Spent last week in Stockholm visiting all of my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. And because of the lack of time and access to Internet I haven't been able to post anything as you may have noticed (yeah, I'm not one of those bloggers who find time for their blog no matter what, keeping it updated and letting nothing get in the way of doing it). Well, I allowed myself to take some time off, and I seriously believe one week without Internet did me some good! Anyhow, it was one week full of action, which included playing with children, shopping my ass off, eating tons of delicious food, running in museums and taking all too many photos (had to empty my 16 GB memory card twice during the trip).
I enjoyed most of the trip but there were a couple of moments I'd rather not have experienced.. It was great to finally after one year of waiting do my yearly Stockholm shopping tour and shop in some decent stores (because here in Turku we don't really have those). But what I enjoyed the most was seeing the faces of the people I love. And, seriously, nothing compares to cuddling with four toddlers and reading them a bedtime story. I'm so happy I have so many cousins who are younger than me. Before I thought it was just annoying but I realize now what a great thing it is to be someone's role model.
One of the people I looked forward to seeing the most was my aunt. She is one of the most loving persons I know. It's like she always knows the right things to say to make me feel better. We stayed a couple of nights at her place and during that time I also got to know her neighbor. Namely the lovely lady who lived downstairs. And what a sweet person! Her lovely accent instantly gave away where she was originally from - America. I always find it very fascinating to meet people from other countries and since I haven't met many Americans during my lifetime I was pretty excited. And on top of that she was a photographer (have I ever mentioned I want to become one when I grow up?!). She needed to get rid of a bunch of old stuff, clothes, furniture, etc, since she was heading back to Florida. So she asked whether we want to go through some of her and her daughter's, Saga's, old clothes. I was of course thrilled since I love second hand and all that stuff. And after searching through five bin bags of clothing I did indeed find a heap of clothes (and three pairs of shoes!).
But if I had to condense the trip into one sentence it would probably be: Spending some quality time with my family was priceless (or: So much shopping so little luggage room).. Haven't written one of these long ass posts for a while now...hope at least some of you actually take your time to read it, haha.