Tonight I am off to Gdynia in Poland for a short visit. We have mini cruise ships that go back and forward between Karlskrona here in Sweden and Gdynia every day. So once in a while I think it is fun to just take a mini cruise over there. This trip is two nights on the ship and one day in Gdynia, so just enough time to play around a bit on board as well as in the city. Hehe. ;p
And way over there out at sea is the ship which will take me to Gdynia tonight, Stena Line. I just happen to see it a while back when I was walking along the ocean with my doggie Lisen here in Karlskrona.
I will of course also bring my camera so I can document my mini cruise to Gdynia. And hopefully I will return next week with lots of photos from my little excursion. But for now I am off to get ready for the trip, so see ya'll next week. Toodeloo! :p
Yesterday when I took my dog Lisen for another fun filled play date with the ocean at Verkö here in Sweden, I found myself a bit extra intrigued by this little red house on a pier. Even though we pass it every time I take Lisen for a swim out there, yesterday I just had to get closer to it so I could check out what type of red little house it was. So below are some photos of the little red house on the pier at Verkö.
The little red house seen from the road.
I noticed that there were a lot of firewood beside the house, so my guess is that it is a little sauna house?
Now I did not feel like walking out on that little narrow pier with Lisen, so I took a close up of the house with my iphone instead. Hehe.
But like I said, my guess is that it is a sauna house. And when the peeps in it are hot enough they probably jump into the ocean there to cool off. Not sure I would like to give that a go..? But that little red house is simply adorable though! Makes me smile every time I pass it, sauna house or not. :p
Though it may seem like an unusual thought to have right now in the middle of the summer, I recently entertained the idea of taking a ski trip one of these days. Because I have actually only been on one proper ski trip in my life, and that was when I was about ten or eleven years old I think. We went to Sälen here in Sweden then. However this time I was thinking about something along the lines of Luxury chalets courchevel perhaps, which I think sounds quite fabulous.
Now this was just an idea I had, but I must say that ski trips certainly seem like a lot of fun and the perfect vacation to enjoy. I know the ski trip I went on when I was a child was great and I had a lot of fun learning how to ski, not sure I would be able to ski straight away today though. Hehe. Either way, I do hope my impulsive idea of a ski trip will come true eventually. Until then, below is a photo from two years ago when we had a ton of snow here in Lyckeby in Sweden.
Almost looks like the road to a stunning ski resort to me. :p
Persian Kebab Barbecue going on in my mum's backyard yesterday. :p
So yesterday I was over at my mum's for a Persian Kebab Barbecue, which I love! Now of course I love the actual Kebab dish, a Lamb Mince Kebab barbecued on a type of skewer, but I also love how the making and cooking of this dish always brings back so many wonderful memories from when I grew up. Because my mum is Persian I have grown up eating a lot of Persian food, both at home and at relatives homes. And I remember on those occasions when we had family get togethers here in Sweden and ate Persian Kebab for dinner, how fun it was to watch all the women come together to make the Persian Kebab and barbecue it. It became like a little food party.
But the best memory I have of the making of this dish is from when I was in Iran and saw how the dish was made in its land of origin by my Grandmother. I remember how my Grandmother used to sit on her knees by the little grill she had in her backyard and wave with a type of folding fan over the grill while the Persian Kebab was cooking on it, I think it was to keep up the heat from the grill. And while she was doing that she ordered around my mum and the rest of the women who were there at the time to help with the cooking. And of course this dish always taste the absolute best in Iran, although we do get pretty close to the original flavour when we make Persian Kebab in Sweden too.
Now luckily for me my mum has taught me how to make Persian Kebab, although I have not made it entirely by myself yet. Even so, I am glad I know how to make it so I can keep on with the tradition of making it for a long time to come. But despite the fact that I could have helped my mum in the kitchen yesterday, the only role I took during the cooking of the Persian Kebab was as a documenting photographer. Hehe. :p So below are some more pics from the Persian Kebab Barbecue we had in my mum's backyard in Rödeby here in Sweden yesterday.
My mum putting the lamb mince mix on skewers.
Then on the grill.
And you know who is always nearby when it comes to food - my doggy Lisen of course! So she kept a close eye on the whole Persian Barbecue process yesterday.
Time to turn. The risk with these Kebabs is that they break easily, which is why there is a grid below.
Getting some color.
While the Kebab is cooking my mum pulls them off the grill now and then to dry off the yummy juices that comes out of the Kebab in some flat bread.
Squeezilly squeezing those juices.
And while we were busy barbecuing, Lisen looked like she had some rather yummy thoughts. Hehe.
Which was apparently quite exhausting too. ;p
But finally the Persian Kebabs were done! Yay!
And this is how I ate it. With saffron infused Basmati Rice made in a Persian Rice cooker, the red spice on the rice is called sumac and is a sort of sour spice which is usually served with this dish in Iran. I also had some of the flat bread drenched in the juices from the Kebab as well as a bit of yoghurt with herb salt. So lots of yummy, juicy, sweet, salt and sour flavours going on there - with a touch of barbecue flavour of course. In other words, it was the perfect Persian Kebab Barbecue meal! :p
But the meal was not over there!
My mum had also made this sweet delight for dessert, puff pastry and vanilla cream with some fresh strawberries and raspberries from her garden.
Simple and insanely delicious! :p
Needless to say, Lisen and I had a very fulfilling visit at my mum's yesterday. Because of course Lisen always get a few bites of pretty much everything I eat. :-)
We actually also had some pretty good weather yesterday, which has not been the norm for this Swedish summer so far. And today it is sunny, though a bit windy. But the weather reports have predicted us to have a sunny week here in Karlskrona this week, so I truly hope the weather people are right this time. Because with sun comes even more barbecue opportunities, something there has been very little of this summer. So fingers crossed that the weather people are right and that I get the chance to have many more delicious Persian Kebab Barbecues this summer :p
So lately this blog has received some award nominations and tags from other lovely fellow bloggers. Recently I also realized that it has been quite a while since I participated in a Blog Hop or hosted a Blog Hop here on my blog, which is why I thought I would create this Thank You And Weekend Blog Hop Post.
♥ Thank You! ♥
Now the idea with this post is to thank the lovely bloggers who have chosen to nominate or tag my blog, as well as to open a No Rules Weekend Blog Hop where all bloggers are welcome to add their blog URL - no strings attached. In other words, this is a post all about blogging and blogs. :p
But before I go into further details of how my No Rules Blog Hop will work, (which is very simple) I first want to give a very Special Thank You to the wonderful bloggers who have chosen to nominate or tag my blog in their blog posts.
Now I sincerely hope I have not forgotten anyone, but if I have please let me know so I can include you in the Thank You List above. :-)
Moving on to the the No Rules Weekend Blog Hop. Which I am having in this post instead of nominating or tagging fellow bloggers, which is usually a part of the rules for accepting an award or continue on tagging. So I am not completely following the rules on that one, hehe. Actually I am probably not following the rules there at all... Hm. But I thought that instead of nominating or tagging a few bloggers, I would let everyone who wants to add their blog URL to my Blog Hop do so freely. So hopefully I will be forgiven for not following the rules...
Anyway, in case anyone is unfamiliar with what a Blog Hop is? Here is a short explanation:
A Blog Hop is basically a list where bloggers can add their blog's URL. The main purpose of a Blog Hop is for all bloggers on that list to visit each others blogs, follow, comment, share blog posts in social networks and so on. In other words, a Blog Hop is a way to find blogs as well as to gain visitors, followers and comments to your own blog.
Because I have chosen to have a No Rules Blog Hop, I do not require you to do anything before or after you have added your blog URL here. Like follow this blog, comment or share this post. Though I am of course very grateful if anyone chooses to do so. And should that be the case, I always return follows when it comes to Blog Hops - just leave a comment below if you are a new follower so I can return the favor. I also want to say that over the years I have found that the more active I am in a Blog Hop - the more activity I see on my own blog (just a little tip).
Finally, to add your blog to this Blog Hop simply click on the Add your link button below and fill out the three fields that pop up:
URL: URL to your blog Name: Title of your blog Email: Your email address
then simply click Submit link and you are done.
And like I said, this is a No Rules Blog Hop where all bloggers are welcome to join. So Happy Blog Hopping, and Weekend of course! :p
Today my dog Lisen and I went for a little stroll on the other side (from where we live) of the Lyckeby River here in Lyckeby in Sweden.
And to get to the other side we had to cross the old Rail Road Bridge here in Lyckeby.
Now this bridge was originally delivered from Gothenburg in Sweden and built in the late 1800s. The bridge was first part of a railroad which ran here until sometime in the 1960s, when it closed. It then became the footbridge it is today.
And I just adore this bridge! Because it reminds me of one of those old scary bridges that sometimes appear in horror movies and that are the only link to and from an isolated horror island where a twisted plot take place. Not that that is the case here though. Hehe. I also feel like I should be expecting to see an alligator or crocodile swimming around down there in the river. Because it looks quite Amazonic (Amazonic as in like the Amazon River) to me.
View over Lyckeby River from the Rail Road Bridge.
View over Lyckeby River from the Rail Road Bridge.
But neither of those scenarios are of course likely to come true, or are they..?
Actually Lisen and I did see some very suspicious foot steps on the walkway on other side of the bridge.
So Lisen decided to take a closer look.
But naww. Nothing weird about those steps.
They were just Lisen's paw prints.
Because of course Lisen had to step in the only little puddle that existed on that walkway. Lol! So I backtracked and took some photos of her cute paw trail. Anyway, we had a lovely little stroll over there, on the other side of the Rail Road Bridge, this morning. And I look forward to many more adventurous walks there with my doggy in the future as well. :p
Over the the years I have learned that the best souvenirs to buy abroad are simple, small, cheap, available to buy everywhere in the world and easy to display souvenirs. Which is why I nowadays prefer to buy magnets from each place/city/country I visit. Actually it was my sister who started to buy magnets as a "must buy souvenir" wherever she went, so I guess I have copied her a bit there. Hehe. But really, magnets are indeed perfect souvenirs. Because they also make excellent decoration items for my otherwise boring fridge door, which (thanks to them) looks like this right now:
My Magnetic World.
And some of the magnets I have brought home so far come from:
Finally a few days ago I took my dog Lisen for her first swim in the ocean of this year. Yay!!! And boy did she have fun! :p We went to Verkö here in Sweden, which is usually a pretty quiet spot and therefore a great place for Lisen to run around, play in the water and just enjoy being a dog. Of course I also brought my camera to snap some shots of Lisen's fun filled play date with the ocean. Below are some of them.
Lisen did a lot of this at Verkö.
Therefore I had to do this quite a lot of this out there. Hehe.
Stick in sight!
And up we go go.
To gnaw on the stick a bit.
Before running around sideways for a while...
Then back into the ocean again.
Where Lisen apparently saw something interesting underwater.
Something very interesting...
Of course in between all this playing around in the ocean, lots of shaking took place. Lol!
Shaking to the right.
Shaking to the left.
Shaking close up.
Even shaking while thinking.
But finally, Lisen decided to stay still for a few seconds too.
Now the main reason for this quite late swim premiere, compared with other years, was because Lisen had a stubborn moist eczema (Hot Spot) in the beginning of the summer - again... So I wanted to wait until it was completely gone before I let her soak herself properly in the ocean. Which it is now. Phew!
And even though Lisen definitely enjoyed herself in and around the ocean, I see more and more now by the way she moves that she is not a young pup anymore. Even so, I do still want her to have fun and do all the things I know she loves. I just have to make sure I do not forget that she keeps a different pace now and that I need to look out for her so she does not overdo it in the midst of all the fun. With that said, Lisen and I certainly look forward to many more play dates with the ocean this summer. And maybe, if only we could get some warmer weather and sun here in Sweden, I might actually join Lisen in splashing around in the ocean on one of those occassions too. :p
Have you heard of the Nissan Sentra? It's a really great car. Do you own a car yet, or are you searching for the right one? Are you a new driver? Excited? Nervous? Nauseous? All of the above? Well, don't worry. It's not that scary, and in time you will either absolutely love driving, or come to hate it. With my Nissan, I always loved driving, no matter where I was headed.
Make sure to really take the time and research the right dealership for you. I must say that I have traveled to quite a lot of dealerships in California, but ones that really stood out to me were Redlands Nissan and Palm Springs Nissan. Redlands dealership is located in Redlands, California and is ready to sell you your brand new Nissan today! I actually found out about this dealership because of their assorted advertisements not only on television, but also from websites like Yelp and Yahoo. I went to this dealership with a friend of mine when we were both looking for cars, and so decided to check out Redlands used cars as a first try. We were very happy about our find and proceeded to take our business only here and not even check out any other dealerships that may have been in the area. Why spoil a good thing?
My friend and I were not too sure of what used car we wanted, but we did know that it had to be affordable. I mean, I guess we should have guessed that as long as we were buying a used car that it would be affordable, but both of us had different price ranges so it was hard to determine exactly what was best to look at. Really the only thing we had in common was that we both liked Nissan, so that is why we went to a Nissan dealership. Palm Springs offered lots of used cars, including models like a 2010 Nissan Sentra, 2011 Nissan Murano, 2009 Nissan Maxima, 2009 Nissan Altima, 2010 Nissan 370Z, 2008 Nissan Rogue, and the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid. I ended up going with the 2010 Nissan Sentra and could not be happier with my decision.
In my eyes it's a fantastic car and it has taken me everywhere I need to go without any problems. My friend went with the '09 Nissan Maxima and as far as I am aware, he has not had any problems to date. He actually ended up going with another dealership, Redlands Nissan, but I still prefer Palm Springs to anything else. Riverside was great for awhile, but things change and I ended up moving, but I am pleased with how Nissan dealerships have treated me overall. Switching so much actually hasn't been a big deal at all and I've been treated nicely at every dealership I've visited.
A lovely historic part of Lyckeby here in Sweden that I frequently pass on my walks with my dog Lisen is the old Castle Ruin Of Lyckå, Lyckå being the original name of Lyckeby.
Lyckå Castle was built in 1545 on orders from the Danish King Christian II.
The King wanted a new "firm house" of stone to be built to be able to resist in case local farmers ever should decide to start a riot. Also at this time Blekinge, the county where Lyckeby is located, was a boundary country in the wars between Sweden and Denmark. So on orders from the King a rectangular castle with two sturdy corner towers was built on a pre existing stronghold. It was completed in 1560.
Now the reason Lyckå Castle was built here in Lyckeby, and not in the main city Karlskrona, was because Lyckeby was actually founded several hundred years earlier than Karlskrona. In fact Lyckå City (Lyckeby) was mentioned for the first time in 1449, Karlskrona was founded in 1680. Unfortunately though, Lyckå lost its city charters in 1600. This was because the Danish government wanted to move people and invest in the newly built city of Kristianopel, located about 28 kilometres outside of Lyckeby. That same year the Danish king Christian IV also commanded that the Castle Of Lyckå be demolished and the stones reused in Kristianopel's fortifications. Luckily however, after the Peace of Roskilde in 1658, Lyckå once again became a part of Sweden. Although it never regained its former status as a main city.
But because Lyckeby has such a long history, there are still bits and pieces of historical remains scattered around the former medieval city. And fortunately many of them have been dug out and restored, like the Castle Of Lyckå. Which really is a lovely spot to hang out at by the way. So below are some more photos from my latest visit there with my doggy Lisen. :-)
Lyckå Castle Ruin.
View from the castle towards where I took the previous photo.
Today people seem to have barbecues by the old castle ruin... Hm.
Inside Lyckå Castle Ruin with Lisen. :-)
Also inside the castle ruin.
Outside looking in.
Outside at the back of the castle ruin.
Lisen now waiting for me patiently with her leash in her mouth, ready to move on outta there! Lol!
It was two years ago today since I published my first post here on ropcorn.com, in other words - today is this blog's second blogoversary. Yay!!! Now I had big plans for this blog when I started it (I still do). Some goals have been achieved, while others are still in the process of being achieved. And new goals have been set. But the most important thing is that I STILL LOVE BLOGGING! :-)
A feeling I think this lovely Bleeding Heart conveys quite accurately. :-)
And what I love about blogging is that I have the freedom and opportunity to express my creativity through my blog posts. Whether it be via photography, writing or simply sharing my everyday life experiences. I also really feel like this blog helps me to follow through on, and bring to life, many of the thoughts and ideas I randomly have. I mean, I can be anywhere and suddenly get an idea on a post I want to do or start to think of things I want to write about. Though I must say that this mostly happen in the shower. Hehe. But the point is that I actually do follow through on a lot of those ideas, instead of just letting them go, because I have a blog where I can share them. And when I manage to bring one of those inspirational moments to life in a good way, I actually feel pretty proud of myself. :-)
But not only do I love the creative part of blogging, I also absolutely adore reading comments and receiving feedback from all the wonderful people that drop by here. Which is why this celebratory post would not be complete without a proper Thank You and a heartfelt bow to to all of you marvelous individuals who visit, follow, comment and/or send me feedback through various sources. I truly value every single second each and every one of you spend on this blog, because it is all that beautiful energy that continue to keep this blog alive. Not to mention the huge positive impact it has on me personally.
Needless to say, I am very grateful that I made the decision to start blogging two years ago. And even though I have spent, and still spend, countless hours on managing, creating posts and networking. It continues to be so undoubtedly worth it!!! :p