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Othilia one year and one month in Sweden

We had an intense one month in Sweden after departing from Netherlands. Othilia was about to turn one year and we wanted to celebrate this with our families. We also had other birthdays to celebrate, new babies to greet and a great-grand mother to visit, so August was a family-intense month for us and we wanted to enjoy that to the fullest.

Othilia has developed so fast and is now a little person. She is so determined and curious, so us parents we just follow her and see what she does. She is adventurous, but careful and she is talking a lot (by our standards), but she doesn’t yet speak our language. However, she does say a few words in Swedish and show us that she understands way more words than she can say right now. Ulrika also swears that she hears Othilia use a few English words (like daddy), but time will tell if she starts speaking English at a young age. The King children do shower her with English so we will see what happens to her language development.

We celebrated Othilia’s birthday during several days and we are so glad that she is so loved by our families and that we had the opportunity to celebrate her first birthday in Sweden. We will insert a lot of pictures from Othilia’s month in Sweden and her birthday below.


Vi hade en intensiv månad i Sverige efter avresan från Nederländerna. Othilia skulle fylla ett år och vi ville fira detta med våra familjer. Vi hade också andra födelsedagar att fira, nya barn att hälsa på och en gammelmormor att besöka så augusti var en familjeintensiv månad för oss och vi ville njuta av det till fullo.

Othilia har utvecklats så snabbt och är nu verkligen en liten person. Hon är så beslutsam och nyfiken, så vi föräldrar bara följer efter henne och ser vad hon gör. Hon är äventyrlig, men försiktig och hon pratar mycket (enligt vår familjs standard), men hon talar inte vårt språk än. Hon säger dock några ord på svenska och visar oss att hon förstår fler ord än hon kan uttala just nu. Ulrika svär också på att hon har hört Othilia använda sig av några engelska ord (såsom “daddy”), men tiden kommer att visa om hon börjar prata engelska i så här ung ålder. King-barnen överröser henne med engelska så vi får se vad som händer med hennes språkutveckling.

Vi firade Othilias födelsedag under flera dagar och vi är så glada över att hon är så älskad av våra familjer och att vi hade möjlighet att fira hennes första födelsedag i Sverige. Vi kommer att publicera en hel del bilder från Othilias månad i Sverige och hennes födelsedag nedan.

Gothenburg seen from Ramberget.
Here we have family so Gothenburg is a place that we visit when we come to Sweden.
Saying hello to Othilia’s great grandmother!
We soon went North meeting up with old friends in Linköping and celebrated Othilia’s cousin Noa’s second birthday in Stockholm.
We where soon with grandparents in Långshyttan and Stjärnsund trying out one of her birthday presents that Othilia got early.
Othilia was so fascinated by being on the lake.
Trying different vehicles, even a bicycle!
Inspecting grandmother’s garden!
Othilia got to her favorite thing at Stugan – playing with water and playing with grandmother (not in the picture)!
We investigated different places to have Othilia’s birthday party and we found the right spot at Svartviksstugan near Sandviken in Gästrikland.
In just a few weeks we would celebrate Othilia at this spot, but first we had a few days in Gävle and Norrsundet to spend.
We got to spend some time with aunt Jonna at Högbo before she left for her own adventures. We also gave Othilia a birthday present early – a stroller!
We visited Norrsundet a sleeping fishing village and a “bruksort”. Othilia is jumping on rocks now!
Spending time with a grandparent in Norrsundet, trying out the playground!
We even had our first date in a year while Othilia got to spend some time with a grandmother. Thank you mormor and Mats!
We met up with bubb.la people in Hedesunda and Ulrika showed where she has been playing in the water when she was young.
Be a tourist in your own home town. Ulrika has never gone out to Limön, an island in the Gävle bay area, so we decided to take the last boat on the summer schedule out to that island.
We were the only people on the boat which was strange, but we would find out later on why we probably were the only passengers that day.
Limön! An old fishing island which is know mainly occupied by summer houses and a café.
We had the island almost to ourselves, except for a few summer guests in their cabins. We tried the water, which was really cold, but that didn’t stop Othilia. You see the factory Korsnäs in the background.
We found swings so Othilia wanted fully enjoy them. She can now swing like the older kids do it.
Just an hour before our boat was departing we saw this and we realized that we had skipped to check the weather forecast for this day. No wonder we were the only people on board that day. But the intense rain passed quickly and we could safely go back to the mainland.
Then Otihlia’s days of celebration came and she was dressed for the occasion by a dress she got from Othilia’s cousins (and their parents).
We had a bit of bad weather, but that didn’t stop the celebration. We lit a fire in the fire place.
And Othilia was excited over the birthday cakes. One bought (but carefully selected by mom) and one home made (by dad, his favorite cake). The buns was also home made by grand mother!
We want to thank our families for all the great gifts Othilia got from you. We are so grateful that you were able to come and celebrate that Othilia now has been on the planet for a full year. Happy birthday our beloved and most precious daughter! We love you!
We had a second birthday celebration with Ulrika’s side of the family and we want to thank them for coming and celebrating our daughter as well. Thank you! Othilia’s birthday parties also were our good bye to our families for this time. A few days later we left Sweden from Trelleborg (picture from the coast of Trelleborg) and headed South.

Hot summer, pregnancy and Säter’s mental healthcare museum

July was incredible hot in Sweden and for Ulrika this meant tiredness and just find ways to try to cool off. We had planned to spend some time with family before we had to leave Sweden, so we did just that. Ulrika’s birthday wish was to go to Säter’s mental healthcare museum so this trip was our only adventure during July. We also had to do a lot of preparations for the coming birth of our child, so July went by incredible fast for us.  Below is a summary of our July in pictures.


Juli var otroligt hett i Sverige och för Ulrika betydde det en otrolig trötthet och försöka hitta sätt att vara sval. Vi hade planerat att spendera denna tid med familjen innan vi var tvungna att lämna Sverige, så vi gjorde just det. Ulrikas födelsedagsönskning var att åka till Säters mentalvårdsmuseum, så denna utflykt var vårt enda äventyr under juli. Vi var också tvungna att göra flera förberedelser för vårt barns kommande födelse, så juli gick otroligt snabbt för oss. Nedan följer en sammanfattning av vårt juli i bilder.

Week 32 photo of Ulrika and little did she know that Sweden would experience the hottest summer since the Swedish Weather institute started their measurements 250 years ago. Here. she was just glad not to be nearer the equator

We were in Dalarna with Pontus family for the most part helping out with different things.

Helping Pontus mother start building a greenhouse.

We also got to hang out with Pontus nephew Noa (Grattis Noa på födelsedagen!)

Noa showing us and his mother Hanna that he was almost ready to start walking by himself. Soon he would let go of his parents hands and begin to explore the world.

We went to an outdoor auction in Dalarna.

It is interesting to see the psychology behind the bidding strategies.

Found a funny sign in one of the stores we visited: “Win a free ride in a police car. The only thing you need to do is to shoplift in this store. Say hello to the camera :)”

The temperature just rose and rose, and soon it was no longer pleasant to be in Sweden in the end of a pregnancy.

The only thing we could do was to cool ourselves in the lakes, here in Långviken.

And Harnäs.

Ulrika during week 35 before cooling off in lake Grycken after an incredible hot day (compared to other Swedish summers).

Ulrika also turned 35 during those hot summer days and Pontus baked a cake for her using his mother’s recipe.

Ulrika finally got to visit Säters mentalvårdsmuseum (Säter’s mental healthcare museum). The state institution for mentally ill persons and others opened 1912 and parts of the area is still operational – the forensic psychiatry clinic.

It is a small museum and you have to book the guided tour in advance, but it is so worth it to take the guided tour. You get to learn about the psychiatric care in the beginning of last century and what standard practices to help and “help” mentally ill persons have looked like during the last century.

Most interesting is the part where the patients crafts and artistry are displayed. This cardigan was created by a psychotic woman, where the front piece were worked on during her “chaotic” episodes and the back piece worked on during her calm episodes.

A wedding dress by a female patient who thought that she and the head doctor were to get married.

The doctor’s name was Theodore (Ted).

There were no lack of innovators in this place. This gun was designed to be able to shoot around corners.

Other made more or less correct predictions of the future. One patient were concerned about the future of electricity and he wrote a book about it “About the ravages of electricity” in 1920.

Others feared about overpopulation of Sweden already in 1939.

And a few patients really could envision what the world would look like in the future describing wireless telephones already in 1912, but the doctors at that time called it hallucinations.

Back in Stjärnsund we ate Ulrika’s birthday cake and had a quiet celebration. Ulrika thinks that Pontus did a very good job with creating this birthday cake!

We enjoyed our time with family in July, but we we’re also preparing for giving birth to our child – one of the tasks were to visit a Notarius Publicus to get an Apostille stamp on important documents. It was interesting to see that Gävle had a Finnish honorary consulate.

Ulrika has used home tests to monitor her iron levels and after taking iron supplements for a months she were finally back to normal levels. This is another thing to be aware of, taking control over your body, when you don’t have a specific doctor or midwife to go to. Fortunately, there are so much things that you can do nowadays to monitor yourself. We ordered several home tests from HH UK like protein in Urea, Vitamin D levels etc (link below).

Home Health UK

We got delayed, because of car trouble, so we couldn’t leave Sweden at our planned date. We got more time with family, but we wanted to leave Sweden before Ulrika entered week 36.

Just before Ulrika entered week 36 everything was fixed and we had packed our bags for the coming months.

We passed Göteborg to say good bye to this little muggler.

And Sweden said good bye to us with one final fire – now at an industrial site. The heat and dryness have really been extreme this summer in Sweden and a lot of forests have gone up in flames.

Ulrika’s brother has been one of the heroes fighting the fires in the extreme heat. They managed to get the fire outside Kårböle in control! (Picture taken by one of Niklas colleagues at R3 Uppsala)

Now it is August and technically “det lilla livet” can come any time from the middle of August to middle of September. It is going to be exciting couple of weeks we are facing!

Nu är det augusti och tekniskt sett så kan det lilla livet komma någon gång från mitten av augusti till mitten av september. Det kommer att bli spännande några veckor vi står inför!

Fullt upp i Sverige! / Busy in Sweden!

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Det är väldigt intensiva veckor för oss i Sverige, så därför har det varit lite tyst från oss. Vi ska dock börja uppdatera igen så smått och vi tänkte berätta om vad som hände efter besöket i Dalarna. Efter en vecka med Pontus föräldrar och syster så begav vi oss mot Ulrikas föräldrar och första stoppet blev Ulrikas Pappa i Norrsundet. Där fick vi uppleva första snön för den här vintern, blandat med promenad på byn och spaning efter vargar som varit synliga i området och titta på ruinerna som är kvar av huset där pappa växte upp. Sedan kom vi hem till Ulrikas mamma där det vankades släkträff med mostrar, morbror och kusiner. Ulrikas syskon bor på olika ställen i landet (Göteborg och Uppsala) och de tog sig tid för att träffa oss och kom hem till mamma för att kramas och prata! Under släktmiddagen hade Ulrika satt ihop en presentation där vi visade vad vi hade gjort under 9 månader i Asien! Vi har myst med Ulrikas mamma och fästman Mats på kvällarna och vi har fått gosat med vår älskade pälsklädda Charlie!

Vi hade också fixat en anarkokapitalistträff i Gävle och det var oerhört kul att mötas upp och prata frihetliga ideér. Våra vänner dök upp på träffen och en av dem är  Johanna, som driver denna blogg, och även hon har varit med i ett avsnitt av frihetsfaxen, en svensk podcast som vi också varit gäster i!

It is very intense weeks for us in Sweden, so it has been a bit quiet from us here on our blog. However, we will start updating again soon. We thought to tell you about what happened after our visit in Dalarna. After spending a week with Pontus parents and sister, we went to Ulrika’s parents and the first stop was Ulrika’s father in Norrsundet. There we experienced the first snow of this winter and we walked around in the village looking out for wolves that have been visible in the area and visit the ruins that are left of the house where Ulrikas father grew up. Then we came home to Ulrika’s mother where a family reunion with aunts, uncle and cousins were on the agenda. Ulrika’s siblings live in different parts of the country (Gothenburg and Uppsala) and they took the time to meet us and came home to mom for hugs and talk! Ulrika had put together a presentation where we showed what we had done during 9 months in Asia that she presented during the family reunion! We have also spent time with Ulrika’s mother and fiance Mats in the evenings and we have cuddled with our beloved, furry Charlie!

We also arranged an anarcho-capitalist meeting in Gävle and it was very nice to meet up and discuss libertarian ideas. Our friends showed up at the meeting and one of them is Johanna, who runs this blog, and she has also been featured in an episode of the Freedom fax machine, a swedish podcast that we also have been guests in!

Middag hemma hos Ulla och Ulrikas pappa! Dinner at Ulla and Ulrika's father!

Middag hemma hos Ulla och Ulrikas pappa! Dinner at Ulla and Ulrika’s father!

Vakna upp i Norrsundet och se den första snön för den här vintern! Wake up in Norrsundet and see the first snow of this winter!

Vakna upp i Norrsundet och se den första snön för den här vintern! Wake up in Norrsundet and see the first snow of this winter!

Ulrikas pappa är klädd för en promenad på byn! Ulrika's dad is dressed for a walk in the village!

Ulrikas pappa är klädd för en promenad på byn! Ulrika’s dad is dressed for a walk in the village!

Norrsundets småbåtshamn. Nästan alla båtar är upplockade för vintern! Norrsundet's marina. Almost all boats are picked up on land for the winter!

Norrsundets småbåtshamn. Nästan alla båtar är upplockade för vintern! Norrsundet’s marina. Almost all boats are picked up on land for the winter!

Norrsundet!

Norrsundet!

Norrsundet!

Norrsundet!

Lunch i Gävle med Ulrikas pappa och syster. Det blev en kebabtallrik som Ulrika längtat efter! Lunch in Gävle with Ulrika's father and sister. Ulrika ordered a kebab that she has been longing for!

Lunch i Gävle med Ulrikas pappa och syster. Det blev en kebabtallrik som Ulrika längtat efter! Lunch in Gävle with Ulrika’s father and sister. Ulrika ordered a kebab that she has been longing for!

Så här ser ett alkoholmonopol med begränsade öppettider ut. This is what an alcohol monopoly with limited opening hours look like.

Så här ser ett alkoholmonopol med begränsade öppettider ut. This is what an alcohol monopoly with limited opening hours look like.

På torget i Gävle med biografen i bakgrunden! The square in Gävle with the cinema in the background!

På torget i Gävle med biografen i bakgrunden! The square in Gävle with the cinema in the background!

Ulrika och Rebecca hälsade på deras gamla gymnasieförening, Naturvetenskapliga Föreningen, men ingen var hemma! Ulrika and Rebecca tried to visit their old high school association, The Science Association, but no one was home!

Ulrika och Rebecca hälsade på deras gamla gymnasieförening, Naturvetenskapliga Föreningen, men ingen var hemma! Ulrika and Rebecca tried to visit their old high school association, The Natural Science Association, but no one was home!

Alderholmen som numera heter Gävle strand! Alderholmen that is now called Gävle beach!

Alderholmen som numera heter Gävle strand! Alderholmen that is now called Gävle beach!

Solnedgång över Gävle! Sunset over Gävle!

Solnedgång över Gävle! Sunset over Gävle!

Middag hos Ulrikas mamma med Mats, Rebecca och Oskar! Dinner at Ulrika's mother with Mats, Rebecca and Oskar!

Middag hos Ulrikas mamma med Mats, Rebecca och Oskar! Dinner at Ulrika’s mother with Mats, Rebecca and Oskar!

Ulrikas älskade syskon Niklas och Rebecca!

Ulrikas älskade syskon Niklas och Rebecca! Ulrikas beloved siblings Niklas and Rebecca!

Ulrikas mamma hade lagat mat och fixat en släktträff! Ulrika's mother had cooked food and arranged a family reunion!

Ulrikas mamma hade lagat mat och fixat en släktträff! Ulrika’s mother had cooked food and arranged a family reunion!

Släktträff! Tyvärr så glömde vi bort att ta bilder under kvällen! Family Reunion! Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures during the evening!

Släktträff! Tyvärr så glömde vi bort att ta bilder under kvällen! Family Reunion! Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures during the evening!

Mys med gos-Charlie! Cuddle with Charlie!

Mys med gos-Charlie! Cuddle with Charlie!

Anarkokapitalistträff med gänget! Roligt att träffas och prata med er! Anarco-capitalist meeting with the gang! Great to meet you and talk with you!

Anarkokapitalistträff i Gävle med gänget! Roligt att träffas och prata med er! Anarco-capitalist meeting in Gävle with the gang! Great to meet you and talk with you!

Kågis beställde en jätteöl :) Kågis ordered a giant beer :)

Kågis beställde en jätteöl 🙂 Kågis ordered a giant beer 🙂

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