@ trädgårdsföreningen, Gothenburg

Easter yum yum!

Thank you data summit expo for this cute mini egg.

Thanks work for this medium sized egg.

Thanks Rhys for this super-duper yummy bunny!

Thanks Marre for my favorite chocolate!

We made an easter smörgåstårta!

FEI World cup final

FINALLY, after one year of waiting since we bought the tickets, it was time for me and Marre to head to Scandinavium and see the FEI world cup finale in show jumping.

It was GLORIOUS. Steve Guerdat kicked ass as usual and did the impossible thing of scoring 0 penalties in all 4 rounds in the finale. It's so impossible that it's only him who can do it. Also shout out to Henrik for coming in on 15th place, that's a real effort and you're so well deserved of it!

The crows was wild and just as wonderful as this show is famous for. The hair on my forearms were standing up and I got such a kick.

The tickets for the Sweden horse show is released on the 19th of May, cant wait to see there schedule!

Rome day 3

The third day also began with Breakfast. We did a semi-early start because our goal was set: to get inside the Colosseum and Roman forum.

Though we were there only 30 minutes after opening, there was a 1,5 hour line before we got into the Colosseum. It was worth every second of it. This was the absolute highlight of the trip to me. When we had finished, we went straight on to the Roman forum. It was beyond huge as we also got access to the hills and we were very faint when we exited and dropped dead at the first restaurant we saw. We had super good pasta and almost two kiters of water and then we felt like people again.

After lunch we walked back to the hotel to have a little rest before starting our final excursion in Rome.

We took the bus to Campo de Fiori, which was the only disappointment on this trip, and from there we walked to the isola Tiberina and over to Trastevere.

We continued on to Circus Maximus and then passed the Colosseum again, and walked back to the hotel in the setting sun.

Rome day 2

The day started with a nice breakfast at the hotel. The plan for the day was to take a guided afternoon tour at the Vatican. The main reason for this is because there are so many people wanting to get it that the queue time is over three hours just to reach the entrance. So by paying a lot of money for a guided tour, you get to skip the line. So before lunch we had a packed schedule over what we wanted to see and do.

We started at the piazza della Repubblica and then to Barberini before going to the Spanish steps. Very unfortunately, it was being restored and hence my iconic Rome dream of having gelato on the steps was crushed. However we still managed to reach the church on too, from which we went on to Villa Medici and Villa Borghese where we had gelato in the park and looked over the city from Pincio. 

Then we headed down to the Piazza del Popolo and via del Babuino to the Spagna subway which took us back to the hotel. On the way we stopped at a restaurant and had some Panini's for lunch.

The Vatican tour company picked us up at the hotel lobby and then we got to experience the Italian traffic. No comments. Just walking is life threatening and driving was as bad as one would think.

When we arrived at the Vatican it took almost 1,5 hours before we got to enter the Vatican museums. We went through three of the galleries before entering the Sistine chapel, which felt like a dictatorship. No one was allowed to talk or take any pictures since it's a holy place, and there were guard screaming at anyone who whispered or didn't move quick enough or not exactly where they were supposed to. Apparently the guards were excused from the holy place rules.

The tour ended outside St. Peter's Basilica which we got to enter on our own and then exit through the Piazza San Pietro.

In the beautiful setting sun we walked down the street to the Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Angelo Bridge, and from there on to Piazza Navona. 

We then stopped by the Pantheon and then we reached one of my other main reasons for going to Rome, the fontana di Trevi.

Out feet was burning in pain when er finally sat down at a restaurant called Augustus and had our dinner.

Rome day 1

On the 17th of March I woke up very early, 04:30, to go to the airport. The reason? A much anticipated weekend trip to Rome! 

I met Viktor at the central station and we took Arlanda express to the airport, had some breakfast, and then we were on our way.

We both crashed in our seats and slept for most of the trip, which made the journey very fast and smooth. A little extra sleep didn't hurt either!

When we arrived in Rome, we took the Leonardo express train to Roma central station, "Termini", which btw sounds scary alike "Terminus" in the walking dead. The train took us through a bit of countryside and a lot of suburbs before arriving in the eternal city.

Our hotel, the Star hotel Metropole, is located just 5 minutes from Termini. Our room was ready so we quickly checked in and dropped our bags before heading to a restaurant where I had pizza as God intended for it to taste. And of course, we had to stop at a gelato stand for dessert.
Then we started our walk through Rome. We visited Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore first.

Then we continued to Giardini Nicola Calipari, we we has since called "the cat palace" because it gave us a big surprise when we realized that there were over 50 cats in an old ruin! 

We then went on to the park of Villa Wolkonsky and that's where I caught my first sight of my main reason for coming to Rome: the Colosseum. Just standing outside it was super cool, it was humongous and it felt as if I could touch history. We went around it and saw the Arch of Constantine and then we passed the edges of the Roman forum which gave us a great view over it. It was way to late to enter any of them but we knew we'd be back for a full day later.

We were.moving towards the white house which we had seen in the background all the way from Colosseum. When we arrived at it, it was as grand as it had seemed from afar.

This first evening tour ended with a few more churches, and then we walked back to the hotel where we had dinner at therestaurant. Then we crashed in bed, tired from the long day.