Walking on Djurgården

“Spring in the Plant Shed”
Slightly blinded by the sun!

Surrounded by stunning plants and herb plants

My beautiful friend
If there is one thing I love in Sweden, it’s all the bread. You just can’t compare it to anything you get in the UK

Hello Stockholm from the other side!

Lunch at Flickorna Helin, one of my favourite places

We had their homemade veggie curry

Then we couldn’t not have one of their cinnamon buns and we also shared a raspberry and blueberry raw ball. Nice that they had a slightly healthier option as well.

More walking along Djurgården.

Love this girl!

Hello my dears! I’m back in Glasgow! Sorry for going silent here but the last two days were busy busy with lots of emotions. Saying goodbye or “see you later” (it’s not actually goodbye) is tough when you don’t know when you’ll see your loved ones next. My cousin Mickis and I cried on Saturday when we said goodbye and I thought I almost made it through saying goodbye to my family yesterday morning without tears but as I walked with my bags to the underground, I felt them rolling down my cheeks. I just love them all so much  and there’s always going to be a part of me left in Sweden as I have so many loved ones there. I know it can’t stop me from pursuing my dreams and not go. As much as I love Stockholm, I don’t feel like it’s the place for me right now, or ever. We’ll see but there’s just so much to see and do in the world!

It was an odd feeling arriving back in Glasgow, a place that has been my home for so many years, knowing that it soon won’t be my home anymore. I’m not sure when the next time will be when I fly back here and if it will ever be home again. Here is where my reality and every day life has been happening and soon it won’t be. I have no idea what the future holds but I know this city will always feel like a home to me, no matter when I come back but I know it won’t be the same and it’s scary. My Glasgow chapter is coming to a close.

As soon I got back, Jamie and I went for some lunch. It was really nice to see him, I feel like I’ve been away for so long and we had so much to catch each other up on! Then when he headed to work I went and saw Faye for a tea at Singl-end.

This morning I was finally back in G5. I was contemplating going back yesterday afternoon but after my early start I was knackered and decided to stay home and get organised instead and have an early night. Stepping back into that gym made me so happy but it was also bittersweet, knowing my sessions left in that gym are numbered. I can’t even think about having to leave that gym and the my amazing friends there, so for now I’m not trying to think about it and enjoy every second I’m in there. Soak it all in and enjoy it as much as I can. The workout was a lot of fun and sweaty! It’s quite warm here at the moment and I can’t get over how bright it’s gotten in the mornings. Makes the morning sessions a lot easier to get up for. In the summer months the morning sessions are the best I think.

I’ve still got so many things to share from Sweden so I’m still going to be posting about that too! On Friday I met up with Sanna again, the weather was stunning so I requested to go for a walk on Djurgården. I’ve written about this island many times before but for those of you who are new to the blog, it’s an island right in the centre of Stockholm owned by the Swedish Royal family. As soon as you walk over the bridge it’s like you enter an oasis. It’s like a different world and a country break right in the middle of the city. You almost forget how close you are until you stand by the shore and see Stockholm on the other side of the water. Either you get there by boat or just cross one of the bridges. There’s so much to do there such, something as simple as a picnic in the summer months but there’s also an amusement park, Skansen (the outdoor museum and zoo), plenty of other museums and cafés and restaurants.

Sanna and I walked along the shore for a while and then headed towards Rosendals Trädgård (trädgård means garden). It’s a stunning area where they grow organic crops of all sorts, sell all kinds of plants and also serve organic homemade delicious food made from local produce and cake in their lovely café. They’ve also got a lovely little shop filled with delicious bread, buns, cookbooks, beautiful crockery and so much more. It’s a wonderful place and somewhere you definitely should pay a visit.

We continued our walk and were getting peckish a bit further on and decided to go to Flickorna Helin. They’ve got a lovely outdoor seating area and their food and cakes are so tasty. I’ve taken Jamie here before and he refers to this place as the one with the best sandwich ever because they have an incredible Club Sandwich with chicken and curry mayo with loads of other components in an incredible dark bread. When I ate meat I used to love that sandwich and Jamie still talks about, so that says a lot haha.

Sanna and I both had their veggie curry. It was served with courgetti and a fresh mix of vegetables. It was incredibly tasty the dish and you got it served with a yoghurt dip, I usually avoid eating dairy as I try to eat as much vegan food as I can because I want to for several reasons but the curry needed that little something because it was a bit on the sweet side (it had mango chutney in it) and just adding a little bit of the yoghurt just took it to a new level.

I love that they include a tea or coffee in the price when you order food, it’s a common thing when you order lunch in Stockholm. When we were standing by the till to order food we had been so tempted by their deliciously smelling cinnamon buns and I mean you can’t go to Sweden and not have kanelbulle, as we call them, so Sanna and I shared a kanelbulle and they also had a raw ball I wanted to try, it was a raspberry and blueberry one so we shard that one too. It was all incredible, I really think Flickorna Helin is a lovely place to go for lunch or fika on Djurgården and in Stockholm in general. Not to mention, the building they’re in is so cool!

We then headed back towards the bridge, crossed it and we were back on the busy streets of Stockholm. I’ll never get over how much I love the contrasts of Stockholm fro the hectic streets around the centre and the calm around Djurgården and Gärdet. It’s incredible and very unique.

Now I need to get showered and get on with my day! God I can’t even think about how little time I’ve got left! I should really write a list of everything I need to do. I need to get travel insurance, sell off more stuff on eBay, cancel our home insurance and all other direct debit things and start thinking about trial packing, to name a few things!

Speak soon lovelies, M xxx

Published by madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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