November Diary

November was awesome. Especially the last week, because my family came to visit Stockholm for a few days! And what an awesome and blessed time we had. We’ve seen a lot of the city and even went into the Archipelago to enjoy the nature and typical Swedish houses there.

It was actually the first family holiday since 11 years! We all enjoyed it and agreed we should do this maybe every 5 years or so, but then to rent a little house in a small town and enjoy walks and bike trips in the nature around. My parents and sister aren’t that much of a city person as I am. 🙂 Nonetheless we had an amazing few days all together.

But to be able to enjoy those days to the fullest, I had to work ahead with my school assignments. That took some motivation, but I got it almost all done before they arrived.

What else I’ve done in November? I honestly don’t remember. All previous memories are wiped away by the memories of my family being here. 🙂 Let’s see if some pictures can help me remember.

 

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Ah, yes. I visited the town of Vaxholm in the Archipelago with my friend Amanda. We picked such a beautiful day for it!
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This looked so cute. A floating gas station for boats with a little shed on the plateau.
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And the views, so pretty!
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Too bad this bench was occupied (no, I have no idea who it is sitting there)…
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We walked around a little, talked for a while and ended our walk in this cute little harbour. And yes, this time it is Amanda on the picture.
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Even though it was getting colder outside, I still enjoy a little milkshake kind of drink at Espresso House.
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This is Stockholm: stairs. Although this is the longest stairs I’ve seen so far.
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When I went on a group excursion to an art hall, I stumbeled upon this awesome art in the Tensta subway station. Aren’t those penguins cute?
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Sometime half way November a new, huge shopping mall opened quite close to where I live now. It was so pretty! I especially loved these lamps. Oh, and note to self: never ever again go to the opening night of a shopping mall… (rush hour in the subway was nothing after this)
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And then the day was there: my parents and sister arrived in Stockholm! I was sooooooooo happy to see and hug them again! And judging by this picture, they were happy too 🙂
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The first day we visited Gamla Stan (the old city centre) where there was this cute Christmas market (which are all over the city now).
And since a few days all the Christmas lights were on, so I just had to show it to them.
And since a few days all the Christmas lights were on, so I just had to show it to them.
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The second day we took a boat to Vaxholm and walked around there.
And as you can see, the little cruise was awesome!
And as you can see, the little cruise was awesome!
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This is the little harbour again, but from the other side as the picture earlier.
After the walked we warmed ourselves with some coffee, tea and hot chocolate and this delicious tomato soup in a little bakery there.
After the walked we warmed ourselves with some coffee, tea and hot chocolate and this delicious tomato soup in a little bakery there.
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The last full day we went up the Kaknastornet and looked over all of Stockholm and part of the Archipelago.
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A quick peek into a big, fancy shopping warehouse. They had gorgeously decorated windows and inside there was this huge tree-like decoration that spinned on and on.

 

And that was already the end of the month. A great one to memorize!

 

Crafts: I’ve put a lot of my creativity into the design of this new site, but I also started making some knitted bunting in new colors. More of this in December!

Books: I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for my English Literature course. I never read Dickens before and I love it! I love how he writes so detailed and visual

Movies/series: I started watching The Hills. Remember from when you were a teen?

 

Favorite moment: My family visiting Stockholm ofcourse. It was such a blessing, so much fun to have them around here and show them where I live now.

Suckiest moment: I guess that was when they went back home again. It was sad, but not too bad. Only one and a half months until I’ll move back to The Netherlands again.

 

 

Love,

Jacolien

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November was geweldig. Vooral de laatste week, want toen kwamen m’n ouders en zusje Stockholm bezoeken! En wat een leuke en gezegende dagen hebben we gehad. We hebben veel van de stad gezien en zijn zelf de Archipelago in geweest om te genieten van de natuur en typisch Zweedse huisjes.

Het was trouwens voor het eerst sinds 11 jaar dat we met het complete gezin op vakantie waren. We hebben allemaal genoten en waren het er wel over eens dat we dit misschien elke 5 jaar konden doen ofzo. Maar dan wel een huisje in een klein dorpje huren en lekker wandelen en fietsen in de natuur eromheen. Mijn ouders en zusje zijn niet zulke stadsmensen zoals ik. 🙂 Desondanks hebben we een paar fantastische dagen gehad samen.

Maar om te zorgen dat ik van deze dagen volop kon genieten, heb ik voor die tijd hard gewerkt aan opdrachten voor school. Het kostte wat inzet, maar ik kreeg het bijna allemaal af voordat ze aankwamen.

Wat ik nog meer deed in november? Ik kan ‘t me eigenlijk niet meer heugen. Alle eerdere herinneringen zijn een beetje vervaagd door de herinneringen van mijn familie die hier was. 🙂 Laten we eens kijken of wat foto’s m’n geheugen kunnen opfrissen.

En dat was alweer het eind van de maand. Een fantastische om te onthouden!

 

Crafts: Ik heb veel van mijn creativitei gestoken in het design van deze nieuwe sit, maar ook begon ik met het breien van vlaggetjes in nieuwe kleuren. Meer hierover in december!

Boeken: Ik las Great Expectations van Charles Dickens voor mijn English Literature cursus. Ik had nog nooit een Dickens gelezen en ik was erg onder de indruk. Zo mooi hoe hij gedetaileerd en visueel schrijft.

Films/series: Ik ben nu The Hills aan het kijken. Weet je nog van toen je tiener was?

 

Favoriete moment: Mijn familie die Stockholm kwam bezoeken natuurijk. Het as zo’n zegening, zo gezellig om ze hier te hebben en ze te laten zien waar ik nu woon.

Stomste moment: Ik denk dat dat was toen ze weernaar huis gingen. Het was jammer, maar niet een groot drama hoor. Nog maar anderhalve maand tot ik weer naar Nederland verhuis.

 

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