Hi! This is my fourth blog and I know I haven’t posted in a while but I have had a crazy few months.
I thought I would talk to you about my summer and the start of my third year at university.
Before I get into my summer, I wanted to tell you all about my Instagram. Lots of people have been asking about my photos. All my photos are taken on my iPhone 6s and are edited using VSCO, again on my phone. I do not use a camera at all!
Back to Summer. So, after my trip to New Zealand, I had a few days at home to relax. I then started getting ready for my family holiday. We decided to do a bit of a road trip around Europe. We started in Stockholm, Sweden where we stayed for three nights. We stayed on one of the islands and took a boat into the centre every day. A few people asked on my Instagram page (@flothefoodie) which hotel I stayed in. I stayed in Hotel J on the Nacka Strand and I highly recommend it!
Here, we went to the Photography, Nobel and ABBA Museum but the food really took the first prize. We had some amazing meals here, including lots of traditional Swedish cuisine (loads of fish!).
My favourite tradition in Sweden is “fika”. It is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning ‘to have coffee’, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. Doesn’t this just sound amazing?!
Stockholm had lots of amazing restaurants but one feature that I really loved was how sociable they all were. Most of them were made up of long tables where we all squished together inviting strangers to meet and talk to each other. It obviously didn’t work for the couple in this picture….
The next stop was Germany. We weren’t there for very long because it was just a drive-through but it was still fun!
Then, it was onto Sölden, Austria. We have skied here before so it was great to experience the same place in summer. Austria was filled with activities: mountain biking, water sports, hiking, running and swimming.
Austria is a great country for our family because you can relax by the pool or get stuck into loads of activities high up in the mountains. We went to a great water sports centre based on a lake called ‘Area 47’ which I highly recommend. There are diving boards, water slides, water skiing, trampolining and everything in between!
The lake we visited was called Piburg. It is surrounded by mountains and is the most beautiful place ever! There were boats to hire, diving platforms and a great restaurant on the shore, I definitely recommend.
The third picture in the slideshow above is a hike that I did with my Dad from the ICE restaurant (from James Bond) down to Sölden. Halfway down is a beautifully clear, bright blue (but freezing cold!) lake. It provided a perfect lunch spot!
The next stop was Trieste, Italy which was gorgeous. We had great weather, great accommodation and of course, great food. Italian food is probably my favourite cuisine and it didn’t disappoint. From there, we drove through Slovenia and Bosnia to reach Dubrovnik, Croatia. We stayed in the beautiful Sun Gardens resort.
Croatia was our “chill out” spot. We lounged by the pool, on the beach and in every restaurant the hotel had to offer. The food was insane. We went to Dubrovnik for a few evenings and had some great meals with incredible views.
We spent one of our days in Dubrovnik on the island of Lokrum, better known as where Game of Thrones is filmed. This day consisted mostly of cliff jumping, sunbathing and eating gelato – my perfect day.
Croatia was beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. We did do a few water sports like jet skiing, snorkelling and swimming but there was also a lot of chilling by the pool and sunbathing. It was the perfect way to end our holiday and my summer.
So now.. I’m back at university after finishing an internship in a cancer research lab in Newcastle. I have finished my first week of lectures and the work is starting to kick in! I love my new house and the people I live with, I feel like this is going to be my favourite year at university and I don’t want it to end.
But bring it on! Work hard and play hard.
And just something to think about… “Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.”