Thursday, February 2, 2012

Winter Weekend in Västervik

the view from Nik's Dad & Nina's back deck

[Väst = west; vik = bay]

Västervik (NS' hometown) is the perfect weekend getaway from Stockholm. A 3 1/2 hour bus ride - this time, on what must have been one of the world's oldest buses (with a bus driver who handed out chocolates to all 7 passengers!) - it is easy enough to make the journey on a Friday evening. And that's what we did last Friday. 

our fika with NS' mama between checking out the winter sales

It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend visiting with NS' parents, walking around Västervik centrum, fika-ing, and enjoying some delicious meals. We also got to see Lasse's big band - an excellent group - play with the infamous Swedish singer, Janne Shaffer (has played with Abba, Bob Marley, Johnny Nash, to name a few). I hadn't heard of Janne before (no surprise), but really enjoyed his electric guitar concert, not to mention signature trademark: his tongue moving around inside his mouth as he plays. 

Oh, and did I mention the 5 hour 53 minute Australian Open Final on Sunday morning? I didn't watch all of it, but I can safely say I've never watched more tennis in a day than I did on Sunday. 

Covered in a thick layer of fresh snow, winter wonderland Västervik was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries