We went to the State Fair

I’m really appreciative that we have family and friends that have taken their time to come and visit us here in Midwest. A place that’s probably not a prior on any of our friends bucket list of places to visit (it wasn’t on mine)….

Last week we had Andreas sister here for a five day visit, and we had a great time together. I feel like we covered a lot of the typical American things to do.

We took the car for some shopping at Easton, we had a cookout at some friends house, we hung out by the pool and did some barbecue, we went to the State Fair where we got to try fried snickers, and we saw a stand up show with Trevor Noah.

The State fair was an experience like nothing else. I don’t think we have anything similar in Sweden?! It’s two weeks every year during the summer. It’s SO much people and the place is a mixture of an amusement park, zoo, market and an explosion of food trucks. Of course we had to try the fried snickers and I would NOT recommend it to anyone haha but it was worth a try!

We had tickets to Trevor Noah’s standup show which was held in one of the buildings at the State Fair, so a good excuse to go there a bit earlier to see what it was all about. But the show was so great! I love his humour and angles on political matters. I try to watch the Daily show as much as I can!

❀️ quality time!

Park of Roses

Last week we visited Park of Roses. A small but beautiful park in Clintonville here in Columbus 🌹 During the summer months they arrange concerts in the park every Sunday.

So many things going on in this town during the summer – mi like!

Our trip to Washington DC

I’m obviously not back in my routines of blogging yet. We have had a quit busy social schedule even though we’ve been back in Columbus now for two weeks. Hanging out with Andreas colleagues and having his sister here for a five day visit. But on Saturday I have an exam in one of my online classes so now I have to be more disciplined about my routines and that includes blogging 😊

Because I want to post everything in the right timeline this post will be about our last stop on our vacation roadtrip tour – Washington DC!

It was Andreas first time in DC and I’ve been there once but that was a long time ago so we had a busy schedule of checking out all the historic monuments. We both got a bit starstruck from the feeling of power and history in this town, it was amazing but SO freaking hot. I think this heatwave followed us around πŸ˜…

As usual we walked a lot. But all the monuments are close to each other so it’s good walking distance.

We also visited Arlington cemetery which was peaceful and beautiful. So much history at one place…

One of the big benefits about this town is that all museums are free. But because we had limited of time I had picked out one museum that I really wanted to visit and that was the Portrait Gallery. And I’m really glad we went to that one, because we got to see the beautiful portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama 🀩

I think the meal we had at Le Diplomate could be the best one this summer. We both ordered Steak Frites which was delicious πŸ‘Œ and we went there the same day France won the World Cup so the atmosphere was on top!

Vacation from the vacation?

I know I’m spoiled to say it, but when we got home last week from our vacation I just really needed to stay in the sofa for a couple of days.

After our friends left we were supposed to have two days by our selfes in Columbus before flying to NYC. But with a combination of that “after camp feeling” and realizing we had booked a pm flight instead of an am flight. We jumped in the car and drove there!

It was a ten hour drive but it wasn’t that bad. The roads were good and because we both enjoy drivning we could take turn.

We went to NYC to meet up our friends who were in town for a wedding. We had a great time together. Eating at amazing restaurants, enjoying the view from different rooftop bars, doing some sightseeing at One world trade center and the High line, walking through Chelsea Market, watching the World Cup semi finals and try out a crazy workout class at Barrys.

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And the story of our roadtrip continues in Washington DC and on my next blog post….

Roadtrip part IIII – Buffalo & Columbus

After our morning at the Niagara Falls we took the car to Buffalo. We decided to stay the night because it was Fourth of July and we thought it would be more nice to celebrate it in a town rather than being in a car all day to drive to our final destination, Columbus.

Buffalo on the fourth wasn’t really what we expected. It was a heat wave in town so to walk around was almost impossible. The hotel we stayed at was very luxurious the only problem was that their pool was a hot spring so no way to cool down. And almost every restaurant we googled was closed. πŸ˜‚ In the end we found some buffalo chicken for lunch and a rooftop bar to watch the fireworks at night.

Our last stop for this road trip was our hometown Columbus. We had some lazy days by the pool, did some shopping, played some games and made our own burgers πŸ‘Œ A great way to end this road trip with these amazing people πŸ‘‡

Road trip part III – Niagara Falls

This deserves its own post even though we only spent the morning in this place but WOW this force of nature is crazy beautiful. We decided to go on the 20 minute ferry ride to explore it from a closer view. And it was definitely worth the money! 😍

Roadtrip part II – Toronto

Toronto wasn’t love at first sight. We stayed at the Harbor front and although it was nice to be so close to the water it was far away from the nice neighbourhoods and restaurants. But I’m glad we went because it really grew on me!

Our first day we did some sightseeing just strolling around town. Walked by the gigantic district of China town. We went to Kensington market and the famous Graffiti Alley. And for dinner we had an amazing Italian dinner at La Palma.

Our second day we had the most beautiful avocado toast for breakfast at a place called Early bird. Next thing on the schedule was of course the World Cup game between Sweden and Switzerland. YEY for the results! Go Sweden πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ πŸ‘

After the game we took the ferry out to Toronto island. Just a ten minute ride to several beaches and beautiful parks. A must do if you visit Toronto in the summer. So nice to cool off.

We ended our stay with dinner at Omaw. A cozy restaurant located on Ossington Avenue, a street filled with restaurants and bars in our taste. πŸ‘Œ

So in the end we found some really nice things to do in this town!

Roadtrip part I – Chicago

Our vacation has started! We took the car to Chicago where we meet up with some friends from Sweden. We are spending our vacation in North America this year, figured we wanted to take advantage and see as much as possible.

We are now on our way to Toronto after spending the weekend in a steaming hot Chicago. Even though it was super hot we had an amazing time. Love that town 😍

We walked a lot. Did some sightseeing on and off the water. Ate the best burger in the world at Au Cheval. And had our traditional Foodie Day!

Check, check and check

It’s been one of those weeks when you’re trying to check everything off your list. We are leaving for vacation today so it’s nice to have that “to do list” clean.

I can put a “check” on everything except the 🀬 IRS documents (tax refund). After spending two hours, one of them trying to figure out which numbers to select to talk to the right person, I was kinda back on square one. Super annoying. Don’t want to send my passport by mail just because that’s the only way they’ll accept an identification…. I don’t know, maybe the post system is more reliable here then in Sweden but still it’s such a valuable document…

Another thing that happened this week was that Andreas got home from his work (final games) in San Diego. His team did really good and ended up at fifth place (fifth best team in North America!). I mean the team they played with had only been a team since April. So to be able to come that far was really good.

The set up for the games was very professional and you could watch them live on Facebook and on their website. It was pretty cool to hear the commentator talk about coach Andreas Engelmark ☺️

Snaps and the little frog dance

Yesterday was a busy but fun day. It was midsummer celebration with Scandinavian Club of Columbus.

I’ve been involved in the planning of the event so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now πŸ€—

About 80 people showed up, so I got to meet some other swedes which was great. There was a lot of food, drinks and homemade snaps. Of course there was a maypole and the traditional dance, like the little frog dance 🐸

We were at a sailing club in Alum creek (about 30 minutes from downtown) which had a very Scandinavian feeling about it. It became a really nice event and day and it felt good to be around other swedes (and other Scandinavian people) to share the celebration of midsummer 😊