Semester time!Yippie 💃💃(so as you can see its me and Matthias, we’re dancing with so much joy! Lol!) Well, don’t be confused if I always say SEMESTER 😉 yeah! I know! it sounds weird that I’m happy about the word “Semester” right? Lol! Because it only means schooling session in my home country but here in Sweden “SEMESTER” means VACATION!
But let’s talk about our semester again where we spend one whole day tour in Visingsö Island. This Island is located in southern half of Sweden’s second largest lake called Lake Vättern. It is 30 kilometers north of city Jönköping and it take us 2hrs drive to get there. There you can see lots of beautiful scenery, relaxing nature and amazing wildlife. A perfect summer destination too here in Sweden.
This spring season we had a chance to visit this beautiful Island of Marstrand. We did a day tour exploring the whole Island and visit the majestic Carlstens Fästning (Carlsten Fortress). It is located on the Island of Marstrand about 45 kilometer northwest of Gothenburg and it takes around 1hr and 35mins drive where we live (Grästorp). You need to ride a ferry that located in Koön, it goes every quarter in daytime and during the night it goes every half an hour. The ferry is really modern and nice plus you can also go out on the upper deck if you wanted to see the beautiful view of . It only takes a couple of minutes boat ride 😊. You can buy the ticket inside the store that is close to the port area and it goes two-way ticket already from(Kaoön to Marstand to Koön).
Off to visit Carlsten Fortress
Unfortunately, that time we didn’t get a chance to book for a tourist guide but you can check and roam around the fortress and walk on your own provided that you pay for your entrance ticket. You can also buy booklet, maps and guided books in the entrance and don’t worry if you can’t understand Swedish because they offer English guided tour and guided books that available in several languages.
For guided tour and entrance fee you can visit their site: Carlsten Fortress opening hours and fees
Whenever I hear the word GEKÅS ULLARED it always makes my heart skip happy and jump to the highest level LOL because it only means SHOPPING TIME!! Who doesn’t like shopping! right? 😉
If we have Divisoria in Philippines here in Sweden they have place called Gekås Ullared. Every Swede knows what Gekås Ullared is,it is the biggest and cheapest store to buy stuff in Sweden. Aside of that! When I first came here in Sweden, everyone I met used to ask me if I have ever been there before (guess what? one of that is my mother in law LOL!) She loved Ullared so much and so do I!.
Switching cultures and country will definitely makes you become more observer ;). You will notice lot of things that really stands out from the rest.Its also help you to learn and absorb new knowledge from your own mistakes 😊 so I just want to share you guys why it’s so nice to live in Sweden 😊
So for now, I come up with this “Things you will surely love in Sweden” 😊. If you feel that I forgot something! feel free to add lol 🙂
Drinking water straight from the faucet is a big yes! Tap water is clean, fresh and safe so no worries guys!
You will definitely never get sick of Swedish meatballs, because meatballs is love 💜💜 💜
(meatballs with macaroni and yogurt on the go Lol).
You also put tomato sauce(as in Heinz tomato sauce on your macaroni and meatballs) amazing hehehe but yummy
If you love renaissance architecture you will definitely like this castle. It nice to know the history behind this majestic place 🙂 This castle has been very well preserved and you can see it on the wall, ceiling and painting inside. Interesting to know. Just make sure to get a guided tour to understand it well. You might find it boring if you are alone but the surroundings are really nice especially the lake Vättern on the Summer time. Don’t forget to visit this place and include on your castle bucket list 🙂