I actually rarely eat Swedish pancakes, even though I do love them! I think it is because it takes some time to prepare them. But yesterday I had such a craving for some Swedish pancakes that it beat the time it takes to prepare them, so I made a batch. And they turned out great!
Now a lot of people put jam or something sweet on their pancakes, I love to put cheese on mine. Hard cheese or soft shrimp cheese. Although I also love to put strawberry or raspberry jam on there as well, not at the same time though. Mostly I mix it up a bit, a few pancakes with cheese and a few with jam of some sort. And because the pancakes looked so tempting yesterday, I simply could not resist to take some photos of them. :p
Then flip it over.
And if a pancake should happen to fall on the floor - well, that is what this little lady is for. :p
Also known as Lyckeby river, I swear it looked like a tall cappuccino with lots of foam this morning when my dog Lisen and I walked alongside it. Lol! So below are some photos of "Cappuccino River" in Lyckeby, Sweden (and my dog Lisen).
With my dog Lisen. :-)
In other news... Well, I have been swamped with work lately which is why I have fallen behind with pretty much everything else. Although I definitely do not mind working, I do miss my blog a little tiny, tiny bit. Hehe. But hopefully soon I will be able to find a bit of a better balance between them both again though. In the mean time it is a good thing that I have Lisen to make sure I get out and I stumble across cappuccino rivers and such. So thank you Lisen for this one! :p
I have now been back home with my doggy Lisen for almost two weeks and we are both starting to get back into our normal routines again. Which is really nice. My sister, who looked after Lisen while I was away, told me that it took several days before Lisen understood that I would not be coming back for a while. She kept running to the door whenever she heard a car coming, but that was about it.
My dog Lisen. :-)
However I am very sure that Lisen did have a great time with my sister and her dog Diva. My sister told me that Lisen got to go on a lot of fun forest walks with Diva and the doggies also played around a bunch in the house. In fact when I finally did get back from my 3 week trip to bring Lisen home, I did get the impression that she was a bit hesitant to leave at first. Hm...
Luckily for me though I had bought this big bone (bribe) for Lisen in the US, just in case she was a bit mad at me for leaving her. ;-)
But as soon as Lisen got home and realized that I was back for good, she looked at me, went over to her one of her favourite sleeping spots, made her bed and then laid down with a big thump and fell asleep. And she basically just slept the first 24 hours at home, like I did. I had to wake her up to take her out on her walks. Although once she was outside she got so excited to be back in her neighbourhood with all the familiar smells. So the first few days Lisen dragged me around on our usual walks here in Lyckeby with her nose close to the ground and her tail happily wagging.
And it is very interesting to see how she reacts to different smells. Sometimes she can start to wag her tail, other times she can become really tense. I have even seen her put her tail between her legs like she does when she becomes frightened. Actually someone once told me that just like we read news in a newspaper a dog finds out what is going on in the neighbourhood through his/her nose. So whenever Lisen is deeply engaged in a scent, I always imagine that she is reading some very intriguing news in her doggy newspaper.
Lisen getting the latest scoop on what has happened in the neighbourhood while she was away.
Anyway, it is indeed nice to be home again with my dog. And although I caught a bad cold pretty much as soon as I got home, I am better now and have regained enough strength to take Lisen on lots of long lovely walks again. And even though I do love to travel, there is certainly no better place than home! :-)
Now of course I love shopping, eating and having fun in materialistic kind of ways when I am on vacation. But the moments that truly feed my soul and fill my heart with warmth are those beautiful moments where I see or feel something unexpected. Like when my cousin and I went down to Miami Beach early one morning to watch this sunrise.
It was a beautiful sight, but what I did not expect to experience was the magnificent transformation from a calm and sleepy ocean to a wavy one as soon as the sun had risen. Or to hear and see so many birds arrive with the sunrise to the beach.
An Early Bird.
It was just like watching Mother Earth open her eyes, yawn and then say with a warm, loving and cheerful voice: "God Morning My Children." It was amazing! And really a moment which is hard to describe in words, it has to be felt. But that is actually my favourite moment of the entire Florida trip. The sunrise at Miami Beach.
Such a magical, yet everyday moment.
I actually managed to grow really fond of that beach during the 10 days that I was there! Because even on cloudy and windy days it was such a wonderful place to just take a stroll by. It was especially fun to walk there with my camera and simply get lost in the moments. Seriously, I am sure I could have stood by that ocean and take photos of its waves forever. I mean really, every wave is so different! But besides the ocean, the birds by the ocean were pretty funny to look at as well.
Like these adorable birds. First they ran with their little legs as close to the ocean as they possibly could without touching it. Then, as soon as a wave came towards them, they quickly turned around and ran from that wave as fast as they possibly could. They did this over and over again, and they looked so cute!
Then we have these guys, who always seem so care free.
And of course along the beach I found all sorts of odd things which I had no idea what they were. Like this blue thingy?
Another lovely beach only a 10 minute drive away from Miami Beach was this one - South Beach. Although I did not spend as much time there as I did at Miami Beach. But beautiful it was.
I also really enjoyed to watch this lovely skyline at night from our apartment in Miami Beach. Because it was definitely very different from any view I normally see in Sweden.
But after 10 days in Miami we drove to Orlando to spend our final 7 days in Florida there.
And even a long drive can have its breathtaking moments.
Once we were in Orlando we mostly visited amusement parks, did some final shopping and relaxed by the pool. Although our last days in Orlando were actually pretty chilly. But I am NOT complaining at all, because we did have pretty good and warm weather most of our trip.
A trip which has actually been over for about one week now, which of course means that I am currently back in Sweden with my doggy in my apartment here in Lyckeby again. But I must admit that I do wish I had a few more weeks to spend in the lovely state of Florida, especially in Miami Beach. :-) However there are plenty of fun stuff going on here in Sweden as well. Therefore this post will be my last one about my Florida trip for this time.
And to sum up my trip to Florida, well I simply have to say that
I did truly enjoy it. I had a ton of fun with the best company ever. My Christmas Eve in Key West was amazing and I had a wonderful New Years Eve in Orlando. I also spent way too much money and ate way too much good stuff, which is a good thing in my book though. I also got to experience some amazingly beautiful moments in Florida which will forever have a warm place in my heart. All in all I am very happy and grateful for this trip and I look forward to continue 2012 with a lot of love and joy from Sweden.
To end this post I will let this lovely bird, who decided to fly right over me when I was on the ferry from Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld, represent how I feel - about life really. Because this bird and this moment represents yet another one of those unexpected, amazing and beautiful moments that actually take place all the time - everywhere. Whether we see them or not.
Therefore I am very thankful I managed to catch this one on camera.
We enjoyed our last dinner in Florida at the World's Largest Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando. Where I of course had a classic Hard Rock Burger and my new favourite American beer, Bud Light Lime. Which my cousin insists is a very "high school" beer to drink - whatever! Lol! But the Hard Rock Cafe certainly was the perfect place to have our last dinner in the US, both fun and yummy! :p
The World's Largest Hard Rock Cafe at the Universal Citywalk in Orlando.
In I go, to the bar of course. Lol! Cheers!! ;-)
My Hard Rock Burger and Bud Light Lime beer!
A perfect place to have our last dinner in the US indeed! :-)
And a little panorama view I shot inside the Hard Rock Cafe.
Now a funny thing that happened when we asked for the check was that the waitress told us our table had been "comped". Huh? We all looked at each other like big question marks. The waitress said thank you and left. We all started to debate what she actually meant by "comped", us being from Sweden and all... But I was pretty sure "comped" meant that we basically got everything for free. However, just in case, we still wanted to double check this. So we called her back and asked what she meant?
It turned out that it was actually the table next to us that had been "comped", not our table. The manager had given her the wrong information. Mhm! But "comped" did indeed mean "free" though.
Oh well, it did sound too good to be true anyway. Although I do wonder what would have happened if we had just left, instead of double checking! Another oh well, lesson learned. If someone tells you it is free - say thank you and run! Lol! ;-) Either way, we sure did have a great time at the old Hard Rock. :p
Although I came back home to Lyckeby in Sweden this Saturday evening, my coming posts will be about my recent trip to the US. This is of course because I still have a ton of unpublished photos from there. :-) So today's post will be all about my visit to the lovely, and HUGE, Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.
Now Disneyworld has several parks, I think five? I would have loved to have visited them all, but I just did not have the time. I mean we had to take a bus and monorail/ferry to get from one park to another, so it did take some time. So instead of stressing between parks I chose to visit the Hollywood Studios Park and the classic Magic Kingdom Park. And below are photos and videos from my visit to those parks.
First stop was at Disneyworld's Hollywood Studios
I saw the Indiana Jones Stunt Show where they pretend to be on a movie set and perform stunts.
Like this cool stunt.
I also went on the Star Tours Ride. Where you get to go "out in space" on a Star Wars Shuttle.
Outside the Star Tours Ride this cute Jedi training session took place.
And this was the guy they prepared for.
Before we entered the Star Wars Space Shuttle we had to pass these guys.
As well as this familiar dude.
After a few more rides and shows it was time for a visit to the Magic Kingdom Park.
Where I actually mostly looked forward to see this castle live.
And beautiful it was indeed!!! Especially in the evening!
Now there were a lot of people...
and parades at Magic Kingdom.
But my absolute favourites were the Electrical Parade and Fireworks that took place in the evening. They were both spectacular!!! And despite the fact that it was actually freezing cold that evening. I managed to, sort of, keep my hands steady enough to film both of these events with my iphone. So below are those videos. :-)
The first video is of the Electrical Parade.
Video has been removed.
The second video is of the lovely Fireworks. (The last 1,5-2 minutes are stunning!)