Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
June 30, 2013 10:29 AM



Last Thursday it was time for the traditional Leaf Market here in Karlskrona in Sweden. A market I attend every year, including this year of course. :-) The Leaf market is the first big market of the summer season in Blekinge county, where I live, so lots of people always show up there. Also because the market traditionally take place the day before Midsummer's Eve it is a popular place to buy strawberries for the traditional Midsummer Strawberry Cake, Midsummer Flower Crowns and things for other Midsummer related events. My favourite thing to do at the Leaf Market market though is to eat Langos, a Hungarian delight that is a regular guest at summer markets in Sweden. So yuuuum! :p

Below are some (quite a lot of) moments from my visit to the Leaf Market in Karlskrona 2013. :-)

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
On my way to the market.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
There were lots of people everywhere of course, these people were waiting for buses.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Queue to the ATM.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Almost there.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
The Great Square, the main market area, where there were lots of market stands as usual - around 500.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
So it was quite crowded, in a good way. :-)

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Time to check out the Leaf Market of 2013 in Karlskrona.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
A popular berry to buy here is the Bigarrå - a sort of Cherry.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
But no berry is as popular to purchase at the Leaf Market as the strawberry. In fact, one big topic of discussion on this day is how much these sweet delights cost? This year the average price was about 40 SEK per 1 liter of Swedish strawberries - 6 USD, which I think was quite expensive.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Another favourite to buy is home made candy. :p

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Yum!

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Huge lollipops! I use to love to eat these when I was a child. Mainly because they took forever to eat. Lol!

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Different types of candy canes were also available to buy, super yummy as well.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Long candy strings too.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
You could also do as mini Batman did, buy some crispy snacks.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
But if you did not want to buy any candy you could try your luck at the chocolate wheel, I guess not many people felt very lucky that day though. Lol. ;p

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Home made Midsummer crafts. :-)

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
So cute! But if you rather not have a flower crown in your hair on Midsummer's Eve, you could buy a colourful wig instead.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
And perhaps dress up a in a bit non traditional Midsummer's Eve outfit? Like this lady. Notice that she does have a crown on her head. Hehe.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
I love those funny big balloons.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Strolling.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Time to stop and listen to some music. :-)

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Before heading down to check out the carnival area.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Where children were flying.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
These looked so good! Because it was very hot outside.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Very tempting on a sweaty summer day!

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
But not as tempting to me as this!!!

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Yay! Finally time to eat langos!!

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
My lango, a Cafe Opera with cheese. And it was soooooo goooood!!! :p

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Aww! And you know I cannot publish a post without some of these cuties (I am of course referring to the dogs). :-) Because many people actually do bring their dogs to the Leaf Market.

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So pretty!

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
And these to two were so fun to watch.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Such a weird little barking dog there.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
It took a few minutes but finally they dared to sniff the little toy dogs.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Maybe I should have bought one for my doggy Lisen. Lol! Would have been fun to see her reaction.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
But instead I bought her a doggy treat at the doggy stand.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
One of these, an XXL pig's ear.

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Here you go Lisen. :-)

Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Yes, she was a very happy doggy then. :-) And it took quite a while for her to eat that big pig's ear. Hehe.

So all in all I would say that I had a very successful visit at the Leaf Market in Karlskrona 2013. :p

/A.L


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Famous And Historical Casinos In Australia
June 26, 2013 7:26 PM



When we think of famous casino venues we immediately think of Monte Carlo, Vegas or Macau, but one definite name on that list should be Australia; a country which has a fantastic mix historical and new age casinos.

The Crown Casino Melbourne and the Star Casino in Sydney are classic examples of the huge high rise casinos that we’re familiar with in the likes of Vegas and Macau.  Some of you may be aware of the famous fire ball show at The Crown that takes place frequently on weekend evenings.  Both casinos have all of the paraphernalia you’d associate with a modern hotel/casino complex such as water features, bars and restaurants.

Australia also has a selection of casinos based in more traditional buildings such as the Treasury Casino and the Adelaide Casino, both of which are based in very beautiful old buildings giving the casinos a debonair feel, somewhat akin to Monte Carlo or any of the other older European establishments.
The Adelaide Casino has the solitary table gaming licence issued by the South Australia authority, so if you’re travelling this area and like traditional casino games, this is the casino for you.  The Adelaide Casino is situated in the old Adelaide railway station which was built in the mid-19th century.  This gives the casino a very classy feel.

The Treasury is probably more impressive architecturally, with its Baroque façade lending it a New Orleans kind of vibe. Anyone in the area should acquaint themselves with this beautiful piece of early Australian heritage.

Australia is haven for large casino gambling, especially Australian online pokies.  They have a great blend of casino architecture keeping the industry entertaining, and if you’re a casino fan there’s a casino at most ports of call.  Check out the photos of places like Jupiters Casino and Hotel, to get a glimpse of the scale of the trade in Australia.

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Three Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of International Calls
June 21, 2013 1:01 PM



Have you ever received your phone bill only to be hit with a nasty shock? Most of us have seriously underestimated the cost of international phone calls at one point or another. It turns out that five-minute call to your uncle in Singapore or best friend in Australia can cost a serious bundle! Rather than being blindsided by the cost of international calls, you can budget for them in advance. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with friends and family living overseas at a discounted rate, if you know where to look. By choosing one of these three tips, you can hear your loved ones' voices without relying solely on Facebook or email.

Voice over Internet Protocol

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to make international calls is through Voice over internet protocol (or VOIP) services. The best known of these is Skype, which currently has over 100 million global accounts and is growing every day. However, Google, Yahoo, and Sipgate all have competing services. If you use the same service as your contact, you can speak over the internet without spending a cent. You can also call mobile phones or landlines using services like Skype, but this will cost you a small charge. Generally, you can register for an account and top up your credit to cover the cost of these calls, seeing exactly how much is being spent on your screen as you chat away. Some services also offer subscription services. One thing to keep in mind is that you can't call local emergency services over Skype or other providers.

Prepaid Phones and Local SIM Cards

There's something to be said for having a phone, either when travelling or when placing calls overseas. The connection is usually better than via an internet connection, and you can place emergency phone calls when necessary. However, mobile rates can be sky high if you're not careful. If you're signing a new contract, compare overseas rates from several different providers to find the best deal. Comparison tools like moneysupermarket.com are a good resource to see how different providers stack up. Travellers may wish to consider purchasing international SIM cards, which can be far lower in cost than your own provider. To use an international SIM card, you'll need to unlock your phone first and pass on your new number to your contacts.

Dial Providers

In addition to making cheap international calls with Lebara or other SIM card providers, you can use dial provider websites. These work by overriding your regular landline provider and charging you a lower rate. Most of these require you to register and set up an account, and they also start charging you whether or not your contact picks up the phone on the other end.

Finally, the old-fashioned method is still a valid one. You can purchase international phone cards at airports or corner shops, which can be used from your landline or a payphone. These can still provide the lowest rate outside of a service like Skype, in some cases. The best rates will depend on your location and where you are calling, so it's best to shop around to lower your phone bill.

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Living In The Future
June 18, 2013 8:32 PM



When I was out walking recently early in the morning with my doggy Lisen here in Lyckeby in Sweden, I all of a sudden saw the oddest thing in one of the gardens.

Living In The Future
It took a few seconds before I realized what it was...

Living In The Future ... a robot lawn mower. Lol! I could not help but to stand there and watch it for a few minutes. It felt like I was living in the future somewhere because that is definitely not a common sight around here.

Living In The Future
The little robot lawn mower just rode around there, silently I might add - except when it bumped into this branch.

Living In The Future
But after about ten seconds it must have understood that it would not be able to pass that branch because it backed up and turned to go another way.

And if I were to judge by how the grass looked in that garden, it did seem to do a good job.

Living In The Future
Also it appeared to be driven by solar power.

So quite an amazing gizmo I must say! However, I do not know this but I do suspect that little gadget costs more than just a little? Hehe. Either way, it sure was a fun surprise to see there in the morning. :p


/A.L


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A Guide To Walking In Majorca
June 13, 2013 7:58 PM



A guide to walking in Majorca
Majorca might strike you as a party island that has nothing more to offer its visitors, but this could not be further from the truth. Sure, its nightlife scene is buzzing and sometimes raucous, but its scenery is beautiful and there are lots of things to do for those who prefer romping around the countryside to sipping overpriced cocktails in a sweaty bar.

If you are keen on outdoor pursuits, consider packing your walking boots and exploring the beautiful mountains and lush valleys of the Balearic island.

Read on to find out more about the hiking opportunities before booking your cheap holiday to Majorca with Cosmos.

Where to walk

There are so many routes to choose from, but if you want to see the Majorcan coastline in all its glory, make Ses Salines your starting point. Enjoy the gentle breeze skimming over the ocean as you ramble west along the coast, then stop for lunch at the beautiful powdery beach of Es Trenc.

If you'd prefer to explore the Tramuntana mountains that form the backbone of the island, catch the bus to Caimari and walk to the historic monastery at Escorca. The route takes about three hours for determined hikers and you'll get to see the most incredible views as you pass El Barracar and the valley of Aubarca.

To see a bit more about the locals' way of life, follow the walk devised by Archduke Ludwig Salvator as he toured his estates by mule more than 100 years ago. Start at Valldemossa near the west coast and pass through 13km of countryside, coastline and village life. Have a look out for the round charcoal ovens known as sifjas and the lime kilns used by locals, as well as the thrush nets spread out between the trees to protect the olives and grapes from the birds' eager beaks.

General advice

As with any walking holiday, it's vital to look after yourself and prepare well before embarking on your journey. Remember that in the Balearic archipelago temperatures can soar to the mid-30s in the summer months, so protecting your skin and eyes from the sun is essential. Always wear a wide-brimmed hat to ward off sunstroke and keep a supply of water on you to prevent dehydration - you may be walking in areas that have no shops or residences for miles around, and many rivers and streams dry up in the heat.

Taking some high-energy snacks along is another wise plan, as is wearing clothing suitable for hiking. This includes lightweight walking trousers and a loose long-sleeved top for the daytime and a few warmer layers for when the sun sets.

Always let your hotel know whereabouts you're planning to walk so the reception staff is aware of when to expect you back. Check that your travel insurance is up to date and stow your EHIC card in your backpack so that it's with you at all times, and always take your passport or driver's license too - it is mandatory to carry identification when in Majorca.

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Some Swedish National Day Fun
June 6, 2013 12:39 PM



Today is Sweden's National Day, woot woot! But honestly we do not really celebrate it in any major way in Sweden, I think it is because it is such a young National Day. In fact, it was not until 1983 June 6 became Sweden's National Day and not until 2005 it became a public holiday in Sweden. Having said that, we do of course acknowledge the day all over the country by hoisting our flags in honor of this day.

Some Swedish National Day Fun The Swedish Flag.

Locally we have some celebrations of Sweden's National Day too, like in the Wamo Park. To see a video of a typical Swedish National Day celebration there and to hear our National Song with English subtitles, check out my page --> Sweden's National Day.

Also, in honor of the Swedish National Day, I played around with my doggy Lisen on the balcony with some treats earlier today.

Some Swedish National Day Fun
Happy National Day, Lisen.

Some Swedish National Day Fun
Good Doggy!

Some Swedish National Day Fun
And it looks like it was a yummy treat. Hehe. :p

It is a lovely, sunny, warm day today here in Lyckeby in Sweden by the way. So I will definitely enjoy the rest of this gorgeous National Day to the fullest, as will Lisen I am sure.

Happy Swedish National Day ya'll!

/A.L


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Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
June 2, 2013 5:25 PM



I just love to drive through, and/or hang out in, the Swedish country side. It is so beautiful, peaceful and charming. Which is why I a few days ago decided to drive out there to snap some shots of it to share here. Now the particular Swedish country side I drove through is called Ramdala and is about 10 kilometers from Lyckeby, where I live here in Sweden. I actually lived in Ramdala a few years when I was a teen. In fact, that is where we lived when we brought home my doggy Lisen to us as a little pup. :)

Anyway, below are Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Swedish farming.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Looks kind of fun actually. Hehe. :-)

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Love this scenery!

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
So bright.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Yellow.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
And beautiful.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
The Swedish country side.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
It is quite open and windy in Ramdala.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Which is why quite a few wind power stations have been set up out there lately, all over the place...

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Wind power.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Swoof, swoof.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
The wind power stations are really huge!

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
A road to..?

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Love these green fields too.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
A country side drive.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Many Swedes love to camp by the way.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
And ride motor cycles through the country.

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
Peaceful. :-)

Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
There are even farms in Ramdala that offer accommodation, so why not stop by for a visit to the Swedish country side? Welcome! :-)

/A.L


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June 2013
Moments From The Leaf Market In Karlskrona 2013
Famous And Historical Casinos In Australia
Three Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of International Calls
Living In The Future
A Guide To Walking In Majorca
Some Swedish National Day Fun
Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side
 
 
 
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