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!
picture from google maps
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.
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!.
No no to chicken dance!! I conquer my fear in height. I did the Plunge and Suislide at Danao. SUPER MEGA to the maximum highest level of experience! But I 💛 it!! I can do it again and again and again!! 🙂 I hope my pocket will agree to that LOL. Sound scary pero kinaya ko!!
You can experience the plunge for only Php 700 pesos, with certificate of it once you’ll try it. Suislide on the other hand cost Php 350 pesos naman. It takes 2 hours joy ride from Tagbilaran to Danao Adventure park. Yeah time consuming right? so better be there early if you want to enjoy the place hehe anyway sulit naman 😜
I’m here now!! emotionally ready!! (kunyari lang 😜)
A canyon swing adventure THE PLUNGEattraction mounted over a 200 meter high and 300 meter wide gorge. A person would have to do a 45 meters free fall before being launched on a pendulum swing measuring to a hundred meter diameter. Actually there are lots of activities you can do there like rappelling, root climbing, kayaking and lots of lots of lots of adventure….hehe try to visit E.A.T DANAO for more info 🙂
I’m a type of girl who really loves fun and adventure, trying out wakeboarding is really new for me but hey! I did it and it was so fun 😊. It was not as scary as I thought but a little complicated for a beginner like me, but other than that it was a fun experience. Another check on my bucket list! Wake boarding makes my trip to Bicol Region so memorable and fun! 😊
We were so lucky that time because the place is not crowded and we have so much time to enjoy the activity (as in want-to-sawa kami as in wakeboarding till you drop). When we visit the place is it currently under renovation due to the typhoon. I’ve noticed some broken cottages,the restaurant roof are unfortunately not well maintained and dilapidated,the glass door on the front desk won’t close properly and the wood is rotten. Sink is broken and wooden locker room is not available. I must say they need a major upgrade and repair of that place. Restaurant was very slow and most of the food in the menu wasn’t available (btw the Chinese Adobois really yummy and affordable). Some of the rooms are close and some of the lake is not operational (under maintenance I guess) in addition for that, the Mayon Volcano is in alert level that time so the place in not jam-packed. (see picture below)
🙂 It’s true that nature is not just a place to visit like any famous places in the world.. It just as simple as what we called HOME 🙂 where you find your comfort zone , friends, love and serenity .
Another exciting day for me!! wondering what is waiting for me on the other side
Next destination Banol Beach 🙂 It was soo beautiful, I saw limestone rock formation and different kinds of cottages (KUBO kung baga hehehe!) this is bulit for excursionist for them to have a place to stay. I noticed also a small store in the island where you can buy chips and drinks...It has small stretch white beach that is enough for us to stroll and hang around for the next few minutes of stay.. 🙂 Some of my friend decided to have a quick nap of one of the cottages, while me and Leny of course Lol 😛 we roamed around the beach looking for a great view that will fits on our picture perfect souvenir hahaha so it’s time to click and flick!! 🙂 haha ito na ang tinatawag na paitiman 😛
Approaching Banol Beach and all I can say is WoW! 🙂