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From my  pinterest : Katrine Rohrberg, Erik Lefvander, Line Klein, Kristofer Johnsson, Anders Bøggild, Banda Properties

From my pinterest: Katrine Rohrberg, Erik Lefvander, Line Klein, Kristofer Johnsson, Anders Bøggild, Banda Properties

 

Ever since I moved to Copenhagen 7 years ago, I’ve been living in the same rental apartment at inner Nørrebro. An approx. 120 m2, four bedroom apartment with old wooden floors, that I love very very much and was lucky enough to get a hold on quite randomly. The apartment has been housing myself and a handful of good roommates until this summer where my boyfriend and I got the opportunity to take over the whole apartment. My dream of having and creating a home of my own has increased little by little over the past couple of years. Instead of pinning clothing, I started pinning dream houses and furnitures on pinterest, and following more and more interior blogs and IG profiles without even realizing this pattern at first. However, I clearly remember how this dream went from being light and secondary to substantial and primary the day I finished my master studies. It was as if one huge chapter in life had closed, and bam there was room for a new grand one to begin.  

While I’m also dreaming of a home with a garden close to the ocean sometime in the future, the apartment is absolutely perfect for now and thus we’re standing in front of a really exiting journey of making this our own. After many years there’s no doubt that it needs work from loving and hardworking hands - e.g. both walls and wooden floors are pretty worn. Since doing the floors is more money- and time-consuming, we’ve prioritized to paint the whole apartment to start somewhere.

My mission for decorating and upgrading our apartment is not to create some prestigious looking place, but for it to feel like our home. Not just a space to be lived in, but a place reflection Kenneth and I as persons, and a place we and our friends and family will love to spent time.

This post will be the first of hopefully many posts about our home in Copenhagen – interior design, “handy” things and just general updates – and I’m so excited for this! They will all be filed under the category interior.

 
 
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Travel journal from Skåne

In paid partnership with Visit Skåne

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SKÅNE


Having spent many summers in Skåne during my childhood, I associate Sweden’s sourthern most region with blissful memories – especially the unspoiled nature, the always freshly baked “kardemummasnurror”, and the moments spent foresting wild raspberries, mushrooms and cherries. My parents once brought home a bag full of cherry stones and today their garden flourish with a handful of fully grown Swedish cherry threes that produce the darkest and sweetest fruits. 

Creating travel guides for my journal is one of my favorite things to do and equally the type of content I can see is creating a lot of value for you. It makes me happy to the bone when I receive holiday pictures from you from a spot you got to know through one of my guides. It reminds me of why its meaningful to write and create content; to help creating great experiences.

Therefore, when Visit Skåne reached out regarding this wonderful collaboration it was an instant yes (!!!). I love getting the opportunity to do more travel guides, and besides that, I had secretly dreamt of making a trip to Skåne for the past year and a half.

I hope the following travel journaling and tips to Skåne will spark inspiration for many of you for your next trip!

 

 
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STAY

Villa Sigrid

We drove from Copenhagen to Skåne via the Öresunds bridge in less than two hours and arrived late in the afternoon in Vejbystrand, the cosy little coastal town were we would stay for the entire 4-day trip.

We stayed at Villa Sigrid, a cute, black tree cottage located on a calm summer house street. Villa Sigrid is an one-bedroom – an intimate space with just exactly what you need; a kitchen, bathroom, living room (with no TV, yay) and a bedroom with an entrance to a wooden terrace where we enjoyed our breakfast or afternoon “fika”.


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Villa Sigrid | Our private cottage in Vejbystrand
Klitterhus Hotel | Sea front hotel in Ängelholm as an alternative

 
 
 

Intuitive traveling

I did a bit of research prior to our trip to have some ideas of where to go and what to see. But besides seeing some of the more obvious sights I’ll go trough in a bit, we simply went along with the day as we felt like and what seemed suitable for the weather. Having homemade breakfast in the morning at Villa Sigrid and deciding on a direction for the day. On our way to a location we would usually make several unplanned stops at e.g. view points, flea markets and farm shops. I loved the intuitive travel style and felt it was easy to experience Skåne this way; without a grand agenda, but still get plenty of great experiences.

 
 
 
 

Torekov

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On our first full day we headed north on Bjäre peninsula with Hovs Hallar as our main destination. By looking at google maps we decided on a route that would first take us west to Torekov, then north-east towards Hovs Hallar and finally east to Båstad.  

Torekov is a small, beautiful, coastal-town with a long history of; arts and craft; fishing; but also severe storms, ship accidents and piracy. Today it is an idyllic town full of great food and wellness options and people mostly come here to relax. We were immediately drawn to the harbor area and took a slow walk between all the red fishermen houses before we sat down for a lunch at Fiskhuset – an old fish smokehouse decorated with pictures of the owner’s fishing adventures dating back to the 70’ties.

We realized that one of the more well known photo spots was in fact located in Torekov: the scenic yellow fishermen house named “Torekovs Lotshus”. Right next to we found “Torekovs Warmbadhus” – a spa house from 1876 that my mom had told me about. They do all sorts of treatments but the one that caught my attention was the one where you lay in a bathtub full of seaweed. I didn’t succeed at talking Kenneth into doing it this time, but wanted to give away the tip anyway! 

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Fiskhuset |Smokehouse
Torekovs Lotshus | Yellow fishermen house
Torekovs Warmbadhus |Spa

 
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Hovs Hallar

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After a short drive from Torekov we arrived at Hovs Hallar – a large and beautiful nature reserve located along the coastal line. It’s especially known for its characteristic red and dramatic cliffs and rich plant life. I would recommend to walk all the way down to the beach till the end where you’ll find a small cave. The walk is not too steep or hard - suitable for both elderly, children and animals. Retrospectively, I would have loved to spend a night in a tent somewhere close by or at Hotell Hovs Hallar. I imagine it being a very serene experience to go to bed and wake up so close to this scenery.

 
 
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Alona vibe photographer skåne hovs hallar
 

After Hovs Hallar we headed towards Båstad via the coast road. On our way we stopped at a few smaller fishing villages and harbors. One worth mentioning and stopping for was Kattvik - a tiny harbor located at the bottom of the hill side making the way down quite steep. It had a small café (however closed when we stopped by) overlooking the harbor and pier where a couple of locals were hanging out in the baking sun and occasionally cooling off in the clear water.

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Hotel Hovs Hallar | Hotel nearby the nature reserve
Bäckdalens Handelsträdgård | Farm shop and café with greenhouse. Great selection of homemade sweets.
Kattvik | Tiny harbour and café

 
 
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Båstad

Båstad seemed like a well equipped middle-sized town with many cultural options. As with most Swedish coastal towns the harbour area felt like the natural meeting point, and with a serious ice-cream craving we parked the car there and went searching. Tucked away from all the regular "frisko” vendors we found a small booth selling nothing less than the best mango and the best passion fruit ice cream I’ve had in my entire life. No exaggeration. You need to try it!

 
 
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Besides getting ice cream you should definitely check out the white sand beach next to the harbor. I was completely taken by the sight; the combination of the white sand in the foreground, Hotel Skansen’s cold bath house, and the green lush forest meeting the ocean and making up the back drop. It was this sight that made me realize that Skåne is somewhat very exotic in a Scandinavian way. Lush, fresh, and clean. I’m so sad we forgot to bring our swimsuits – don’t make the same mistake!


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Glassboden Båstad hamn | Insanely good ice cream
Hotel Skansen | Hotel, spa and cold water house
Gårdskrogen Café Utsikten | Café with a beautiful view perfect for lunch or fika

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Mölle & Kullaberg

We had planned to spend our last full day hiking a trail stretching along the coastal line from the fishing village Mölle ending up at a well known light house at Kullen. This was a “must do” on our otherwise very loosely defined travel plan because of the anticipated dramatic and picturesque nature sceneries. We were especially looking forward to see a certain rock beach and to fly the drone to try and capture this from above.

 
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However, the day we ventured out to do this ended up being very rainy and with non stop thunderstorms. We stopped at the lovely café and pottery Mölle Krukmakeri to snap a few pictures for the guide and fill up our cups with warm coffee for the trail, and before we knew it the rain was pouring down. We waited for a while to see if it would pass, but realized that it wasn’t going to stop for the rest of the day and night. So, we gave in to the nature’s will and stayed for some hours at Mölle Krukmakeri and had a lovely lunch – together with all the other guest who were also caught up in the rain. After lunch we reluctantly headed home, but ended up having the coziest night in; enjoying hot chocolate with whipped cream on the sofa at Villa Sigrid.

 
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Kullaberg | Nature reserve
Kullens fyr | Lighthouse at Kullen
Ransvik Havsveranda | Café next to the sea and concrete platform to swim from. Try the waffles!
Mölle Krukmakeri | Café and pottery. We had lunch, but heard really good things about the neapolitan pizza they serve at night.
Mölle Brandstation | Café next to the harbour front serving lunch, sweets and coffee.

 
 

Vejbystrand and around

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The little charming coastal town Vejbystrand - and home of Villa Sigrid - is located in between Hovs Hallar and Kullaberg which made it a really convenient base for us. The city has just exactly what you need and nothing more - a grocery store, one or two restaurants, and a few farmshops.

 
 
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Friluftsbadet Vejbybadet | Simple outdoor pool
Sandgårdens skafferi | Farm shop with local product in Vejbystrand. We especially loved the seasonal jam and cheese they sell
Lillaro | Café which is only open on sundays between 11-16
The Sleepy Collection | Organic nightwear pop up shop

 
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Vejbystrand has a great long sand beach with big sand dunes, and I must say that being able to walk/bike to the beach in a bathing robe was my absolute favorite thing about staying in this town. There is something so soul nourishing about being this close to the ocean. Another great thing is that the beach is facing west so you’ll will be able to catch sunsets from the beach throughout most of the year.

 
 
 

After thoughts

In general, I would say that the trip to Skåne was a pleasant reminder that we don’t necessarily have to travel long and far for grand vacation experiences. There was something truly satisfying and relaxing about Skåne. I guess its the result of many things; the many opportunities to see and be in nature; the intuitive way swedes seems to live a life that is tightly connected to the nature and the seasons - e.g. in terms of food and activities - that rubs off on you as a visitor; and the fact that it is possible for me as a dane living in Copenhagen to drive for just two hours and get this vacation feeling which feels too good to be real.

But it is, and we’re already dreaming of going back to both Malmø and Österlen for a fall or spring trip.

Finally I would like to thank the team at Visit Skåne for being so understanding of my family’s current situation. To give a bit of background story, this guide was supposed to go out around July and there has been no pressure what so ever. Besides offering a partnership that gives the creator full creative freedom, it’s be really comforting to experience such an empathic reaction from a commercial partner in such a turbulent time and it is something worth mentioning. I greatly appreciate it.

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Until next time Skåne!

 
Heartache
 

The past couple of months have been a blur. To be completely honest I’ve written and deleted this post five times over this time period and it has changed each time. I’ve been going back and forth between wanting to share what has been up lately and keeping it private for so many reasons that there is simply no room for the details in this post. I’ve always shared the ups and downs to some extent in here. I feel the best when being authentic and honest both IRL and online. But this time, I’ve had many doubts about what’s right for reasons that are not only my own and it has also been extremely challenging for me to even write something that would do the seriousness of the circumstance and the debt of the pain real justice. What made me post today is the realization that it's okay to be vulnerable and it shouldn’t be harmful in any way to be so publicly.

So... Over the past three years, my beloved big brother has been battling an autoimmune decease that developed around the time when he and his wife tragically lost their first child at a very late stage in their pregnancy. As if this wasn’t enough, he got a severe spike in this decease in July, and a check-up MRI scan related to his treatment, unfortunately, revealed another terrifying decease: cancer. Needless to say, it’s been the hardest time of my family’s life. Nothing compares to the consuming fear and painful visions that follows with such a diagnosis. We’ve been on a tough journey since and at this point we’ve sort of turned a page with it: he is now getting chemo treatment and doing everything possible in terms of diet, exercise and alternative treatment, and we deliberately remain positive and believe that he will survive this. He has to.

Personally, I’ve especially struggled with the guilt of being the healthy sister and the frustration of not being able to really help him overcome it. In terms of the context of this post, social media is just a really strange thing when you are rock bottom. Instagram is full of banalities, which I usually find a lot of joy in. But in this new binary perspective of life or death, everything quickly feels completely off, shallow and meaningless.

He has not done or said anything that has made me feel this way, in fact, he has been doing the opposite since day one; he asked us all to remember to keep living. Eventually, I realized that I can’t let my life fall into pieces and I need to do the things that at least used to make me happy to be able to support him when he needs me. My life and all that it is needs to continue. But coming back here and posting this is with great vulnerability, and I need to stress that just because I’m doing the content that I once did before, it doesn’t mean that deep emotional work isn’t happening in the background.

Finally, I wanted to ask for your help by sending him healing thoughts whenever you have the time and energy between your own worries – it would mean the world to me. And to all of you - strangers as well as close friends - who may be triggered by this or who are currently dealing with cancer or have had to in the past, I hold space for you in my heart.

Peace and light, Alona 

 
 
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