We’re in Sweden! After the last goodbyes the finishing touches on preparations I drove off last Sunday (one day later than planned). What happened between then and now, that’s what you’ll read below 🙂
Yes, I didn’t leave the Netherlands behind all on my own. Lisanne, a girl who just built out her own van and is going to Sweden to do volunteering work is traveling with me for the first week-ish. So we met up in my hometown and left last Sunday morning.
The drive here was peanuts, no traffic jams at all and we even found the exit of the maze they call ‘Hamburg’! Our next challenge was to resist buying all the liquor available at a supermarket near the German/Danish border, I’ve never seen such a highly-available cluster of liquor. I think i’m not exaggerating when I say more than 85% of everything for sale there was either liquor or candy.
We decided to stay the night in Denmark, close to the German border still. There we had some drinks in some small hills near the campsite, only until we got greeted by cows that slowly appeared on some close-by hills (like cowboys do in those old western movies).
The next day we made our way to the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo and drove further into the country to a beau-ti-ful spot somewhere next to a lake (of course). We wanted to make a fire, so that’s a great reason to try out the axe I got as a present from my (now ex-) colleagues.
Before I knew it I had enough wood to keep a fire going for hours, which we did. This was also a great opportunity to go for a swim and finding our inner Wim Hof’s. And apart from those things, there is nothing… no sounds, not even a wrinkle traveling over the lake.
As I’m typing this, I’m sitting close to the shoreline of another lake Vidöstern, at Tofta sø where we arrived just in time for a sunset today. While driving here I realized we could take part of the R1 historic highway that runs along the current E4 highway, guiding you through old towns and beautiful farms. Last year I also drove part of this route and liked it so much that I wanted to take it again now that the opportunity was there.
We will stay here for a few days and use this as our base-camp to go on a multi-day hike with just our backpack and tents!