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My birthday 2022

Another birthday to celebrate and we had booked dinner at Bern’s together with Jessica and Pelle. We took a walk to Ballast Point Park and Pier where we also had some lunch. When we were at the pier we saw a pelican sitting on the rail watching the man fishing from the pier. Probably wanted […]

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First day of 2022

After a nice breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and avocado we took the car and headed towards Clearwater. The northern part of Clearwater is always crazy with people/tourists and we drove further south were there is more residential homes. Heading to the beach was the plan for a lot of people. The beach was crowded […]

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New Year’s Eve 2021

A New Year’s Eve a bit different but still as usual. Since 1995 Jessica and Pelle have been a part of our celebration together with others. They came to London and now to Tampa. We had lunch at Big Ray’s and sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather. We sat outside by the pool all afternoon […]

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Arlehall’s visit 2021

Jessica and Pelle arrived the evening before the girls and Micael left. The next morning we took the girls and Micael to the airport early in the morning. We spent some time together before they needed to go through security. It was hard saying goodbye 😢 We went home and had breakfast with Arlehall’s before […]

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Christmas visitors 2021

Five days before Christmas Eve Emelie, Felicia and Micael came to visit. They arrived late in the evening after a short delay. It was lovely to see them and even if it was late we stayed up a bit to just talk. They woke up early next day and we did some driving around to […]

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Boat Lighting Parade

While we are waiting for the kids we went downtown to see the annual Boat Lighting Parade. The boats parade up and down the bay and up the river and are judged. Not all the boats are signed up for the competition but they still take part in the parade. Where we were standing the […]

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Soon Christmas

I’ve been preparing for our visitors arriving on Saturday. Emelie, Felicia and Micael will come visit for 11 days and we are really looking forward to it. Got a bit nervous Monday when Felicia called and wasn’t feeling well. Everything pointed to it being tonsillitis as her throat was hurting and was swollen but she […]

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Victorian Christmas Stroll

Today I went to Henry B Plant Museum to see their exhibition Victorian Christmas Stroll. From their website: The Henry B. Plant Museum is housed in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, the Victorian railroad resort that defined the elegant frontier, now a National Historic Landmark. Unlike most museums dedicated to lifestyles of the past, it […]

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Farewell and welcome

We have a girl that will be going back to Sweden next week. She’s the interpreter and they only stay for 6 months. Now her successor has arrived and we welcomed her at the same time. H has really been maximising her time here and done a lot of things in Tampa, Florida and other […]

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Bern’s Steak House

Tonight we had dinner at a fancy place or at least fancier than we normally eat. Peter have been here before but for me it was a first time. The outside looks dull and the place has no windows. Bern’s steakhouse has North America’s largest wine cellar. They carry 6500 different wines (not bottles) and […]

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Saturday outing in November

The weather has become cooler but it’s still wonderful outside. It said 16 degrees C when we left our house but in the sun it was still warm. We drove to Circle B Bar to spot some alligators, I don’t know why but they don’t seem to like me as we saw very few. Or […]

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Thanksgiving 2021

Today Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US. It’s their biggest holiday and families gather to celebrate. We were invited to our neighbours Rebecca and Steve together with Rebecca’s sister, niece and nephew together with the boyfriend of the sister. I was bringing some dessert and decided to bring a Pumpkin Pie lasagna which I’ve done […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils

Today we went to see some hockey again. It’s fun watching hockey here because something happens all the time. They lost today but played well the first two periods. The third they just made to many mistakes. The last few minutes when they had a chance to score even the goal keeper switched for a […]

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Yesterday we were invited to Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater by the CEO of the resort for a dinner and a stay. Peter and I arrived shortly after 4pm and checked in. We went to our room where we were welcomed by some wine and cheese. Had a glass of red wine on the […]

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Beautiful coffee morning at the beach

The coffee mornings have started again but as you have to wear mask indoors on base we will do them at the beach instead. Personally the family centre is a bit boring and small which makes the beach so much better. They have huts with roof which make it perfect. Today it was Poland who […]

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Kennedy Space Centre

Yesterday US celebrated Veterans Day and Peter was off from work. As KSC had free entrance for veterans we decided to do the 3 hour drive to the east coast. It’s a smooth drive if it weren’t for all the accidents. People are not focusing on the road but rather their phones or something else. […]

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Fort De Soto Park and a clogged sewer

Saturday we were going to have the neighbours over for dinner. I cooked in the morning and when I was done I went upstairs because Peter wanted me come upstairs. I then continued to clean the upstairs’ bathrooms, which I’m glad I did. Came downstairs to clean bathroom and discovered the toilet was about to […]

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Wildlife on Halloween

We went to Sawgrass Lake Park for a walk and to see what wildlife we could spot today. Temperature has fallen with 10 degrees C or 20 degrees F so it was really comfortable to walk outside for a couple of hours. We saw turtles, birds and a baby alligator but it was not a […]

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Cruising – day 6

After a very rocky night we woke up in Tampa. We had left our bags out yesterday evening and the only things to pack this morning was the toothbrushes and chargers. We had buffet breakfast and took it slow as our time slot to disembark the ship was between 9-9:30. To avoid crowds you had […]

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Cruising – day 5

In the night and early in the morning it rained and there was thunderstorms. We had buffet for breakfast and sat outside to enjoy the sea. Today is sea day and we are heading back to Tampa. As the morning was cloudy we took a walk around deck 12 were you can walk outside. Even […]

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Cruising – day 4

During the night the ship took us to Nassau, Bahamas and when we woke up and had had breakfast we headed ashore. Two other cruise ships had also moored, Oasis and Carnival, both being a lot bigger than ours. We hadn’t booked any outings and had decided to walk. We find that we see a […]

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Cruising – Day 3

When we woke up this morning the ship had already moored at CocoCay which is a private island in the Bahamas. It’s the Royal Caribbean Group that owns it. We took a slow breakfast and then went ashore. We saw that Oasis of the sea also had moored. Our ship can host 2490 people and […]

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Cruising – day 2

Today was a day at sea going towards CocoCay and we have done very little. Didn’t sleep that well as the beds are a bit uncomfortable. But by 8am we were on our way to breakfast. After yesterday’s Italian evening we weren’t that hungry, had some fruit and eggs for breakfast before we went to […]

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Cruising – day 1

Today we boarded Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Sea for a 6 days cruise. It’s first time doing a cruise and we are still learning. Getting on the ship was much like boarding a plane with checking in luggage, security check and showing boarding pass and passports. And of course vaccination cards and Covid-test which […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Yesterday we had nothing planned when we all of a sudden were offered tickets to see Tampa Bay Lightning play against Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche was Peter Forsberg’s club for some years, and he was popular because several Avalanche fans were wearing club jerseys with his name on it. We arrived shortly before they opened […]

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Cheerleading

Today we went to see cheerleading in Best of the Bay Cheerleading Competition. I think cheerleading is something very American even if it exist elsewhere. There was no time for the competition, it only said all day. We arrived when they had prize-giving for a couple of teams. But soon it was on with new […]

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Davis Island from a roof terrace

Today Peter and I were invited to a gathering with YPO in Tampa. One of the members let them use his roof terrace for this and it was a spectacular view. We met up with Henrik and Sanne at a place called CW’s Gin Joint downtown Tampa so we could arrive together at Davis Island. […]

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Lunch at Picnic Island

This weekend is a long weekend for Peter as it’s Public holiday and they had Friday off and will also have Monday off. It’s Indigenous People Day which that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. We did go to the movie on Thursday to watch the new James Bond […]

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Octoberfest

Today we were invited by the German community to celebrate the Octoberfest. We were at the American Legion Post 138 which is situated by the water. We even saw dolphins swimming by. We had lovely German food and beer but I forgot to take pictures again.

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Sarasota Historical Downtown became Lake Seminole bike excursion

We did stay the night in Sarasota, we found a nice looking hotel online at a good price. Looked new and situated about 8 minutes drive from downtown Sarasota. We brought our bikes to be able to bike to downtown but due to road works it didn’t work out. Driving to the hotel I asked […]

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IKEA, coffee and rodeo

When we sold our house I packed some of my kitchen things into our “American” storage and the rest went to the new apartment. I must have, at some point, been thinking that I would bring some of my stuff from the flat as well. Six months later I had forgotten this part and when […]

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Anna Maria Island

Today Peter took a day off. Instead of having all the days off from work during the summer he will take days off when we want to do things. We drove down to Anna Maria Island which is about an hour away from us. We saw parts of the island, beaches and had lunch as […]

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Sunrise and breakfast

Friday morning we met with the other Swedes at Ballast Point Park to see the sunrise and have breakfast. Peter and I took the bikes as it’s only 4 minutes away from the house. The pier was full of people fishing.

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Operation Helping Hands

I went to Hyde Park Village this morning for some coffee with other spouses. Rain was hanging around but not more than some drops. I had to leave early as I had a board meeting at lunch time with Rödebygymnasterna. That went well even if our internet is not very good. In the evening we […]

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Clearwater beach and the Mexican Gulf

Now I’ve been here for 3 months but not seen the gulf or the beaches at Clearwater. We’ve been around the bay but not the other side of the peninsula between the bay and the gulf. We didn’t bring chairs or bathing suits as we thought it might be crowded as it was Labour weekend. […]

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Cuban Sandwich Festival – or not

Today we wanted to go to Ybor City and the Cuban Sandwich Festival. We found a parking lot next to 7th Street and found it a bit strange it being empty. Half way down the street I asked Peter if he knew where it was happening as there was few people and no music. Then […]

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Lettuce Lake Park Boardwalk and Nature Trail

Peter and I explored a new place today that is located about 30 min drive north of us. You entered the area and could then choose several different parking places within the area. From the parking you could walk on tarmac or nature trails and even a boardwalk through the marshes which was neat. The […]

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St Petersburg

Today Peter and I went to St Petersburg for a few hours. We only saw a small part but took a walk at The Pier which was lovely.

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A week with no extra happenings

Last week we didn’t do anything special. I spent my days in the pool reading as I was alone most of the time. Peter has been working since last Sunday, early mornings to late evenings and I’m sure you know why. Seems like we will have nice weather next week as well. At least warm […]

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A month in Tampa

Now I have been in Tampa for a whole month but it feels like I left Sweden a long time ago. Life if fairly slow in Florida as we are under new restrictions or rather old one had to be enforced again as people don’t follow them and doesn’t get vaccinated as well. Here they […]

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Sun, food and walk along the Riverwalk

Today I was invited to a welcome lunch by the neighbouring ladies. We went to Salt Shack by the Bay where the setting is wonderful, outside seating and lovely food. After soaking in the pool for a while we decided to go downtown and take a walk along the Riverwalk. At the end of it […]

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A tour around Tampa Bay

Today we took a longer drive going around the Hillborough Bay and down to Mantee to cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We stopped at the Manatee County Rest area to take a look at the bay and the bridge. Peter and I with the bridge in the background. The bridge was built in 1987 and […]

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A calm week in Tampa

I’ve now been here for 17 days but it feels longer. We have had some rain but the weekend have been dry and warm so far. The other day we went for an ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery where they mix the flavours while you watch – very tasty. I had Banana Caramel Crunch […]

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Circle B Bar or alligator scouting

On Sunday we went east to see some alligators. At Circle B Bar Reserve by Lake Hancock you can walk the trails and you will come across alligators. The trail were you’re most likely to see them was closed today due to them nesting. You’re not recommended to come between an alligator mama and her […]

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Ybor City

Today we went to Ybor City (pronounced Eebor) which is located northeast of downtown Tampa. We were lucky to have some clouds while walking down 7th Street but it was still HOT!!! Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District and founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor in the 1880s. He along several other cigar manufacturers as […]

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Coffee morning

Today I went to my first coffee morning with the other spouses. It was the first in a long time apparently as the last one they had was in March last year a couple of days before the base went in lockdown as well as rest of Tampa. The afternoon was spent in the pool […]

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Driving alone in Tampa

Yeah, today I took the car and went shopping myself. I found my way there and back but not like Peter showed me 🤪 I was so focused on finding the way avoiding the larger street that I missed it and had to take the larger road. Was easy going there but coming back I […]

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Welcome to Tampa

Now Peter and I have started our next adventure in Tampa. Peter actually arrived already in February. He was home for two weeks to see family and friends and we travelled back together. The flight between Copenhagen and Washington was long and boring but on time and went smoothly. We had a few hours at […]

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It’s time to leave London

We have now been here for 3,5 years or rather 1333 days, we have been travelling to Wales, Scotland, Cornwall as well as other places in England. All together we have made about 440 outings while we’ve been here, met a lot of people and gained new friends. We have enjoyed being here and would […]

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Buckingham Palace and Royal Mews

Our last outing in UK before heading back to Sweden, Buckingham Palace is only open during the summer when the Queen is not living there. The palace was called Buckingham House when it was built in 1761 by George III for his wife Queen Charlotte. In 1826, it was changed into a palace and Queen […]

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Museum day with the girls

Today the girls and I had a day at Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A Museum. Peter was also supposed to come along but as we are moving in a few days he was fitting the car roof box yesterday and saw that the fittings don’t match the roof rack…. Well he didn’t look […]

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Battle of Britain bunker again

Today I had booked a visit to the Battle of Britain bunker in Uxbridge for Peter, some colleagues and friends. The only reason this bunker has been preserved is because it was still used up until 1974 when it was closed but someone was clever enough to suggest it would be kept as a memory […]

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Middle Temple Hall Lunch

After been to the Middle Temple Hall and seen the impressing hall, where they serve lunch every day for members and guests, we decided to go there for lunch. It was a three-course lunch and a salad buffet as well – today they served pumpkin soup or pea soup as a starter, for the main […]

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Spencer House tour

Today I visited the Spencer house. From its conception Spencer House was recognised as one of the most ambitious and splendid private palaces ever built in London and is today the city’s only great eighteenth-century house to survive intact. They started building it 1756 and was done by 1766, the 1st Earl of Spencer ordered […]

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V&A Museum tour

Today I was at the V&A Museum and got a guided tour through the British Galleries.

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Yearly visitors are here again =)

Evelina, Helen, Henke and Hampus flew with me back to London after I had helped my parents. We have had a few fantastic days together again and now they have returned to Sweden.

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Been helping my parents

Went 10 days to Sweden and helped my parents to pack as they are moving out of their house and into a flat. Found a lot of things I thought were gone a long time ago.

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Benjamin Franklin House

Today I visited Ben Franklin house, where Benjamin Franklin lived between 1757 and 1775. While lodging at 36 Craven Street, Franklin’s main occupation was mediating unrest between Britain and America, but he also served as Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies; pursued his love of science (exploring bifocal spectacles, the energy-saving Franklin stove); explored health (inoculation, […]

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Middle Temple Hall

Today I visited Middle Temple Hall which is one of the four ancient Inns of Court. Inns of Court are the professional associations for barristers (lawyers) in England and Wales. All barristers must belong to one such association. They have supervisory and disciplinary functions over their members. The Inns also provide libraries, dining facilities and professional […]

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Burn’s night 2017

Again we went to NHQ mess for the Burn’s Night where we had a three-dinner-course with haggis as a middle course. A fun evening in good company again!