Sunday Sum-ups: August 19 2018
 

Oops it's been 2 weeks since I last posted on this blog. Blogging commitment needs to be strengthened but hey, I'm back. The truth is that I went on a few trips during the last 2 weeks and couldn't find the time to update it here until now. Anyways, without further delay, here are the few trips that highlighted those 2 weeks.

1. Walk from Simrishamn to Kivik

My bf and I got a tip from his friend about the Skåneleden walking trails so we decided to pack our bags and do some hardcore walking. We chose the SL4 route called Österlenleden from Simrishamn to Kivik. The total walk is quite intimidating: 21 km, so we brought our tent with us to camp for one night in between. My god, I'm so glad we did this. The trail is amazing. We got to walk along the beach, across small villages, through a national park and by-pass numerous apple gardens in Kivik. We took a train from Malmö to Simrishamn the first day around noon, stuffed our belly with a proper lunch then headed towards Vik along the coast line. We stopped for a swim at Tobisvik because the beach there was totally amazing, long white sandy beach and a marvelous rock cliff .

Vårhallen - Tobisvik. This rocky spot is perfect for sunbathing and drying ourself after a swim.

Vårhallen - Tobisvik. This rocky spot is perfect for sunbathing and drying ourself after a swim.

Just look at that natural pool and how clear the water is.

Just look at that natural pool and how clear the water is.

Honestly, I just wanted to camp right there after I saw that beach, but we had to keep going further if we wanted to finish that trail in 2 days. Anyway, our first day was all about beaches. We even walked off the track for a while because we were too obsessed with the sandy beaches. I mean, come on, what's more romantic than that? However, at times, it turned out to be a terrible idea as we started to find ourself struggling to get through a swampy, dead-seaweed-filled water area or climbing our ways through the rocks by the water to keep on going. But don't worry, if you pay attention and follow the orange sign representing SL4, you'll be just fine. Or else, it wouldn't be so bad. You'll get yourself a bit of dirt and sweat and some stunning views to remember for the rest of your life.

This is the kind of scene you'll get to see if you go off-track. Still, be prepared for the worst because there were some parts that felt impossible to cross.

This is the kind of scene you'll get to see if you go off-track. Still, be prepared for the worst because there were some parts that felt impossible to cross.

We also chose a nice sandy beach to camp for the night. Lucky enough, the sky was so clear that night that we got to see this beautiful sky full of stars and supposedly part of the Milky Way! At first I thought it was just a thin band of cloud across the sky but weirdly this cloud was not moving a bit regardless of how windy it was. Curiously, I knew I had to google to know what it was and ah ha! You can see the Milky Way with the naked eye! I even spotted 3 shooting stars before I could convinced myself that they were really shooting stars! Turned out August is the best month to observe that phenomenon! I'm definitely doing this every August now. 

View from our tent from the inside. Take me back to that night and that sky please.

View from our tent from the inside. Take me back to that night and that sky please.

On our second day, we decided to stick to the real trail to avoid getting lost and finding ourselves in private properties, thus this time, not so much coastline anymore. We came across big roads, fields, forests and apple gardens instead. Kivik is famous for its apple and trying its local äpplemust (apple juice) is a must! You can find Kiviks musteri right after exiting Stenshuvud national park. Don't forget to swing by and check out the marvelous collection of juice and cider that they have to offer. I would totally recommend their Årets Skörd Äpplemust (the year's harvest). Best apple juice I've ever tasted!

We encountered numerous apple gardens like this on our way. Although it's very tempting, it is not advisable to pick apples in the garden without permission. However with apple trees outside of private properties, you're free to pick as many as you want! Besides apples, pears and blackberries are everywhere as well!

We encountered numerous apple gardens like this on our way. Although it's very tempting, it is not advisable to pick apples in the garden without permission. However with apple trees outside of private properties, you're free to pick as many as you want! Besides apples, pears and blackberries are everywhere as well!

A corner of Kiviks musteri shop and their famous Årets Skörd Äpplemust

A corner of Kiviks musteri shop and their famous Årets Skörd Äpplemust

Also, when you're in Kivik, don't forget to check out Buhres på Kivik, a smokery that has its own restaurant and seafood store. We didn't eat at the restaurant but instead, we got ourself some big fat portions of warm-smoked salmon and mackerel with a good portion of potato salad in the shop as lunch. There's a wide range of different flavors of different smoked fish to choose from, together with other types of fresh seafood and a salad bar. This is a cheaper way to enjoy the same delicious seafood here without splurging at the expensive restaurant. Of course, we checked the menu and the prices were not friendly. 

The lunch we got from Buhres store and the drinks we got from Kiviks musteri. All local delicacies!

The lunch we got from Buhres store and the drinks we got from Kiviks musteri. All local delicacies!

On the way through Stenshuvud National Park.

On the way through Stenshuvud National Park.

The trail through Stenshuvud National Park will lead to this observatory point on top of the hill where you will have panoramic view of this area in Skåne.

The trail through Stenshuvud National Park will lead to this observatory point on top of the hill where you will have panoramic view of this area in Skåne.

2. Yearly Helsinki trip

Why yearly? Because I've just realized I've been going back to Helsinki for a visit every summer since I moved to Sweden now. I book this trip every time I feel unbearably lonely here. It's like visiting your home country every year, except for the fact that this is not my home country, but I do feel that Finland is the second one. It was so nice to meet my girlfriends again and catch up on our lives with each other. After this trip, I realized that everyone is in their own kind of struggle and mine is just as normal as anyone's. But it's heart-warming to know that there are still people who I can reach out to in hard times, who will listen to my ramblings, who will say it to my face that I need to take a better care of myself because I looked like shit, who will cancel their plans to spend time with me, who will go home with me when I asked after 1 hour of queuing for a club that we never got into, who will see me off at the airport and chit chat with me not only the whole train ride but also in front of security check pushing it to the last minutes, and most importantly who will also open their hearts to tell me all of their problems and struggles. I hope that they will remain in Helsinki forever so I'll always have a closer home to go back to. 

Forests mixed with residentials is a special feature of Finland, even in the capital city Helsinki.

Forests mixed with residentials is a special feature of Finland, even in the capital city Helsinki.

This used to be my everyday view on the way to work a few years ago.

This used to be my everyday view on the way to work a few years ago.

3. Crayfish party

Did you know that crayfish party is a traditional celebration in Sweden in August? We celebrated this crayfish party a little bit late but that didn't make it any less special because it was the first time for me! This weekend, my bf and I got invited to a friend's summerhouse in the countryside for this occasion. We planned for this get-together 2 months ago and I'm totally hooked on crayfish now haha. 

Such a beautiful yummy color.

Such a beautiful yummy color.

The full celebration table. Pies were missing since they were being heated up on top of the wood fired oven.

The full celebration table. Pies were missing since they were being heated up on top of the wood fired oven.