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Slottsskogen with family

We planned our journey from Thailand to Prague via Sweden and family. We were only a few days in Sweden, but before we took the ferry to the rest of Europe, we visited Othilia’s cousin Filip. This was before the quarantine days due to the Corona virus, so we were out enjoying the Gothenburg weather in February. One of our favorite parks in Gothenburg is Slottsskogen and we went there with the kids before going to Prague.


Vi planerade vår resa från Thailand till Prag via Sverige och familjen. Vi var bara några dagar i Sverige, men innan vi tog färjan till resten av Europa så besökte vi Othilias kusin Filip. Detta var före karantändagarna på grund av Corona-viruset, så vi var ute och njöt av Göteborgsvädret i februari. En av våra favoritparker i Göteborg är Slottsskogen och vi åkte dit med barnen innan vi åkte till Prag.

These two! It is not easy to get both of them to stick in one picture.
Our Othilia look so big in this outfit, where has our baby gone?
We took our children to Slottskogen to look at the animals, but one had fallen asleep!
He soon woke up and joined the exploration.
Othilia was happy!
We soon came to the playground Plikta (what a name on a playground meaning somewhere close to oblige in English)
Our children were soon running different ways on the playground, while the mothers were occupied (notice Rebecca on the left)
Just happy memories!
So lovely to have these moments together with the cousins. Here Filip is showing his aunts the numbers 1-10. Soon we would say goodbye for this time.
The ferry between Gothenburg and Kiel would bring us closer to Prague and this boat had a play area that Othilia liked.
We fell asleep on a rocking boat not knowing that in a few weeks we would have keys to our own home, the first home for Othilia.

Nomads on family vacation – Lanzarote

Our journey North would bring us all the way to Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands along the coast of Africa’s horn, but belonging to Spain. This time we would not be alone traveling.

We met up with Ulrika’s family in Sweden so we could go on a family vacation together. The last time we did such a thing was in 2017 when Ulrika’s sister Rebecca was expecting Filip and Ulrika’s family met up with us in Indonesia (Bali, Gili Air, Lombok and then Bali again).

This time we had two more people with us, Othilia and Filip, and it was lovely for them to spend so much time together. There will be a lot of pictures of them below!


Vår resa norr skulle ta oss hela vägen till Lanzarote, en av Kanarieöarna längs med Afrikas horn, men tillhörande Spanien. Den här gången skulle vi inte resa ensamma.

Vi mötte upp med Ulrikas familj i Sverige så att vi kunde åka på familjesemester tillsammans. Förra gången vi gjorde något sådant var 2017 när Ulrikas syster Rebecca väntade Filip och Ulrikas familj träffade oss i Indonesien (Bali, Gili Air, Lombok och sedan Bali igen).

Den här gången hade vi ytterligare två personer med oss, Othilia och Filip, och det var underbart för dem att spendera så mycket tid tillsammans. Det kommer finnas en hel del bilder på dem nedan!

With a family spread out in the world, Ulrika’s mother managed to gather all her children and grandchildren for a vacation together on Lanzarote with the focus on these two – Filip and Othilia.
The flight down to the Canary Islands went so smooth with the young ones. There were a lot of families with small children on this flight so imagine the noise level. However, Filip and Othilia were so calm and happy so they even got praise from our flight chair neighbors for handling the 6 hour flight so well.
This family vacation was all about letting our kids play in and around water. So they did! It will be a lot of pool pictures below.
The first evening enjoying the sunset. It was so magical. Especially for the family members that had been in Sweden during November, not many hours of sun in that month.
Othilia and Filip loved to run around on the beach and walk next to the ocean.
Here is Othilia running down to the beach. She is not as fast as Filip, that is why we haven’t any pictures from him running around.
The sunsets are beautiful on Lanzarote.
Another sunset on this island formed from volcanic activity.
We usually don’t live like this while we are traveling. Traveling for us is a life style. This was a vacation 🙂
Lots of play and swimming in the pool during the days.
Mormor (maternal grandma) is a crocodile!
It was a hotel designed for families with young kids so Filip and Othilia had plenty of things to do there.
Not only water play was on our daily activity plan.
Pontus were up taking his morning walk and managed to capture the view in the morning as well.
Othilia developed tremendously during this week. She was a bit reserved playing in the water in the beginning of the week.
A few days later she had mastered the arm puffs and was now swimming and turning in the water and even dared to jump from the stairs into our arms. Filip, on the other hand, is a fish in the water and can remain in the water for hours if allowed.
Here is Othilia jumping in the water. Brave girl!
We had an amazing sunset one evening from the boardwalk in Puerto del Carmen.
Ulrika managed to capture four planets in one picture. From the top: Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and Tellus. The planets were almost aligned in the sky.
Ulrika’s brother Niklas and his girlfriend Caroline were with us! Niklas had just come home from Mali so he was freezing here on Lanzarote. We did have lovely weather the week we where here though, he was just used to much warmer weather!
The hotel also had a children’s pool that was played in as well. Filip wanted to be in the deeper pool so he was often climbing out of there.
Othilia got tired of all the play during the days. She slept really well on a sunbed next to the children’s pool.
Filip and Othilia tried going into the ocean one afternoon, but Othilia was not a fan of the waves.
Our last evening on our family vacation on Lanzarote and we went back to the restaurant we all liked the most – Royal in Puerto del Carmen. One didn’t want to be in any pictures so that is why we have a blob sitting at the table 🙂
The week went so fast and soon it was time for Othilia’s second flight in her life. It went as smooth as the first flight so we are now not concerned taking Othilia on longer flights.
Back in Sweden and now it was time for Christmas celebrations with our families – Othilia’s second Christmas in her life! Thanks Louise and Marika for lending us a few suitcases!

Meeting up with Filip in Torrevieja

Ulrika’s newest family member Filip jumped on an airplane for the first time in his life to visit his best auntie (moster). He brought his mother as well, Ulrika’s sister Rebecca, and we had a lovely week in Torrevieja (Spain) together. Be prepared for cute baby pictures!


Ulrikas nyaste familjemedlem Filip hoppade på ett flyg för första gången i sitt liv för att besöka sin bästa moster. Han tog med sig sin mamma, Ulrikas syster Rebecca, och vi hade en underbar vecka i Torrevieja (Spanien) tillsammans. Var beredd på söta bebisbilder!

This little guy and his mother were the reason we ended up in Spain in the first place. Filip’s first travel abroad at 3.5 months and he came to visit his aunt, uncle and his grandparents (farmor and farfar).

Ulrika and her sister enjoying lunch at La Marina. The first week in Torrevieja was all about hanging out with Ulrika’s sister and nephew.

Selfie-time, most pictures in this blog post will include family members!

We spent our days walking around in Torrevieja and enjoying the sun. We got a lovely view of Torrevieja from the pier in the marina that stretch out 2 km from the coast.

The pier acts like a huge wave breaker for the marina, and protects the ships from nasty weather.

We were fortunate with the weather. It was still cold during the evenings, but warm during most days.

Torrevieja is surrounded by beaches and we actually saw a few people swim in the sea.

Ulrika snuggled with Filip as much as she could during their week together.

Rebecca, Filip ad Ulrika went to Centro Comercial Zenia Boulevard, a big shopping mall 8 km south of Torrevieja. They have a lot of well-known stores and a great play ground for children.

Rebecca loves to visit pharmacies when she is out travelling to see how they work and what products they have. She is a pharmacist herself so that’s why! We love the Spanish pharmacies- they can write prescriptions for you and take several blood tests, like glucose etc. Many pharmacies had a blood pressure machine and we took our blood pressure for 1 Euro per person. Also, it is to a pharmacy you go if you want to weigh your child and measure their height. No need to book appointments here.

Rebecca cooked dinner for us one night and we did a full Swedish taco night with Santa Maria products.

Grandpa (Farfar) fixed a baby chair for Filip so he could join us at the table.

Filip’s grandma and grandpa (farmor och farfar) live here in Torrevieja so they took us to their favorite places to eat. Filip had other ways to eat, so he got some peace and quiet under Rebecca’s poncho. Spanish people and drunk foreigners can get quite loud in small restaurants.

Two of Ulrika’s favorite persons in the world.

Torrevieja’s Carneval was going on so we went to see an incredible street show with people of all ages.

They wore incredible designs with a lot of detail. We only had a mobile phone, so the pictures aren’t so great.

One week with family goes fast, so we said good bye to Rebecca and Filip for this time. We stayed in Torrevieja, because it was time for Ulrika to do the week 12 routine check up.

See you soon Filip!

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