Road trip in Västmanland

I am visiting my hometown this weekend and as always it is super relaxed. Yesterday I chilled out at a friends lovely crib at Östet Mälarstrand, today I been to another friends top class Bodybalance class at Worldclass. I can tell it was a world class gym that is well worth a visit if you pass by here. The afternoon I have been doing a bit road tripping and found a cute village called Ängelsberg and I also checked out the area where last years huge fire took place. That was interesting to see. The landscape is like a tourist attraction and it remeninds me of Iceland since there no trees anymore. 

   
    
   
/ Pernilla the road trip lover

Laid back Thursday

Stockholm slowly gets back to its usual pace after being in vacation mode since midsummer. Nowadays I actually see people outside when heading for work in the morning and when going to the supermarket after work I do have to stand in line again. After a busy week (as always) this far at the office and also with after work training I am having a day off doing anything this evening. I have just been at home packing for the weekend trip to V-town, chilling, organizing at home and for a walk to watch the flowers I take care of while others are off to adventures  in the south. Now I am watching some athletics at TV from Stadion and feeling the pepp for moment after this laid back Thursday. Tomorrow, tomorrow I will go for a morning run before work. Promise.

  
/ Pernilla living the relaxed Sthlm life

Purple power

Hello, I got home delivery of my new pair of Adidas Boston Boost shoes yesterday and this morning tried them out. They were fab. The 10 K run felt heavy though. But no surprise after a tough combat class last night. I know it was going to be tough but I think that sometimes it is good to train when you are tired to get used to it.


Now I have rested my legs at my office chair and I just finished some banana pancakes for lunch. Thanks for the inspo Bottne and co. I had almost forgotten this goodie.


/ Pernilla the pancake lover

Travel thoughts

I have a small little luxury case related to travel right this moment. The thing is that I have a few days of summer vacation in the middle of August but I don’t know where to go or my destinations of choice is not really suitable to visit if no one is joining. Cuba would be more than fun but then it is the visa hassle and also the flight times are not made for going less than ten days, Mongolia I don’t wanna go myself, Nepal is probably damaged from the earthquake, South Island in NZ is too far for this trip, Chile is off season, Tel aviv might not be secure, same thing with Libanon and Marrakesh, Mallorca and Italy are crowded with tourists, China is too hot, the flights to Montreal does not leave when it suits me, India faces the problem of the visa issue, Mauritius would be fun but no option to bring a travel partner there, Middle East is steaming hot, Croatia has unstable weather, Baku requires visa, Tibet is complicated in terms of paperwork aswell, Egypt you should probably not visit if not needed as you see this is quite complicated. On a luxury level. And going to the U.S. again… Well I wouldn’t mind but three times in three months I can’t really motivate that to myself when there are so many places to visit although every US trip is unique and it is convenient to go there. All travel suggestions are welcome, two more weeks to decide but going withing Europe I save for weekend trips. I guess this little issue will solve itself or worst case is that I stay home at work and do vacation another time.

  
/ Pernilla with high flying Monday thoughts

Alaska airlines experience

As always when I fly one to me new airline I write a bit about the passenger experience here in my blog. Last week I flew Alaskan from Anchorage Ted Stevens airport to Chicago O’hare. A 6,5 hour night flight. Anchorage airport was very small but in terms of capacity it is big though. It is the busiest cargo airport in the world and I saw many big aircrafts there. Luckily there was not that many pax and since I checked in with the brilliant Alaskan app I had only to use 10 minutes from arriving until I was at the gate.


The aircraft was a Boeing 737-900 (what to expect in the U.S.?!).


I got a seat next to a pilot from South West airlines and we chatted a bit before we both fell to sleep in the comfy leather seats. The crew was serving free drinks and if you wanted to you could borrow an iPad to watch movies at. It was though Alaskan cold in the plane so I had not my best sleep ever since I woke up and was freezing like crazy. I had a scarf with me but for coverage from the cold that was not enough and Alaskan Ahmad zero blankets to borrow. That was the only minus with this flight otherwise I had a good experience with Alaskan. Nice aircrafts, on time performance and friendly crew. So in summary an airline that I prefer and recommend over traditional US Carriers.

/ Pernilla that had an Alaskan experience

Around Djurgården in running shoes 

A run can be everything from torture to pure fun. The best thing being a runner is that no runs are the same. I have no clue how many runs I have completed in my life but the number of runs this weeks counts to four and they have been of various level of joy. After lunch today I took a nap at my balcony. Seriously. It was nice though. Then I went out for my planned 15K at Djurgården. The first two kilometers my tummy hurted badly like it also did on Thursday and Fridays run but then it luckily disappeared and the remaining kilometers was a blast. My short and chubby legs were in auto pilot and I enjoyed eve dry step in my comfy 5:30 min/km pace. I finished the run by buying a very overpriced Ramlösa but somehow it was worth it! Cheers from the waters of Stockholm where I sit and drink my Ramlösa and have after run chill right now.

   
   
/ Pernilla the pace hunter 

Breakfast at my place

  
Yummy in my tummy! I just woke up to another day off after sleeping in and started the day with a big and super yummy breakfast. I was pretty serious yesterday so I baked some bread. Perfect to do activity on a rainy day and it tasted delicious. Now I am heading to a yoga or Bodybalance class at the gym. Have not decided which to pick yet but bending and stretching is something I really need right now! Take care!

/ Pernilla in Sunday mode