Park your horse

In the early 1700s the Amish started immigrate to North America. There are now over 250 000 Amish people living in over 28 states. About two-thirds of the Amish live in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

From Columbus it’s a 2 hour drive to Amish country so last Wednesday we did a little excursion to see it with our own eyes 👀

To get in the mood we watched the movie Witness with Harrison Ford the night before going. Not a movie I would recommend.

There were two towns that were recommended for the visit of the Amish experience, Millersburg and Berlin. We started with Millersburg which is a “city” with 3000 habitants. It’s one street approximately 100 meter long with 8 antique stores and one restaurant. A pretty sad place. You know when you drive by a place and realise “oh that’s it” – that kind of place. But the restaurant served great lunch, and the people were super friendly.

Berlin was a bigger “city” (meaning – a longer street). There were probably 20 antique stores and 4 restaurants.

We saw some Amish people and horses with carriages on the streets. But what we learned was that there are more touristic things to do there during the summer months. Like riding horses and going to food markets. But this Wednesday was a snowy April day so we missed out on that.

Apparently they are very business minded so for them to take advantage of all the curious tourists was a surprise for me.

Did you know:

  • The Amish priorities the Word of God over the rule of the government.
  • The Amish believe in the separation of church and state.
  • Every 20 years, the Amish population roughly doubles in size.
  • Even though they can’t own cars, they can accept rides and hire chauffeurs to drive them.
  • After a wedding, the groom begins to grow a beard. He is not allowed to grow a mustach.

A palace for the average man

On our second night back in Columbus I took my parents to Ohio Theatre. This historic landmark is just around the corner from our apartment and is one of the state’s busiest performing art facilities.

We had tickets to Columbus Symphony Orchestra Symphony Fantastique. A fantastic show but with the jetlag a bit hard to stay awake for the entire performance 😛

The building itself is worth the visit. The Spanish-Baroque architecture theatre opened in 1928 as a “palace for the average man” according to the Scottish-born architect Thomas W. Lamb. And the interior really made you feel like you were spending a night at the palace.

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Greetings from Columbus

We had our first guests (my parents) here who stayed for ten days. There were a lot of things I wanted to show them, so it’s been ten very active days – without any blog posts.

As you do on city vacations we walked a lot, but we also got to experience some new things and places together, like the Ohio Theatre, Amish country and Cleveland museum of art. They also got to experience the Ohio spring, summer and winter because of the shifting weather.

Now it’s back to normal routines again. Work out in the morning and studies during the day. And of course post some pictures from the excursions we did together.

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Flower power

The battle between winter and spring is real. From snowy to sunny days – when can we put away our winter clothes?!

Although to walk by these beauties gives you some hope…

Food stops in Stockholm

If someone asks for recommendations on restaurants in Stockholm I’m always blank. I always forget where I’ve been. So now I can take the opportunity to write down the restaurants I’ve been to and also recommend!

These are the restaurants/cafés/bars I went to during my two weeks in Stockholm:

Café Proviant | Arbetargatan 33 (Kungsholmen)

Bianchi café & cycles | Norrlandsgatan 16 (Norrmalm)

Urban Deli | Nytorget 4 (Södermalm)

Lidingö Bröd & Pâtisserie |Stockholmsvägen 40 (Lidingö)

Il caffé | Drottninggatan 85 (City)

Shogun| Stora nygatan 3 (Gamla stan)

Berns | Berzelii park

Broms | Karlavägen 76 (Karlaplan)

Paraden | Valhallavägen 147 (Gärdet/Karlaplan)

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Even though there were no new food stops this time, it’s a big hobby to explore new places to eat. And from time to time you visit places that serves you something for your eyes as well 😍

Tippy top country

Can’t wait to go back to the tippy top country tomorrow!

Not one day goes by without Trump (or his family) saying or doing something that makes it to the headlines/goes viral…

This weekend he held a welcome speech at the traditional Easter Egg Roll. And the reactions on twitter are the best!! 😂

Watch it here.

Spring weather in Ohio

Tomorrow I go back to Columbus and my parents are joining me.

We are trying to figure out what kind of clothes they should bring, because the temperature is switching from day to day. And by switching I mean from 22 to 3 degrees Celsius.

Then I found this picture online…

So I guess that means – prepare for everything!

Happy easter 🐣

We are celebrating with a traditional easter lunch at my parents house on Saturday. Looking forward to it!

To get in the mood for easter I’ve collected some of my favourite yellow photos for a little #tbt #happyeaster #yellow collage ✨📸 💛

St. Ives, England

Sardinia, Italy

Stockholm, Sweden

Sevilla, Spain

Monza, Italy

Mumbai, India

Stockholm, Sweden

Berlin, Germany

Munnar, India

Munnar, India

Skoklosters slott, Sweden

Karaikudi, India

Cancale, France

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And a little homage to one of our wedding songs, Yellow by Coldplay 🙌✨

What is the word for that?!

Only one week left in Stockholm. Time flies by!

I really enjoy my time here catching up with friends and family. And I really appreciate talking in Swedish. 🇸🇪

I’ve realized there are so many situations I’ve never been in, that requires a whole lot of words I don’t know (yet). Like explaning what kind of hairstyle you want at the hairdresser. Or keeping up at yoga while the teacher explains which inner muscels you are stretching. Or asking for pearl sugar in the store while doubting on whether or not that is the real translation (because it sounds too familiar to the Swedish word). Or being in a group where everybody talks english and you are always one conversation behind because you had to look up a word…

I’m learning so much. But it’s nice with a little break!