Let's rewind a bit shall we?
So, I got to tick an amazing event off my bucket list, spending Midsummer in Sweden, and with Swedish friends. Lis and I had the best time in Stockholm, going out for breakfast in the old city, making Midsummer flower crowns from scratch, indulging in some traditional Swedish food for Midsummer brunch and of course drinking schnapps with new friends in the sun. It was a Midsummer different from years gone by, but as Lis told me, this was one of the only years the sun shone all day and the rain held back. We had blue skies all day in fact.
The reunions continued as we arrived in Uppsala and I got to spend the day with my first Camino friend, Carolin from two years ago. She took me around the beautiful town and we drank a few glasses of wine/beer under the Swedish sun. It was bliss, to come all this way and feel so at home, reuniting with these special friends and because of Swedens lack of 'lockdown', life was completely normal everywhere you went.
My plan to head to Finland was rather spontaneous considering the journey was so long, to the border, however I thought to myself, now is my chance to drive the whole coast, take my time, see lapland and the arctic circle by road, see more of Finland than just Helsinki, and eventually arrive in Norway.
What an adventure it would be.
The whole scenario seems so normal to me at this point, having driven almost 8k kms across 6 borders so far, but I know one day I will look back on this mad adventure and laugh at how crazy it all was, but for now, its adventure time!