel which became my sore throats best friend during the weekend, haha.
This was the first day of the Swedish championships which offered an individual discipline which I had chosen not to enter because I only wanted to compete in the team discipline. A really good decision in retrospect since I wasn't feeling well from my cold that day and instead spent my morning in the hotel's breakfast buffet eating pretty much everything for four hours. I'm doing a university course in tourism this summer so I also had time to write on an essay instead of following the others to the site of the competition so I was quite pleased.
My mum managed to qualify for the final so I got picked up after lunch anyway to go out and cheer for her - AND SHE WON! We wanted to celebrate by going to a nice restaurant in Sunne but ended up at an even more shabby one than the night before were either food or service where any good so we headed back to the hotel and spent the evening at their terrace with a view over the lake instead.
This was my first day of the competition, and I did not take a single photo until the evening! I still wasn't feeling well so let's just say that I was happy to have a Swedish champion in my team (aka my mom) that could take the biggest burden, haha. We managed to qualify from the group stage to the final the next day and we celebrated by going to a party at Selma Spa which the Swedish Varpa Federation was hosting. 
Final day. I had the worst cough imaginable but at least I felt healthier than the days prior so I could contribute a lot more to the team - and actually took the final point that made us win the gold medal and the title as Swedish champions! Such a weird feeling though to be able to call yourself best in Sweden at something, haha.

Travel Diary: Gotland day 3

Our third day on Gotland was just as hot as the day prior which only had one solution: Beach day!
We usually keep away from the beach in Tofta since it's the most famous one on Gotland and is often crammed with people, but I had found a place called Surflogiet on Instagram which is located on Tofta beach and really wanted to go there - and so we did. We got there around 10 am and to our surprise, had the whole beach almost to ourselves. 
Surflogiet is a combined hotel/activity center/café that I really need to write a separate post about (I have so many more photos!) but let's just say that you easily can occupy yourself with activities all day without getting bored! Their café opens at 11:30 am so by then it had started to drop in some more people, but not the masses that we had expected. Surflogiet is located far down south on the beach so my guess is that the masses haven't found it yet and stay closer to Tofta Beach Club further north.
We spent all day at the beach and ate halloumi burgers and sweet potato fries for lunch at the café.
In the afternoon we drove into Visby to have some dinner (I had another halloumi burger, haha!) and pick up my boyfriend at the airport since he came to Gotland later than us due to work. We also had ice cream at Galssmagasinet in Visby which has over 260 different flavors of ice cream and is a must when you're in Visby!
On our way back from Visby to the apartment, we drove past a paddock with a lot of sheep that had the most magical light ever so I obviously had to stop and take some photos. I bumped into a woman that was somehow connected to the sheep and she told me a lot of stories about them. Apparently, the owner to the sheep was a Swedish champion in sheep shearing and I was more impressed by the fact that there are actually people competing in cutting wool than the fact that he had won, haha!
Me and my boyfriend celebrated six years together this day and as an anniversary gift, I wanted to take some new photos of us. Right before sunset we took the camera and tripod to the ocean and photographed until the sun was gone and the mosquitos came out and tried to eat us.
Read more from Gotland
Travel Diary Day 1 & 2