A week have passed since we returned to Germany after our first holiday since we moved to Germany in September last year. My boyfriend was able to take a few weeks off earlier this year but since I have been focused on learning German and to get started with my job, we have not be able to spend so much time together the last months.
After having experienced a few weeks with a heatwave we were very prone to head north, to Sweden, in order visit my parents and to be able to get a whole night sleep without having to wake up soaked in sweat. At 05.53 we got on the ICE train from Heidelberg to Hamburg where we changed to a regional train bound for Rödby and then Copenhagen in Denmark. After a 13-hour train ride we arrived in a slightly cooler, but sunny Halmstad in the south of Sweden.
It would be an understatement to say that we had a good week in my hometown. In fact, we had a splendid week. Even if our week was rather unplanned we managed to fill it with visits to friends and family, spending lazy afternoons at the beach, barbequing and fishing. One of the main highlights was the day we spend at my uncle’s farm 80 kilometers outside Halmstad. He moved in at the same time as we left for Mexico in October 2017. Therefore, we have not been able to visit him during the summer before. The week before our visit he bought a boat and what would better than taking it out of one of the lakes for a day of fishing?
My uncle had bought the obligatory fishing license for the Färgen lakes outside Lidhult. Before we launched the boat we went through all equipment and prepared the fishing rods. I haven’t been fishing in two years and could really notice that I needed to refresh my technique. After we had been testing our casting rods at the lakeside we loaded the boat with our equipment and packed lunch and headed out on the quiet lake. The three Färgen lakes are interconnected with small channels. The first part of the day we spend on the main lake and as the sun disappeared behind dark clouds and the rain started to fall we turned south to the smaller lake. And the fishing luck? Well, it was certainly not on my side. My uncle and by boyfriend got one small perch each and I and to be satisfied with coffee and cookies.
Around 13.00 we reached one of the northern shores and made a lunchbreak. The guys spend another hour fishing from the shore and I took a small walk in the forest in search for blueberries. As the sun disappeared behind dark clouds and the rain started to fall we turned south to the smaller lake where the sun appeared to shine. A typical Swedish summer day in other words. And the fishing luck? Well, it was certainly not on my side. My uncle and by boyfriend got one small perch each and I and to be satisfied with coffee and cookies.
Around 18.00 we loaded the boat on the trailer and before leaving my uncle we decided that we will try to come back during the winter. Even if life in Germany is good I have to admit that this day, and the rest of the week, made me realize how much I have been missing Sweden. The wild nature, the silent evenings and the lack of people. What more could one ask for