Monday, August 27, 2012

The Dog Days of Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: my second States-side home. For as long as I can remember, and then a few years further back, my family has been visiting this small seaside town in Delaware. Today, slightly bigger (and a bit more trashy), Rehoboth still has the charm of boardwalk bars full of salty sea air, beach cottages in leafy neighborhoods, and of course the Paratrooper ferris wheel at Funland

I must admit, this castle is not our creation

Last week, NS & I crossed the ocean for our annual family getaway in Rehoboth. We quickly adapted to the beach lifestyle - slow, leisurely days followed by casual family dinners and wild.... or maybe not so wild nights. Admittedly, the wildest it got was our Dragon lair cab ride home from seeing Citizen Cope at the Bottle & Cork (self=proclaimed "The Greatest Rock 'n Roll Bar in the World"). This station wagon cab's roof was covered with parking cones shaped like dragon spikes with the following words across the window - "Enter this really gnarley dragon wagon if you dare." Cabs are surprisingly scarce at the beach, and so we did enter, and made it home in one piece, albeit brains cluttered with some of the dirtiest jokes I've ever heard. 

We enjoyed all the classic beach foods> Kohr Bros ice cream on the boardwalk (despite my sister's insistence that it mysteriously doesn't melt) >Thrasher's french fries (since 1929), soaked in vinegar > Grotto Pizza > smoothies from Greenman (one of the few healthy things we ate the whole week); and the Rehoboth Farmer's Market, full of delicious goodies straight from Deleware's farmlands.

The week was truly wonderful, but flew by far too fast and before we knew it, we were on our way back to Sweden. But there was one last party: celebrating this amazing woman, my grandmother's, 100th BIRTHDAY!!!! Dozens of relatives gathered, from all corners of the nation, to commemorate this milestone on what was named Louise Dodd Day in Maryland. How many people get to have a day named after them?!

Happy Birthday Grandmama! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Roadtripping through Southern Sweden

Our journey started in NS' hometown, Västervik,
which lives up to its motto, "The Pearl of the East Coast" - especially in the summertime.

Our next stop was Nina's family island, in the archipelago outside Västervik
where we swam and sun-bathed, explored and relaxed, ate good food, and drank wine
until the sun went down.

Back in Västervik, we watched thousands of motorcycles in the annual parade of HojRock
Northern Europe's biggest motorcycle festival.

We had some amazing family dinners
late into the evening,

followed by fresh night swims
in the moonlight.

After 9 days on the East Coast,
it was time to venture way out west - to Steninge.

We visited Halmstad, a beautiful, windy coastal town
full of surfers and beach-lovers - my kind of place.

Family gathered together in the family cabin on the ocean, surrounded by fields of cows,
and ran around the yard until we were warm enough to jump in the brisk waters.

For a few days, we did this
and I enjoyed every second of it.

As always, it was time to go home too early.
But just as we've barely arrived back in
Stockholm, we leave for the US to see
American family and friends - 
and get some true summer heat.