Gastro Natur on Hjälmaren in Örebro, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Escape the ordinary gastronomic experience with Gastro Natur 2019 on the Swedish lake Hjälmaren

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Katrinelunds Gästgiveri & Sjökrog and Visit Örebro.

A couple of weeks ago I visited Gastro natur on the lake Hjälmaren, this was one of three gastronomic experiences with Örebrokompaniet this year. In short the concept was a pop-up restaurant in an unexpected environment, e.g. in the middle of the forest, out on a lake or down in a mine. Me and about 25 other guests was served an innovative menu of locally sourced ingredients on the lake. This was for sure an unforgettable nature experience.

The raft

First off we took a bus about 40 min from Örebro out to Katrinelunds gästgiveri, who was responsible for the food of the night. Then we were greeted with champagne on a beautiful raft with live music. We all got onboard and the owner and head chef of Katrinelunds gästgiveri told us about tonights menu and how the night was going to unfold. Thereafter we had 3 smaller dishes while we slowly sailed out to the actual floating restaurant.

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The amazing raft
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The starters
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Beef tartar
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Grilled oysters
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Crayfish
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Cheers!

The floating restaurant and the menu

Have you ever seen anything like this? We were greeted by one of the chefs as we slowly approached the floating restaurant. We got onboard and we all fell in love with this tiny restaurant, complete with kitchen and grill onboard.

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The floating restaurant
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The floating restaurant
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The chefs from Katrinelunds Gästgiveri and the grill onboard

The food was absolutely amazing. 9 dishes in total with natural flavours of Sweden. A fine selection of fish, lamb and vegetarian dishes.

 

The 360 view was breathtaking from the floating restaurant. A fun fact is that the lake Hjälmaren actually is Swedens 4th biggest lake but it is not deep at all, we could all get in and it was only knee-high! The deepest parts of Hjälmaren are about 22 meters though.

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Sundown by the lake

 

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Loving the view

Behind the scenes

Was there a toilet?! Yes! Of course we were all wondering how it would work since we were all in the middle of a lake. But trust me, the solution was great! Have you ever seen a toilet in a nicer environment? This mini toilet was just perfect!

But what about the dishes? Easy! In the middle of the evening the raft came back to get the dishes and also to deliver our dessert. In the mean time the dishes was kept in the water as seen in the picture below. So smart!

An amazing night!

I can not stress enough what an amazing night and experience Gastro natur truly was. If you have the chance to book it, do so! I am so curious about the two other pop-up restaurants in the woods and down the mine, I want to experience those as well. For now, just let me thank the amazing team from Katrinelunds Gästgiveri for excellent service and food and also a big thanks to Örebrokompaniet who invited me to this amazing experience.

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The chefs and our excellent waitress Hanna
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Magical sundown
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Coziness on the raft back home

Here is a film from last year’s Gastro natur if you want to see more of how the events can look.

Read more about Katrinelunds Gästgiferi & Sjökrog.

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Katrinelunds Gästgiferi & Sjökrog and Visit Örebro.

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Discover amazing street art all over Örebro city with OPENART 2019

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Visit Örebro and This is Örebro.

You all know how much I love street art, right? I just spent the weekend in a town called Örebro in Sweden, where there is an ongoing street art exhibition throughout the town.

The project is called OPENART and had it’s first open art exhibition in 2008, in this year’s edition you will find about 60 artists representing 19 different nationalities, who together exhibits about 80 artworks in the city centre of Örebro! A M A Z I N G!

I spent a couple of hours using the official app called OPENART to navigate and find the different pieces and there’s even a function where you can tic the pieces of after seeing them. I managed to see just about 30 pieces in a couple of hours, there’s really a lot of them near Örebro Castle where I mostly walked.

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In love with the bright colors!

From OPENARTs webpage: 

OpenART is Scandinavia’s largest biennial for contemporary art, taking place during 12 summer weeks in Örebro. It is a biennial that revolts against traditional urban spaces, encourages creativity, and gives us the opportunity to experience the city from completely new perspectives. Works of art invade the city’s streets, squares, parks and waterways, taking over cultural scenes, shopping centres, building facades and Örebro Castle. When contemporary art becomes this accessible to the public, it promotes a dialogue about what art means to society. The exhibition invites both established and up-and-coming artists from around the world.

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The Hermit by Astrid Myntekaer
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OUT/Judy & Dorothy (The song from somewhere) by Elsa Tomkowiak
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OUT/Judy & Dorothy (The song from somewhere) by Elsa Tomkowiak

The exhibition in itself is free, but there is also guided tours for both kids and adults, where you can buy tickets through Ticketmaster. There are also creative workshops for those who are interested, read more here. Also, don’t miss the OPENART app with a map and artist/descriptions of all the pieces!

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Sweaty tummy club by Erika Stöckel
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I have achieved nothing until I found myself by Ulrika Sparre
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Razzle dazzle by Karima Klasen
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Octopus attacks! by Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas

This final art work is probably my favourite, since I think it is amazing that even Örebro Castle is part of the street art exhibition. This years OPENART edition is open until 1 september 2019! If you have the chance I really recommend you to visit this amazing art exhibition, this year or in the future. Not only do you have the chance to see amazing art but you also discover beautiful Örebro city at the same time!

Read more about OPENART.

Read about my latest visit to Örebro, Influencers of Sweden – Fall workation.

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Visit Örebro and This is Örebro.

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Enjoy Old Towns most beautiful hotel Victory Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Experience Stockholms naval history at Victory Hotel

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Near the metro station in Old Town, Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the gorgeous Victory hotel. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. The Victory Hotel is a personal and exclusive hotel and it’s even a tourist attraction in itself with its unique private collection of maritime antiques, passionately selected by the founder, Gunnar Bengtsson.

A bit of history

Victory hotel is the largest hotel among the Bengtsson family’s private hotels in Old Town and it’s named after the British naval hero Lord Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory. The Victory Hotel opened its doors in 1987. The hotel has many stories to tell, but the most significant one is probably the fact that historic relics still hide in the building. In the beautiful breakfast and conference room, remnants of Leijontornet can be seen, a tower that was once part of the defense wall in Stockholm in the 14th century. The Victory hotel will leave you speechless and even more curious about Stockholms naval history.

The reception (and whole hotel) is filled with maritime antiques and curious artefacts that all bears an interesting story. One of the stories is the love between naval hero Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton who’s love letter is found in the reception. I find it very interesting with these true stories and all the memorabilia that is found within the Collector’s collection!

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The reception

The rooms

The hotel has borrowed its name from a British ship, but all the rooms are named after a Swedish sea captain. Every room contains photos, memorabilia and interesting facts about the captain that the room is named after, including a model of his ship. All the rooms have a genuine feel and a personal touch, and the hotel offer everything from comfortable single rooms to a stunning 18th century suite.

I stayed one night in the lovely room “Kapten Svensson” and was greeted with a luxurious kit of strawberries, chocolate and champagne. The room was spacious with a nice little view of the Old Town street outside. The room was as promised filled with photos, a model ship and other memorabilia. My favourite detail was the port wine carefully set out on the bedside table. Such small details really make the whole experience so much nicer!

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Outside my room Captain Svensson
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Captain Svensson

Wow what a welcoming!
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Photos and model of the ship

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The portwine
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A chocolate coin in front of a Swedish folklore cabinet in the room

The restaurants and bars

Inside the hotel you will find the popular and award-winning restaurants, Djuret and Flickan, the comfortable bar Tweed and the wine bar The Burgundy.

I went for a drink at the bar Tweed, it is lovely decorated with big and comfortable arm chairs, but as the hotel also has a beautiful courtyard I decided to sit outside and enjoy a very well made Moscow Mule. The courtyard is found if you take the narrow stairs up one floor, the courtyard it’s very well hidden from the outside. I think that the bars and restaurants are very well known to the Stockholmers, for those who know, if you get me! This is not a place you stumble upon, but a place to be recommended to and then explored. Good thing I can recommend this to you now then, right?

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A Moscow Mule and a Negroni in the courtyard
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Sit outside if the weather allows!

I didn’t have dinner at the hotel this time, but I hope to visit soon and share my experience with you. Djuret and Flickan are supposed to be two of Stockholms best restaurants!

The breakfast

The breakfast at Victory hotel is served in a lovely setting, in the cellar of the hotel, and there is most definitely something for everyone on the buffet. From cold dishes to warm – the food is well prepared and best enjoyed with a cup of Swedish coffee. Sit and eat for a long while, be amazed by the old defense wall and prepare for a full day in Stockholm!

My overall impression is very good of the Victory hotel. The staff is lovely, the location perfect, the rooms gorgeous and the food and drinks amazing. There’s really not much that can be improved at the Victory hotel. I do recommend to come here during low season to explore all the areas of the hotel without any stress.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Victory hotel, Lilla Nygatan 5, 111 28 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Sleep well at Swedens narrowest hotel the Lord Nelson in Stockholm, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Stay near Stockholm city centre at the hotel Lord Nelson

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

On the main street of Old Town, Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the beautiful hotel Lord Nelson. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. Lord Nelson is Swedens narrowest hotel (its only 6 meters wide) and it is filled with marine themed antiques. Also, it will only take you 10 minutes to walk to Stockholm city centre.

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The hotel building is only 6 meters wide

A bit of history

The Lord Nelson has been open and been receiving guests since 1974. It’s named after the famous Admiral Lord Nelson, one of England’s greatest heroes of all time. The Lord Nelson hotel is housed in a building that dates back to the 17th century and is reminiscent of an old ship. Throughout the interior you will find marine themed antiques that will have you dreaming about life at sea. The building, with its powder-pink facade, was originally home to the printer Ignatius Meurer. He printed the Karl X Bible together with Göran Helsing. This bible is now back in the house as part of the antique collection. It can be admired in a showcase in the hotel lobby.

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A replica of Lord Nelson in the hotels reception

The hotel rooms

As you gathered, the marine theme runs throughout the whole hotel. The rooms feature sealed deck flooring, a ship valve and an exact model of the antique ship that the room is named after. The room categories are also named after and inspired by life at sea. I stayed in the hotel room called Hotspur and I also found the ship replica over my bed. The rooms are of the smaller kind, but they are carefully furnished to fit everything one needs for a perfect hotel stay. You will find three different sizes of rooms at this hotel; single rooms, small double rooms and double rooms.

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I took a walk in the building and I am impressed by all the antiques that are carefully placed out on the different floors. There is a cozy living room area where you can find a good book and just relax, or look out the window and admire the beautiful setting of Old Town.

The reception and breakfast area really makes you feel like you’re on a ship. The staff is very friendly and will help you with any kinds of requests. The hotel is perfect for a one or two night stay if you want to live close to the city center. The hotel is also located near the Swedish parliament, so it’s not uncommon to see various politicians from all over the world staying at the Lord Nelson.

The real love story between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson

Horatio Nelson, born in 1758, was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, which together resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was shot and killed at the age of 47 during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar near the Spanish port city of Cádiz in 1805.

Lady Emma Hamilton (which one of the three Collector’s hotels are named after) was a gorgeous model and dancer born in 1765 in England and is best known for being British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mistress. She was also a woman known for her scandalous behaviour. After being a mistress of another man, she eventually married his uncle who is said to have paid off her former lover’s debts. She then got the title Lady Hamilton and became a leading socialist lady in Naples and close friends with the Queen of Austria.

Over time, she got to know and became a lover of Lord Nelson. Emma was Lord Nelson’s great love despite her past. Lady Hamilton lived openly with Lord Nelson after her husband’s death. Together they got a daughter and they were deeply in love. Nelson died later in the war and it is said that Lady Hamilton was not allowed to attend his funeral. After his death, she is said to have returned to her wasteful life and she died indebted and poorly in France.

Visit Victory Hotel  to read the real love letters between the couple.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lady Hamilton and Victory Hotel to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel, Västerlånggatan 22, 111 29 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Relive a lost and romanic era at the Lady Hamilton Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Find romance again at beautiful hotel Lady Hamilton

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

In the mystical alleys of Old Town in Stockholm (Sweden) you will find the gorgeous hotel Lady Hamilton. The hotel is part of the three Collector´s Hotels, all found in Old Town, owned by the antique collectors the Bengtsson family. Lady Hamilton is, as the name suggests, a feminine and romantic hotel and its also filled with folk style antiques.

A bit of history

The amazing old building where the hotel now is located dates back to the 1470s. The time of regent Sten Sture the Elder. The building was originally three separate properties, but once bought by the merchant Lorens Erdtman, they were converted into one single building.

The Bengtsson family purchased the property in 1975 and turned it into Lady Hamilton hotel. Don’t miss Lady Hamilton’s cellar which houses a unique feature – a 15th century well. This entitled the owner to a lower fire insurance premium in the 18th century. Today the well is used as a plunge pool in which hotel guests can cool off after taking a hot sauna.

A replica of Emma Hamilton in the hotel's reception
A replica of Emma Hamilton in the hotel’s reception

The hotel rooms

The rooms all have a personal touch and they are decorated with a traditional ”dalamålning” on the wall and don’t miss the antique wall cabinet containing a bottle of Swedish liquor aquavit.

At Lady Hamilton you can choose to stay in a comfortable single room or in one of the bigger double rooms with a view over the Old Town rooftops. The hotel is located right next to the Royal Palace, so you’re guaranteed an amazing view just by walking to the hotel entrance.

Since the hotel is popular amongst ladies travelling alone you can also stay in a Lady Room, which includes a special treat for the ladies… Of course it’s a surprise what that treat is!

Lady Hamilton also offers several fully furnished apartments for you who want to stay a longer period in Stockholm or if you want an even more “homey” stay.

My visit at Lady Hamilton

I stayed in beautiful room nr 24, called Hässelklocka. All the rooms are named after Swedens province flowers. This room was beautifully decorated with both the “dalamålning” on the wall and with the antique wall cabinet. I enjoyed a great sleep in the big double bed and I also used the sauna in the cellar before going to bed. Of course I also tried the famous Afternoon Tea right at the beginning of my visit.

What struck me the most about this hotel is the antiques and the feeling of finding new pieces wherever you turned. I took a walk though all the floors and I’m amazed by all the antiques this hotel holds. If you like history and quirky locations this is definitely the place for you.

The hotel also has a beautiful courtyard that sadly was closed during my stay since I visited in the winter. I can only imagine how cozy it must be during the spring and summer. I’ll definitely come back for a drink in the courtyard.

Afternoon Tea at Lady Hamilton

The Afternoon Tea at this hotel is absolutely magical. I visited on a Saturday and I enjoyed delicious treats such as great sandwiches and pastries in the carefully decorated restaurant. Don’t miss out on the freshly baked scones, with marmalades and clotted cream. My favourite was of course the sweet pastries with the finest ingredients. Of course I also tried the delicious teas and a glas of well-chilled champagne.

When: One session a day every Saturday and Sunday between October to March: 14:00-16:00. Be sure to book a table to ensure your visit.

Price: Afternoon Tea 279 SEK/person, Afternoon Tea including champagne 369 SEK/person, Afternoon Tea with a glass of non alcoholic cider 305 SEK person.

The real love story between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson

Lady Hamilton is not only a beautiful name for the hotel, she also existed in real life. The gorgeous model and dancer Emma Hamilton was born in 1765 in England and is best known for being British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mistress. She was also a woman known for her scandalous behaviour. After being a mistress of another man, she eventually married his uncle who is said to have paid off her former lover’s debts. She then got the title Lady Hamilton and became a leading socialist lady in Naples and close friends with the Queen of Austria. Over time, she got to know and became a lover of Lord Nelson. Emma was Lord Nelson’s great love despite her past. Lady Hamilton lived openly with Lord Nelson after her husband’s death. Together they got a daughter and they were deeply in love. Nelson died later in the war and it is said that Lady Hamilton was not allowed to attend his funeral. After his death, she is said to have returned to her wasteful life and she died indebted and poorly in France.

Visit the other Collector’s hotels Lord Nelson and Victory Hotel to enjoy even more history and amazing antiques.

Collector’s Lady Hamilton Hotel, , 111 28 Stockholm

This blogpost was written in collaboration with The Collector´s Hotels.

Christmas market Stockholm | ThatSwedishTraveller

Old Town Christmas market in Stockholm, Sweden

The Christmas spirit is everywhere in Stockholm right now. I just visited the local and traditional Christmas market on Stortorget (a square close to the Royal palace) in Old Town (Gamla Stan).

The easiest way to get here is to take the metro to Gamla Stan metro station and then walk about 10 min to the square. It’s also nice to walk here from the city centre or from Södermalm.

The Christmas market is quite intimate with little red stalls that sells Swedish traditional handicraft, Christmas sweets, Swedish foods like cheese, smoked sausages and reindeer- and elk meat. Of course there is also glögg (mulled wine) or hot chocolate if you’re feeling cold.

Location: Stortorget, Gamla Stan

Open: November 24 to December 23 – daily between 11 AM and 6 PM.

Walking from the city centre to Old Town, passing the House of parliament 

Gamla Stan // Old Town

More Christmas in Stockholm

It’s not only Gamla Stan that’s decorated for Christmas. All over Stockholm you can find these Christmas elks lighting up the city. I’ve seen them at Sergels torg and in Berzelii Park and there is probably more.

Christmas elks at Sergels torg // “Plattan” in the city centre

Gothenburg – Hear It From Locals | ThatSwedishTraveller

Travel guide Gothenburg Sweden

Good news if you’re traveling to the west coast in Sweden! I have just done an interview with the travel site Hear It From Locals. The finished piece on Gothenburg is now live for you to enjoy.

Avenyn. Photocredit; avenyn.se

Read my best tips on food, activities and daytrips in and around the Gothenburg area HERE.

Even though I am from Stockholm I have been living in Gothenburg since 2014 and I’m proud to be considered a local. Don’t miss out on my best recommendations in this lovely city!

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Food Guide: Ristoria, Gothenburg/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Try an Italian brunch in Gothenburg

If you are looking for a great brunch in a nice setting with an Italian vibe, Ristoria is just the place for you!

I spent about 3 hours at this hip place today with my friend and fellow travel blogger Victoria and we left more than happy!

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The setting

Ristoria is located in direct connection to the famous hotel Gothia Towers by Korsvägen in Gothenburg.

Think Italy, think modern art and many rare details. The restaurant offers seating in several different spaces, all with their own twist. It’s a very cozy atmosphere and walking from the table to the buffet is like a journey through different interior styles!

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The food

Wow! So much food, so little time.

Ristoria offers both a cold and a warm buffet and a dessert table filled with sweets, and of course, tiramisu! The food is more of a lunch, so expect no yoghurt, fresh fruit or sandwiches. We’re talking pizza, salads, fresh pasta, cheese and Italian charcuterie. Don’t miss out on the mushroom cannelloni, absolutely gorgeous!

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Blogger shoots

Well, we couldn’t leave without taking some shots in these hip settings. And to finish it off – a glass of bubbly! Arrivederci until next time!

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Ristoria

📍Mässans gata 16, Gothenburg.

🕰 Monday-Thursday 11.30-23.00. Friday 11.30-00.00. Saturday 12.00-00.00. Sunday 12.00-16.00.

*Disclaimer: Some of these photos were taken by Victoria (and edited by me), visit her for more amazing travel and food photos HERE

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Influencers of Sweden – Fall workation in Örebro | ThatSwedishTraveller

What is a workation?

It’s a mix between work and vacation! A few weekends ago I met up with about 20 other Swedish bloggers to work, workshop, network and enjoy a great vacation in Örebro, Sweden.

Saturday – Hotel breakfasts and workshops

I traveled early on the Saturday morning from Gothenburg to Örebro and arrived just in time for the hotel breakfast at Clarion Hotel Borgen. After we all had a welcome meeting during the breakfast we joined the hotel manager for a tour around the amazing suites at the hotel.

How beautiful is this hotel? And old bank turned into luxurious hotel.

After the tour we had a workshop with blogger and photographer Caroline Frankesjö about Lightroom editing. I’ve used different apps to edit my photos so it was nice to learn more about Lightroom and experimenting with it.

After the first workshop we had an amazing lunch at the hotel. Salmon with mashed potatoes! And how about that dining set up, just for us.

After lunch we had two workshops at Kulturhuset, one about film production and one about influencer marketing within politics. After that we had some time to mingle and get ready at our hotel rooms. After our short rest it was time for bubbles and a nice dinner together!

Caught in action by blogger Ulrica – Från tekopp till bergstopp

Of course I had to try the local beer from Örebro. It was called “Borgen Red IPA” and as you can see it’s the hotel on the bottle etiquette!

Later in the evening we all walked to Örebro castle to join a ghost tour.. We learned a lot about the towns history and it was really creepy visiting the attic and the cellars of this old castle.

Sunday – morning yoga, more workshops and photo shoots

On the Sunday morning we first met up for a 45 min yoga session and then we came back to the hotel breakfast buffet! Such a nice start of the day!

After breakfast we all walked up to the castle again for two more workshops, one about working effectively by Linda “Resa Medvetet” Engström and one about SEO by Elin “Teknifik” Häggberg. The day was finished off with a nice lunch together.

My train didn’t leave until later that afternoon so I took a stroll in Örebro town. Such a cozy place and the parks were filled with fantastic autumn colours! Johanna “Last Stitch” and Sandra “SandraCallermo.se” also joined to take some photos. Örebro was filled with really cool street art. Check out the pictures below!

I also want to thank everyone involved in this workation, it was a truly giving and fun way to meet other bloggers and new friends!

The whole workation group! Photo by Caroline Frankesjö.

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Halloween outfit 2018 | ThatSwedishTraveller

Happy Halloween

Every year I always host or go to a Halloween party. And trust me, I always go all in with my Halloween outfit. This year I decided to dress up as a zombie circus director! I went to a Halloween party with my classmates and the theme was “blood”. I figured that a zombie look would work, what do you think?!

Me & Lina as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Would you dare to join this circus? 🤡🎪

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