Author: Hanna Strömgren

Thoughts, Travel

The Italian riviera on my mind


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I have a long to do list today, but I spent all morning looking for places to visit in Amalfi when we’re going there in August. My oldest friend Ted is getting married to his Cibella. Well, they’re technically already married with the cutest one year old on the planet, but this August is when we’re finally gathering to celebrate them etc.

As usual Saif and I booked our flights and hotel very last minute – one month before departure is our average. Really need to work on that…I’m pretty sure we could go on twice as many holidays per year if we just got better at planning our traveling well in advance. This trip is also a bit of a stretch – but well worth it, I assume.

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We’ll flying from Mumbai to London for two days for a couple of meetings with potential new clients, then from London to Milan. I’m definitely picking up some on-the-go sandwiches from one of our favourite places – Bar Luce, Pave or Pasticceria Marchesi are the best in Milan!

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From Milan we are taking the train straight to Naples, which is about 4.5 hours. We could fly too, but both Saif and I prefer train over flying any day. We can get some work done on the way, and its usually more comfortable. From Naples we’ll be taking a car or train to Amalfi.

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We’ve booked a one bedroom Airbnb on the cliff of Amalfi, right next to the hotel where the wedding will be. Everything nice in Amalfi in August (with one month notice…) was around 800 Euros a night (!), and we’re paying around 180 Euros per night for this apartment. It looks super cute in the photos – fingers crossed that it is in reality too. We’ve gotten pretty good with our Airbnb game though. Saif has become an expert, and he’s obsessed with his Airbnb ranking and making sure its as good as a five star comes! Every time we leave an Airbnb he takes out the trash, cleans up the place and makes the bed, haha.

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We have 5 nights in Amalfi before we return for one night in Milan on the way back to Mumbai. I’ve never been to Amalfi, and I’m so excited to go! I want to go Amarone wine tasting, have incredible local pasta, and homemade Italian everything. I want to swim in the clearest of blue waters, have a glass of chilled wine and watch the sunset, party with our friends until early morning, and wear breezy dresses to escape the Italian summer heat. Have I lost it? I think I have. It’ll be my first official summer holiday in like…ten years, aside from Sweden. Otherwise, we always travel in the spring, fall and winter.

Lovebugs, please send me all your Amalfi recommendations! X

Lifestyle

Hottest summer in over 280 years


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Summer is so beautiful in Europe right now. I wish I had planned to spend more time there this year, but between my new business and the upcoming wedding, I’m saving my long term vacation plans to next year. I’m so happy though, for all the sun deprived Europeans who are getting each and every rainy and grey summer made up for this year. It may not be understandable or make sense for someone who’s not lived to experience it, but when you’re permanently put up in a country with an average of 120 days a year of a temperature below zero degrees Celsius. My heart smiles for you – you deserve every bit of it.

That being said, there are also so many fires in my home country right now. I’m from the south, which has less forests and more open landscapes, but most areas north of Skåne is on fire – a combined result of pyromaniacs who have literally set dry forest grounds on fire for the sake of causing destruction, as well as other things like lightening, or perhaps a cigarette bud or someone having an outdoor BBQ. It’s so scary, how these small seemingly insignificant events can have such a devastating impact.

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Our homes are also not equipped for such heat in Sweden – my mom was telling me the other day. Our buildings are constructed to keep the cold out and heat in, considering we have more winter than summer months throughout the year. In this heat, homes become saunas! I also feel terrible for all the animals who aren’t equipped for this type of climate change. Apparently the hedgehogs are dying, and wild animals are suffering from heat stroke and lack of water. These are species which are made for moist, and mainly cold, environments.

I hope the weather goes back to its usual grey skies and rainy days soon.

 

Lifestyle

Overthinking it


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You know when you think about doing something for so long that it becomes a bigger deal than it actually is, and then when you finally do it you realise it wasn’t a big deal at all and you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner?

WELL, that’s how I feel about my blog. The last couple of weeks after traveling we threw ourselves back into our daily lives here, and its safe to say this is the busiest yet happiest time of my life. I can’t wait for our wedding, and every day I get more and more excited thinking about it. I cry whenever I imagine us there – surrounded by all the people we love from all over the world. I mean I always knew I was emotional but…I literally can’t even hear a love song on Apple Music without tearing up. I’m really going to have to hold my tears back throughout our wedding.

I recently ran a poll on my Instagram handle, where a whooping 94% of followers would like to get more wedding coverage on my account. So I guess the blog is a good place for it. We have ALMOST locked in on the venues for the wedding now, with some final negotiations to take place before we can start sending out Save The Dates. I’m such a control freak and prefer to get things done in a very chop chop chop manner. This process is therefore painful…I hate waiting, especially when I’m waiting to start planning the details of the most special week of our lives.

I’m sending out a small gift to all my bridesmaids this week though. There are 10 of them, spread across the globe. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve sent them! Have a feeling a couple of them may read this…so I’m holding off on the details until they’ve all been received.

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