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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today I was at the V&A Museum and got a guided tour through the British Galleries.
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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!
Today Peter and I went on a guided tour at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Whitechapel Bell Foundry, known to be established in 1570, is the oldest manufacturing company in the UK. Bells of all sorts and sizes are manufactured, ranging from large church bells to musical hand bells, ship’s bells, level crossing warning bells, […]
We went to visit the Poppy Factory in Richmond who supports ex-servicemen/women who has been injured or disabled in war. They get help to find a new career and some of them work in the factory but they do help a lot more. It’s a charity and has been around since 1922 when they started […]
Tonight I gathered my friends for another guided pub tour – as always a fantastic evening. Thanks for coming!
This year we didn’t stay in Northwood to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve but went to northern Sweden to go skiing with Peter’s side of the family. His parents as well as his sister with her family had all driven to Björnrike to ski and celebrate Christmas. The weather was lovely and even if […]
I had a nice walk in a Christmassy London today.
After my English class today, I joined the tour at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue. Very interesting!
We had a wonderful time at the Winter Ball at the NHQ. The girls thought the best was the chocolate fountain =)
I was on a tour today that was all about Sir Richard Whittington who was an merchant and politician during the latter part of the medieval time. He is also the real-life inspiration for the English folk tale Dick Whittington and his cat, which has very little to do with the real Whittington as he […]
Tonight, Peter and I was invited to the Finnish Ambassador’s residence here in London for some Christmas drinks and nibbles together with other defense attachés. A nice evening with nice people.
It was time again for celebrating St Lucia together with other militaries stationed here in London. The department of Defense at the embassy arrange it every year and it’s really appreciated by everyone that are invited. The Lucia train consist of the middle school students at the Swedish school in London, they come and sing […]
When Peter was in Sudan he worked with a British officer (among others) and last time we were in Edinburgh we had dinner together. Peter has also met him in London when he’s been here. We were invited to his birthday party at Craigiehall, outside Edinburgh, together with a large group of whom we had […]
Today I went on a tour to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir here in London. No passports were needed to go to India for a few hours. “The whole world is one nest” – Atharva Veda “We are the birds of the same nest. We may wear different skins, We may speak in different tongues, We […]
For some time, the NAWC ladies have asked if it would be possible to have a guided tour at the base. Many of the ladies have lived nearby for years and years but know nothing about it or have never been there. For us who can go there anytime it’s nothing special, there’s a coffee […]
Been to the new Northwood School where Felicia go, Emelie only attended the old one. The school is well planned with every department having their needs met. Especially the science floor – my fellow teachers in Sweden teaching science would love this.
I went with some friends to see Queen Elizabeth’s fashion over the years. The exhibition was held in 3 places but we chose to go to Windsor.
My exploring took me today to Fleet Street and Middle Temple.